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.
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.