Sunday, March 27, 2011

Here Burns My Candle Book Review

A word from me:

A novel rich in historical detail,  love and loss you will definitely want to read on in Here Burns My Candle by Liz Curtis Higgs.

Recently I received Here Burns My Candle to read and review.  When I first began the book I was afraid this would not be the book for me.  I had trouble adjusting to the style at first.  However, after just a few pages the book took me to a different era, a different place all together.  Why I love reading it can transport you into a whole new world in only a few pages.

Here Burns My Candle takes place in Scotland in 1745.  Elizabeth Kerr a Highlander, marries above her standing and marries Lord Donald Kerr.  The Kerr family has good standing in society and are ladies and gentlemen who follow the auld ways.   Lady Marjory is the head of the Kerr family since the passing of her husband mother of two grown sons Andrew and Donald.   Andrew is married to Janet a young lady his mother picked for him.  Donald married Elizabeth a woman his mother felt was not good enough  for him.  In truth Lord Donald may just not be good enough for Miss Elizabeth.  The couple struggle with town gossip some true and some not and the secrets Lord Donald keeps from his wife.   

Prince Charlie and his army of Rebels ride into Edinburgh in 1745.  The Kerr family gives loyalty to the King except for Lady Elizabeth.  Lady Elizabeth is a Highlander and a Jacobite.  She supports the Jacobite Rising, at first hiding this from the Kerr family except for her husband .  Her dear brother Simon faithfully fights for the Prince, and it is not long before a shift loyalties  take place in the Kerr household.

As you read on you are swept up with the battle and the pain families share when their loved ones go to war.  You watch them struggle for standing in society , with adultery, and love, grief , forgiveness, and financial set backs.  Two women struggling to hold on to what they believe.  Your feelings will change about these characters as the evolve in this novel.  In truth every character in this story has something to hide. The changes in these women are great in every way.  They grow and change spiritually along the way as the story unfolds.   

Higgs takes her time unfolding the characters and letting you get a good feel for who this family is.  You step back into time and follow along with these women.  If you like to step back in history into a different time you will enjoy this book.  I did enjoy this book I gave it a 4.5 stars rating and would give it a thumbs up recomendation.

 From the Publisher:
Book Title:
Here Burns My Candle
A Novel
Author Name(s):
Liz Curtis Higgs
Release Date:
March 16th, 2010
Page Count:
480 Pages
Trade Paperback
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 received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review" however these are my honest opinions.  I really enjoyed this book  and I look forward to the sequel .