Monday, March 22, 2010

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.

 I think that I've mentioned before that I really like reading historical stories. I also love family dramas. And this book fits both of those perfectly. Described as "a retelling of the beloved Old Testament story of Ruth and Naomi set in 18th Century Scotland" it's a wonderful book. Liz Curtis Higgs has a way of bringing the past to life. Excellent story!  I was sad to see it end. And now I want to read the sequel...

You can get yourself a copy here.

*Disclaimer: This was book was provided for review by WaterBrook Multnomah. The opinion is my own.*


1 comment:

  1. Bless you for reading my novel AND for saying such nice things! ;>) I love historical novels centered around family dramas too. Much joy to you and yours and again, THANKS!


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