Here Burns My Candle by Liz Curtis Higgs (book review)


The Book of Ruth set in Scotland during the 1745 Jacobite rebellion

Do you remember that when Liz Curtis Higgs was with us in South Africa in May 2009 she spoke on the Book of Ruth?  Well, while she was with us, she was busy writing Here Burns My Candle, a novel set in 18th century Scotland based on the first chapter of Ruth.  There will be a sequel, Mine Is the Nightbased on the rest of Ruth out in 2011.  The back cover says:

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.

The book is a real page turner and it’s amazing how Liz weaves the Bible story into this setting!  I thought that knowing the biblical story would act as a spoiler, but I can tell you that it absolutely did not. I couldn’t put it down. Watch out for it as it will soon be in our stores.

Book  reviews:

“…stunning in its prose and its historical accuracy. The author transports the reader to another time and place while paralleling the book of Ruth.” Romantic Times TOP PICK

“…a compelling tale of love, loss, faith, and forgiveness that is certain to please both inspirational readers and fans of well-crafted historical fiction.” Booklist

“The historical context is fascinating and the characters are gripping. The story is well written and greatly anticipated…” CBA Retailers + Resources

“The characters are remarkably flawed… 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

Aldyth Thomson

Aldyth organised the Beauty for Ashes women's conferences for 21 years since its inception in 1996. An ex history teacher, she and her husband ex-patted in Ghana, Zambia and Burkina Faso for 12 years before moving to Cape Town in 2017. She compiled the Beauty for Ashes Prayer Journal and co-authored the Beauty for Ashes Health Journal for Women with Sally-Ann Creed—a bestseller which was also translated into Dutch. She is a breast cancer survivor of 13 years.


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