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Here Burns My Candle

A Novel
Narrated by: Liz Curtis Higgs
Series: Here Burns My Candle Series, Book 1
Length: 16 hrs and 8 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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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, 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 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.

Includes a bonus PDF with a listener's guide, glossary, and map

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2010 Liz Curtis Higgs (P)2010 Random House

Critic reviews

"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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  • Lynn Diener
  • 02-05-10

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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  • H.
  • 20-05-11

excellant narrator

Ms Higgs has one of the best narrators voices I have heard yet and I listen to many audio books. She has done a fine job in both the writing and the narration. Thank you Liz

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  • Teresa
  • 26-12-11

Here Burns My Candle

Very excellent story. Liz Curtis Higgs is one of my favorite authors. I also thoroughly enjoy her as a narrator.

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  • Suze
  • 07-04-10

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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  • Grant. C. Hoatson
  • 05-10-19

From a Scots lad of 9 and 89 years

The narration was superb! My mother played on the lawn of Hollyrood Palace. Her parents flat on Princes Street. During WW1, she worked in a boot factory making boots for the army. Sadly, the women nurses were issued the same boots as men until the owner asked Isabella Cameron (later to be Isabel and fondly called Belle by all who were close) to put her hand at designing a woman’s boot. It was adopted by the army nurses. For that Mom was honored and given a miniature copy which we had until she fell, broke her hip and spent the rest of her years in a nursing home in Dover, DE. Mom’s father was a baker by trade and the Duke ‘o Blair Uthiel had him travel on hunts to supply all their bakery goods. I recall Hogmanay and first footing. My Dad was treasurer of Clan Cameron 222 in Montclair NJ for 33 years. They also made him treasurer of the Scottish Games of NJ for several years. My brother, Don and I counted the entry fees in a cottage in Port Monmouth, NJ. Many fond memories!
Grant Cameron Hoatson

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  • spoutmom
  • 28-06-19

Excellent

loved it so much. I love Liz's stories so much and the fact that she narrates this one is even greater.

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  • BAParsons
  • 26-03-18

Book is WAY to long.....

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I typically love long audible books 15hrs+ preferred (and by a Christian author) ....but this book is longer than it needs to be....so much repetitive description of locations, housing, clothing. The story was good (just toooooo long), the author/narrator is passionate and well researched.

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  • Mishael
  • 16-03-18

great story!

I really enjoyed this story, especially the historical bits. I had trouble with the narration because the Scottish accent wasn't performed right. But what a great book!

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  • D. Mitchell
  • 28-12-17

Liz Rocks

I have read most of Mrs Higgs books and all are well written. While I never think an author should narrate their own books I had high hopes for Higgs but I will stick with my original Idea. Sorry Liz! The story was great and easy to listen to but would have been better with someone who could give the dialect more authenticity. I became so attached to the characters that I began to know what they were going to do by the end. A little like the story of Naomi and Ruth sometimes but with more info of their lives. Thank you Liz for another great book and thank you for all of your other books of teaching us to look at ourselves and our motivations more thoroughly.

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  • Martha Dunlap
  • 19-09-17

The story of Ruth set in another time.

If you could sum up Here Burns My Candle in three words, what would they be?

God's love & forgiveness.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bess is my favorite. She held her head high even though her husband cheated on her. She was kind to those who had not shown kindness to her. She had a gentle grace and a beautiful heart.

Any additional comments?

This was a great story of Ruth and Naomi (Bess and Marge) set in Scotland and 1745/6. Marge and Bess represent the two ladies. The book showed all the suffering they went though. But they were able to see all of God's blessings. The performance was excellent. I recommend reading this book first and then follow up with "Mine is the Night" for the ending of the story.