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Mine Is the Night: A Novel
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Mine Is the Night: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Liz Curtis Higgs
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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.
  Then a worthy hero steps forward, rekindling a spark of hope. Will he risk his reputation to defend two women labeled as traitors to the Crown? Or will a wealthy beauty, untainted by scandal, capture his affections?
   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 in eighteenth-century Scotland. 

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Editorial Reviews


Praise for Mine Is the Night

Mine Is the Night was everything I hoped it would be—the crown of the series! I loved the historical setting, the details, the love stories, the characters who change and grow. The pace and storylines kept me turning pages; I couldn’t put it down.”
—Francine Rivers, best-selling author of Redeeming Love

“Few authors stir my emotions more deeply than Liz Curtis Higgs. One does not merely read her novels; one forges a bond so deep with her characters that reader and story become one, embarking on a journey that both inspires and transforms. But be warned—Mine Is the Night will steal your night from the first page to the last, and never will hours be better spent. It was an absolute pleasure to read.”
—Julie Lessman, author of A Hope Undaunted

“Liz Curtis Higgs has once again combined her extraordinary skill as a storyteller with her elegant writing style to weave a grand Scottish tale, one that transports us back to the past in an emotional and unforgettable journey. Beautifully crafted and clearly written from the heart, Mine Is the Night just took its place among my other favorite novels from one of our most gifted historical authors. I was reluctant to see the story of the Kerr women end—but what an ending it is!”
—BJ Hoff, author of The Emerald Ballad

“Liz Curtis Higgs brings the book of Ruth to life in Jacobite Scotland with Mine Is the Night, a page-turning, emotionally intense, gloriously researched, and soul-stirring read. I was in eighteenth-century Scotland with characters I did not want to leave. Simply brilliant.”
—Linda Windsor, author of Healer

“Liz Curtis Higgs does it again! Mine Is the Night delivers a compelling story of intrigue, adventure,...

About the Author

Liz Curtis Higgs is the author of twenty-eight books with three million copies in print, including her armchair travel guide to Scotland, My Heart’s in the Lowlands, and her best-selling Scottish historical novels, Thorn in My Heart, Fair Is the Rose, Christy Award–winner Whence Came a Prince, Grace in Thine Eyes, and Here Burns My Candle, the riveting prequel to Mine Is the Night.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1336 KB
  • Print Length: 466 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (March 15, 2011)
  • Publication Date: March 15, 2011
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004C43G0G
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,552 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engagin March 18, 2011
By Annette
I was captivated from the first in this delightful and intriguing story of a young widow, Elizabeth, and her also widowed mother-in-law, Lady Marjory Kerr. They lost all material wealth and claims to their estate in 1746 after Marjory's 2 sons were killed in the battle at Falkirk where they were supporting Prince Charles' claim to the throne. Now dragoons were out and about to find any rebels (Jacobites) and have them dealt with in a cruel way.

Thus was the scene that was created as I started this wonderful novel. Marjory and Elizabeth were on their way back to Marjory's hometown where they hoped to find lodging with Cousin Anne. What would be their reception? Would Anne welcome them after being almost ignored by Lady Marjory Kerr because of her lower standing in the caste system. The same system which had now reduced Lady Marjory to poverty level.

This is a story that begins with Elizabeth finding work because of her sewing ability and being able to bring financial support to Cousin Anne and her beloved Mother-in-law, Marjory. Because her first sewing job was terminated, Elizabeth was forced to find work elsewhere which brings her to Admiral Lord Buchanan's English estate. Dressed in her tattered mourning attire, she is granted the job of sewing new uniforms for the newly hired staff.

Thus begins her relationship with Lord Jack Buchanan. Ah, romanticism at its finest. Then add romance to Anne and Marjory's lives as well and the story just gets better and better.

Believe it or not, I was halfway through this book before I realized it was patterned after the Book of Ruth. That did not diminish the story line in any way. This was a superb read and I enjoyed every descriptive detail immensely. Thank you Liz Curtis Higgs!!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding Fiction - another classic by Higgs March 17, 2011
Get ready for a magnificent story of the mending of three women's hearts, one amazing hero, and the faithfulness of a perfect Redeemer.

Mine is the Night is the heart's desire of everyone who always wanted the story of Ruth to be 300 pages longer The heartache, loss, and elegance are all there. The virtue, uncertainty, fear, bitterness, and beauty are all in place.

Elisabeth is a true, godly heroine.

And Admiral Jack Buchanan?
Well, I just have to say:
MOVE OVER, Mr. Darcy!!!
Jack Buchanan is a rival for any Austen hero. With his generous heart, kindness, and (oh yes) even a sense of humor, he's the perfect picture of Boaz.

You may think you know the story of Ruth, but I can assure you, you've NEVER read it like this.
Thank you, thank you, Liz- for taking your pen and inspiring the rest of us through this story.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book! March 18, 2011
By Carrie
I was hooked from the beginning of Here My Burns My Candle and have been waiting for the end of Elisabeth and Marjory Kerr's story. Liz Curtis Higgs finishes it up and does a wonderful job. I love how the customs and laws of 18th century Scotland lend themselves so well to retelling the Biblical story of Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz.

When Elisabeth meets Admiral Lord Jack Buchanan, I saw how Boaz could have felt about Ruth. When Marjory began to love her daughter-in-law and esteem her, I felt how Naomi might have responded to Ruth's faithfulness.

I'm only sorry the tale is over and I wonder which Bible stories and people will next picque Liz's imagination.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bittersweet series... February 12, 2012
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This book ends saga of the Kerr's family. Main characters in the second book of the series were too sweet to me. They were breathing but too perfect. It was a bit hard to get into because characters were missing flaws.
The author provided a lot of historical details.
Overall, the book ended too perfectly for me. Money solved all problems at the end, even though the writer tried to show us it was faith, but it was a bit hard to believe.
What stays with me is the language the author used; I do smile at the thought.
Aye, that's the language that is going to stay with me for awhile. Though I do think that the writer over did it with the usage of the foreign words. I love different flavors of sounds in books I read, but it was overdone.
The author is an accomplished writer. She raised bars really high! She created wonderful and mesmerizing works that I will cherish forever. The bible series and her first historical series are some of my treasures! Because of the characters created in her first historical series, I had trouble getting into other characters' lives.
But the new series is about a new family. I wasn't deeply touched by new characters because characters from the first historical series stsyed with me.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She Does it Again! April 4, 2011
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Have you ever been disappointed in a book written by Liz Curtis Higgs? Is it even possible? Once again the author has triumphed with her latest novel Mine is the Night.

The sequel to Here Burns My Candle, Mine is the Night continues to follow the lives of Marjory and Elizabeth Kerr. Set in Scotland during the 1700's, this epic story will capture your attention immediately with it's vivid descriptions of Scotland and it's cast of characters.

Those who have read Here Burns My Candle will be pleasantly surprised by Majory's new love interest and her change in personality. Elizabeth struggles to help them survive as they fear for their freedom at every turn. Still branded as traitors to the King, they face their future with uncertainty, but with faith that God will keep them safe.

Based on the Book of Ruth, we finally meet "Boaz" in Lord Buchanan and the love story that unfolds is as endearing as the bible story only much more up to date and - dare I say it? - better. Is that blasphemous?

I'm sorry to see these characters go, but look forward to whatever Liz has in store for us next.

This book gets 5 out of 5 stars for me.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Book of Ruth - Reimagined
The ending of another fabulous series by Liz Curtis Higgs. While the series is loosely based on the book of Ruth, it still leaves you guessing at what will happen next. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Laura K
5.0 out of 5 stars I really liked this book
I really liked this book. it was hard to put down and had lots of exciting events.
Published 19 days ago by Reyna Arthur
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I just read this series again. Well written with inspiring main characters.
Published 20 days ago by HappyGirl
5.0 out of 5 stars What an inspirational treasure! The historic setting allowed me ...
What an inspirational treasure! The historic setting allowed me to "live" in the hearts of the characters whose lives are touched by the Hand of God on every page! Read more
Published 1 month ago by cherry hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this Naomi and Ruth rendition!
Liz Curtis Higgs pulled me in from the beginning! Although I was fairly certain, from the beginning, that this story mirrored the one from the book of Ruth in the Old Testament, I... Read more
Published 1 month ago by TL Fowler
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it
Published 1 month ago by Deborah L Floyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent! Historically accurate and a great story line.
Published 3 months ago by Jenae R Nichols
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok book
It was an ok read. It went a little overboard with the mom and mother in law.
Published 3 months ago by jamila hutchinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational
Although I know the Biblical story of Ruth that the story is modeled after, it was delightful, suspensful and inspirational. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
Published 4 months ago by Dave Solheim
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good Book
Published 4 months ago by Amanda B.
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More About the Author

Liz Curtis Higgs admits, "My goal is simple: to help women embrace the grace of God with joy and abandon!"

Her latest release, It's Good to Be Queen, encourages readers to become as bold, gracious, and wise as the queen of Sheba, who journeyed across the desert to test the mind and heart of King Solomon.

In her best-selling series of Bad Girls of the Bible books and videos, Liz breathes new life into ancient tales about the most infamous--and intriguing--women in scriptural history, from Jezebel to Mary Magdalene. Biblically sound and cutting-edge fresh, these popular titles have helped more than one million women around the world experience God's grace anew.

Liz also offers a twenty-first century take on the book of Ruth in The Girl's Still Got It, dishing out meat and milk, substance and style, in a highly readable, always entertaining, and deeply personal journey.

And you'll find a heartwarming Bible study wrapped inside a beautiful gift book with The Women of Christmas. Verse by verse, Liz unwraps the biblical stories of Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna, who each welcome the Christ child into the world in a marvelous and miraculous way.

Liz's award-winning historical novels, which transport the stories of Rebekah, Leah, Rachel, Dinah, Ruth, and Naomi to eighteenth-century Scotland, also invite readers to view these familiar biblical characters in a new light.

According to Publishers Weekly, "Higgs is a stickler for period authenticity." To that end, Liz has traveled sixteen times to Scotland, the setting for her novels, and has filled her shelves with nearly one thousand resource books about Scottish history and culture.

Also a gifted professional speaker, Liz has presented more than 1,700 inspirational programs for audiences in all fifty United States and fourteen foreign countries. When the National Speakers Association honored her with the Council of Peers Award for Excellence, Liz became one of only 35 women in the world named to their CPAE-Speaker Hall of Fame.

On the personal side, Liz is married to Bill Higgs, Ph.D., who serves as Director of Operations for her speaking and writing office. Liz and Bill enjoy their old Kentucky home, a nineteenth-century farmhouse in Louisville, and are the proud (and relieved) parents of two college grads.

"I have three abiding passions: encouraging my sisters in Christ, exploring the stories of women in the Bible, and writing novels set in Scotland of old. When I'm not traveling, speaking, or spinning a story, I connect with readers online, take copious photos, read historical novels, watch period films, and immerse myself in research--the more books, the merrier. I'm a lame housekeeper, a marginal cook, and a mediocre gardener, but home is still my favorite place to land."

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