Friday, April 8, 2011

Mine Is The Night

I recently got the opportunity to review Mine Is The Night by Liz Curtis Higgs. What a wonderful blessing it was. The book got off to a slow start, but there is another book that goes with it (that is the first in the series) called Here Burns My Candle.  I will be reading that one soon.
This book is very similar to the book of Ruth in the bible. Just like Ruth went with her mother-in-law back to her home town, Bess Kerr went with Marjory Kerr to Selkirk. The entire story takes place in 17th century Scotland during King George’s rein. Marjory Kerr lost her husband and both of her sons, Donald and Andrew. She had only one choice: to travel back to her homeland and seek her only relative she knew of. Her husband, John, had one cousin named Anne Kerr. Marjory and Bess (aka Elizabeth) came from a wealthy household, but lost it all to King George because Donald and Andrew betrayed the king. Anne was very poor and took them both in regardless of how little she had.
This is a love story, heroic story, and a story about how God is with us in our triumphs and trials. Scripture is quoted many times and the character’s pray every chance they get. I highly enjoyed getting to know each character and their thoughts about each event. Liz Curtis Higgs used actual Scottish dialogue between the characters. There is a Scottish glossary at the end of the book so you can look up different words used.
Another thing I really enjoyed about his novel was the description of the meals. I found my mouth watering on several occasions. Here is an example: “Potted eel was followed by savory veal pie, then stewed chicken with mace. Warm rolls, fragrant with ale yeast, were served next, then pickled beetroot and asparagus with butter. Strawberries and soft cheese arrived as the final course.” (pg. 215). I know some of the items don’t sound very good, but can’t you just imagine each course being served and the wonderful aromas you might smell?
Bess was also a dressmaker. The description of the clothing worn by each character was so eloquent. The silk and satin and lace sounded so beautiful. The picture on the front cover of Bess wearing a lavender dress is so exquisite. The details were very descriptive. I could just imagine how each gown looked.
I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a Godly perspective on a love story. By the middle of the book I couldn’t put it down.

God Bless,


*I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review*

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