Thursday, July 21, 2011
"Here Burns My Candle" by Liz Curtis Higgs
Lady Elisabeth Kerr has a secret - a secret practice that could get her ostracized by the entire capital city of Edinburgh. Her husband, Lord Donald, has a few secrets of his own, secrets that do not endear him to rest of titled society. Lord Donald's mother, Lady Marjory, is not fond of her Highlander daughter-in-law and struggles to protect the reputations of everyone living under her roof. When the Jacobite rebellion brings thousands of Highlanders to their doorsteps and the Kerr family loyalty to the throne is questioned, will their secrets be exposed? Will their relationships survive the war - and it's messy aftermath?
Here Burns My Candle will immerse the reader fully in the culture of Scotland in 1745. The attention to historical detail is amazing, making this book far superior to your average historical novel. Higgs weaves real characters and events into her plot in such a way that without doing a bit of your own research, the reader can't tell the history from the fiction.
A fictionalized version of Naomi and Ruth, Here Burns My Candle challenges the reader to rethink previously held views of these Biblical characters. This story continues in the recently released Mine is the Night. Forgiveness and faithfulness are both important themes in the book, asking the important questions, "To whom am I faithful? Do I forgive readily?"
Here Burns My Candle is a wonderful story of changing relationships and the focus on what is truly important. I will definitely be reading more of Liz Curtis Higgs' work. If history makes your heart race, don't miss this series.
I received a free copy of this book from the Blogging for Books program.