Monday, March 22, 2010

Here Burns my Candle

Book:  Here Burns my Candle
Author:  Liz Curtis Higgs
This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group

     Lady Elisabeth Kerr is a keeper of secrets.  A Highlander by birth & a Lowlander by marriage, she honors the auld ways, even as oubts & fears stire deep within her.
     Her husband, Lord Donald, has secrets of his own, well hidden from the household, yet whiserped among the town gossips.
     His mother, the dowager Lady Marjory, hides gold beneath her floor & guilt inside her heart.  Though her two abiding passionars are maintaining her place in society & coddling her grown sons, Marjory's many regrests, buried in Greyfrars Churchyard, continue to plague her.
     One by one, the Kerr Family secrets begin to surface, even as bonny Prince Charlie & his rebel army ride into Edinburg in September 1745, intent on capturing the crown.
     A timeless story of love & betrayal, loss & redemption, flickering against the vivid backdrop of 18th Centry Scotland, this book illumines the dark side of human nature, even as hope, the brightest of tapers, lights the way home.
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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My rating:  3 skeins (only because of the hard time I had with the "language" - sorry I'm such a dork Mrs. Higgs)

Here is a video that details a little more on the book..

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