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Here Burns My Candle | [Liz Curtis Higgs]

Here Burns My Candle

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.

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Publisher's Summary

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, Marjorys many regrets, buried in Greyfriars Churchyard, continue to plague her.

One by one, the Kerrfamilysecrets 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 18th-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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©2010 Liz Curtis Higgs (P)2010 Random House

What the Critics Say

"Higgs is a stickler for period authenticity and has done her homework on history and dialect. Fans have been waiting five years for this novel and will not be disappointed." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Lynn Diener 05-02-10
    Lynn Diener 05-02-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Liz does it again!"

    Liz Curtis Higgs is a master storyteller and this novel is no exception. With her solid grasp of history and details, she carefully paints the backdrop of this familiar tale set in 1745 Edinburgh, Scotland. This audible reading is only enhanced with Liz's voice. I worried at first that she wouldn't be able to pull off the Scot accent, but her coaching paid off.
    Congratulations to Liz, on another tale well told. My breath is baited for the next installment.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    H. MADISON, WI, United States 05-20-11
    H. MADISON, WI, United States 05-20-11 Member Since 2010
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    "excellant narrator"

    Ms Higgs has one of the best narrators voices I have heard yet and I listen to many audio books. She has done a fine job in both the writing and the narration. Thank you Liz

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa United States 12-26-11
    Teresa United States 12-26-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Here Burns My Candle"

    Very excellent story. Liz Curtis Higgs is one of my favorite authors. I also thoroughly enjoy her as a narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Suze Victoria, BC, Canada 04-07-10
    Suze Victoria, BC, Canada 04-07-10 Member Since 2002
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    "Great Book - Dreadful Narration"

    This is a classic example of why authors should not attempt to read their own books in an audio genre when there are so many fabulous narrators who would make this book a great audiobook. There are precious few authors who can manage their own narration well and this is one that falls so short of the mark that it virtually destroys an otherwise good book. Her attempts to pronounce old Gaelic words in the midst of an American accent are an insult to both the Gaelic she uses and her own book.

    This book of historical fiction is extremely well written with solid research into the time of the Jacobite rebellion and how this plays out in the City of Edinburgh and within a family of diverse characters. The historical side is solid, the character development is brilliant. Why oh why did this author ruin such a story with the wrong narrator? I can only recommend a paper copy of this book to my friends and family.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    susan fayetteville, TN, United States 07-29-13
    susan fayetteville, TN, United States 07-29-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Not to be missed!"

    If you love Christian fiction, if you love historical fiction, if you love Christian historical fiction, if you love an audio book read by the author - this is for you!! The incomparable Liz Curtis Higgs has done it again with this 2-part series. It is even better than her others. I had read the hard copy books and that in no way spoiled the audio books. I was able to pick up on things in the audio book that I had missed when reading the hard copy. The book is extremely good, and having the author read it lets you know exactly the nuance for every word. Give yourself a treat and purchase both of the books in this series!!!

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    Susan Hornsby Heights, Australia 08-13-12
    Susan Hornsby Heights, Australia 08-13-12
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    "Highlander girl to city lady"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A story of Romance, power, war and destitution this one has it all. A family of some standing is put to the test of war and losing family members and becoming financially stretched - this one is interesting if you like period dramas.


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    Patricia Woodstock, GA, United States 06-25-12
    Patricia Woodstock, GA, United States 06-25-12
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    "Read it yourself instead of listening"

    If I were you, I would skip the audible version and read the book yourself. I don't know if it is just me, but I am a much better narrator in my head than the author of this story. I read another book by this same author and loved it. This was the first audible from Liz that I got and was a bit disappointed. It is very hard to get into the story. There were much better choices to narrate in my opinion.
    Normally I am all for the author narrating their own work because they know the story and how to bring it alive, but in this case, not so much. I only got through the first few chapters before giving up............

    In short - Story is good, narration is not.

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    Karen B Gilbert, AZ 05-17-13
    Karen B Gilbert, AZ 05-17-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Another Winner by Higgs!"
    What made the experience of listening to Here Burns My Candle the most enjoyable?

    I absolutely loved the accent that Liz Curtis Higgs conveyed in the reading of her story. Quality work!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Elizabeth because I feel like she changed the most. She had do deal with some pretty bad things, yet she learned to depend on God.


    What does Liz Curtis Higgs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I'm so glad I got the audio version of this book instead of the ebook version. The way Liz brings this story to life with authentic accents and great voice characterization made this the best audiobook I've listened to this year. I would have never heard the full flavor of the characters in my head like this audio book delivers.


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    Wendy Anchorage, AK, United States 08-14-12
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    "Not a romance"

    This book was well read by the author herself. Likely well written too. Very historical. Possibly accurately so. It was NOT a romance. Lots happened but not that you could call any kind of a happily ever after.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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