Here Burns My Candle by Liz Curtis Higgs
I was not disappointed. In this retelling of the story of Ruth set in historical Scotland at the time of Bonny Prince Charlie (1745), Elisabeth Kerr lives with her husband and his family in Edinburgh. When Elisabeth's husband and his brother decide to join the Jacobite cause, Elizabeth is left, along with her sister-in-law to be a companion to her mother-in-law, Marjory. Both of the women have secrets that come to light throughout the story as they face personal loss and the loss of the Jacobite cause. The book has a definite unfinished ending, leaving the reader wanting more. But, there's not so much of a cliffhanger that one feels angry at the non-ending.
True to what I've come to expect from Higgs' books, the characters were compelling, and the plot was extremely interesting. The historical Scottish setting was the icing on the cake for me, as I plunged deeply into this page-turner that kept me up at night wanting to read more, more, more. I'll certainly be looking for the conclusion of Elisabeth's story!
I give this one a strong 5 star rating. It's a PG book due to some delicate subject matter that is handled very discreetly but is present.
I received a free copy of this book from Waterbrook Press for review purposes. All opinions are always entirely my own.