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A perfect ending for book 2 of this set!  While it’s not necessary to have read book 1, I am not sure this part of the story would be as good if you haven’t read the first part. My review of part 1 can be found here.  That being said, as a stand-alone novel, this was a book I could not put down.

Mine Is the Night continues the story of Elisabeth and Marjory, characters loosely based on Biblical figures Ruth and Naomi. Having lost sons Donald and Andrew fighting for the Jacobite Rebellion, widow Marjory flees with her two daughters-in-law, hoping to save all their lives after being stripped of title and land after her deceased sons are charged with treason.

The end of book 1 leaves us with Marjory and Elisabeth headed together to Marjory’s childhood home.  Having sent the trusted family manservant ahead with a letter to a cousin, uncertainty awaits the two destitute ladies.  Will they be received?  Will there be a home for them after years of estrangement?

This is a story of redemption, divine providence, and love.  Trusting in the Lord to guide and provide for them, Elisabeth and Marjory have no choice but to follow the only path they see available; a return to the former Lady Kerr’s hometown. With an uncertain future, can they make their way in the world and survive?

I was caught up in their struggle in the first book, but the characters are so well written that jumping into the story in book 2 should not leave a reader feeling disadvantaged in the least.  For anyone interested in historical fiction, this book is a must read!  I give it 5 stars out of 5.

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I love historical fiction!  Set against a backdrop of 1745 Scotland, this book does not disappoint.  Secrets of the Kerr family abound during the time of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite Rebellion.  Their quest was to claim the British throne for James Francis Edward Stuart, Bonnie Prince Charlie’s father.  Supporting the Jacobites takes a huge toll on the Kerr women; with secrets revealed and results none of them anticipated. 

Characters are well-developed overall; leaving the reader feeling attached to them. I am, however, not a fan of skunky characters without real consequence from others, at least not without significant struggle and tangible thought process leading to the responses. The reaction to some offenses are too flippant for my personal taste, which led to a lack of complete character resonance with me.

That being said, there was character metamorphosis, on a variety of levels for many of the main players.  I found myself emotionally invested, but wished that certain scenarios had more depth, more time spent with internal thinking; more “something.”

I will definitely make a point to get the sequel, to see what happens next in the journey. If you like historical fiction, you will enjoy this book.  I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

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