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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Here Burns My Candle book review

About This Book

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, 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.
My review:
The second half of this book is very much a page turner.  I had a hard time putting it down.  But you must be patient to get to the second half.  The first half of the book is a bit slow.  I found it difficult to hold my interest.  Once I got about half way through though, I truly enjoyed the story and couldn't wait to read more.
The story takes place in 18th century Scotland and as such is written in a sometimes-hard-to-understand dialect.  Fortunately there is a glossary in the back of the book.  Unfortunately I didn't discover it until I was done reading.  :)  The characters are fascinating, the story well written.  I will say that there's not a great deal of happiness in this book.  In fact, quite the opposite.  Although I found myself becoming emotionally attached to Elisabeth, the main character, wishing for some happiness to come upon her.  I also found myself annoyed at her spoiled, pampered sister-in-law and sometimes her mother-in-law as well.
I will most certainly read the next book in the series, Mine Is the Night, as I would love to know what becomes of Elisabeth.
(I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own.)

1 comment:

Photographing Mom said...

I loved the story, too!!
I've got the next one on hold at the library. :)