Monday, March 22, 2010

Here Burns My Candle by Liz Curtis Higgs, and a giveaway

This blog tour is for Here Burns My Candle by Liz Curtis Higgs.

Book description: 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.
My thoughts:
I'm not too much for books set in a Scottish setting - not sure why, but this book was advertised as a modern retelling of the story of Ruth from the Bible, which caught my attention, so I asked to review it, and did enjoy it. 
Though there are a lot of differences in the Biblical story and this, the author does a good job of using a lot of similarities, and I actually found the Scottish history and goings on rather interesting. (I guess what I don't like about books set in a Scottish setting is the way they talk).
If you enjoy books set in Scotland, you will enjoy this book, and even if you don't, you still may enjoy this retelling of the story of Ruth.
About the author:
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
The giveaway:
Open to US entries only. To enter, comment and tell what Biblical character you enjoy reading about the most - outside of Jesus, of course. :-)
I will pick a winner on April 1, no fooling......
Thanks to Waterbrook/Multnomah for the review copy.
Here Burns My Candle is available from Waterbrook/Multnomah Publishing.


Carmen said...

I would love the opportunity to win Liz's book. Please enter me. Thanks.
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teacherprincess said...

Ruth is one of my top favorites, but another is Esther

Anonymous said...

I'm amazed at the volume of reviews you provide! Kudos on providing insight into so many works of fiction.

You mentioned that you weren't a big fan of stories with a Scottish setting. Have you read George MacDonald's books? They were some of my first experiences with Christian fiction.

By the way, could you tell me how you connected with Zondervan for reviews? Unlike other publishers, their web site doesn't make it very easy to identify if they have a program for bloggers.

Keep up the great work!

Kim M. said...

I too enjoy reading the story of Ruth. Talk about a neat love story and I admit, because "Ruth" is my middle name it helps. Please enter me too :-)

misskallie2000 said...

I would love to read Liz's book and to win would be fantastic.
Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

misskallie2000 said...

I enjoy reading about Ruth. My favorite aunt was My Aunt Ruth. One terrific lady and one of the best people I have ever known.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Mark said...

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LuAnn said...

I'd love to read this book!

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Unknown said...

I have so many favorites. Today I'll say Noah because I just read the story of Noah to my son before his nap. I think about the faith it must have taken for him to build the ark. The people who thought he was crazy. Did his daughter-in-laws think what kind of family did I marry into? I find it all interesting.

Jackie S. said...

I love Liz's books...please enter me. I think Abigail is a favorite. I have the book on her to read and plan to do so soon.