Set in 18th century Edinburgh, Here Burns My Candle will grip you from beginning to end. The year is 1745. The Dowager Lady Marjory Kerr, together with her sons, Lord Donald and Andrew and their wives, Lady Elisabeth and Janet, have taken up residence in Edinburgh. The Kerrs have come from Selkirk, but Elisabeth and Janet are from the Highlands. By all appearances, things are going well for the Kerrs, that is, until the arrival of Bonnie Prince Charlie and his rebel army. But things are not as they seem. Inside their hearts, they carry secrets...
This story is so rich in detail and description, I felt like I was walking the High Street of Edinburgh, with all its wynds and closes, experiencing all that was a part of daily life. Servants, society ladies, merchants, soldiers and others add color to the story. In addition to engaging all my senses, I was also caught up in the emotional struggles of the characters, agonizing with them over every painful decision, and asking myself what I would do, how would I respond, given those circumstances. I often reached for a tissue to wipe away the tears, in order to bring the next page into focus!
Although this story takes place in another time and place, the human heart remains the same, and can only be softened by the love and mercy of God. Among other things, this is a story of a growing faith and trust in our Almighty God, the One Who is truly faithful.
This is a story with intense drama, a real 'page-turner'. It is so well-written. Liz is a master story teller, and she has done her research, checking each detail for accuracy. 18th century Scotland certainly comes alive through this amazing story.
Here Burns My Candle has its roots in the biblical account of Ruth and Naomi. I look forward to "the rest of the story" in Liz's next book, Mine Is The Night, scheduled to be released in Spring 2011.
From the back cover copy: "A timeless story of love and betrayal, loss and redemption, flickering against the vivid backdrop of eighteeth-century Scotland, Here Burns My Candle illumines the dark side of human nature, even as hope, the brightest of tapers, lights the way home."
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Here Burns My Candle is published by WaterBrook Press.