Thorn in My Heart is an inspirational romance by Liz Curtis Higgs. I don’t usually read this kind of book, but my sister-in-law really loved it, and passed it on to me. Surprisingly enough, I really liked this book.
Thorn in My Heart is a very loose retelling of the story of Jacob, Rachel, and Leah from the Bible. The story is set in the 1700 or 1800s in Scotland. In this story the names are changed to Jamie, Rose, and Leanna.
Although I feel like the concept of this story could never happen, the way that Higgs wove the story together is quite interesting. In the story, Jamie is a cousin to the two girls. He comes to live with them to help their father out because he has no son to help him with their sheep. While there, Jamie falls in love with the prettier sister, Rose, but Leanna also falls in love with him.
Well, Jamie and Rose decide to get married. Right before the wedding Rose is sent to stay with an aunt to prepare for marriage. On the wedding day a huge storm prevents her from driving back to the wedding site. So instead of postponing the wedding, the family decides to have a proxy wedding with Leanna standing in for her sister.
Well, Leanna takes her proxy duties a little too far, and sleeps with Jamie. Of course when Rose gets back she is furious. The rest of the story revolves around them trying to iron out their twisted love circle. Things become even more complicated when Leanna becomes pregnant.
Overall, I was surprised at the quality of writing in this story. It is some of the best writing I have seen in an inspirational story ever, and it is a lot better than many secular fiction novels that I have read. The writing is very beautiful. Higgs makes the words come to life on the page. She even makes the idea that sisters can marry the same man (at different times in her story) believable.
If you like to read about heartbreaking stories (which I do), then you should really enjoy this story. I do not believe, however, that men would like this story. It is strictly woman-oriented. Higgs also has some other stories not set in the 1800s, which are probably equally well-written, if you do not want to bother with the extreme frustration that is this story. But, if you enjoy suspense, this story delivers.