Saturday, November 26, 2011

Review: Mine is the Night by Liz Curtis Higgs.

Mine Is the Night

I have a major complaint about this book.  I didn't want it to end!  The characters in Liz Curtis Higgs books, Here Burns my Candle and its sequel, Mine is the Night, were so endearing, I'll miss them!   Mrs. Higgs is possibly the best storyteller of our time.  However, she doesn't really tell the story; she shows it.  I could see the colors, hear the lilt of the voices, feel the warmth of the kindnesses and the chill of the fears.

This novel concludes the story of Marjory and Elizabeth Kerr; but, I wish this were a series that would go on and on.   I can certainly see it as a mini-series. 

I was drawn into Mine is the Night quickly.  The initial scene is one of action and suspense.  The year is 1746.  Mrs. Marjory Kerr and her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Elizabeth Kerr, were both widowed in the Jacobite revolution.  They have lost their land, their money, and their titles as a result of their ties to the Jacobites.  Danger abounds as dragoons search out remaining traitorous Jacobites.   The Kerrs arrive in Selkirk in the Borderlands penniless to find that things were not as they thought they would be.  Money sent to care for their cousin with whom they will reside and to care for the Kirk (church) has not been received.  Their servant Gibson did not arrive and announce their arrival and make preparations.  Poverty awaits; but, they make the best of it with industry and a determination to trust God with their future as well as their present.  

I certainly do recommend this book if you are a reader of historical romance novels.  It can be read as a stand-alone book; however, there is a depth of understanding that will be missing if you do not read Here Burns my Candle first.  There are no graphic love scenes in this book.  It is clean.  I will not allow my teenage daughter to read it; because, I consider it to be a book for adult women.

Listen as Liz Curtis Higgs tells you of the story.

This is the sequel to Here Burns my Candle that I reviewed a few months ago. 

Read an excerpt.

This is available as an paperback or an e-book.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review."Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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