I have always loved reading the book of Ruth. I was excited to see that Liz Curtis Higgs was writing a novel based on the book of Ruth but based in Scottland. As I was looking through the books to review for Waterbrook Multnomah, I came across this book and new that I wanted to review it. I was very pleased that the author provided a glossary in the back of the book to help with the Scottish Terminology. I normally read right through a book but found myself having to read slower. I really didn't mind because it allowed me to enjoy the book even more. There are many characters in the book who have secrets that they are hiding from Lady Marjory and the gold hidden under her floor boards, to Lady Elizabeth and her ways of worship, to Elizabeth's husband Donald who had many secret rendevous with many mistresses. You feel for Lady Marjory who wants nothing more than to protect her family. She would do anything to make that possible. I don't want to give anymore of the story-line away but I promise you that she will have you hungry for the next book that is coming out this Spring "Mind is the Night". I would give this book 5 stars even though I thought I would never get to the end, I enjoyed reading each page. I can't wait to purchase "Mind is the Night" so that I can see how she depicts the rest of the story of Ruth and Naomi. I received this book from Waterbrook Multnomah for free in exchange for an honest book review. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves to read Scottish Fiction.
I devoured this book in one evening! Higgs' historical detail and storytelling are impeccable. I loved the characters of Elizabeth and Marjory and I loved how they matured in Christian faith by the end of the book. I cannot wait to read the sequel to this spectacular epic!
I really enjoyed Here Burns My Candle. Lady Elisabeth Kerr is highlander by birth and lowlander by marriage. She is faithful to her husband, but not to his God. She still chooses to worship the nameless one of her ancestors. Once Prince Charles comes into Edinburgh and her family swears their allegiance to the rightful heir to the throne, life drastically changes. Soon, Lady Kerr has to face facts... does the nameless one truly care for her? And what about the Holy One she pretends to worship at the kirk each Sunday?
As Lady Kerr travels along her spiritual journey, she is forced to make choices that could change her life forever. Will this highlander learn to rely on the Holy One, God? Will she learn to trust Him and His plan for her life?
I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys historical fiction.
I received this complimentary book from Waterbrook Press in exchange for my honest review.
I was excited to receive my free copy of Here Burns My Candle from Waterbrook Multnomah Blogging for Books for a few reasons. The main reason being that I've read Liz Curtis Higgs' other historical series set in Scotland and loved it.
The novel follows the Kerr family in 1745, the story focusing on Lady Elisabeth Kerr and her mother-in-law, the dowager Lady Marjory Kerr. The bonny Prince Charlie and his army of Jacobites have ridden into town and are preparing to take back their land. The Rising has a profound effect on Elisabeth and her husband Lord Donald, his brother and sister-in-law Andrew and Janet, and Marjory. The family is initially mixed in their loyalties- do they throw their support to Prince Charlie or stay loyal to King George? Elisabeth worries her Highlander loyalties, and thus to the bonny Prince, will divide her against her family. Each character's reaction to the turmoil around them sets the course for our tale.
Higgs's historical novels trace a Biblical story. Take what you learned about any one story and throw it out the window. She has a way of turning familiar words on their heads, with the added effect that we then better understand the Bible. Such was true when I read her Lowlands of Scotland series, her take on Jacob, Leah, and Rachel. Did I ever expect I would take Leah's side? Definitely not. Growing up, I was always upset that she "stole" Jacob from Rachel. But we must remember that things are not always as they seem. I've never been able to read that portion of Genesis in the same way and the same will hold true with the Book of Ruth.
Here Burns My Candle is the first in a two-book series. This time around, our story is based on Ruth, Naomi, and Orpah. I always loved reading the books of Ruth and Esther, our primary examples of women in the Bible. I'm also familiar with the Jacobite Rising. The Rising provides an interesting backdrop but our prime concern is with the ladies Kerr. (If you're not as familiar with either- spoiler alert.) I knew all would not end well for Elisabeth and Marjory. However, this did not demean the novel in any way.
The plot primarily moved forward, for me, thanks to the dynamics between Elisabeth and Marjory. Marjory starts off as a snobby, critical, domineering mother-in-law. Watching her grow, seeing her reclaim her faith as Elisabeth comes to know who God is, was beautiful. I don't want to say much more than that. Suffice it to say, I was captivated from the start.
I'm very excited to dive into the sequel: Mine is the Night. A friend raved about it to me. I can't wait to see Higgs' rendition of Boaz! Be still my heart.