Thursday, May 5, 2011

Here Burns My Candle by Liz Curtis Higgs

Here Burns My Candle by Liz Curtis Higgs is a story of love and faithlessness, loss and redemption set in eighteenth century Scotland. Here Burns My Candle is about the Kerr family: Dowager Lady Marjory Kerr, mother to Lord Donald and Mr. Andrew Kerr, Lord Donald's wife, Lady Elisabeth Kerr and Andrew's wife, Mrs Janet Kerr.  Lord John Kerr had passed away and Lady Marjory was in charge of her son's inheritance and the income from their home Tweedsford in Selkirk.

The Kerr home is filled with individuals secrets.  The dowager Lady Marjory, hides her gold under her floorboards thinking no one knows. Lord Donald has a penchant for widows and maidens that are not his wife.  Lady Elisabeth, Donald's wife, worships the Nameless One and bases her worship on the phases of the moon and she is a Jacobite... a supporter of the Prince Charlie and his rebel army.  Mrs. Kerr (Janet) implies that she is with child, but only she knows the truth.  Politics heat up and secrets begin to be uncovered.  What will happen to this family when push comes to shove?

Higgs does a beautiful job digging in to the human nature and finding hope in dark and desolate situations.  She brings out God's love, grace and mercy through her well written characters.  I really enjoyed reading this book.  It wasn't so burdened with the Scottish language that you couldn't understand what they were saying without looking words up every other paragraph, but it did have enough Scottish terminology to make you feel as if you had stepped back into eighteenth-century Scotland.  Fortunately, included in the back, there is also a glossary of terms the reader might be unfamiliar with.  I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves historic fiction. Also, be sure to check out the second novel in this set, Mine is the Night.



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