Tuesday, March 23, 2010

{ Here Burns my Candle Book Review }

Here Burns my Candle

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.

My thoughts:

Liz Curtis Higgs is one of my favorite authors and though she hadn't published a book for a while, she came back with a bang.

What better way to retell the biblical story of Ruth and Naomi than to put it in a completely different setting, different time, different country.

I can not tell how much I enjoyed this book, I picked it up and literally couldn't put it down, I was completely immersed into the Scottish culture right down to the language, which for some may be a little confusing at first, but I love languages and find it riveting.

It was a story well told, I couldn't help but fall in love with each character though my favorites were definitely Lord Donald Kerr and Lady Elisabeth Kerr, it was very interesting seeing these two in love but also holding back secrets from one another.

The relationship between Lady Marjory and her sons was also interesting to see, as a mother I could totally relate to the love she had for her children, even though grown men she still wants to protect them and take care of them.....and then there's the intricate relationship between her and her two daughter's in law, mainly Lady Elisabeth as she's a Highlander by birth but now a Lowlander to her marriage to Lord Donald.

All in all, this book was amazingly well written, the characters are were likeable and I enjoyed the history behind Scotland of 1745. If you're a Liz Curtis Higgs fan, you won't be disappointed.

To read the first Chapter you can go here.

Here's a trailer of the book:

These books were provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.


Tami Q. said...

Oh, I loved this book, too! I've never read any of her books before. Oh, how I love Elisabeth's unconditional love toward her husband! This book really has touched my heart in a way that is unreal!

Susanne said...

I'm reading this one now, too.

Liz Curtis said...

First of all, your banner is truly BEAUTIFUL! Second of all, I am so excited you're reading Jane Kirkpatrick's books next. She's one of my VERY favorite authors. Thirdly, I have been to South Africa twice and absolutely LOVED both my visits to Johannesburg and Cape Town. Pop on my Facebook page and check out my photo album when you have a free moment (ha!). Finally, THANK YOU for your sweet words about HERE BURNS MY CANDLE. I'm hard at work on the rest of the story for you. Look for MINE IS THE NIGHT next Spring. Until then, may God's peace be yours!

Tracy said...

Here Burns My Candle is one of the two next books we're reading at Book Club this year. I'm really looking forward to it. It's been really great reading what you thought about the book as a precursor to reading it myself.

Love Jane Kirkpatrick's books too. Tried to leave a comment to that effect the other day but my computer wouldn't let me. I've reviewed three of Jane's books and have another on my shelf to read for fun. Can't wait!

I've just had a look at An Absence So Great. It's the sequel to 'A Flickering Light'. I loved that book!

Renee said...

I loved this book too. Hope you're feeling better!