Mine Is the Night

Mine Is the Night

by Liz Curtis Higgs


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ISBN-13: 9781400070022
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/15/2011
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 553,026
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Liz Curtis Higgs is the author of twenty-eight books with three million copies in print, including her armchair travel guide to Scotland, My Heart’s in the Lowlands, and her best-selling Scottish historical novels, Thorn in My Heart, Fair Is the Rose, Christy Award–winner Whence Came a Prince, Grace in Thine Eyes, and Here Burns My Candle, the riveting prequel to Mine Is the Night.

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Mine Is the Night

A Novel
By Liz Curtis Higgs

WaterBrook Press

Copyright © 2011 Liz Curtis Higgs
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9781400070022

The distant hoofbeats were growing louder.

Elisabeth Kerr quickly pushed aside the curtain and leaned out the carriage window. A cool spring rain, borne on a blustery wind, stung her cheeks. She could not see the riders on horseback, hidden by the steep hill behind her. But she could hear them galloping hard, closing the gap. Her mother-in-law seemed unconcerned, her attention drawn to the puddle forming at their feet. A frown creased her brow. “Do you mean for us to arrive in Selkirk even more disheveled than we already are?” Three long days of being jostled about in a cramped and dirty coach had left Marjory
Kerr in a mood as foul as the weather.

“’Tis not the rain that concerns me.” Elisabeth resumed her seat, feeling a bit unsteady. “No ordinary traveling party would ride with such haste.”

Marjory’s breath caught. “Surely you do not think—”

“I do.”

Had they not heard the rumors at every inn and coaching halt? King George’s men were scouring the countryside for anyone who’d aided bonny Prince Charlie in his disastrous bid to reclaim the British throne for the long deposed
Stuarts. Each whispered account was worse than the last. Wounded rebel soldiers clubbed to death. Houses burned with entire families inside. Wives and daughters ravished by British dragoons.

Help us, Lord. Please. Elisabeth slipped her arm round her mother-in-law’s shoulders as she heard the riders crest the hill and bear down on them.

“We were almost home,” Marjory fretted.

“The Lord will rescue us,” Elisabeth said firmly, and then they were overtaken.

A male voice cut through the rain-soaked air, and the carriage jarred to a halt.

Mr. Dewar, their round-bellied coachman, dropped from his perch and landed by the window with a grunt. He rocked back on his heels until he found his balance, then yanked open the carriage door without ceremony. “Beg yer pardon, leddies. The captain here would have a wird with ye.”

Marjory’s temper flared. “He cannot expect us to stand in the rain.”

“On the contrary, madam.” A British dragoon dismounted and rolled into view like a loaded cannon. His shoulders were broad, his legs short, his neck invisible. “I insist upon it. At once, if you please.”

With a silent prayer for strength, Elisabeth gathered her hoops and maneuvered through the narrow carriage doorway. She was grateful for Mr. Dewar’s hand as she stepped down, trying not to drag her skirts through the mud. Despite the evening gloom, her eyes traced the outline of a hillside town not far south. Almost home.

The captain, whom Elisabeth guessed to be about five-and-forty years, watched in stony silence as Marjory disembarked. His scarlet coat was drenched, his cuffed, black boots were covered with filth, and the soggy brim of his cocked hat bore a noticeable wave.

He was also shorter than Elisabeth had first imagined. When she lifted her head, making the most of her long neck, she was fully two inches taller than he. Some days she bemoaned her height but not this day.

By the time Marjory joined her on the roadside, a half-dozen uniformed men had crowded round. Broadswords hung at their sides, yet their scowls were far more menacing.

“Come now,” Mr. Dewar said gruffly. “Ye’ve nae need to frighten my passengers. State yer business, and be done with it. We’ve little daylight left and less than a mile to travel.”

“Selkirk is your destination?” The captain seemed disappointed. “Not many Highland rebels to be found there.”

“’Tis a royal burgh,” Marjory told him, her irritation showing. “Our townsfolk have been loyal to the crown for centuries.”

Elisabeth shot her a guarded look. Have a care, dear Marjory.

The captain ignored her mother-in-law’s comments, all the while studying their plain black gowns, a curious light in his eyes. “In mourning, are we? For husbands, I’ll wager.” He took a brazen step toward Elisabeth, standing entirely too close. “Tell me, lass. Did your men give their lives in service to King George? At Falkirk perhaps? Or Culloden?”

She could not risk a lie. Yet she could not speak the truth.

Please, Lord, give me the right words.

Elisabeth took a long, slow breath, then spoke from her heart. “Our brave men died at Falkirk honoring the King who has no equal.”

He cocked one eyebrow. “Did they now?”

“Aye.” She met the captain’s gaze without flinching, well aware of which sovereign she had in mind. I am God, and there is none like me. She’d not lied. Nor had the dragoon grasped the truth behind her words: by divine right the crown belonged to Prince Charlie.

“No one compares to His Royal Highness, King George,” he said expansively.

“Though I am sorry for your loss. No doubt your men died heroes.”

Elisabeth merely nodded, praying he’d not ask their names. A list of royalist soldiers killed at Falkirk had circulated round Edinburgh for weeks. The captain might recall that Lord Donald and Andrew Kerr were not named among the British casualties. Instead, her handsome husband and his younger brother were counted among the fallen rebels on that stormy January evening.

My sweet Donald. However grievous his sins, however much he’d wounded her, she’d loved him once and mourned him still.

Her courage bolstered by the thought of Donald in his dark blue uniform, Elisabeth squared her shoulders and ignored the rain sluicing down her neck. “My mother-in-law and I are eager to resume our journey. If we are done here—”

“We are not.” Still lingering too near, the captain inclined his head, measuring her. “A shame your husband left such a bonny widow. Though if you fancy another soldier in your bed, one of my men will gladly oblige—”

“Sir!” Marjory protested. “How dare you address a lady in so coarse a manner.”

His dragoons quickly closed ranks. “A lady?” one of them grumbled. “She sounds more like a Highlander to my ear.”

The captain’s expression darkened. “Aye, so she does.” Without warning he grasped the belled cuff of Elisabeth’s sleeve and turned back the fabric.

“Where is it, lass?Where is your silk Jacobite rose?”

“You’ve no need to look.” Elisabeth tried to wrest free of him. “I haven’t one.”

Ignoring her objections, he roughly examined the other cuff, nearly tearing apart the seam. “The white rose of Scotland was Prince Charlie’s favorite, was it not? I’ve plucked them off many a Highland rebel.”

“I imagine you have.” Elisabeth freed her sleeve from his grasp. “Are you quite satisfied?”

“Far from it, lass.” The captain eyed the neckline of her gown, his mouth twisting into an ugly sneer. “It seems your flower is well hidden. Nevertheless, I mean to have it.”


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Mine Is the Night 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 79 reviews.
girlsmama More than 1 year ago
Warning : this book will prove to be hazardous to your laundry pile- as in- "not gonna do it until I finish this book". Mine is the Night by Liz Curtis Higgs is a lovely historical fiction romance that takes place in 1746 in Selkirk, Scotland. This book alone can boost the travel industry to Scotland with Higgs beautiful description of the countryside. Mine is the Night is a retelling of the biblical story of Ruth and Naomi set in Scotland in the 18th century. Sounds unique- yes it is- but oh so good! The Kerr women Elisabeth, and mother-in-law Marjery are two women who are truly at the end of their rope. Both are widows and trying to start over and escape their reputation as being Jacobite rebels. Marjery's sons, one of them Elisabeth's husband, both died in a battle at Falkirk, against King George( and for Prince Charlie) making them enemies of the king. Because of this, Elisabeth and Marjery are left in the world with no money, their former titles stripped and with their only hope being a distant cousin Anne to give them a roof over their heads. Unfortunately, Anne is barely scraping by for her own existence, how was she possibly able to take them in? But take them in she does, and Elisabeth, never being afraid of hard work, seeks to make her way and help provide for them by picking up her needle and becoming a seamstress. Enter our hero and Kinsman redeemer Lord Buchanan who is new to the city of Selkirk and he fortunately is in need of a seamstress to help clothe all the new help in his employ. Elisabeth is just the one he needs, in more ways than one. He is an Admiral for the kings Navy, so when he discovers Elisabeth's former affiliation with the Jacobites, it paves the way for a few road blocks as his interest in Elisabeth grows. As the story unwinds every character shows much growth, grace and faith to bring the story to it's lovely and very romantic conclusion. I will admit that I am a new reader to Liz Curtis Higgs, and having not read Here Burns my Candle, I was still able to follow this book just fine. The storyline just drew me in from page one and the characters were truly wonderfully written and you were rooting for each one as they all had their different challenges that they were facing. The author's extensive research on both Scotland, as well as the story of Ruth from the Bible truly showed in her writing and the Scottish words thrown in for good measure made the read just that much more authentic and delightful for me. I am more than eager to go back and read the first book in this series as well as her other books set in Scotland. I highly recommend this book! I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group as part of their BloggingForBooks program. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.
JanSD More than 1 year ago
This is a timeless saga of love, loss and redemption in eighteenth-century Scotland. It's the story of Elizabeth and her mother-in-law, Lady Marjory Kerr, both widows, who were once gentlewomen of wealth and title. Now penniless, the women search out their distant cousin with hopes she'll take them in. Elizabeth, a skilled dressmaker, catches the attention of a wealthy landowner, Admiral Lord Jack Buchanan. This book is based on the Biblical story of Ruth. If you know the story, you'll recognize that Jack is Boaz. He is kind, and even though Jack and Elizabeth are clearly from two different classes, he becomes her protector and a relationship is a possibility. (I'm not going to tell you more... as that would spoil your fun!) I enjoyed the historical setting and completely fell in love with the characters. This was such a pleasure to read that I savored the final chapter, not wanting it to end. Disclosure: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. All opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My synopsis: The story Mine is the Night is a retelling of the Biblical account of Ruth set in eighteenth-century Scotland. It begins as Marjory Kerr and her daughter-in-law, Elisabeth, (both widowed) are making a long trek back to Marjory's old home of Tweedsford in Selkirk. They have both lost everything as a result of their support of the Jacobite cause. They are used to a life of priviledge, and now have sold their last possesions just to afford the journey home. With no money, Elisabeth sets to work with a tailor, and then later hired on as a seamstress in Lord Jack Buchanan's household. Eventually, Elisabeth and Lord Jack form a deep friendship and mutual admiration of each other. Only one thing stands in the way of a full budding romance: Marjory's previous loyalties to Prince Charles. My reactions: When I first picked up Mine is the Night by Liz Curtis Higgs, I was unaware that it's the second part of a two-part saga (beginning with Here Burns My Candle). There were enough flashbacks so that I wasn't quite so lost in the story. The only part that seemed to lose me was the Scotish words or the accented words (e.g. "frichtsome" for "frightning", "ken" for "know"). Once I caught on, I was able to read without consulting the glossary in the back of the book. The story itself is written so wonderfully, that I was able to imagine myself there and almost felt like the characters were real (after I caught on to the brogue). I had so much empathy for the characters that I literally laughed when they laughed, and cried when they cried. I really didn't want the story to end. FTC Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. That in no way sways my opinion of this book. All opinions expressed in this review are honest and mine alone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mine is the Night by Liz Curtis Higgs is a much longer book then I anticipated. That said, it was a difficult book for me to get into and enjoy reading. I'm sure there are many readers who would enjoy this book and its setting in Selkirk. The author did a great job at describing the area, characters, and using the language of the time. Overall, I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys the historical setting, time period, and some romance! ¿I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review¿.
LeighKramer More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the prequel to this book immensely and was happy to receive a copy to review from Waterbrook Multnomah. I read Mine is the Night in a couple of days, while I coincidentally read Ruth. Reading the biblical version at the same time made me even more impressed how closely Higgs adhered to the Bible, especially when you think of Ruth's stranger components. Each aspect is deftly handled and adapted to 18th century Scotland. Although I will say our heroines acted more pluckily than I'd imagine their actual peers of that day. No matter. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Mine is the Night, especially since I wanted to see who Boaz would be. Last we saw Lady Elisabeth Kerr and her mother-in-law, the dowager Lady Marjory Kerr, they had been stripped of their titles and were headed home to Marjory's hometown of Selkirk. Marjory, long widowed, is now bereft of both sons thanks to the Jacobite cause and is left with only her daughter-in-law Elisabeth. Penniless for the first time in her life and fearful of her life due to her support of the Jacobites, Marjory has many adjustments to make. It is Elisabeth's resourcefulness with sewing and the kindness of a distant cousin that the women are able to survive. Eventually Elisabeth seeks employment as a dressmaker for the wealthy admiral that comes to town. Ah yes, Lord Jack is our Boaz and a worthy hero he is! He is freshly retired from the Navy and ready to settle down. While he's drawn to our Bess, she's still in mourning and there's that pesky detail of her Jacobite loyalty. This is simply a worthy love story. OK, OK, we know Ruth and Boaz get together in the end. But the way Elisabeth and Jack's paths come together? You simply must read it and see for yourselves.
songbirdsue More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book as much as the one before it. I found some things resolved in a way that I was not expecting. One situation in the end seemed a bit far fetched to me, I did not feel It would have happened. But over all the story and characters developed well for me.
Stlphotogirl More than 1 year ago
Overview: Mine is the Night is a re-telling of the Biblical story of Ruth and Naomi set in Scotland during the 1700s and written by Liz Curtis Higgs. Mine in the Night is the sequel to Higgs first installment, Here Burns My Candle, although it can also be read as a stand alone novel. Both books follow the story of two women: Elizabeth and Marjory Kerr. These women are daughter-in-law and mother-in-law and together they will endure many struggles and tests of faith. Mine is the Night begins shortly after the ending of Here Burns My Candle as the Kerr women make their way back to Marjory's childhood home in Selkirkshire. They are seeking the mercy of a neglected relative after their family has been stripped of their money, land, and title due to their husband's/son's traitorous support of Prince Charles claim to the English throne. Now they have nothing but God, their faith, and each other. How will they survive? What will they do? What will become of them? Read Mine is the Night to follow Elizabeth and Marjory as they follow God's leading and face the struggles and possible blessings ahead of them. Review: I absolutely loved Mine is the Night! Once I started reading it I just couldn't put it down! Higgs does an excellent job of spinning a historically accurate yet addictingly good historical fiction romance. Mine is the Night is exciting, heart wrenching, and uplifting. If you have ever faced struggles in your life or you have ever questioned why God does what He does then you will relate to Elizabeth and/or Marjory in this book. This is the first book I read by Liz Curtis Higgs and I must say that I am now a fan. I also point this out because you can read and enjoy Mine is the Night without having to read Here Burns My Candle. I highly recommend this book to historical fiction and Christian romance lovers. You will truly love Mine is the Night. I whole heartedly give this book a five star review! This book was provided to me at no cost by Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing for review purposes.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1746 those who supported Prince Charles' claim to the throne during the failed Jacobite Rebellion are paying the price. Widow Marjorie Kerr saw her two sons Donald and Andrew die at Falkirk and her family's title stripped for supporting Charles. She and one of her widowed daughter-in-laws Elisabeth head to Selkirk where her cousin Anne lives in meager conditions. Marjory knows she is a charity case imposing on a poor relative she ignored for a decade. Ann, who earns her living as a lace-maker, allows them shelter. Elisabeth is unafraid of hard work as she is talented with a needle. She obtains work sewing shirts for Widower single father Michael Dalgiesh's haberdashery. Marjory becomes the cook for her cousin and her daughter-in-law. She also fears for the life of her butler Gibson who should have been here before then, but has failed to arrive. Meanwhile wealthy hero Lord Jack Buchanan is expected shortly and his arrival could prove disastrous to widows of traitors. This is an entertaining eighteenth century Christian romance starring three Kerr females struggling to survive in a world turned upside down by the late men in their lives. Elisabeth and Marjory turn to the Lord for guidance when things look dire and gloomy. Although the story line is straightforward with no surprises from start to finish, ending the way the audience expects, the strong surviving women and the solid support cast make for a fine historical (see Here Burns My Candle for the previous Kerr saga). Harriet Klausner
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BookishGal04 More than 1 year ago
Mine is the Night by Liz Curtis Higgs is an enchanting retelling of the classic tale of Ruth and Boaz in the guise of Jack and Elisabeth. Our story begins with sadness as Elisabeth and her Mother-in-Law, Marjory travel back to Selkirk following the defeat of their family in the Jacobite rebellion. Marjory, unused to living in poverty is in the beginning a prideful woman, however as the story progresses we begin to engage ourselves with her story. Higgs has just the right mix or romance, hearthache, and hope in a story that will become difficult to place down. Though this is the second book in Higgs' series, it is easily a standalone novel. You need not read book 1 in order to become fully comfortable with book 2. What makes Mine is the Night so great is the character depth. Jack and Elisabeth draw you in,they are complex three dimensional characters as opposed to the often flat characters that one might find. In Christian Fiction, what I look for the most is an intriguing story that grips me. I enjoy drama, emotion, healing, and redemption.  I really enjoyed the manner in which Higgs crafted her tale and would fully suggest this novel to anyone who is looking for a retelling of the Biblical Tale of Ruth and Boaz in the guise of 18th Century Scotland. You will enjoy the romance, you will enjoy the joy that can be discovered. 5 Candles out of 5 for what has been a thoroughly enjoyable read.
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Love this book. I couldn't put it down.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lynn F. for Readers Favorite "Mine Is the Night" by Liz Curtis Higgs is the sequel to "Here Burns My Candle" which takes place in Scotland. It is an 18th century novel based on the biblical story of Naomi and Ruth. The story line actually picks up almost where the first book leaves off. After the deaths of their husbands Elizabeth and Marjory Kerr are now just simple women who have lost everything and could be turned in for treason. Elizabeth vows to stay with her mother in law and return with her to her old home in Selkirk instead of remaining in Edinburgh. They are now penniless and without a proper place to stay as they return hoping that her cousin Anne will at least have a place for them to rest for a while. Marjory, at one time a rich woman, had treated every one with scorn before leaving and now she is back as a simple woman who has nothing and hopes to rekindle friendships and grow closer to God. Elizabeth, a seamstress by trade, plans to work for a friend of Anne’s but he will not take on a woman as a partner. Now working for Admiral Lord Jack, he decides to help out Elizabeth and her mother in law. Rebuilding a life that once was and then taken away is hard but slowly Elizabeth and Marjory come to grips and are starting to grow, not only material-wise but also walking closer to God following His will in their lives. I have to say that before I started reading this book I did have to pull out the first one and do a quick scan through to familiarize myself with the story line. I feel this second book did not leave anything out between the beginning and the ending of the first book. I could see the strength of their convictions grow as they faced hardships not only once they returned home but on their travels to return to Marjory’s home and how their relationship with each other grows stronger. As I read I could visualize in my mind the story of Ruth and Naomi and Boaz. I feel that the author has done a wonderful job of transforming that story into an 18th century novel. As in the first book I feel that it is deeply written and for one looking for just an average read. If I had not read the first book this would have been fine as a standalone book. If you really want the full impact of their lives and what led up to their returning to Selkirk, you will want to read the first book. I would recommended this book.
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