Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Mine is the Night...Review
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.
When more than one worthy hero steps forward to woo Elisabeth, she makes a bold choice, then must confess her heart’s desire. Will he refuse her out of pride, or surrender to her love?
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 amid the velvet landscape of eighteenth-century Scotland.
I really liked Here Burns My Candle, but I loved Mine is the Night. This was a fantastic sequel. Much like Ruth stays with Naomi in the bible, Elisabeth follows Marjory as she returns to her husband's ancestral home. Because King George considers the Kerr support of Prince Charles to be treason, they have lost everything and must prevail upon a distant cousin for shelter.
As they go from wealth to poverty, Elisabeth and Marjory must support themselves and Elisabeth is fortunate to secure work as a dressmaker for wealthy Lord Buchanan. As she and Lord Jack begin to fall in love, her Jacobite past comes back to haunt her and threatens her very life.
The transformation of Marjory is terrific. As she struggles with her new, lowly status and the prospect of no society whatsoever, she discovers a forgotten, inner strength and faith in God. With her new, humbled heart, she is able to discover that love has always been right before her eyes.
As their new lives unfold, Marjory and Elisabeth discover their inner strength, their faith in God and the love of family and friends. As historically rich as Here Burns My Candle, this story moves swiftly. The book is enthralling and a fantastic end to the Kerr saga.
Thanks to Random House and First Wildcard for the opportunity to review this book. You can read the first chapter here. You can learn more about Liz Curtis Higgs here. You can purchase your own copy here.
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