Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Here Burns My Candle By Liz Curtis Higgs

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. I was not paid to give a positive review. I was given the book to give my honest review of that book.

Book Description:
A mother who cannot face her future.
A daughter who cannot escape her past.

Lady Elisabeth Kerr is a keeper of secrets. A Highlander by birth and a Lowlander by marriage, she honors the auld ways, even as doubts and fears stir deep within her.

Her husband, Lord Donald, has secrets of his own, well hidden from the household, yet whispered among the town gossips.

His mother, the dowager Lady Marjory, hides gold beneath her floor and guilt inside her heart. Though her two abiding passions are maintaining her place in society and coddling her grown sons, Marjory’s many regrets, buried in Greyfriars Churchyard, continue to plague her.

One by one the Kerr family secrets begin to surface, even as bonny Prince Charlie and his rebel army ride into Edinburgh in September 1745, intent on capturing the crown.

A timeless story of love and betrayal, loss and redemption, flickering against the vivid backdrop of eighteenth-century Scotland, Here Burns My Candle illumines the dark side of human nature, even as hope, the brightest of tapers, lights the way home.

This is the first book by Liz Curtis Higgs I have read and it is a wonderful book. It is an awesome combination of the Book of Ruth and a fictitious story that took place in Scotland in the 1700's. She uses Scottish words in her writing and includes a glossary in the back to help understand them which was wonderful. This book is as much historical as biblical. Liz Curtis Higgs shows she did much research of not only the history at that time but of the book of Ruth to make this story alive to the readers. The characters are rich and very real, I felt I was really knew them and could relate to them. For me personally Part one was hard to get into but once I got to Part two I couldn't put it down. For anyone who loves historical fiction this is definitely the book for you. I look forward to reading more of Liz Curtis Higgs books.

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