Friday, March 26, 2010

Here Burns My Candle by Liz Curtis Higgs & GIVEAWAY

Here Burns My Candle
by Liz Curtis Higgs
ISBN: 9781400070015
Publisher: WaterBrook Multnomah


Summary:

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 Review:

This was my first Liz Curtis Higgs novel. WOW is the first word that comes to mind. There is a lot of attention to detail in this story without being overwhelming. It added so much to the time and situations surrounding the lives of those in Edinburgh.

At first it was so hard to accept the failings of the characters in the story. The desire to strangle Lady Marjory, but understanding how she is the way she is. Donald, ugh, Donald...is it wrong to hope a character gets what's coming to him right from the get-go? Lady Elisabeth made me want to give her a shake to shake from her ignorance and on the other hand scared me because of her ways of worship. Then there were the characters that were scattered throughout the story who each in their own way added a strength.

Here Burns My Candle honestly compels you to read til the very end. I was hooked by Liz's writing on page one. She entwines you in the lives of these characters that have you celebrating and mourning with each passing moment. This is definitely a must-read novel!

Author Bio:

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 http://www.lizcurtishiggs.com/.

Giveaway:

If you'd like to win a copy of Here Burns My Candle leave a comment letting me know what you are reading right now. If you're not reading anything currently, what was the title of the last book you read?

Giveaway open to US residents 18 and older. You must leave a way to contact you with email or in your profile. No email/contact = No entry. Giveaway ends 4/9 at 10pm CDT. Void where prohibited.

I'd like to thank Liz from AterBrook Multnomah. This was book as well as the giveaway copy was provided by WaterBrook Multnomah. Here you will see different options where you can purchase the book online: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/catalog.php?isbn=9781400070015

22 comments:

Alexandra said...

I am reading The Princess by Lori Wick. Would love to read this book!

Thanks for the follow. Following you back :)

Carole said...

I am currently reading Beguiled by Deeanne Gist and Mark Bertrand, which is very enjoyable so far. I'm also going to mention my list read because it was so good and will be one of my all-time favorites, and that is The Silent Governess by Julie Klassen.

Liz is an incredibly gifted speaker and writer, and what a testimony she has! I appreciate the chance to win her new book, Mimi.

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Anonymous said...

i'm a subscriber :)

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Anonymous said...

thanks for the opportunity to read this fabulous book :)

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Barb said...

I am currently reading Cleopatra's Daughter.

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blueviolet said...

Right now I am reading Season of Second Chances. Just started it actually.
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Michelle said...

I am currently reading Ten Thousand Charms by Allison Pittman.

Thank you for the opportunity to win this book! I've been reading so many good things about it.

Michelle
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Pricilla said...

I am currently reading The Man from Saigon.
thank you
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Liz Curtis said...

Such FUN to discover your blog today, Mimi, and your very kind comments about HERE BURNS MY CANDLE. I'm glad you were pleased, and hope your winner will be as well. I'm currently reading a Georgette Heyer classic, THE MASQUERADERS, set in the same time period as my next novel, MINE IS THE NIGHT. Whatever would we do without BOOKS!?!

Joshlin said...

I just read To Know Her by Name by Lori Wick. Very Good Book!!! I love Christion Fiction that takes place in historical time.
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adge said...

I am reading The Choice by Nicholas Sparks. gasweetheart211[at]netscape[dot]net

Jennifer said...

I love Liz! Been waiting for this book. I just finished Heartland Wedding by Renee Ryan and I'm in the middle of A Passion Redeemed by Julie Lessman and The Substitute Bride by Janet Dean...I always have at least two books at the same time! LOL

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The Bookworm said...

Right now, I'm reading Agatha Christie's "Third Girl." I've been on an Agatha Christie reading splurge ever since I found a bunch of her books for a dime at our thrift store. :)

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Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug} said...

I'm reading Seduced By A Rogue by Amanda Scott :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!
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The Plumber's Wife said...

I just barely finished reading Silent Scream by Karen Rose. This book sounds great! I love novels set in Scotland :)

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Casey said...

I have heard great things about this book and would love to be entered. Thank you!

I am a follower.

Email in profile. :)

Wanda said...

Just finished reading Happily Ever Now by Nicole Rouse yesterday.

LaVonne said...

I am reading (slowly) The Messiah. Thanks for the chance to win!

Anonymous said...

I'm reading "Sing" by Lisa T. Bergren, another excellent book. Thank for this opportunity.
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Ellenlovestowin said...

I am reading The Remedy by Supa Nova Slom right now. Thanks for the chance!

whimzie said...

I found this contest through Twitter. I've never read one of Liz Curtis Higgs's novels. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to win one! Sounds wonderful!

I'm currently reading Girl Meets God by Lauren Winner.


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Stephanie said...

The book I just finished was Imaginary Jesus, it was very good. Starting a new one soon.

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