For my birthday, I spent a lovely afternoon, curled up with a new book. My husband insisted that I not work, so who am I to argue with that? I listened to him and read. I was quite happy to sit down with the new book Mine Is the Night by Liz Curtis Higgs.
Mine Is the Night, like several of Liz Curtis Higgs other books, is set in 18th century Scotland. It is the story of a young widow, Elizabeth Kerr, and her widowed mother-in-law, Marjory Kerr. Due to a rebellion, both of their husbands have been killed and the women are left penniless and under scrutiny by the King. They return to Marjory’s home town of Selkirk.
In Selkirk, they are taken in by a cousin, Anne, who is single and also quite limited in means. Together, the women struggle to find a way to survive. Anne sews lace and Elizabeth takes in sewing. This earns them enough to get from one day to the next. When Elizabeth’s sewing job abruptly ends, she is forced to find work elsewhere to provide for her mother-in-law. Elizabeth, the former lady of a great manor, is now hired as a dress-maker to an even greater manor. Lord Jack Buchanan takes a noted interested in the young widow and looks out for her well-being. Both Elizabeth and Jack learn how God can and does provide in the most unlikely of times and circumstances.
Mine Is the Night is a beautiful story of faith, love and hope. Liz Curtis Higgs has a way with words. I will admit that it takes a couple chapters to get accustomed to the Scottish brogue, but once you do, the story flows beautifully. I liked how each chapter began with a quote. My favorite was Victor Hugo’s. “There is a secret drawer in every woman’s heart.”
The story of Elizabeth and Jack warmed my heart. It was truly a delightful romance and one that has many Biblical parallels! I wonder if you’ll notice what I did when you read it. The time I spent reading Mine Is the Night was indeed time well spent.
Please note that I did receive a free copy of this book from Waterbrook Press in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.