Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Here Burns My Candle: A Book Review
I am part of a program called Blogging for Books through the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing group. It is a great program! Basically, I get free books just by reviewing them on my blog. If you like to read, you should sign up!
I recently read the book Here Burns my Candle by Liz Curtis Higgs. I met Liz a few years ago when she was the speaker at a Christian conference I attended, so I thought it was about time to read a book of hers. She was an amazing speaker at the conference, and her writing did not disappoint either.
Here Burns my Candle is a historical fiction novel set in Edinburgh, Scotland in the mid 1700s. I won't give too much away, but it is based upon the Old Testament story of Ruth and Naomi.
First I will say that the book was very slow-moving at the beginning. I had a very hard time becoming interested, and would let the book set unopened for days at a time. However, around page 200, the drama quickly picked up, and I could not put the book down! Higgs takes a long time setting up the back story and the characters, but once it's all in place, she takes the reader on a very exciting ride!
I have always loved the Biblical story of Ruth and Naomi, and Higgs does a great job of bringing the story to life in a new setting. The Biblical story and this new fictional story weave together perfectly. The feelings and emotions of the characters were so real they were almost palpable. I was so engrossed in the story that I found myself shedding a few tears during multiple parts of it.
Although difficult to get into, this book was definitely worth the read. I am excited to read the sequel, Mine is the Night.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this Review. All opinions are my own