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Here Burns My Candle, Book One by Liz Curtis Higgs
WaterBrook Press 2010, 468 total pages
Historical Christian Fiction
The authors bonny website! www.lizcurtishiggs.com
This book was provided for free by WaterBrook Multnomah for the purpose of reading/reviewing.
Liz Curtis Higgs has graciously been keeping her readers updated in her newsletters and on Facebook, letting us know how the writing was going and when the book would be published. Liz has a gift for homespun warmth and communication to her readers, she does not hide behind the closed doors of her office, but is in the forefront of media communicating to her loyal readers.
The widow Lady Marjory Kerr lives in Edinburgh, Scotland with her son Donald and his wife Elisabeth and son Andrew and his wife Janet. They live in an extravagant home in Milne Square. The year is 1745 and Bonnie Prince Charlie (Charles Edward Stuart) is leading a Jacobite revolt. The Jacobite's were a political movement dedicated to the restoration of the Stuart Kings to the thrones of England, Scotland and Kingdom of Ireland. Edinburgh is in the heat of the revolt and many Highlander's are believer's in the Jacobite cause.
Elisabeth is a Highlander by birth, yet married a lowlander Donald---where will her loyalties lie?
Janet is a spoiled snobbish gal that enjoys parties and her social butterfly friends.
Lady Marjory counts and frets over her hidden gold, her focus is always on her families social status and in humoring her sons.
Donald is living two lives, one that he hides.
Andrew is a man without a firm foundation, he struggles with wanting to do something noble.
The entire family will be swept up in the history that Edinburgh endures during the campaign of Bonnie Prince Charlie.
The book is based on the story of Naomi and Ruth.
At the beginning of each chapter is a well-known and beloved quote from a poem. Liz is a skillful storyteller, this story is carefully laid out drawing the reader in. Liz has an amazing attention for details and historical research, often traveling to Scotland for interviewing and researching her books. The heavy research and study pays off in this book by bringing to life for the reader the city of Edinburgh, the history of the time period, the clothing, the geography, dialect, food eaten, the duties of servants, and the Kirk.
Each of the characters are hiding something, some covering their secrets better that the others. With each of them Liz gives a distinct strength and a weakness, these strengths and weaknesses follow them until one or the other determines the final outcome. In life it is in the crisis times that real character is determined; in the book Here Burns My Candle I saw that in "most" of the characters a transformation no matter what their previous life had been, they felt a need to rise to the occasion.
I loved loved loved this book, it is now a favorite and I cannot wait until book two is available in the Spring of 2011---Mine Is The Night.
"Here burns my candle out; ay, here it dies." William Shakespeare
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