Monday, March 21, 2011
Mine is the Night (Review)
I read Liz Curtis Higgs’ Here Burns My Candle several months ago and have been eagerly awaiting the sequel, Mine is the Night. Both books are set in 18th century Scotland and parallel the Biblical book of Ruth.
Mine is the Night begins as Elisabeth Kerr and her mother-in-law, Marjory, arrive in Marjory’s hometown of Selkirk, having recently lost their wealth, home, and husbands. The women have nowhere else to go, but hope to find a new home and a welcome here. Although further hardship and rejection await them, both have come to rely on God for their security rather than earthly treasures, and this helps to sustain them through their struggles.
This book easily met my expectations. In fact, this 450 page book was hard to put down! I kept reading “just one more chapter!” I loved the characters and the multiple twists and turns in the plot that not-so-coincidentally included many elements of the Ruth and Naomi story. I also enjoyed learning about British history against the backdrop of the Jacobite rebellion. The Scottish words scattered throughout the text added to the realism of the setting.
Although Mine is the Night is a sequel, I think it would stand well alone if you haven’t read the first book in the series yet. You can read the first chapter of Mine is the Night here or buy it at christianbook.com or many other distributors.
Don’t miss the Live Video Event with Liz Curtis Higgs on April 5. She’ll tell you about it here…
I received a free review copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah as part of their Blogging for Books program.