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I have a few books I want to review here, and I’m sort of on vacation this week, having help with the kids, which gives me a little time to think and write! So I thought I’d just talk books this week. I’ll be back next week with regularly scheduled programming! (Oh, and speaking of such, my friend Mary just started a blog about TV. If you like to talk television, you’ll adore Mama Loves Her Shows.)
Mine Is the Night by Liz Curtis Higgs: I had never read anything by Higgs, despite the fact that she’s wildly popular as an author of both Christian fiction and nonfiction (Bad Girls of the Bible is her biggest hit, I think).
Mine Is the Night is a retelling of the biblical story of Ruth, set in Scotland in the 1740s. Elisabeth Kerr was widowed when her (unfaithful) husband fought in the Jacobite rebellion; she flees with her mother-in-law to Selkirk to find refuge with the only family they have left. Elisabeth’s mother-in-law, Marjory, is shamed to return to the town where she was a young bride. It’s with great hesitance that her cousin, Anne, takes in the two widows and welcomes them to a life of poverty and working.
Elisabeth finds work as a seamstress to support her new family unit and charms the lord of the large manor … but she is keeping a secret about her life as a Jacobite.
If you know the story of the Book of Ruth, you know how this tale will end, but that made me no less intrigued to finish the novel. Higgs weaves a wonderful, historical tale with vivid characters. The only aspect that I didn’t like was trying to read the Scottish brogue – I just don’t enjoy reading dialect. But that is a personal preference and it really doesn’t distract from the main story. I would definitely recommend Mine Is the Night to any lover of romance and history.
This book was provided to me by WaterBrook Press.