Here Burns My Candle: A Novel

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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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3 reviews
A Google user
June 21, 2010
So first, let me say - I LOVE me some Liz Curtis Higgs. She's from my area & still hangs out around her - so I love a local gal who makes it big! And she has knocked out some fantastic reads! Who doesnt love all the "Bad Girls of the Bible" books.... and "Embracing Grace" is probably one of my fav's... So when Waterbrook Press provided me this book for review, I was excited! I will say, the story was interesting - didnt even realize that its a "re-telling" of Ruth & Naomi from the Bible. To me, it was just a book about all the weavings of families & the secrets they carry & how they interact with one another. This story does have a lot of historical atmosphere going on. From wars & language & cultures of the time, you do have to like a historical kinda book to really appreciate the full work of Mrs. Higgs. I will say, the Scottish language was hard for me to grasp. And there is a "Scottish Glossary" in the back & while sometimes you can figure out what they are saying on your own, for me, it took me a few minutes to stop & either figure it out, or look it up. That took a bit of the enjoyment away for me of the story....That's just me though - I like a book I can just flow through. That is my ONLY downside of the book. I'm sure most of you pro-readers wouldnt think anything of it though. The characters are so intriguing with what each person deals with & the different personalities of each... but it also shows how family comes together when tragedy stricks... My heart was always rooting for Elisabeth in this story & I was hooked on watching her journey throughout the whole story
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A Google user
April 17, 2012
I so enjoy reading one of Liz Curtis Higgs books. She is a masterful story teller. I love the way the stories parallel the Biblical counterparts. Great reading material.
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About the author

Liz Curtis Higgs is the author of twenty-seven books with three million copies in print, including her best-selling Scottish historical novels, Thorn in My Heart, Fair Is the Rose, Christy Award–winner Whence Came a Prince, and Grace in Thine Eyes.

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