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Monday, August 23, 2010

Here Burns My Candle by Liz Curtis Higgs Reading Group Selection

Hello Royal Readers,

Royal Reviews is hosting its first ever Reading Club. The first book we will be discussing is HERE BURNS MY CANDLE by Liz Curtis Higgs. I know that we are cutting it a little short but the date of the discussion will be September 1st at 7:00 pm eastern standard time. If you are unable to make the live discussion I will have the page up that morning so please feel free to stop by and leave your thoughts, comments, or questions.


“No moon in sight,” Donald observed, resting his forehead lightly on the glass. “No Highlanders either.”
“They’ll arrive soon enough.” Marjory extinguished the candle by her bed, shrouding the room in darkness. “Sleep while you can, Donald. And keep that bonny wife of yours close at hand.”
“Aye.” The smile in his voice was unmistakable. “So I shall.”
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. Scotland, though bound by English law, is thick with Jacobites, who support the restoration of James and the overthrow of King George II.

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...
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.

The Queen Of the Quill


Audra said...

Oh, I might try to join -- does it happen via Twitter?

librarypat said...

Had seen a review of this book several months ago and it sparked my interest. Haven't gotten to read it yet.

Renee said...

Hi Audra,

We are just going to use the comment section on Royal Reviews, this is our first go at the whole book club notion, so hopefully we will work out the kinks for the next time.


This is my second time reading Here Burns My Candle, the book is very intriguing. Have you read Liz’s Lowland Trilogy? If not you should check it out.

I hope you both can join!!!!

-The Queen of The Quill

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Jenny Girl said...

Enjoy your chat ladies and I am so sorry I can't join you this time around. The cover is eye catching and the story intriguing. Have fun :)