Sunday, May 29, 2011

Mine is the Night

Author: Liz Curtis Higgs
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
March 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7002-2
Genre: Inspirational/history

Lord and Lady Marjorie Kerr have just moved to the Scottish Highlands after the Jacobite uprising of Prince Charles against the King of England. Their sons marry two of the local women, but then Lord John passes away leaving his estate to his wife and sons. However, the foolish actions of the sons end up destroying the family’s happiness.

Both sons support the rebel Jacobite cause, which eventually leads to their deaths and the family’s ruin when the King’s forces crush the rebels. All their property and titles are taken by the King.

Broken, penniless, and alone, except for her daughter-in-laws, Marjorie decides to return to her home town, taking her daughter-in-laws with her. But one decides to stay with her family, but the younger son’s wife, Elizabeth Kerr goes with Marjorie. But Marjorie isn’t as easily accepted at home either. She is treated with resentment and hatred.

What will it take to turn the community around? Will Elizabeth and Marjorie find acceptance? Possibly love? If so, at what cost?

MINE IN THE NIGHT is a historical story, set in Scotland, but based strongly around the biblical account of Ruth and Boaz. If you know the Bible story of Ruth, you know how this story will end, but it is all in the telling, and Ms. Higgs is a best-selling author for a reason. Plus, she has done her research well, even to the point of the way people talked back then, so if you are reading it for the historical aspect, you won’t be disappointed.

If you are looking for a good historical romance to read then MINE IS THE NIGHT is one to consider. It will not disappoint. A fascinating author’s note about her research and the historical time period and discussion questions are included at the end of the book. $14.99. 464 pages.

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