Book One: A timeless story of love and betrayal, loss and redemption, flickering against the vivid backdrop of 1745 Scotland, Here Burns My Candle illumines the dark side of human nature, even as hope, the brightest of tapers, lights the way home.
About the Book
Award Winner: 2010 Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award for Best Inspirational Romance
A mother who cannot face her future.
A daughter who cannot escape her past.
A timeless saga of love and betrayal,
flickering against the vivid backdrop
of eighteenth-century Edinburgh.
In September 1745 Edinburgh is a bustling city of fifty thousand inhabitants, the narrow closes and wynds crowded with rich and poor alike. Tongues are wagging over the impending arrival of Charles Edward Stuart—the young pretender to the throne—and his Highland army.
Safely ensconced in their well appointed rooms overlooking the High Street are the Kerrs of Selkirk. Landed gentry from the Scottish Borders, the Kerrs have called Edinburgh home for a decade, all but abandoning their quiet country estate in favor of Edinburgh’s heady mix of culture, commerce, and political intrigue.
A spiritual famine has inflicted this family, a waning devotion to God. The Kerrs don’t belong in the city, and instinctively they know it. Edinburgh is foreign, unfamiliar, and even dangerous. Yet, they remain.
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. Lord Donald Kerr has secrets of his own, well hidden from the household, yet whispered among the town gossips.
Dowager Lady Marjory Kerr 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.
Bound by marriage, then torn asunder by cruel circumstance, the Kerr women will be forced to depend upon one another. And that’s when things will get verra interesting…
“Come away to an enchanting glimpse of ancient Scotland and beyond. Truly amazing.”
– Lisa Tawn Bergren, author of The Begotten
“Liz Curtis Higgs writes with a cinematic eye—color, texture, emotional depth.”
– Patricia Hickman, author of The Pirate Queen
“Higgs’s pen flows with gold when it turns to Scotland. Enticing from gripping first page to satisfying last.”
– Tamera Alexander, author of From a Distance
“A wonderful Scottish tale of faith, forgiveness, love, loss, and secrets. I couldna put it doon!”
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