Thursday, March 25, 2010

book review – Here Burns My Candle


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.

Author Bio:

LIZ CURTIS HIGGS is the author of twenty-seven books with three million copies in print, including: her best-selling historical novels, Thorn in My Heart, Fair Is the Rose, Christy Award-winner Whence Came a Prince, and Grace in Thine Eyes, a Christy Award finalist; My Heart’s in the Lowlands: Ten Days in Bonny Scotland, an armchair travel guide to Galloway; and her contemporary novels, Mixed Signals, a Rita Award finalist, and Bookends, a Christy Award finalist. Visit the author’s extensive website at


My thoughts:

For a history buff Here Burns My Candle is both a pleasure and painful to read. The imagery and detail in the history are wonderful. The painful part is knowing the history of Scotland and wanting to warn the characters of being on the wrong side.  (I will leave it at that so as not to spoil anything.)

This is an excellent book and I loved reading it and will love rereading it when the sequel comes out in Spring 2011 (yep, I like to read that much). I am definitely going to recommend this book to friends and family.

Here are different options where you can purchase the book online:

I received this book free from WaterBrookMultnomah for purposes of review but I get no other compensation. These opinions stated are mine.

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