Here Burns my Candle by Liz Curtis Higgs ~ Review & Give-Away  

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Liz Curtis Higgs

LIZ CURTIS HIGGS is the author of twenty-seven books with three million copies in print, including: her best-selling historical novels, Thorn in My Heart, Fair Is the Rose, Christy Award-winner Whence Came a Prince, and Grace in Thine Eyes, a Christy Award finalist; My Heart’s in the Lowlands: Ten Days in Bonny Scotland, an armchair travel guide to Galloway; and her contemporary novels, Mixed Signals, a Rita Award finalist, and Bookends, a Christy Award finalist. Visit the author’s extensive website at


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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My review:

This book got off to a slow start. But the writing is lyrical and poetic and will draw you in. Margaret Kerr is not particularly likable. And neither is Donald, Elizabeth's husband who cheats on her many times over.  Elizabeth saves the day, however and you won't be sorry you invested your time in this book. Well worth the read for the glimpse of hope it offers, especially if you like literary-type fiction.

I'm giving away a copy to one commenter on this post. My blog comments are moderated, so don't worry if the comment doesn't show up right away. I'll get to approving it just as soon as I have a moment. :) The drawing will be held next Monday, April 5th.

Oh, and I was given a copy of this book for free. I tried to demand that they pay me $5,000,000,000 to write a top notch review, but Waterbrook was having none of it. So I didn't get paid a dime. But I'm still giving a positive review of the book.

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Hi Lynette great interview and interesting to read this book.

A story set in a time of great upheaval...sounds interesting.


Another book I might have to put on my wishlist.


Cool new site, honey. Looks VERY professional. (Is that spelled right?)

Liz Curtis Higgs' book made me think of Tommie's HOAM. Great interview.


Ok! YAY!! It's working. Love Liz Curtis Higgs! Can't wait to read this one since I love the book of Ruth.

Sounds like a good book! I like to read about that time period!

Okay everyone, I'm pleased to announce that Mary Hake won this copy of Here Burns My Candle. Mary's name is not listed here, but she entered over at the other blog and on Facebook.

Congrats, Mary! I'll be contacting you to get the book to you. :)

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