Here Burns My Candle

  • by Liz Curtis Higgs
  • Narrated by Liz Curtis Higgs
  • 16 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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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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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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.
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- Lynn Diener

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.
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- Suze

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-16-2010
  • Publisher: Random House Audio