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.

My Review:

This was my first experience reading author Liz Curtis Higgs’ Scottish fiction—I’d only ever read her contemporary romance. All I can say is wow. It is a complete immersion into the 1700s Scottish countryside, kilts and all.

I stumbled through some of it because of the authentic brogue and vocabulary that Higgs uses. It adds to the feel of it all, but did slow the read down some. Still, this is an unforgettable story with unforgettable characters.

Higgs takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster with the depth of love and hurt conveyed between main characters Donald and Elisabeth. The loyalty and forgiveness of these two will make you stop and ponder what you would do in that situation.

Recommended for anyone who appreciates Scottish history and intense stories of God’s unending love.

This book was provided to me by Water Book through their Blogging for Books program in exchange for my honest opinion.

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