I have never read any of Liz Curtis Higgs' work before, but have seen her name floating around the internet for a while now, and have seen Here Burns My Candle on many Waiting on Wednesday posts these past few months. I am excited to be a part of the blog tour for this book, having received my copy from WaterBrook/Multnomah Press.
Here Burns My Candle is set in Scotland during the eighteenth century, sharing the story of the Kerr family - struggling with many things during these times. Lady Elisabeth Kerr was born a Highlander, but married a Lowlander, something that her mother -in-law is not very happy about, especially when the Jacobite Rebellion occurs. Everyone in Elisabeth's family is keeping secrets- Elisabeth is secretly keeping track of the moon's cycles and following her auld ways. Her husband Donald, although in love with his wife, is unable to stop his roving ways and is the subject of much gossip. And, Elisabeth's mother in law, Marjory, hides her money and has her own regrets. This story is also full of forgiveness and faith as Lady Elisabeth and Lady Marjory find ways to connect to each other.
Higgs' novel is authentic in its use of dialect and other descriptions of Scottish life during that time period. The different secrets that each character keep interested me and as the novel progressed I was drawn in to finding out how each was resolved. This is a definite must read for historical fiction lovers, and I will concur with the other bloggers' rave reviews.
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