Here Burns My Candle is the first of a two-novel series, an updated version of the Biblical story of Naomi and Ruth. Not completely updated; the story takes place during the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745. If you know me, you know I love historical fiction, so I did enjoy book. Knowing how the Rebellion ended, though, did put a bit of a damper on the story, as well as the fact that I’d already read the teaser for the second book. Combining those two factors meant that I knew how the book would end; I just didn’t know the details that would get us there.
I also didn’t like most of the main characters, which made it hard to trudge through at first. The writing is great, and the pacing is fine. It was just that I wanted to get to the stuff I didn’t already know. Once I got about halfway (or thereabouts) through, I just wanted to know how things were going to unfold. That sounds like the definition of a good book to me: one you want to keep reading even when you already know how it ends.
I liked watching Elisabeth discover God. At the same time, her mother-in-law is rediscovering God. It’s very sweet to watch their journey together. By the end of the book, I even liked the mother-in-law. She had become a completely different person.
Now I’m off to read the second book, Mine Is the Night, as soon as I can get my hands on it.
You can read an excerpt of Here Burns My Candle here.
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I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.