"Mine Is the Night" is a Christian historical (with several romances in it) set in 1746 in Scotland right after the bonny Prince Charlie insurrection was defeated. This is the second and last novel in the series, but you don't have to read the first novel to understand this one. However, if you read this one first, it will spoil some major events in "Here Burns My Candle."
The characters were engaging, complex, and had realistic struggles. Marjory struggled with her sudden poverty, the realization of wrongs she's done, and the fallout of her wrong political alliances (in the previous book). Elizabeth struggled with trusting men with her heart since, in her experience, men don't stay faithful to their wives.
The historical aspects covered the politics of the time down to the details of everyday life and manners. These interesting details were woven into the story creating a somewhat slower pacing typical of historical novels. The ending was very satisfying (though you can guess what's coming because the story is loosely based on Ruth 1:19-4:17).
The main characters were Christians. They prayed for help and guidance, praised God for His blessings, and thought about Scripture (mainly Psalms that they'd memorized) and how it applied to their situation.
Some Scottish words were used in the novel, but I never had a problem figuring out what was meant. However, there was a glossary in the very back for those who need it. There was no bad language. There were no sex scenes. Overall, I'd recommend it as a well-written, enjoyable novel.
I received this book as a review copy from the publisher as part of the FIRST Wild Card Tour.
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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?
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.