I love when a book surprises me.
When I first started reading Here Burns My Candle, I had a hard time getting into the story. For starters I’m not the biggest fan of historical fiction. I much prefer a book set close to present time, mainly because I can relate to it more.
And that’s where the surprise came in.
First, here is the synopsis the publisher gives of the book.
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.
So, remember how I said I didn’t think I could relate to this book? I related more than I thought possible.
In my opinion this book is about, first of all, finding your true faith and the strength of a woman. The Heroine experiences so many trials in her life. She struggles like so many of us to make it through and conquer. I was so enthralled in this book that I actually stayed up until about 4am one night to finish it. I just HAD to know what would happen to Lady Elisabeth next because there were several things that she went through that I have as well. I was just so inspired with the dignity in which she handled herself and the situations that arose. I know that in the 1700’s a prim and proper woman was much more common that it is now. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not as proper as I should be at times. But here is a woman that must deal with a not so nice mother-in-law, a sister-in-law who looks down at her, and a husband who is the talk of the town for his extra curricular activities and yet she handles it beautifully. I’m not going to give too much away in the book but really, Lady Elisabeth is the woman many of us should strive to be like.
As a special treat Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing, who provided me with the book for review, has also created a trailer for the book. I just love that publishers are doing this now. Take a look.
And now I have a surprise for you! I have a 2nd copy that I get to give to one of my readers!
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