Saturday, March 19, 2011

"Here Burns My Candle" by Liz Curtis Higgs

The Jacobite Uprising of 1745 in Scotland is the setting for this retelling of the Biblical story of Naomi and Ruth. Lady Marjory Kerr and her daughter-in-law, Lady Elisabeth Kerr, are beset by scandal, hidden truths, guilt, and regret; benefiting along the way from the blessings of faith and forgiveness. But, will Elisabeth ever truly be accepted by Marjory? How many times will Donald expect his wife to forgive him for his repeated behavior? Will Prince Charlie recapture the crown and what will that do to the Kerr family if he does? These are just a few of the questions you will find answered within the pages of "Here Burns My Candle."

Historical fiction lovers, this one's for you! Liz Curtis Higgs does her best to bring history to life. Her characters are realistic and compelling; the story rich and teeming with life. I had never read anything by this author before, but am now looking for more! This book is great for both the individual reader and group discussion because it puts things (i.e. regret, forgiveness, etc.) front and center for us to examine in our own lives. The discussions could be lively. Thank you to WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group's Blogging for Books program for the opportunity to read this book. These opinions are mine alone.

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