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: 393,754
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.”

Continues...

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Mine Is the Night 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 107 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
deonva on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This is my first Liz Curtis Higgs book. I did not realize this was the 2nd book in the series. It made a wonderful stand-alone book. It slightly paralleled the story of Ruth & Naomi in the Bible. It was a nice story of family, love and commitment. I enjoy reading and learning about historical eras. This book contains good information about Scottish traditions. I would recommend this book to any who are interested in historical biblical fiction.
BrookeYvonne on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I really enjoyed this book...it's a book that will keep you captivated and not be able to do much else until you finish it! It's very similar to the Bible's Book of Ruth...but didn't realize that until I was over half way through the book. This is a MUST read!
Steph33 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I received this book from the Early Reviewers. I very much enjoyed this book. The characters were realistic. The setting was lovely. I was actually suprised to find out that there is a book previous to this one. This book can clearly stand alone and yet make you curious as to what happened in the first book. I have read several other books by Higgs, and although I did enjoy this book, my favorite by this author is still Grace in Thine Eyes. I loved that book. Higgs resetting of these Biblical stories is an interesting concept in and of itself to someone who is familiar with the Biblical accounts. My favorite telling of the Ruth story remains Unshaken by Francine Rivers.
judyg54 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This story picks right up where "Here Burns My Candle" leaves off, so I highly encourage readers to read them in order. I had a hard time getting interested in the story line of book one, but by the end of this book I was very captured and captivated by the story. Well done Lis Curtis Higgs. She does her background and research well and makes me very familiar with the times and customs and lifestyles of the folks living in Scotland during this time. You won't be disappointed if you stick with it and read both books in order to the very end!It is written as an eighteenth century interpretation of the Book of Ruth. This book picks up on the next chapter in the life of Elizabeth Kerr and her mother-in-law Marjory Kerr. They have lost everything, their home, money, husbands and respect and find themselves going back to Marjory's town she grew up in in Selkirk, Scotland and finding a distant relative who takes them in. Elizabeth ends up using her sewing skills to secure a job and earn some money. You will find your heart warmed by the love these two woman demonstrate to each other and the way God works in the heart of Marjory and changes her into a woman you come to care for. There is alot of lovely romance in this story, but also a story of how deep friendships are made and hearts are changed. I appreciated the way the author showed the flaws of people, and the way some hearts can be changed. It was not a book full of joy and happiness, but how bad things can happen to good people and how you can endure tragedy and come out of it a better person.
hobbitprincess on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I appreciate historical fiction that is well-researched, and this book is certainly that. I absolutely loved the first book, Here Burns My Candle, and this second book did not disappoint at all. Set in 18th century Scotland, this is basically a retelling of the story of Naomi, Ruth, and Boaz from the Old Testament. While the message is strong, this book isn't overly preachy, as some Christian fiction tends to be. In fact, if you aren't a Christian and don't care for that particular genre, I would still recommend this book because it is just so well written. The story never drags, the characters are developed well and will become like good friends, and the history is wonderful. I learned some things about Scottish history I did not know and found myself running to the Internet to learn more. I am thrilled to have learned of a new author to follow, read, and recommend.
TammyPhillips on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I loved Mine is the Night by Liz Curtis Higgs. This story is a modern retelling of the story of Naomi and Ruth, set in 18th century Scotland. I have come to find that reading fictional retellings of Biblical stories really brings the original account to life, and Mine is the Night has certainly done that. Additionally, I thoroughly enjoyed the new setting as it is very similar to those of Jane Austen. In fact, I couldn't help but think of Elizabeth Bennet on occasion as I was reading about this novel's leading lady, Elizabeth Kerr. I love stories with happy endings, romance, stalwart females, strong, Godly men, and historical significance. Mine is the Night is full of all of the above and I highly recommend it!
sporrestories on LibraryThing 7 months ago
"Mine is the Night" by Liz Curtis Higgs is what the author calls the "happy ending" to a story begun in her previous book, "Here Burns My Candle". Set in 18th century Scotland, the story begins with Lady Marjory Kerr and her daughter-in-law Elizabeth returning as widows to Marjory's home town of Selkirk. Because of their previous ties with a rebel uprising against the king, the women had been stripped of their titles and wealth, and left with nothing. The story tells of their struggle -- not just to survive -- but to make a living and somehow find acceptance among their peers. After a somewhat rocky start, they forge a friendship with Marjory's cousin Anne, and the story focuses on each of the three womens lives, their friendship, and their respective love stories. The story is quite predictible, and not just because it is a take-off of the Biblical account of Naomi, Boaz and Ruth. The plot includes romance, villains, and fortunes lost and restored. Each woman has an adoring suiter and, for different reasons each one ends up going to propose to their future husband instead of waiting for him (although one of the men sees it coming and beats her to it). Obviously I have not done the research like the author has, but even if one woman would be so bold, I somehow doubt that in the 18th century all three of them would feel it is necessary. As with most fiction romance novels, this is where the story ends, with each of them entering their "happily ever after". A great aspect of the book is the emphasis of Christian character and morals. Themes such as courage, compassion, forgiveness, purity, and reconciliation are woven throughout the story. The townspeople notice a difference in Marjory Kerr's character since her conversion. Likewise, Elizabeth's character has forsaken certain old superstitions and rituals that she practiced before coming to Christ. They both experience faith and trust, waiting on God's timing and following His will.The story is well written, the characters are likeable and the plot is entertaining. If you like Christian fiction reading, this book is a good choice.
TheyCallMeVarmit on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This historical story was very precise in the details, down the language. Some of the Scottish sayings in the book, said from one character to another, had me puzzled at times and I wondered if I should put the book down and consult the internet to find it's meaning, but after a few usages of a word (such as "ken" for "know", or "guid" for "good"), I got the gist of it, and my pace with the story became much steadier. I didn't know until I was at the end of the book that the author included a glossary in the back, full of these words and their English counterparts. It will prove quite handy to anyone reading this book for the first time.Though I found it a bit predictable concerning the Kerr women and the men around them, their tales were still very heartwarming. It was also nice to see the characters grow and change in various ways because it gave them more depth, and made them more endearing. I also appreciated the tense scenes concerning a certain scoundrel, and the drama that ensued, and found the dramatic scenes to have been perfectly placed within the storyline. Liz Curtis Higgs has done a fine job transporting me to the era in the story, thanks to her detailing of the clothing of the time period, the customs, food, and mannerisms. As I got closer to the middle of the story, I felt invested. This is also classed as a Christian book, and there are certainly passages and references to God within (the story itself brings to mind Ruth and Boaz), but it's not so heavily thrown in so that anyone of any faith could pick up this book and enjoy it for a historical fiction or romance. After reading Mine is the Night, I plan to now read the other historical fiction novels by the author, which I am sure are just as enjoyable as this one proved to be.
Carolee888 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
truly enjoyed this last book of the trilogy by Liz Curtis Higgs. At the time that I started reading 'Here Burns My Candle', I didn't realize that this was a trilogy. But missing the first book did not bother me. This book was slower paced than the previous one but that did not detract from the book. As before, there is a vocabulary list of Scottish words to help understand the dialogue. But I only referred to it twice since it was so easy to figure out the meaning from the context. All the characters were well developed and I was very satisfied with the ending. I appreciate all the research that the author has done into Scottish history and weaving in the story of the Book of Ruth from the Bible. I must say that I will miss Elizabeth, Marjory, Anne and of course Gibson. I love the way that Liz Curtis Higgs intertwined the customs and holidays of the times like Michaelmas into the story. After reading about the customs and feast for that holiday, I checked for more information and was surprised to find a custom that I grew up was derived from this holiday. Look it up yourself! I was also pleased with the amount of humor and wit in this book. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am looking forward to go back in history again with the author. She makes it all come alive. This book is a book of hope too. One of the verses from the Bible that she quoted was ¿Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning (Psalms 30:5) truly sums up the book and makes you think about it in reference to our lives today. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a book rich in thought and history. I truly enjoyed this last book of the trilogy by Liz Curtis Higgs. At the time that I started reading 'Here Burns My Candle' I didn't realize that this was a trilogy. It was slower paced but that did not detract from the book. I love the way that Liz Curtis Higgs wove the customs and holidays of the times like Michaelmas. After reading about the customs and feast for that holiday, I checked for more information and was surprised to find a custom that I grew up was derived from this holiday. Look it up yourself! I am definitely a Liz Curtiz Higgs fan!
fantasia655 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I love reading Scottish stories. This is great one, I hadn't read the first one but you can just pitch right in with this one. Lots of lovely people and great rendering and portrayal of Scotland. Recommended.
rjmoren on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I have long said that historical Christian fiction is not my favorite genre. However, as of late, that opinion is changing. This particular book has had a great deal to do with that. Maybe Scotland intrigues me as well. There is a slight parallel in this book to the Ruth and Naomi of the Bible. The widowed mother-in-law returns home and one of two widowed daughters-in-law absolve to go with her, though her home is elsewhere. The settings are entirely different. I felt that these characters were well developed. I enjoyed getting to see where their story would take them. Highly recommended book by me if you enjoy happy endings.
Coranne on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This was everything I hoped the first book would have been. It was full of realistic characters, exciting plot lines, drama, romance, and a satisfying finish. I am a fan of Liz Curtis Higg's fiction- and this book did not let me down!I knew what the plot line was based on the second half of the book of Ruth. There were many plot points that I was curious about. How were they going to portray the character that represented Boaz? What happened to Rob? What would happen to Marjory and Gibson? Would we ever get a finished plot line for Bess' mother? This book came to a very satisfying finish and tied up all plot lines. I honestly was amazing with how the author crafted the book- I couldn't put it down! I found myself cheering out loud at points (and wanting to throw the book at other points!) It takes a great author to create so much emotion in her reader.I hope you will pick up this book series. As slow as the first book is- this book makes up for it 100%!
bburke79 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
When I received this book as an advanced reader copy I had not read the book before it. However, after reading it I did get on Amazon and order the first book. That being said I did not have any trouble following the story or figuring characters out because I hadn't read the first book. Mine Is the Night contained plenty of details to enlighten (or remind) the reader. The characters where developed and you really got a sense of who everyone was in this story. The Kerr women are having a rough time to say the least. There are many times when your heart aches for them but especially Elisabeth are troopers who keep going and never give up. While I read a lot of books- and many of them are historical and/or inspirational fiction this was one of the best of those books I have read. I always read for a while before bed and let me just say there were a couple of late nights during this one! It is hard to put down!
Chrizzy on LibraryThing 7 months ago
The author has an enchanting skill for storytelling that will bring the journey of the Kerr women to life. I normally have a habit of parading through a book to be able to note that I have accomplished a feat. This book was a wonderful way to begin and end each day, sipping on the delight of going back in time to reenvision the biblical story of Ruth.
foggidawn on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Marjory Kerr has lost everything in her support of the Jacobite cause -- not only her fortune, but her sons and her title as well. In 1746, she returns to her home town of Selkirk with only her daughter-in-law Elisabeth accompanying her, and with not a shilling in her pocket. They move in with Anne Kerr, a distant cousin who lives in a single room, and Elisabeth immediately starts searching for employment, since Anne's meager income as a lacemaker will not support the three of them. Elisabeth finds employment briefly with a local tailor, but when that position ends, she despairs of finding another -- until Admiral Jack Buchanan buys a local estate and starts hiring staff. Though it's not common for a large house to employ a full-time dressmaker, Elisabeth is hired for several months to make dresses for all of the house's female staff. During that time, she makes the acquaintance of Lord Buchanan, who is drawn to her innate sweetness and gentility. He has the ability to set all to rights for Elisabeth and Marjory -- if he is able to look beyond their current impoverishment. This book is based on the Biblical narrative from the book of Ruth, and stays surprisingly true to that story, despite being set in 18th century Scotland instead of ancient Israel. It is inspirational fiction, but those elements are not handled in a heavy-handed fashion, and the writing is a cut above much current inspirational fiction. The characters, though occasionally guilty of holding slightly more modern opinions than their actual 18th century counterparts might, are dynamic and likeable. Mine is the Night is the sequel to Here Burns My Candle, and though it can be read as a stand-alone work, readers will appreciate the context and back-story obtained by reading Here Burns My Candle first.
Lori_OGara on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Liz Curtis Higgs is a phenomenon. This book is a version of the Biblical story of Ruth and Naomi set in Scotland in the 18th century. Very well written and brilliantly crafted. This book is part of a series but it is a stand alone story worth reading.
heidip on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Mine Is the Night is the second book in a series by Liz Curtis Higgs, and newly published in March 2011. This is a delightful book although the ending does seem a little too happy with everything working out just the way you want it. Well, you kind of know already how it will end since it is based on the book of Ruth in the Bible. The interesting thing about this series is how the story is woven into the history of Scotland in 1745 during the Jacobite Rebellion. Eighteenth Century Scotland really comes to life with Scottish dialect and beautiful scenic descriptions, cultural situations, and food. Setting plays a key role and is cleverly intertwined into the plot, creating much of the intrigue. As for the characters, I felt they were well developed. My only complaint is that the good guys were really good. Of course, I don't know how you could make a "Ruth" character bad! Several characters changed over the course of the series.The series is good enough that I think I'll check out this author's other fiction series set in Scotland.