Saturday, April 3, 2010

Here Burns My Candle

Are you in need of a good read? Then look no further. Liz Curtis Higgs' newest release, Here Burns My Candle is a novel that will capture you from the first page.

Once again, she transports her readers to historic Scotland, thrusting them into a story with vivid detail and enriching characters, while skillfully portraying the emotional depth of biblical accounts. Her newest novel is nothing short of another masterpiece.

The note to the reader informs us this novel parallels the story of Ruth. Devoted admirers of this biblical story may, at first, find themselves reluctant to embrace the idea of someone attempting to recapture the beauty found in the biblical accounts. Rest assured, Higgs not only recaptures this story, but enhances the emotions we miss in the biblical account.

Covering only the first eighteen verses from the book of Ruth, Higgs uses eighteenth century Scotland to bring the story to life. In this novel, the reader does not encounter the picture-perfect family we so often imagine from the opening verses in Ruth, but instead a family plagued by secrets and flaws.

Here is the back cover of the synopsis:

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

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