This story is a re-telling of the Biblical story of Naomi and Ruth set in 1745 Edinburgh, Scotland during a highly charged Jacobite rebellion. Marjory is the mother of two married adult sons, Donald and Andrew who are married to Elizabeth and Janet respectively. The history of the time period is fascinating and adds to the drama. Marjory doesn't want to let go of her sons and let them live their own lives. One wife (Janet) she chose and the other (Elizabeth) her eldest son chose. This creates some tension and some twists in the story line. The characters are well developed and the story well written - with one exception: there were a few chapters in the middle that were boring and difficult to wade through, but I'm glad I did! The story has drama, romance, betrayal and heartbreak. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel! This copy was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Full Scottish experience - real historical fiction
July 20, 2011
Lady Elisabeth Kerr has a secret - a secret practice that could get her ostracized by the entire capital city of Edinburgh. Her husband, Lord Donald, has a few secrets of his own, secrets that do not endear him to rest of titled society. Lord Donald's mother, Lady Marjory, is not fond of her Highlander daughter-in-law and struggles to protect the reputations of everyone living under her roof. When the Jacobite rebellion brings thousands of Highlanders to their doorsteps and the Kerr family loyalty to the throne is questioned, will their secrets be exposed? Will their relationships survive the war - and it's messy aftermath?
Here Burns My Candle will immerse the reader fully in the culture of Scotland in 1745. The attention to historical detail is amazing, making this book far superior to your average historical novel. Higgs weaves real characters and events into her plot in such a way that without doing a bit of your own research, the reader can't tell the history from the fiction.
A fictionalized version of Naomi and Ruth, Here Burns My Candle challenges the reader to rethink previously held views of these Biblical characters. This story continues in the recently released Mine is the Night. Forgiveness and faithfulness are both important themes in the book, asking the important questions, "To whom am I faithful? Do I forgive readily?"
Here Burns My Candle is a wonderful story of changing relationships and the focus on what is truly important. I will definitely be reading more of Liz Curtis Higgs' work. If history makes your heart race, don't miss this series.
I received a free copy of this book from the Blogging for Books program.
I love historical fiction, but I had a terrible time getting into this novel by Liz Curtis Higgs. Being unfamiliar with Scottish history probably made it a little more difficult for me to follow, but it felt like the story dragged on as well. I read several chapters and then ended up skimming to the end. It most definitely was not what I expected, or perhaps the summer heat has just affected my appreciation for good fiction.
This novel was provided to me free of charge by waterbrook Multnomah for review purposes.
A retelling of the story of Ruth and Naomi, this novel is enthralling from the first page! Liz Curtis Higgs is an exceptional author who is able to adapt a Biblical story to another time and place, allowing the reader to obtain a different perspective. If you are seeking quality literature, read any of her titles set in Scotland. Highly recommended!!!