Here Burns My Candle

A Novel

by Liz Curtis Higgs

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.

Recent Reviews

A moving, interesting and well written novel

Debi Stangeland

4.5 Stars

Just in time for spring break comes Liz Curtis Higgs book "Here Burns My Candle." It is a story about facing the future and escaping the past in 18th century Scotland. If you enjoy historical fiction, stories of love and devotion, well…

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Very good, but sad

Heather McBride

4.5 Stars

Very good book. Very. So, why only 4.5 stars? It was too sad. Too much loss, too much crying, too little happiness. I know it reflects the time period during which it occurs, but add to all that this book clearly was written with a sequel…

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Here Burns My Candle by Liz Curtis Higgs

Carly Kendall

5 Stars

I have only read non-fiction by Liz Curtis Higgs up until now, but I was eager to read Here Burns My Candle. I really enjoyed this book much more than I was expecting. At first I found the Scottish words a bit distracting, but I quickly…

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Book Review: Here Burns My Candle

Janet Reeves

5 Stars

When an author takes the outline from the first part of the Book of Ruth and sets it in Edinburgh, Scotland during the days of the Jacobite Rising/Rebellion, Here Burns My Candle is the incredible result. When I first started…

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Long time waiting for another Scottish masteripiece of Christian Historical Fiction

Margaret Chind

5 Stars

Liz Curtis Higgs was my introduction to Christian Historical Fiction many years ago with her first Lowland Series of a retelling in the Scottish Lowlands of the Biblical story of Jacob and Esau, Jacob's wives, and later Dinah. The time in…

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