Book Review: Here Burns My Candle
Here Burns My Candle by Liz Curtis Higgs is a powerfully captivating novel. Reading the story you are transported deep into the society and culture of another time and place. You are easily lost in the deeply emotional experiences of the riveting characters. You are lost, confused and heartbroken many times over as their lives and their individual stories unfold.
While I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to the sequel (Spring 2011) I have to express that I was disappointed in two elements of the story. First,there was a great deal of description and focus on the traditions of Lady Elisabeth's former pagan beliefs while the discovery and experiences of her new-found Christian faith were quite minimal. As she was only just learning to trust in the Lord near the end of the book I trust that the sequel will expand upon that in a much greater fashion. Second, I felt that the description and focus on Lord Donald's infidelity was much too great. I recognize that it was an important element in understanding the depth of character in each key player in the story. However, I felt overwhelmed by the focus and the continued reminder of it.
Despite those two elements I found Here Burns My Candle to be a fascinating book. The historical elements provided a stunning backdrop to the story. The despair, dishonesty, courage and loyalty displayed throughout the book provided endless surprises both pleasant and disturbing. It is most definitely a book I would recommend if you have the time.
**This book was provided to me for review by Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers.**