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Here Burns My Candle (Here Burns My Candle #1)

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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, t
Paperback, 454 pages
Published March 16th 2010 by WaterBrook (first published 2010)
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Oct 24, 2012 Heidi rated it it was ok
This is basically the story of Ruth (from the bible) but set in Scotland in the 1700s during the Jacobite rising. I usually love historical fiction but couldn't even finish this book (did read about 200 pages). It moved too slowly, none of the characters were very likeable (or relateable), and the author writing the characters speaking in actual Scottish dialect drove me a little crazy (ie, writing out bricht instead of bright- why?! Is it not enough for the reader to imagine the accent in our h ...more
Elizabeth  (Thoughts From an Evil Overlord)
1745 Ediburgh, Scotland is simmering. Bonnie Prince Charlie is riding from the Highlands, determined to reach London and claim the crown for his father, the claimant King James III, son of the deposed King James II. Got all that? Family relationships of royals are always confusing, but the relationships within the Kerr family are the center of Liz Curtis Higgs' Here Burns My Candle. The central characters are Lady Elisabeth Kerr, daughter of a Highland weaver who has married far above her statio ...more
Janalyn Voigt
Mar 13, 2010 Janalyn Voigt rated it it was amazing
Liz Curtis Higgs whisks us away to eighteenth-century Scotland for a spellbinding tale in Here Burns My Candle.

Lady Elizabeth Kerr, a highland beauty, possesses fine clothing, the love of a titled husband and a gentle life. But she is not all she appears, for she follows in secret the auld ways, looks to the moon and worships the Nameless One while outwardly displaying a form of Christian piety. Her husband, Donald, keeps his own secrets -- secrets that make him the butt of the town's gossips an
Aug 22, 2010 Auntie rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished
Well, as I am Kerr by marriage, the Kerr family featured in this book is a fascinating group of matriarch, sons, daughters in law, fickle friends and outside lovers.
Liz Curtis Higgs saves this from becoming a bodice ripper romance by giving us a story of Naomi and Ruth set in another time and place. I enjoyed the author's series of "Bad Girls of the Bible", "Slightly Bad Girls of the Bible" etc. and this story takes a slightly different form in telling the Biblical tale.

All of the action takes
Apr 23, 2010 Cindy rated it it was amazing
When I read historical fiction, I want to be swept away to a time and place. Liz Curtis Higgs's fiction always does that for me. The reason is two fold: this author does her research thoroughly and her storytelling is superior.

I felt for poor Bess as she dealt with a mother-in-law who simply tolerated her and believed that her son could do no wrong (he had actually been cheating on Bess for some time), and a sister-in-law who is vain and shallow. Drawing close to God got Bess through her trials
Jun 18, 2010 Bee rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Historical Fiction Lovers, Mothers-in-law, Daughters-in-law, Romantics
Recommended to Bee by: My mother-in-law
Shelves: favorites
"When the flame began to lick the edges, Elisabeth let his unsigned letter slip from her hands into the grate and watched Donald's sins turn to ash."

Lady Elisabeth Kerr wasn't born with the typical resolve of a young society-dweller to climb the proverbial ladder of titles. A Highlander by birth and a silent follower of the auld ways, she is misplaced in the city of Edinburgh among her husband's family. Despite conflict, she remains deeply and, seemingly, mutually entranced with her husband - so
Aug 10, 2014 Louann rated it liked it
Recommended to Louann by: The Author and Friend, Liz & other friends.
Here Burns My Candle is loosely based on the Book of Ruth in the Bible. I really had a hard time getting into this book for because 1)I am not a history buff person, 2) the Scottish dialect was difficult to figure out, but once I did ... no stopping me, 3) Knowing it was suppose to be based on the Ruth & Naomi story I was surprised at some of the content. What I do not understand is the plot line with Lord Kerr being unfaithful to his wife. I've study the book of Ruth, and its not there. Thi ...more
Apr 07, 2010 Jill rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
I love books about Scotland. I think one of the first I stumbled upon was Outlander by Diana Gabaldon about ten years ago. Since then it is one of my favorite places to visit in books. I would love to one day go there but so far I've just used my imagination, less jet lag that way I guess! I read books set both in current years and set centuries ago, it just depends upon my mood!
This book is part of a blog tour and I was very happy to take part in it. It was very interesting to read about how Lo
Tara Chevrestt
This book is extremely rich in historical details about the Bonnie Prince Charlie era and the strife within the country of Scotland. I thoroughly enjoyed that aspect of it.

The Kerr family loyalties lie with King George with one exception: Lady Elisabeth Kerr. Her heart and her own family (she is married into the Kerrs) lies with Prince Charles who is on his way. While the nobility all around Scotland switches loyalties every five minutes, Elisabeth's loyalty remains steadfast. She eventually lu
Apr 05, 2010 LaNae rated it it was ok
This was a gift from a friend, apparently written by a Christian author, although I did not know this going into it. I didn't realize until I ended the book, that it was supposed to be a story which paralleled the first part of the Story of Ruth in the Bible. (Up to the point where her husband dies and she remains with her mother in law). Now that I know this, I can probably guess how the sequel will end.

It was interesting in terms of the historical setting (Jacobite rebellion in Scotland). I al
Jill Williamson
Nov 21, 2010 Jill Williamson rated it really liked it
Review by Jill Williamson

In Scotland, in the fall of 1745, bonny Prince Charlie and his rebel army ride into Edinburgh, intent on capturing the crown. In the midst of this historical event, one family struggles to choose which side to support. Lady Elisabeth Kerr is a Highlander by birth. Her husband, Lord Donald, is aware of her loyalties to Prince Charlie, but if her mother-in-law discovered it, she would be livid. And Lord Donald has secrets of his own that threaten to tear apart their marria
Jun 24, 2015 Rachel rated it it was ok
I found this book to move VERY SLOWLY. I thought that many of the scenes could have been cut out, as there were a few interesting ones but most were just slow.
The only characters I really liked were Elizabeth, Simon, and Rob. I don't know why she didn't accept Rob's proposal as I skipped from that part of the story to the very end. I really, really, disliked Donald. HE WAS THE WORST. Man, I couldn't figure out why she stayed with him after she found out what he had done, then how he'd cheated
I picked up this book a few weeks ago over spring break at the bookstore. I was looking for more quality historical fiction and I DEFINITELY found it. When I picked this up I didn't realize it was Christian themed but after I read the back cover and learned it was a retelling of Ruth I was happy. I love reading Ruth when I did a few months ago.

I definitely cried during this book a few times. Liz Curtis Higgs writes very good characters that grow very beautifully over the novel's pages. The chara
Jun 07, 2011 Kimberly rated it really liked it
Shelves: gentle-reads
I agree with many of the other reviewers who felt that the plot of Here Burns My Candle moved too slowly. The book does develop at a slower pace, but Liz Curtis Higgs writes with a pleasant style. She knows what details are nice additions to the story, but she doesn't bog the story down with too many details. It seems that lately I've read a lot of mediocre inspirational fiction, but Ms. Higgs is not one of those authors. There is polish and finesse to her writing, which I appreciate. I also lik ...more
Anne Marie
Oct 03, 2011 Anne Marie rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. Thoroughly. The same as I have enjoyed every book I've read by Liz Curtis Higgs. I find I get so wrapped up in the story and characters that I look forward to each time I sit to read a few more pages like I look forward to a good visit with friends. I get completely immersed within Liz's fictional worlds. These books are well researched, well written (although, nothing too flowery or artistic... just basic easy reading) and have a solid Christian base without being overly "i ...more
Lisa Belcastro
Thoroughly enjoyed this story. Liz Curtis Higgs wove a great tale. I loved watching Elisabeth's character grow and change. Without giving away too many details, Elisabeth's life appears good, but both she and her husband have their secrets. When tragedy strikes, Elisabeth and her bitter mother-in-law are displaced from their elegant lifestyle with everything a mere snap of the finger away to poverty. Higgs shows the reader the beauty of God's grace and love as Elisabeth and Marjory find faith an ...more
Charity U
Aug 29, 2011 Charity U rated it really liked it
Well, I didn't like it as much as I'd hoped I would. I would love to read the next book. :) It's somewhat similar to a certain Bible story, but I won't tell you which one. ;) Like I said in my status, there was a twist that I really wasn't expecting. And that's rather rare, if I do say so myself. The Scottish setting was amazing!
Beth Turza
Apr 14, 2013 Beth Turza rated it it was amazing
Having visited Edinburgh and loving the 'old town' this novel breathed life into those streets for me. The political and personal strife during that time when the throne was in jeopardy and loyalties were called into question we follow three strong women thru the loves and losses as they make the decision whether to become Jacobites and become loyal to The Bonnie Prince returning for his throne.
Jodi K
Mar 27, 2010 Jodi K rated it it was amazing
Liz Curtis Higgs has come through with another excellent novel! Her books just keep getting better and better!
Jessica Dotta
May 27, 2013 Jessica Dotta rated it it was amazing
As always, Liz did an incredible job! So worth the read!
Rachel Brand
Life in Scotland during the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745 was not easy for anyone, least not the noble Kerr family in the capital city of Edinburgh. Elisabeth Kerr cannot hide her Jacobite sympathies from her family, and slowly her husband begins to share her sentiments. But when her beloved Donald and his younger brother Andrew decide to fight for the royal pretender, denouncing their loyalties to King George, Elisabeth can’t help but question whether she should have kept her feelings to herself. ...more
Shannon Jacobson
Mar 23, 2017 Shannon Jacobson rated it it was amazing
5 of her books (including this one) are in my top 10 Christian fictions. I think this is my favorite because it is the story of Ruth and Naomi set in Scotland.
Christina DeVane
Mar 18, 2017 Christina DeVane rated it really liked it
It took awhile to get into this book, but turned out to be pretty interesting and an English/Scotland version of the book of Ruth set in the 1700s.
Mar 02, 2010 Ashley rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Now, when I started Here Burns My Candle, I wasn't a fan of Liz Curtis Higgs at all. I had read one of her other Scottish historicals, Thorn In My Side, and couldn't even finish it. I already knew how that story ended and really didn't wish to read it again (way too sad for me). But, when I finished Here Burns My Candle, I was definitely converted. The first book in the saga of the Kerr family started out slow, but half way through, the story really picked up and I was hooked from then on.
The st
Feb 24, 2010 Mandolin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-inventory
Higgs, Liz Curtis
Historical Fiction

A weaver's daughter, Elisabeth Kerr left her homeland in the Highlands of Scotland to become tutored as a gentlewoman in the bustling city of Edinburgh. There, she fell deeply in love with and captured the heart and roving eye of Donald Kerr. Though she left her humble roots behind her when she became the new Lady Kerr, Elisabeth still holds to pagan beliefs and Jacobite loyalties. She stands alone in these things, for her new mother-in-law is a staunch loyalis
Apr 28, 2013 Christina rated it it was amazing
When the last rebellion of the Jacobites swept through Edinburgh in 1745, it turned the passions of the Kerr family for the sake of the cause. Lady Marjory is a widow and feels desperate to keep her sons alive and close to her. Despite her pleas, Lord Donald and his brother enlist to fight for the bonny Prince Charlie.

What Marjory does not know are the hidden secrets and struggles of Lady Elisabeth, Donald's wife. Elisabeth feels very alone in the world, having left her Highland family to marry
Nora St Laurent
Apr 12, 2010 Nora St Laurent rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Liz Curtis Higgs’ last series that started with A Thorn in My Heart, so I jumped at the opportunity to receive a review copy of this book. Here Burns My Candle is a story loosely based on the biblical characters of Naomi and Ruth. Mrs. Marjory Kerr represents Naomi. Marjory’s a woman that wants the best for her sons and a mother that can’t face her or her family’s future. Elizabeth, Marjory’s daughter-in-law represents Ruth, a woman that has left her country of the Highlands, bu ...more
Nikole Hahn
Apr 11, 2011 Nikole Hahn rated it it was amazing
Elisabeth lifted her gaze to the High Street window where she often stood on the sixth day of the moon, hand pressed to the glass, beseeching the Nameless One. Thou moon of moons. Aye, she still recalled the simple rituals and sacred words her mother had taught her. What Elisabeth no longer remembered was why they mattered. – Pg. 16

The Book of Ruth is one of my favorite books of the Bible. Here Burns My Candle cloaks the story of The Book of Ruth in the Kerr Family.

It is 1745 in Edinburgh, Scot
Jul 17, 2012 Terri rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
Augh so boring. This book has been sitting on my TBR shelf for more than 3 years, and it was time to decide: read or dnf/donate.

The problem that I had with it is largely plot and pacing. There’s a lot going on, and individually the plot threads are important to the characters, but altogether, they’re not that compelling. Nothing much happens in the first 150 pages – there are family dinners, a couple of outings into town, and a lot of waiting around to see if Bonny Prince Charlie will invade.

Jun 25, 2012 Susan rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-read
In Here Burns My Candle by Liz Curtis Higgs, you are introduced to the Kerr family: dowager Lady Marjory and her sons and daughter-in-laws, Donald and Elisabeth and Andrew and Janet. The story mostly focuses on the three women and is a retelling of the first half of the Biblical story of Ruth. This retelling is set in Scotland in 1745 during the Jacobite uprising. The family is entrapped in a web of family secrets that destroy the family and bring about major changes in the lives of the characte ...more
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