Book Review: "Here Burns My Candle," by Liz Curtis Higgs


Back Matter:

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.
The above description from the back of the book is a concise overview of this story. As with the second book, "Mine Is the Night" (which was the first one I read), this one is a wonderful read, rich with the history of Scotland.

Although the second book can stand alone, this book gives you the information that isn't included in "Mine Is the Night," and will help you to better understand the perspectives of Elizabeth and Marjorie.

I recommend this book to anyone who loves to read!

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I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.


  1. I loved this book too. The series was so intense sometimes I couldn't sleep over the characters! That is Liz writing at her best. Thanks for the review.


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