Friday, March 26, 2010

Book Giveaway

Here Burns My Candle by Liz Curtis Higgs

From the book jacket:

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.
My thoughts:
In the fall of 1745, Prince Charlie and his rebel army ride into Edinburgh to capture the crown. Lady Elizabeth Kerr wears beneath her sleeve the ribbon rosette showing her loyalty to the bonny prince. Meanwhile, her husband Lord Donald, the Tiger Woods of his time, is in search of a noble cause and longs to prove his faithfulness to the love of his life, prepared to doff his powdered wig and join the ranks of bareheaded true "noble" men, if only his heart will tell him to which side he belongs.

But the real story in
Here Burns My Candle is that of the relationship between Lady Elizabeth and her mother-in-law, the dowager Lady Marjory. Liz Curtis Higgs weaves the biblical tale of Naomi and Ruth, against a backdrop of 18th century Scotland, in the streets of Edinburgh, the Palace of Holyroodhouse and in the family's quarters in Milne Square. Ms. Higgs brings to life a most cruel and harsh time in Scotland's history, in her own genteel way.

I enjoyed this book. While the action was slow to begin, I enjoyed exploring the streets of Edinburgh and learning about the everyday life of an 18th century family. The book is classified as historical fiction, and has a thread of Christian genre as well, that I found to be subtle and gratifying. Ms. Higgs is writing a sequel to the story, which I look forward to reading.
I have an extra copy of this book to give away! First, a confession. The copy is in very good condition, however I started reading my copy, and then mistakenly picked up the giveaway copy to continue reading. (All the while wondering where my book mark went!) If you would like to enter my drawing, leave a comment below. You don't have to have a blog to enter! Just leave a comment (you can check anonymous, but leave your first name within the comment). I know I have a number of "blog-less" readers out there, and don't want you to miss out on the fun. Drawing closes on Friday at 6 p.m.

This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.


Judy said...

Sounds like a good read!

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Lynne said...

Sounds good. I have a series of books by this author that I haven't read yet. But I'd love another one!

Sherri said...

Hi Karen! Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I would love to enter your giveaway-Sounds like a great book!

Susanne said...

LOL. "The Tiger Woods of his time". It took me a minute to get it. LOL. I was thinking "they had golf way back then? I must have missed that in the book". LOL. You are too funny.

Don't enter me as I'm reading it at this moment. Well not this very moment because I'm typing to you, but you know what I mean. :vD

Frog Hollow Farm Girl said...

Sweet greetings from Frog Hollow Farm! I love how you have reading as part of your blog, it must be a very important part of your life. Stories about strong women are so inspiring, and they often help us understand each other a little better, don't you think? No rain here today, just cloudy skies and cool weather. The daffodils, however, are blooming across the pond and I was able to wear sandals on Sunday! Take care!

Sarah said...

Ooooo! I love a GOOD book! It sounds good and I actually haven't read one of hers yet (gasp!) Thanks for the chance!

Trailboss said...

I have been wanting to start reading again. It has been a long time, but I think I am ready to get back into a good book. Maybe I'll win!

Anonymous said...

Hi Kar - your review was delightful. . . love to read it, but I'm betting I could borrow it?



Country Dreaming said...

Sounds like a great book!
Thanks for understanding about my rude readers.

Have a great Wednesday!


Renna said...

The book sounds most intriguing. Since I first discovered that genre of writing at the age of 14 in my town's wee libree (library said in my best British accent), I have been in love with historica fiction. I do hope I win the book, but even if I don't, I hope my libree will carry it!

Sharon said...

"...has a thread of Christian genre as well, that I found to be subtle and gratifying"

I believe that your faith and discerning mind allow you to see/read this in the book's character's lives -- and will not be surprised if you found an application or two for your own life;) Thanks for the recommendation!

Sahara said...

Sounds like a really. good. book. Karen! A read that once you start you won't be able to put down! :)

Romaine said...

Oh yes, that sounds very interesting! I don't read books as much as my sister but I do enjoy it.

Julia said...

Please enter me in the draw. I've read 4 other Liz Curtis Higgs books and loved them all. I can't wait to read this new one! Thanks for the review.

Laura said...

Am I too late?

I LOVE Liz Curtis Higgs!

Bee Jay said...

One of my very favourite authors. I know I'd absolutely be thrilled to get this novel. Blessings!