A Very Good Read!
This Review is for the book 'Here Burns My Candle' by Liz Curtis Higgs.
I haven't read that many of her books but I usually love Scottish themed novels so I requested the book hoping I would like it.
I did in fact enjoy the book quite alot.
For me it started out a little slow as I had a bit of trouble keeping up at first with who was who. Two of the main characters share the same title and there are several women who are written about. After about a chapter, however, I got it straight. After that little hiccup this book was enjoyable from start to finish and I cannot wait to read the next installment of it.
I applaud the author as I know how much research writing a book of this caliber took. It is rich with Scottish history and I love learning things about it. I could envision the rainy Scottish town and the rolling green countryside. It made me wish I was there to see it for myself! Not in the books time period as there is a war being fought but current day would be lovely! :o)
You are drawn in with the characters and hold your breath right along with them when the plot gets a bit intense. I could easily envision the lovely dresses they wear and them reading and eating by candlelight.
Ms. Higgs does an excellent job of making you 'see' what she is describing. The heart of this book is family and faith. Joy when you are with the ones you love, heartrending pain when you are betrayed by the ones closest to you and grief over losing someone dear. Faith and God are delicatly woven throught the pages of this book, skillfully and not preachy or in your face, it is a gentle almost quiet presence throughout the book, quiet like our Lord himself. Gentle, patient and ever faithful. The mother-in-law only has her two sons left, and their wives. She holds secrets in her heart which pain her. The rest of them have their own secrets as well. The journey of faith that Lady Elizabeth takes is eloquent. She goes from being a simple weavers daughter to a Lady of title and seems to almost struggle with the two different worlds. What once was acceptable for her no longer is. Having a husband who is whispered about in the streets doesn't help her situation. I have to say that Elizabeth was my favorite character. I questioned her a bit at first but enjoyed watching her grow as the story progresses. I was skeptical the first few chapters but was thoroughly won over to this lovely book by the last page and will be reading the next installment.
I highly suggest this book and will look for more writing by this author.
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*Note* I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for posting a review about it. I am not required to post a positive review. Any opinions expressed are my own and they are sincere.