Here Burns My Candle

Here Burns My Candle

by Liz Curtis Higgs

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ISBN-13: 9781400070015
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/16/2010
Series: Here Burns My Candle
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 674,160
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Liz Curtis Higgs is the author of twenty-seven books with three million copies in print, including her best-selling Scottish historical novels, Thorn in My Heart, Fair Is the Rose, Christy Award–winner Whence Came a Prince, and Grace in Thine Eyes.

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Night’s black mantle covers all alike.
GUILLAUME DE SALLUSTE DU BARTAS
 
Milne Square, Edinburgh
14 September 1745
 
Lady Marjory Kerr heard a frantic tapping at the bedchamber door, then her name, spoken with marked urgency.
 
“News from the Royal Bank, mem.
 
At this hour? Marjory lifted her head from the pillow, her gaze drawn to the wooden shutters, closed for the night. The coals in the fireplace had faded to a dull glow. She squinted but could not read the clock on the mantelpiece. Had she slept at all?
 
“What is it, Peg?” Marjory called out.
 
Her maidservant answered in a breathless rush of words, “They’re moving the bank’s effects to the castle.”
 
The hair on the back of Marjory’s neck rose. Transporting money and documents from the foot of New Bank Close to Edinburgh Castle involved a long climb up a winding street where brigands and thieves lurked in the shadows. The Royal Bank would never embark on so risky a venture. Not unless the day’s alarming reports had proven true.
 
“ ’Tis the Hielanders,” Peg whispered through the crack in the door as if the word itself might bring a hoard of savages thundering up the stair, brandishing their swords. “Folk say the rebel army will reach Linlithgow by morn.”
 
At that, Marjory flung off her bedcovers, any notion of sleep forgotten. Linlithgow Palace was less than twenty miles west. The army was too near her door. And far too near her sons, one of whom stood ready to bear arms at the slightest provocation. Was there nothing she could say to dissuade him?
 
She hurried across the carpet barefooted, too distraught to hunt for her brocade slippers. All of Edinburgh had followed the ominous approach of the Highland rebels led by their bonny Prince Charlie. Determined to reclaim the British throne for his exiled father, James—Jacobus in Latin—the young prince and his loyal Jacobites were marching toward Scotland’s capital, intent on capturing the city.
 
“May it not be so,” Marjory said under her breath, then swept open the bedchamber door to find her maidservant perched on the threshold, her linen cap askew, her brown eyes filled with fear.
 
“What are we to do, Leddy Kerr?”
 
“Bolt the door at once.” Marjory tightened the ribbons on her sleeping jacket, warding off the night air that seeped in, however fast the shutters. Her trembling had nothing to do with the fearsome Highlanders, she told herself. Nae, not for a moment. “Make haste, lass.”
 
She watched Peg scurry through the darkened drawing room into the entrance hall, holding aloft her candle stub, which cast a pale circle of light on her tattered nightgown. Small for her seventeen years, with hair the color of a dull copper ha’penny, Peg Cargill was hardly a beauty. Her eyes were set unbecomingly close together, and her small nose disappeared amid a sea of freckles.
 
By the fire’s glow Marjory caught a glimpse of herself in the silvery looking glass by her side. She quickly turned away but not before her thoughts came round to taunt her. Hardly a beauty. She touched her thinning crown of hair and her sagging chin, then sighed, wishing the glass offered better news. Had it not always been thus?
 
In her youth few gentlemen had taken note of her until they learned she was the daughter of Sir Eldon Nesbitt. Even then their gazes had fallen on her father’s impressive property rather than on her unremarkable face or figure. Time had not improved matters.
 
Peg reappeared, bobbing a curtsy. “ ’Tis done, milady.”
 
Marjory gestured toward the adjoining chambers, where her sons and their wives had retired for the night. “Have you told the others the news?”
 
“Nae.” A faint blush tinted Peg’s cheek. “I heard them…that is…Mr. Kerr…”
 
“See they’re not disturbed,” Marjory said firmly, wanting no details.
 
 “And keep the stair door bolted.” She dismissed the girl with a nod, then locked the chamber door behind her. Let the Highlanders storm the crumbling walls of Edinburgh. They would not gain entrance to the Kerrs’ apartments. Mr. Baillie, the merchant who owned her residence, would see to that.
 
Alone once more Marjory lit a candle at the fireplace, then drew a steadying breath and knelt beside the canopied bed, as if preparing to offer her nightly prayers. Instead, she reached down and loosened one of the boards along the edge of the thick, woven carpet. Her servants, even her family members, believed the Kerr fortune rested safely among the Royal Bank’s effects, now bound for the castle. She alone knew the truth. Lord John Kerr had never trusted banks.
 
The board gave way, revealing a musty repository between the joists. Marjory bent closer, her nose wrinkling at the dank smell, her eyes seeking a cluster of leather purses in the flickering candlelight. There. The mere sight of them put her mind at ease. Nearly two dozen purses lay hidden beneath her chamber floor—a tribute to God’s provision and her late husband’s prudence.
 
She chose the nearest one, taking pleasure in its weight before slowly emptying the purse onto her bedding. One hundred gold guineas poured out, each coin stamped with the profile of her sovereign, King George. Marjory counted the lot, then set aside a few guineas for the coming week’s expenses and returned the bulging purse to its nesting place.
 
Greengrocers and fishmongers expected payment upon purchase. But mantua makers gladly extended credit if the Kerr women might display their gowns at the next public ball. Although a nervous town council might demand its citizens remain withindoors, ending their festive Thursday evenings at Assembly Close…
 
Nae, surely not!
 
Marjory sank onto the edge of her bed with a soft groan. What a dreary social season lay ahead with the rebel army afoot! No weekly visits to Lady Woodhall’s drawing room to share cups of tea and savory tidbits of gossip. No rainy afternoons spent with Lady Falconer, listening to country airs sung by a daughter of the gentry. No rounds of whist in the affable company of Lord Dun. Nothing but royalist dragoons patrolling the High Street, bayonets at the ready.
 
A sharp knock at the adjoining bedchamber door made her jump, nearly spilling the handful of guineas from the bed onto the carpet. “Who is it?” she asked, unhappy with herself for sounding frightened.
 
“Donald,” came the low reply.
 
Lightheaded with relief and grateful for his company, Marjory deposited the money on her dressing table and ushered her older son within, then closed the door as quickly as she’d opened it. With no central hallway in their apartments, each room had adjoining doors, one chamber leading to the next. Even among Edinburgh’s wealthiest residents, privacy was rare.
 
“Forgive the intrusion, Mother.” He looked down at her, candle in hand, his smooth brow gleaming. The cambric loosely tied at his neck could not hide the sharp lines of his collarbones. Ten years of dining on Edinburgh’s finest mutton and beef, and still his frame remained as slender as a youth’s. “ ’Tis late, I know,” he apologized.
 
“The hour matters not.” Marjory touched his cheek affectionately, struck afresh by the family resemblance. Donald had the same long nose Lord John once had, the same thin-lipped smile. “Look how the father’s face lives in his issue,” she quoted, testing him. It was a favorite pastime between mother and son.
 
“Ben Jonson,” he answered, naming the playwright without hesitation.
 
Few gentlemen in Edinburgh were better read than Lord Donald. She’d made certain of it. Heir to the Kerr title and lands, he’d proven himself an attentive son and a faithful husband. If he was not yet a doting father, that was no fault of his.
 
“Still in your boots,” Marjory observed. “I thought you’d be off to bed by now.”
 
The corners of his mouth twitched. “I will be shortly.” He scanned the chamber, his gaze finally landing on the pile of coins glimmering in the candlelight. “Do you think it wise to leave your gold where anyone might find it?”
 
Donald not only looked like his father; he sounded like him. Marjory swept the coins into her silk-fringed reticule and pulled the drawstrings taut. “We have far greater worries this night. The rebel army is nearing Linlithgow.”
 
Aye, Gibson told me.” The stoic Neil Gibson, manservant to the household, took pride in keeping Donald and his younger brother well groomed and well informed. “I’ve come to put your mind at ease, Mother.”
 
“I see.” She chose her next words with care, keeping her tone light. “Does that mean you’ll not be joining the Gentlemen Volunteers?” She watched his blue eyes for a flicker of interest. Hundreds of young men had enlisted in support of the royalist troops, many from Edinburgh’s finest families. Lord willing, her sons would not be numbered among the recruits.
 
“I’ve no such plans,” Donald confessed, “though I cannot speak for Andrew. You know his penchant for flintlock muskets.”
 
She did know, much as it grieved her. Lord John had urged their second son to pursue a career in the military, despite her motherly protests. Pistols, swords, and a dozen French muskets decorated Andrew’s bedchamber walls. Even walking past his many weapons unnerved her. Monsieur Picard, their fencing master, had trained the lads well. But he’d done so for sport, not for battle.
 
That very afternoon Andrew had observed the Volunteers drilling in the College Yards. Marjory had counted the hours until he returned home for supper, then listened with a heavy heart as he regaled the family with stories of grizzled sergeants marching the lads through their paces. “Have no fear,” Andrew had said soothingly at table. “The Lord Provost took no notice of me, Mother.”
 
She was unconvinced then and even less so now, with his older brother paying a late-night visit. “I have your word?” she prompted Donald. “You’ll not encourage Andrew to take up arms against the Highland rebels?”
 
He brushed aside her concerns. “Whatever you say.”
Donald began circling her chamber, with its oil paintings and Chinese porcelain, its silk bed hangings and red lacquer commode. Piece by piece she’d had her favorite plenishings delivered from Tweedsford, their estate in the Borderland, until their rented Edinburgh rooms were filled to bursting.
 
When Donald paused at one of her windows and unfastened the painted shutter, Marjory’s breath caught. Might a Jacobite spy be abroad at this hour? Pale and fair-haired, Donald would be easily spotted from the High Street below.
 
“No moon in sight,” he observed, resting his forehead lightly on the glass. “No Highlanders either.”
 
“They’ll arrive soon enough.” Marjory extinguished the candle by her bed, shrouding the room in darkness. “Sleep while you can, Donald. And keep that bonny wife of yours close at hand.”
 
“Aye.” The smile in his voice was unmistakable. “So I shall.”
 
He left by way of the drawing room door rather than the one leading to his bedchamber. Bound for the kitchen, no doubt. He’d eaten very little at supper. Mrs. Edgar, their housekeeper, would not let him retire on an empty stomach.
 
Marjory closed the shutters, then returned to bed, determined to sleep however dire the news. Her beloved sons were safe beneath her roof. Nothing else mattered.

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Here Burns My Candle 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 75 reviews.
Kellie4 More than 1 year ago
Here Burns My Candle by Liz Curtis Higgs was written prior to Mine is the Night. I read Mine is the Night first and FINALLY had the opportunity to read Here Burns My candle. These are two books that I will definitely be reading again. They are written so well and the characters are developed very nicely. It is easy to get right into the story. Liz Curtis Higgs does a wonderful job incorporating historical fiction into her writing. She engages her readers from the very beginning. As I mentioned in my previous review for Mine is the Night these books do not have to be read in order, however, Here Burns My Candle does set up the next story. It was nice this time to be able to have some of my questions answered and to have more background information for some of the Scottish History. I have read many historical fiction books and it is always nice to view different locations and the history that is present there. I highly recommend both books!
FindingBeauty More than 1 year ago
In Here Burns My Candle by Liz Curtis Higgs, you are introduced to the Kerr family: dowager Lady Marjory and her sons and daughter-in-laws, Donald and Elisabeth and Andrew and Janet. The story mostly focuses on the three women and is a retelling of the first half of the Biblical story of Ruth. This retelling is set in Scotland in 1745 during the Jacobite uprising. The family is entrapped in a web of family secrets that destroy the family and bring about major changes in the lives of the characters. Did I like this book? Yes and no. It honestly wasn’t my favorite. I did enjoy the Scottish setting, as I love books set in Scotland, and the time in history it was set in was interesting. The story line it’s self was interesting and the overall story was well written. But I did find it a bit dry and it certainly is a long-ish book. All of the characters were flawed and that felt more true-to-life than some other Christian fiction where the main character is often too good to be true. Lady Marjory is manipulative and spoils her sons. Donald is a serial adulterer and I absolutely did not like him. Elisabeth is a closeted pagan and long forgiving wife. Janet is self-involved and selfish. Andrew is spoiled. The most likeable is Elisabeth and she does prove to be the “glue” that holds things together as their lives spin out of control, but in regards to Donald, she is a doormat that he walks all over. I love historical fiction, but honestly I did not enjoy reading this book. From the number of positive reviews, a lot of folks did, but it just wasn’t my cup of tea. I think Liz Curtis Higgs is a fine writer and I may try reading another of her books in the future, but I just had an awful time getting into this one. NOTICE: Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher, WaterBrook Press. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Stlphotogirl More than 1 year ago
Here Burns My Candle by Liz Curtis Higgs is the first of two books which retell the Biblical story of Ruth and Naomi. Both books are set in Scotland during the 1700s and both are amazing works of literature which will steal your heart. Here Burns My Candle uses the framework of the Ruth and Naomi story--along with some creative license--to help you understand the back story of these two women who have nothing find everything through God. In addition, you get a glimpse into the struggles that Elizabeth (the Ruth character) has in coming to faith in God and leaving behind the old beliefs she grew up with as a child. Higgs also helps you to see things from Marjory's (Naomi's) perspective too. She was a women who had it all and left her home for the "greener grass" only to end up penniless and alone. Higgs does a great job of helping you relate to her strong female characters. However, there are a few slow parts in the book that might have been shortened to keep up the overall pace. That being said Here Burns My Candle is still an excellent book with so many life lessons to be learned within its pages. It is also successful in leaving you wanting more, which is the perfect lead in for its sequel--Here Burns My Candle. I heartily recommend this book to Higgs fans and to those who love Biblical parallels/allegories. Here Burns My Candle will not disappoint! I received a free copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing for review purposes.
Tinasbookreviews on LibraryThing 7 months ago
If you are familiar with Naomi and Ruth¿s story from the Bible then of course this story¿s outcome will be predictable. Here Burns my Candle delivers an intriguing look at the back story of how Ruth and Naomi¿s journey began. Lady Marjory Kerr is a widow of substantial means, whose life is defined by her place in society and catering to her grown sons, Donald and Andrew. The men both well known in gentleman society have married well and enjoy the simple life in the walls of luxury. Elisabeth who is married to Donald, happily enjoys her marriage and adores her husband. In the midst of a pampered life style Elisabeth does harbor some problems. Marjory prefers Janet, Andrew¿s wife and finds that approval and friendship don¿t come easy with her mother-in-law. Easy to understand-the women have extreme differences- Elisabeth worships pagan moon gods and Naomi worships God from the Bible. Also Elisabeth has painful family secrets she¿s hiding and begins to fear that her beloved husband has a wicked weakness for beautiful young maidens. Elisabeth of course hits the nail on the head about Donald, who in the opening of our story is a low-down dirty dog with his cheating ways. Exquisitely written and the fictional take on a Bible story mixed with Scottish history gave a very well known character much drama and depth. For any of you who love the historical timepieces this is a perfect addition to add to your shelf.
Tara22 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I received the second book in this series as a part of early reviewers and just had to read them in order so I purchased this book. It was a million times more than well worth it. I absolutely loved this book, set in Scotland in 1746. The main character is a "bonny highland lass" married to Lord Donald. The story centers around Elizabeth and her mother-in-law Marjory and their different views and actions. I have never read a book set in this setting and I fell in love with the characters Scottish accents if you "ken" what I mean.Now that I am deep within the second book in this series, which picks up right where the first leaves off I cannot imagine never reading this book.I think that a truly great story is so well-written that the plot flows along, is not constantly suspenseful, nor is it predictable. Liz Curtis Higgs does this beautifully and I will be looking for more of her books to read.
Carolee888 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
It was a little slow getting started, but maybe that was due to the fact that I wasn¿t familiar to the history of the Jacobite rebellion. After getting hooked, there was no way that the book would turn me loose! I would recommend it to anyone who loves historical fiction. One of the best things about enjoying historical fiction is the enjoyment of learning history and this book does teach effortlessly.There is a lot to love about this book. All of the main characters, save one grew or matured during the book. The changes were small at first and enormous at the end. This book teaches of love and forgiveness. There are sparks of humor that make you laugh out aloud and it is good to know ahead of time that it has some very sad and parts that make you very angry! I enjoyed of course the putting of the story of Naomi and Ruth into eighteen century with the Bonnie Prince Charley attempting to take the crown. It tells the story of the Jacobite Rebellion, mostly from the titled side and shows the conflict of class distinctions. The book is richly with of Scottish terms and culture and that made it even more of a joy to read. Liz Curtis Higgs wisely had Elizabeth, the main character be the daughter of a weaver from the Highlands. So she was skilled in cooking, and most of all sewing. The dresses of the titled are wonderfully described and the descriptions fit with the story.There is a useful glossary in the back of the book along with a Readers Guide and some fascinating Author Notes. All I had remembered before this book was a few sentences in a high school history book. Now I am eager to read more of this time period and setting. If you read this book, you will be excited to know that a new book `Mine is the Night¿ will continue the story. I can hardly wait to find out what happens to Eliazabeth and Marjory.
judyg54 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This is a hard review for me to write. Why? Because although I thought the author did a great job of creating a very accurate picture of the times and people and situations that took place in this story, it was a time and place I just didn't have alot of interest in. Although I must say when I finished I felt I gained a better of understanding of the situations that took place in in Scotland in 1745. This for me was a very "dark" (for lack of a better word) story, where everything does not turn out "happily ever after" and showed the hardships that people face in a time of bitter war. I had a hard time getting into the story, but by the end I was reading faster to see how it would all turn out. It is not a lighthearted story, but as true a story as fiction can be. I read someone who said it is a more modern story of the book of Ruth in the Bible, and I would agree with the analogy.Elizabeth Kerr is a Highlander by birth and has married and is now Lady Elizabeth Kerr. She lives with her husband Donald, her mother-in-law, Marjory and Donald's brother and his wife in Edinburgh. Prince Charlie and his army come into town to capture the crown and enlist the help of the Kerr men. The whole family seems to have secrets from their past (and present) and it all comes out eventually. Tragedy happens, but so does love and forgiveness and hope. There is betrayal, lies, war, love, cruelty and a spark of hope that keeps on burning. I would like to thank WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for sending me this book for review. (The book has a great cover and so does its sequel.)
cherryblossommj on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Liz Curtis Higgs was my introduction to Christian Historical Fiction many years ago with her first Lowland Series of a retelling in the Scottish Lowlands of the Biblical story of Jacob and Esau, Jacob's wives, and later Dinah. The time in between waiting for the next novel was torture and thus I turned to other authors to bide my time and hence my current obsession with so many authors and stories today. It seems that it has been a long time in waiting for a new novel from Liz and I was eager to grab this one up. In starting this story, a retelling in Scotland's Edinburgh of the Biblical story of Ruth and Naomi I had some preconceptions for what would happen and was shocked at how slow things seemed to transpire at first, but the story did pick up and sucked me in with it.Lady Elisabeth Kerr is a Highlander by birth and a Lowlander by marriage it is her story that that of her mother-in-law Lady Marjory Kerr that the pages are brought to life. Following along as they watch from the recessed side lines of battle between King George of England and Scotland's own Bonny Prince Charlie causes quite a stir of emotions. Learning with them through their own trials as some old ways are forgotten and God makes a difference in their lives is refreshing and eye opening showing his presence in the best of moments and well as the worst.Knowing that this story was loosely of Ruth and knowing most of the Biblical story by heart, I ended at a point surprised having expected a different part. This just went to show me that I did not know all of the story, just the last part and causes me to have a newly increased thirst to go back and read the scriptures in full to delve into the first eighteen verses which it seems I hardly know at all. With all that said, I am entirely too eager to anticipate the next installment and sequel in Mine is the Night to come in 2011.
Soniamarie on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This book is extremely rich in historical details about the Bonnie Prince Charlie era and the strife within the country of Scotland. I thoroughly enjoyed that aspect of it. The Kerr family loyalties lie with King George with one exception: Lady Elisabeth Kerr. Her heart and her own family (she is married into the Kerrs) lies with Prince Charles who is on his way. While the nobility all around Scotland switches loyalties every five minutes, Elisabeth's loyalty remains steadfast. She eventually lures her husband and his family to the Jacobite side as well and much to her and her mother in law's dismay, her husband and brother in law head off to fight. Meanwhile, while men are dying and King George is exacting revenge on Jacobites and vise versa, Elisabeth's husband, Donald is dealing with his "weakness for beautiful women." The fellow cannot keep his hands to himself. When the truth comes to light, will Elisabeth be able to handle it? Will Donald even make it back from the war zone for her to forgive him?This could have been cut back about a hundred pages. I realize this author normally writes Christian fiction and I am not holding all the preachy stuff against it, but it could have been cut back a wee bit as the Highlanders would say. Once I began to just skip the religious stuff, I found the story and all the family drama very enjoyable, BUT I grew very frustrated with the too good to be true and way too forgiving Elisabeth with all her "beloveds" over that blasted dog, Donald. Again, great history in here, but I'm not pining for the next book.
hobbitprincess on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I have the second book, Mine is the Night, to read and review, and I cannot read a book with a preceding novel without reading that novel first. I am glad I did! I have been introduced through this book to an author I highly respect and admire. This novel was wonderful! The history and research is excellent, and the writing is intelligent, two things I greatly appreciate. This is essentially the very first portion of the book of Ruth, told during the time of the Jacobite Rising in Scotland. Lady Elisabeth Kerr is the main character, caught in historic happenings that challenge her loyalties and her pagan faith. I have the next book all ready to go, thank goodness!
NeedMoreShelves on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I'd read and enjoyed Higgs' Galloway historical trilogy, so when I found out she had a new book based on the Biblical story of Ruth, I was excited to get my hands on a copy. And I'm happy to say that fans of Higgs' previous novels should be very happy with this one.What I think Higgs does so well is take a story that I've heard thousands of times - in her Galloway trilogy, it was the story of Jacob, Leah, and Rachel - and transport it into a completely different time and place. Creating new characters and events, and yet maintaining the heart of the story, she is able to give readers tales that seem both familiar AND fresh. Her sense of time and place is excellent - I can tell she has done her research, because I was fully transported to 18th century Scotland as I read about Elisabeth and Marjory.If I have a complaint, it is that her characters sometimes feel a bit one-dimensional - Elisabeth is just SO good, and Janet is just SO spiteful. I think Higgs is a genuinely good writer, and could make her characters so rich and complex - so I feel a little bit disappointed when she doesn't.Overall, though, I enjoyed it. It was a great read for this time in my life, because it sucked me in to the story right away, and the pages turned quickly thanks to lots of excitement. If you enjoy this type of historical Christian fiction, I think this is definitely a title to add to your list.
tarenn on LibraryThing 7 months ago
HERE BURNS MY CANDLE by Liz Curtis Higgs is a wonderfully written inspirational historical fiction set in 1745 Edinburgh,Scotland. It is written with depth,details,historical facts and dialog of the period. It is based on the Biblical characters Naomi and Ruth.A Scottish tale of love,forgiveness,loss,grief, secrets,faith,challenges,betrayal, love,redemption,and finding your faith. It is full of Scottish lore,history,beliefs,and has a gut-wrenching plot. Like Naomi and Ruth in the Bible, Marjory(Naomi) and Elizabeth(Ruth),lose everything,have many secrets and must cope with lost and betrayal. This is a wonderfully written story based on Biblical characters,but set during 18th Century Scotland,during a time of turmoil and danger. It captured my attention from the beginning,detailing the characters,and has a gut-wrenching heartbreaking,get out of town finish. If you enjoy historical,Scottish lore,the old tales Scottland than you will enjoy this one also.This was a beautifully written story of Biblical and Scottish history woven together in an amazing inspirationsl story of love and betrayal.A truly MUST READ for all historical fans.This was a personal buy,but details can be find at WaterBrook Press, The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group and My Book Addiction and More. **Look for the conclusion "MINE IS THE NIGHT" coming in March 2011**
Altarasabine on LibraryThing 7 months ago
A beautiful re-telling of the Biblical story of Ruth. The story is truly engaging, overflowing with actual historical detail and imagery. The characters are fascinating yet relatable. Higgs weaves an exceptional story that encompasses all that mankind has to offer, including love, loss, loyalty and faith.
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Look forward to buying the book after reading the sample!
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ThriftyTori More than 1 year ago
Here Burns my Candle by: Liz Curtis Higgs Back in March I did a review of Mine is the Night this was the second book in a two book series. I have now had the honor of reviewing the first book in this series- Here Burns my Candle. I must say that when starting to read this one I was afraid I would not enjoy it after all I knew how the story ends having read the second book in the series. After putting the reading off for a few weeks I began reading and once again was very intrigued by Higgs's writing once I got started into the book I could not put it down and read the entire book very quickly. The interesting thing between these two books is that they tell to completely different stories in the same character's lives. I was fascinated when I began reading this book with the fact that the characters had come so far between book one and two. There was some serious heart changes and growth of characters between the two stories. Just as in book two the story parallels the story of Ruth in the bible. As you read this story you can not help but feel joy, and grief along side the Kerr family as they struggle through a war time. I highly recommend these books. I am sure you will enjoy the journey back to eighteenth-century Scotland. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars!! Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book for Waterbrook Multnomah for review purposes only. The opinions in this story are mine and are not influenced by the company.