Friday, March 26, 2010

Here Burns My Candle Book Review and Giveaway

When asked if I would like to join the blog tour for Liz Curtis Higgs' latest work, Here Burns My Candle, there was no question whether I would sign up because I had already started another book of hers -- Thorn in My Heart -- a few months ago.

What I find interesting about Higgs is that she takes biblical stories and sets them in long-ago Scotland. Here Burns My Candle is a take on the story of Ruth and is set in late 18th-century Edinburgh. Lady Marjory Kerr and her daughter-in-law, Elisabeth, mostly take center stage. Each have their own troubles and their own secrets inevitable to unfold.

Elisabeth's background is definitely not like her husband's family. She is common and her mother-in-law notices every bit of it, while at the same time obviously favoring her other son's wife. But Elisabeth is beautiful, both inside and out, and from the beginning she endears herself to readers.

I have enjoyed this book, even when some of the detail seems a bit tedious. But having said that, I will admit that I did get caught up in the details. Sentences like, "Fear lodged itself in her throat like a stale piece of cake" make me go back over them, relishing Higgs' attention to the tiniest moments.

If this book sounds like something you might like to read, then you're in luck! Not only was I given a copy to read myself, I was also given a copy to give away to one of my readers. All you have to do is leave a comment to this post with your email no later than 12 p.m. CST on April 1. The winner will be announced (and sent an email) on April 2. Good luck!

Click here to purchase the book and click here to read an excerpt.

**This was book was provided for review by WaterBrook Multnomah.**

9 comments:

Jacqueline Hudson said...

jackolemiss@gmail.com

Sounds interesting...def gonna have to read it!

Anonymous said...

Awesome. Will have to get my hands on a copy for sure.
heather.lamb1@gmail.com

Liz Curtis said...

Tracey, I so appreciate your take on HERE BURNS MY CANDLE! Thanks for carving out time in your busy life to travel with Marjory and Elisabeth on their journey toward "freedom," the last word of the novel. Much joy to you this sacred season...and MANY thanks!

tracey said...

Jackie ~ Thanks for stopping in, you'll be in the drawing!

Heather ~ Thanks for reading!

Liz Curtis ~ WOW...thank you for visiting! I am amazed at your talent and have a good friend who introduced me to your books not long ago. She is a huge fan and says she insists that everyone read your books! Thanks again!

Betsy said...

I CANNOT wait to read the new book! The series that begins with Thorn in My Heart is so close to my heart. Thank you for this post.

Betsy
betsyrmorgan@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I think this may be something I would enjoy especially since it's set in the 18th century, a biblical story, and a place where my grandfather lived!

Kerry
kcappuccino@yahoo.com

Jana Green said...

i wanna win it...

tracey said...

Jana...leave your email please!

Courtney said...

hmm... that sounds like a good read Trace! I'll have to get my hands on that for me and my mom sometime soon! See ya tomorrow!

clash@olemiss.edu

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