Here Burns My Candle

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A timeless tale of loss and redemption, flickering against the vivid backdrop of 18th-century Edinburgh, reveals the many flaws of human nature and the bright hope of divine providence.

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lee14

Oct 21, 2010

great story told beautifully

Scottish history, country and town descriptions, clan relationships, wonderful plot, realism and danger and disaster and hope.

HopenGrace

Apr 12, 2010

HEARTFELT HISTORICAL

I really enjoyed Liz Curtis Higgs? last series that started with A Thorn in My Heart, so I jumped at the opportunity to receive a review copy of this book. Here Burns My Candle is a story loosely based on the biblical characters of Naomi and Ruth. Mrs. Marjory Kerr represents Naomi. Marjory?s a woman that wants the best for her sons and a mother that can?t face her or her family?s future. Elizabeth, Marjory?s daughter-in-law represents Ruth, a woman that has left her country of the Highlands, but not the practice of worshiping the moon -- which she does in secret. Elizabeth plagued with doubt that her husband really loves her and tries to fit in this foreign land. She is unsure of this countries nameless God.

Liz creates a heartfelt, colorful story which touches on all your senses. It?s rich in history as she describes the political takeover of Charles Edward Stuart and how the people loved him. This author has done her research and uncovered some fascinating treasures; you can read about in the author notes at the back of the book.

I prepared myself for the read by starting with the Glossary and the author notes; which is filled with a wealth of information. It was a little difficult for me to get into the rhythm of reading the dialect in this story. I found the author notes interesting and the Scottish Glossary in the back of the book extremely helpful. Liz describes her beloved Scotland and how most of the city is the same now as it was back in 1745, in her notes. This author loves Scotland and has been there several times. Who better to write this story, than someone who loves the land and its people? This was an intriguing read and one you shouldn?t rush through. I?m looking forward to the sequel, Mine is the Night, which will be out in stores spring 2011, and you will too!

Nora St. Laurent
ACFW Book Club Coordinator
Finding Hope Through Fiction
www.psalm516.blogspot.com

Mary Beth Writes

Apr 8, 2010

Scottish History and Bible Truth

Liz Curtis Higgs has given us a gift of history, of romance and of Bible truth in "Here Burns My Candle." By setting the Biblical story of Ruth and Naomi in 18th century Scotland, she presents a fresh look at the familiar tale. Her thorough research is evident throughout.

Higgs creates rich characters with human flaws. None are perfect, but none are irredeemable. She draws us into their lives and holds up a mirror to our own.

The dialects used in the story help to transport the reader to another time. I found her choices well-balanced within English sentences and could get the meaning of most of the words from the context. For the few I couldn't figure out, I turned to the glossary at the back of the book. I also appreciated the map of Edinburgh at the front.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical fiction, inspirational fiction or just plain old great fiction.

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