Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Here Burns My Candle (Liz Curtis Higgs)

Here Burns My Candle
by Liz Curtis Higgs

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.

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Book Review

This latest book from Liz Curtis Higgs is a brilliant book which blends a Scottish historical fiction and the story of Ruth.     Lately, I have become entranced with author websites so I searched to read about this book before I read the book.    What a SCORE!    Liz had posted the photos from her trip to the Scottish Lowlands.     I loved being able to visualize these places as I read Here Burns My Candle.    I felt as though I was there in Scotland with Lord Donald and Lady Elisabeth.   

The story is one of a widowed mother-in-law and her two sons along with their wives all living under one roof.     Isn't that enough for a story?    But their country is going to war and the sons are about to leave.     One daughter-in-law secretly worships a pagan god, the mother-in-law has put her relationship with God on the bookshelf with her Bible and the other daughter-in-law only worships herself.      

All of these relationships and conflicts wind around the streets of Scotland and reveal secrets some would have thought best to have remained hidden.    In the end, God's love repairs and Lady Elisabeth tells her mother-in-law, "Whither you goest, I will go."

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