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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,093 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Liz Curtis Higgs Narrator: Liz Curtis Higgs Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Here Burns My Candle Series Release Date: March 2010 ISBN: 9780307714855
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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.

One by one the Kerr family secrets begin to surface, even as bonny Prince Charlie and his rebel army ride into Edinburgh in September 1745, intent on capturing the crown. 

A timeless story of love and betrayal, loss and redemption, flickering against the vivid backdrop of eighteenth-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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 2/11/2014

    " Based on the biblical story of Ruth, Liz Curtis Higgs new series is a wonderful remake of the story of Ruth as seen through Elisabeth, her husband Donald, his brother Andrew and the boy's mother Marjorie. The mother is a rather stiff,proud matriarch, who takes her title as Lady very seriously and expects her daighter's in-law to do likewise. Elisabeth is a Highlander who came to Edinburgh, Scotland to be educated, and works part time at a tailor, who is a friend of the family, Angus MacPherson. There she meets Donald, who marries her in spite of his mother's objections. (she is a commoner!!) She has chosen the wife for her younger son. As they get caught up in the political situation when Prince charles comes back to try and recain the throne of Scotland from King George, they loyalties of the Kerrs are divided. Elisabeth is a strong Jacobite, the family are Royalists. How elisabeth changes the family and eventually mellows Marjory into a better person, makes for a great read. This is one of my favorite new authors which I found recently. There will be more in this series. Highly recommended. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nanette | 2/11/2014

    " I really, really wanted to like this book. The story line is great and the writing style did draw me in, but I just can't read "highlander." I need plain old American English. I'm sure those who enjoy this genre would very much love this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheila | 2/2/2014

    " Another of her Historical Fiction books set in Scotland. Well written as all of her books. About a young heroine named Elisabeth & it parallels the story in the Bible of Ruth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dorothy Persch | 1/31/2014

    " Just loved this book a must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 1/30/2014

    " HERE BURNS MY CANDLE by Liz Curtis Higgs is a wonderfully written inspirational historical fiction set in 1745 Edinburgh,Scotland. It is written with depth,details,historical facts and dialog of the period. It is based on the Biblical characters Naomi and Ruth.A Scottish tale of love,forgiveness,loss,grief, secrets,faith,challenges,betrayal, love,redemption,and finding your faith. It is full of Scottish lore,history,beliefs,and has a gut-wrenching plot. Like Naomi and Ruth in the Bible, Marjory(Naomi) and Elizabeth(Ruth),lose everything,have many secrets and must cope with lost and betrayal. This is a wonderfully written story based on Biblical characters,but set during 18th Century Scotland,during a time of turmoil and danger. It captured my attention from the beginning,detailing the characters,and has a gut-wrenching heartbreaking,get out of town finish. If you enjoy historical,Scottish lore,the old tales Scottland than you will enjoy this one also.This was a beautifully written story of Biblical and Scottish history woven together in an amazing inspirationsl story of love and betrayal.A truly MUST READ for all historical fans.This was a personal buy,but details can be find at WaterBrook Press, The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group and My Book Addiction and More. **Look for the conclusion "MINE IS THE NIGHT" coming in March 2011** "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tressa (Tressa's Wishful Endings) | 1/25/2014

    " This was a very depressing book and I didn't really like the characters. I'm am listening to the second in this series on audio and it seems to be better (I just wanted to give the whole story a chance). It is well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise Lyon | 1/21/2014

    " It was a very good book, just disappointed that Donald died and did not stay faithful to his Bess. I hope the rest of the series gets better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison G | 1/20/2014

    " This book wasn't bad. After reading all of Diana Gabaldon's books, I was looking for something that would keep me in Scotland at the time of the '45 Jacobite Uprising. It met the bill on that account. However, I never felt fully invested in the characters. For me, that is the key to a great book - wanting to "spend time" with the characters. It's so funny because I was re-writing the book in my head at every turn. I wanted Elisabeth's husband to return to see what would happen with their marriage. Then, I wanted her to fall for Rob McPherson to see where that would lead. I knew from reading some of the reviews that she would end up alone with her mother-in-law, but I wanted more romance for her! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy | 1/17/2014

    " Really enjoyed this!!! Looking forward to the sequel. :o) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenn | 12/19/2013

    " Bland is the only word that comes to mind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renada Arens | 12/6/2013

    " Took me awhile to catch on that it was based on Ruth. Didn't grab me at first but the later (tragic) part of the story was quite moving. I'll be reading the sequel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenna | 11/2/2013

    " I loved the retelling of Jacob/Leah/Rachel and Dinah books, but I had trouble getting into this one. I probably will pick it up again in a few months and try it again, as maybe I was just in the wrong mood with this one when I read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becca | 10/27/2013

    " This book was definately not what I was expecting. It took me a while to get into it, but there were some really interesting parts, and I liked how much she incorperated history. All-in-all, and interesting book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie Teeling | 9/20/2013

    " A glimpse into the history of Scotland using fiction that echos the story of Naomi and Ruth. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tabitha | 9/19/2013

    " Every time I pick up this book, I can only seem to get a couple pages further before I just feel...eh. Maybe it's just not my type of book? I hope to finish it one day, but for now I'm moving on to books I enjoy and feel more invested in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brittani | 9/5/2013

    " I loved the main character, not so much her hubby. I like the parallel of Ruth. It was an easy read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brittany | 6/1/2013

    " 1 Star. The husband was gross. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 5/15/2013

    " Once again, Liz Curtis Higgs has written a masterpiece. Beautiful story! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Randine | 2/26/2013

    " I loved the highland series but it don't know about this one It is a very slow start. I hope it gets better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 9/30/2012

    " I love this author for her "Bad Girls" series, but even though this book is set in Scotland (a favorite place of mine) the read was slow. Good insight on spiritual things and relationships, but not enough to hold my interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauri2105 | 9/12/2012

    " This book took a bit of time to get into, but once I did, the story line was amazing. Can't wait for the story to continue in the next book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 8/7/2012

    " I liked this story although I did find it slow at times. I guess that's just how Higgs writes! I'm not in a rush to read more of her books because of that fact but at the same time I'm curious to see what becomes of this series so I will read it eventually! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly D. | 6/16/2012

    " Great historical Christian fiction. Wonderful retelling of the book of Ruth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karin Breidenthal | 3/31/2012

    " Another great series from Liz Curtis Higgs. I love how she uses Scotland as her setting. This series parallels the story of Ruth in the Bible as well as some other historical events in Scotland. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim Wiley | 3/11/2012

    " Great rendition of the story of Ruth...can't wait to read the next one to finish the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn C. | 8/26/2011

    " An enjoyable and interesting historical novel set in Scotland in the 1700's. Liz Curtis Higgs has done extensive research on this time period but writes in such a way that you don't feel bogged down in historical detail. Nice:) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianne | 5/24/2011

    " I had trouble getting into the story but it got more interesting as the story moved on. A take on the Biblical story of Ruth and Naomi. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheila | 3/29/2011

    " Another of her Historical Fiction books set in Scotland. Well written as all of her books. About a young heroine named Elisabeth & it parallels the story in the Bible of Ruth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melmac | 3/23/2011

    " Usually a favorite author but this book bogged me down considerably. The language was difficult to follow and the story got lost because of it. Probably my least favorite of all Higgs' books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 3/5/2011

    " Listened to the audiobook. It was good Scottish history but too much of a Christian book for my taste. "

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About the Author
Author Liz Curtis Higgs

Liz Curtis Higgs is the author of over two dozen books with 4.5 million copies in print, including her armchair travel guide to Scotland, My Heart’s in the Lowlands, and her bestselling Scottish historical novels Thorn in My Heart, Fair Is the Rose, Christy Award winner Whence Came a Prince, Grace in Thine Eyes, and Here Burns My Candle, the riveting prequel to Mine Is the Night.