Thursday, April 25, 2013

Book Review: Mine is the Night by Liz Curtis Higgs



Mine is the Night by Liz Curtis Higgs
Waterbrook Press, 15 March 2011

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. 


This was my first Liz Curtis Higgs novel.  Liz came highly recommended by gazillions of people, and I can assure you, I wasn't disappointed.

This is my kind of novel - rich in historical detail.  I love feeling like I'm living in the past along with the characters. And Scotland too! What's not to love about Scotland? 

Mine is the Night is a follow up novel to Here Burns My Candle, which I have not read.  But it made no difference to my enjoyment.  The pace of the story is even and temperate, but I actually love this when I'm so engrossed in the details and living in the period. It feels right because it matches eighteenth century living .  Since this novel is based on the biblical story of Ruth and Naomi, there are no surprises in the ending, but I found this comforting.

There is beautiful character development, and Liz has given us lovely examples of brave, yet gentle women.  There are strong themes of forgiveness, mercy and quality amongst believers.  It's a touching story, and I'm so glad there are writers like Liz in the world.


Helen's favourite genre is historical fiction with a strong romantic element.  She also enjoys contemporary romance, chick-lit and YA.  She's not caught up in the spell of fantasy fiction, despite The Faraway Tree series being a strong influence in her childhood.

Helen is currently working on her first book, a Christian young adult novel set between two opposite but equally fascinating places in Australia.

1 comment:

  1. This looks like a book I should add to my to be read list. Thank you for posting a review.

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