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Book Review: Mine Is the Night by Liz Curtis Higgs




Mine Is the Night is book two in a series, book one is entitled Here Burns My Candle. In the first book the Jacobite rising of 1745 is the historical period dramatized through a family named Kerr. Lord Donald and his wife Lady Marjory Kerr and their two sons had left the town of Selkirk, and had settled in Edinburgh, Scotland when the boys were young. The sons grew up in a titled wealthy family. When Here Burns My Candle begins each son had married a lovely girl. Lady Marjory was a woman accustomed to wealth and all it could buy. She was selfish, spoiled, prideful. The Kerr sons made the decision to side with and fight along side the Jacobite rising. Their decision would plague Marjory and her daughter in-law Elisabeth in book two, Mine Is the Night. When the second story begins Marjory and her daughter in-law Elisabeth are leaving Edinburgh and are traveling to Selkirk, hoping a relative will shelter them. Marjory and Elisabeth are distraught, tired, hungry, and fearful. As they enter the town and Marjory sees the changes that have taken place since she last saw Selkirk, it weakens her hope. Life seems dismal. Elisabeth was the daughter of a weaver. She had been an accomplished seamstress. The two women are in hopes her background will secure a job. They learn of a distinguished Naval man that will be retiring near Selkirk. The entire town is abuzz with this news. He brings an opportunity for them, although they are fearful of their past. They wonder if this man will be a hindrance and downfall, or will he be a gift sent from God?  
Bonnie Prince Charlie

This is a wonderful story! I loved it!
1. The research of the author in writing the Scottish dialect, history of Scotland, and geography. Liz Curtis Higgs knows Scotland! In knowing Scotland she is able to breathe life into the pages of this Scottish story.
2. The women in the story are reachable, believable, endearing (notice I did not say perfect, their imperfections and quirky behaviors is what makes them tangible.)
3. In addition the women worked together to provide for themselves, to share what meager supplies they had; and they were each others counselor, cheerleader, confidante, advocate, and prayer partner. 
I would love to sit down with these women and share a cup of tea with them, hearing their story audibly.
4. A precious cat named Charbon is in the story. His companionship and ability to distinguish a worthy ally is endearing.
5. At the beginning of each chapter is a collection of favored stanzas from poetry. Some of them are my favorite.
6. The panoramic view of the town of Selkirk, it's people and businesses and kirk. I was able to grasp life in the mid 1700's in Scotland. I was able to understand the Scottish people a wee bit better.  
7. From the first sentence I was hooked.
"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." 
Edinburgh Castle, Scotland


A favorite quote from Mine Is the Night:
"Only a man's character mattered. The rest was window dressing." page 124

To read my review of book one Here Burns My Candle:
http://awell-wateredgarden.blogspot.com/2010/03/review-and-giveaway-here-burns-my.html

Author beautiful site and blog! A must visit!
http://www.lizcurtishiggs.com/
http://www.lizcurtishiggs.com/blog/

Published by Waterbrook Press 2011
Link for book @ publisher:
http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/catalog.php?work=201998
The link includes a video of author and an excerpt.
452 pages
Scotland/18 Century/Romance/

Link @ Christian Book:
http://www.christianbook.com/mine-is-the-night/liz-higgs/9781400070022/pd/070024?item_code=WW&netp_id=831919&event=ESRCG&view=details
Paperback $9.99
eBook $11.99

Comments

Becky said…
This is one of my favorite novels! I love all of Higgs' novels set in Scotland!