Thursday, March 31, 2011

Mine is the Night


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.

Book Review

I was so anxious to read the second half of the Kerr story.   The first half was told in the book, Here Burns My Candle.    Although set in Scotland, this is the story of Ruth told in a contemporary setting.

In Mine Is The Night, Marjorie and Ruth have to leave Edinburgh to go into the countryside.    It is very reminiscent of Ruth and Moab leaving their home.     It is not a move they want to make as they are in mourning having lost their precious Kerr husbands.   

They arrive in Selkirk clinging only to each other and their newfound faith.    Their hope is placed on a relative that they think is still living there.     They find her to realize that she is living in one small tiny room.   She takes them in and they soon realize the reality of their situation which is dire.

Elizabeth, also known as Bess, immediately sets out to find work to provide for their daily needs which are very immediate.    It is that desire to provide for her mother-in-law that ultimately lands her at the steps of the Lord Jack Buchanan.    

Despite going against conventional wisdom, Lord Jack falls in love with the beauty he sees inside of Bess.   Bess falls in love with the integrity of the man she sees in Lord Jack.   Both see in each other a future they dare not wish or hope for.

It is Majorie who gives them the push they need to see what is right before their eyes.      While it the illusions are vague, the story of Ruth and Boaz is definitely there.    Although based on that Biblical story, don't miss the beauty of this story which stands all on its own!

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