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