Title: Mine is the Night
Author: Liz Curtis Higgs
2011, Waterbrook Press
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
Stepping from a battered coach on a rainy April eve, newly widowed Elisabeth Kerr must begin again, without husband or title, property or fortune. She is unafraid of work and gifted with a needle, but how will she stitch together the tattered remnants of her life? And who will mend her heart, horn asunder by betrayal and deception?
Elisabeth has not come to Selkirk alone. Her mother-in-law, Marjory Kerr, is a woman undone, having buried her husband, her sons, and any promise of grandchildren. Dependent upon a distant cousin with meager resources, Marjory dreads the future almost as much as she regrets the past. Yet joy still comes knocking, and kindness is found in unexpected places.
Then a worthy hero steps forward, rekindling a spark of hope. Will he risk his reputation to defend two women labeled as traitors to the Crown? Or will a wealthy beauty, untainted by scandal, capture his affections?
The heartrending journey of the Kerr women comes to a glorious finish in Mine is the Night, a sparkling gem of redemption and restoration set in eighteenth-century Scotland.
This was a wonderful, wonderful book. My only regret is that I didn't have the time to read it faster!
Mine is the Night is a fictional re-telling of the story of Ruth and Naomi from the Bible. Only this one is set in 18th-Century Scotland. Elisabeth and Marjory are hoping to escape the notice of the dragoons seaching the landscape for Jacobite rebels. Both Marjory's sons fought and died for Bonnie Prince Charlie at Falkirk and now Elisabeth adn Marjory have been stripped of their title, fortune and properties. They are left at the mercy of Anne, a distant cousin to take them in.
Can these two women find peace and happiness in their new life together? Will they always be looking over their shoulder in fear that they will be hunted down as rebels?
I don't want to give away too much and ruin the book, but I will say that all the characters in this book are engaging and important. The story keeps you reading longer than you should and the hero is everything you would hope him to be. AND it's set in Scotland - what more could you ask for?!
I will definitely be checking out more of this authors books as this one was beautifully written. =)
Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers for my honest review. No other compensation was received and all opinions are mine.