She lost everything she loved.
He had everything she needed.
But could she find the courage to trust him?
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, torn 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 hope is often 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.
Star Rating: *****
As I read Mine is the Night, I felt as if I had literally jumped into the pages of this book and shared Elisabeth and Marjory’s adventures. With the wonderful writing, engaging characters, and intriguing plot, this book—while pretty thick—was easy to fly through the pages. I had had a bad impression of Liz Higgs writings after reading one of her other historical Scottish series when I was too young for the content, so I admit that I went into this story with some trepidation. But it fled almost as soon as I began this wonderful retelling of the biblical story of Ruth.
Elisabeth was a joy to get to know. Selfless, hardworking, sweet-tempered, compassionate, caring—she’s a great example for others. I really grew to understand her through the course of this book. Marjory, also, was fun to get to know, though I confess to enjoying reading Elisabeth’s parts more. Not because they were better written or more entertaining, but simply because I really grew to like Elisabeth! Reading about Marjory was interesting, though. I enjoyed watching her change over the course of this book. Lord Jack Buchannan was also really cool! In the beginning the reader doesn’t know much about him, but as the story progressed, I loved watching how the reader was taken deeper and deeper into this character. While these three characters set the stage for the retelling of Ruth, there were also many other characters that I enjoyed—Anne, Michael, Peter, and Gibson. Truly, this book contained a wonderful cast of characters!
Taking into consideration that Higgs is retelling the story of Ruth in 1746 Scotland, I though she kept as close to the biblical account as she could. With the setting a different year and culture, there were some things that had to change, but the skeleton of the plot was still the same as the story of Ruth. Having Elisabeth and Marjory’s husbands being Jacobites and participating in the war against King George was the perfect tension for the book, since in Ruth there was because she was a Moabite. There were a few scenes that contained adult content that I would advise caution on for younger readers. When Elisabeth and Marjory are stopped along the roadside by a company of dragoons, the leader makes several crude innuendoes to Elisabeth. Then later, a man tries to force himself on a girl who refused him, but he ends up stopping before it goes too far. Besides these scenes, the book was great from beginning to end, though I wouldn’t recommend this to younger readers.
When I finally reached the last pages of this book, I felt almost depressed. I was having so much fun reading about Elisabeth, Lord Jack, Marjory and all the others—I didn’t want to leave them! I know it’s always a good sign (and compliment to the author) when a reader is sad to say goodbye to the story—and so I was. I am pretty sure it won’t be very longer before I pick the book up again and revisit the characters!
I reviewed this book for FIRST Wild Card Blog Tours. Special thanks to Cindy Brovsky of Random House Inc. for sending me a review copy. It was not required that I give a positive review, but solely to express my own thoughts and opinions of this book, which I have done.
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