Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Blog Tour: Here Burns My Candle by Liz Curtis Higgs & GIVEAWAY

Here Burns My Candle Pictures, Images and Photos 

Want to win a copy of this book?  Giveaway Instructions located at end of post! 

Already a fan of Liz Curtis Higgs via her Bad Girls of the Bible and Loved By God studies,  I was curious to see how I would enjoy her historical fiction.  I had heard of her previous fiction series, but never had the chance to read them.  When I saw that she had written a new book, and I had the opportunity to review it, I looked forward to it greatly.

Here Burns My Candle takes place in Edinburgh, Scotland.  The year is 1745 and bonny Prince Charlie is ready to fight for his claim to the throne.  Elisabeth Kerr is a Jacobite to her core.  Born as a Highlander and married into a Lowlander family, her family must make a choice as to which cause to support.  Her husband, Donald, is a man with a weakness for the ladies.  Her brother-in-law, Andrew, is of weak constitution.  Her sister-in-law, Janet, and widowed mother-in-law, Marjory, are caught up in the trappings of fashionable society. But change is in the wind, as war looms on the horizon.

Very loosely based on the story of Ruth and Naomi of Scripture, Here Burns My Candle brings Edinburgh, the Stuart cause, and the society of the day to life.  It has been awhile since I have read historical fiction for pleasure (I tend to go through genre "stages"), and I admit that it took me a bit to really get into the story.  The author's writing is well-done, the history rich, the characters real, but I found myself waiting for the proverbial "shoe to drop".  If I had not known this to be based on the story of Ruth, I may have enjoyed it more from the beginning.  Expecting some of the key plot points was a major distraction for me.

That said, I did find that I enjoyed the book.  This is not an overtly Christian story throughout, but Scriptural truth is there to be found.  The themes gnaw at your mind; trusting in God, forgiveness, consequences for bitterness and a turning away, and then the beginnings of redemption.  This is the best kind of story.  One that stands on its own as a fully fleshed out novel and yet subtly speaks volumes into your soul.  My own battle against bitterness was brought to mind, along with the challenge to leave it behind now and enjoy every moment of God-given blessing while it's here.

The sequel is due to be released sometime in the Spring of 2011.  I can't wait.

 Enter to win a copy of Here Burns My Candle by Liz Curtis Higgs.  
Simply leave me a comment and you are entered!  
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Drawing will be held Wednesday, March 31st.  

*Disclosure: This book and giveaway copy were provided by Waterbrook Multnomah for review purposes.*       

11 comments:

Debra said...

This sounds like an interesting read :)

Debbie said...

Sounds like a good book! I'd like to enter.

Liz Curtis said...

Your honest, heartfelt comments about my novel and how it touched you personally meant SO much, sis. Bless you for pressing on and letting the story stand on its own. I'm hard at work on MINE IS THE NIGHT, hoping you'll be eager for the rest of the story next Spring. Many thanks!

Barbara said...

Love Liz Curtis Higgs books!!!

Barbara said...

Posted to my Facebook! Really would love this book!!!!

Lorus! said...

We have read Liz Curtis Higgs children's books, The Pine Tree Parable, The Parable of the Lily, and the others. We really enjoy those. I'd like to read one of her "grown up" books :) Thank you for the review.

classfor2 said...

I can't wait to get my hands on this book. I really enjoyed her retelling of the story of Leah and Rachelle in the Thorn in my Heart series. This 1 sounds just as good.

terri said...

Sounds like an interesting book

BurkhertsTravel at yahoo dot com

Larissa said...

I want to read! ;)

TerriG said...

I'd like to read this book at the beach this summer.

MoziEsmé said...

I'd love to read this!

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

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