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Bethany House / 2006 / ePub

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2006
ISBN: 9781441208446
ISBN-13: 9781441208446
Series: Candlewood Trilogy

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Publisher's Description

The engaging village of Candlewood in 1840s New York provides a glimpse into the past that will inspire and uplift today's readers. Fifty-one-year-old Emma Garrett runs Hill House, a boardinghouse on a hill at the edge of town. Emma ministers to her guests, both the transient and those who call Hill House home. Gifted with an uncanny ability to see the unique strengths of her guests, Emma serves and challenges them with homespun wisdom and absolute faith in God. When eighty-year-old Widow Leonard shows up at Hill House to escape a heated land dispute between her two sons, Emma welcomes her and tries to help her heal the family feud. But tragedy soon hits closer to home when Emma's very ownership of Hill House is called into question!

Author Bio

DELIA PARR is the author of nine historical novels and the winner of several awards, including the Laurel Wreath Award for Historical Romance and the Aspen Gold Award for Best Inspirational Book. The mother of three grown children, she is a full-time high school teacher who spends her summer vacations writing and kayaking. She lives in Collingswood, New Jersey.


A Hearth in Candlewood is a historical novel by Delia Parr. The elderly Widow Leonard suddenly arrives late one rainy night at Hill House because she can’t stand her sons’ arguing any longer, leading Emma Garrett to become involved in the Leonard family squabble and adding to Emma’s already full life.
There are many subplots started here, as this is the first book of an intended trilogy. Emma owns some land that is insistently sought by a developer. A great many people work or stay at Emma’s boarding house, called Hill House. The town’s continuing development and the future possibility of a railroad play a major role and, obviously, will continue to do so throughout the series. What appears to be the main plot of the trilogy as a whole is the ownership of Hill House. Emma had bought it against the advice of her lawyer, ignoring the fact that the title was not clear. There is also the promise of a developing romance between Emma and Zachary Brekenwith, her lawyer.
Unfortunately, this book has several elements that may put some people off. There are several times when characters lie and deceive, and the climax of the book is achieved by most of the cast participating in an elaborate deception. There is also an incident that starts with a workman going to the bathroom in public. The book approves of spouses keeping their financial assets separate as well.
The historical accuracy of the book is also shaky. There are two female characters who dress in men’s clothing, and they are looked on as only a tad strange, rather than being arrested and morally condemned. Emma expresses her amazement at someone rearing eight children, a quite normal number of offspring in the days before modern medicine virtually assured the survival of all babies to adulthood.
Another troublesome historical inaccuracy is related to the New England silk industry. Mr. Langhorne, the key antagonist, wants to purchase land from several characters to speculate in this industry. The winter of 1839-1840 had dealt an ultimately fatal blow to the silk industry, and the book starts in September of 1841 making this scenario feel poorly researched.
The setting on the canals of New York State may appeal to some, as may the many strong female characters. Those who have enjoyed Parr’s earlier books may also be interested. However, the almost feminist views espoused at some points and the lack of a genuine historical feel will cause readers to suspend belief in order to enjoy. – Sarah J. Deal, Christian Book Previews.com

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  1. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great story
    September 12, 2016
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    it was a good book to read. The ending was frustrating because it did not tell what happened to her house.
  2. Harrison, AR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Ending a bit frustrating, but enjoyable story
    July 13, 2012
    Debbie from ChristFocus
    Harrison, AR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    "A Hearth in Candlewood" is a Christian historical novel set in the 1840s in a small canal town in New York. It's the first novel in the series, but while I was reading it I wondered if it was the 9th or 10th in the series since there were so many interesting stories briefly referred to as back story.

    I really enjoyed the characters and setting. I found the vivid details about the time and setting to be interesting and they brought the story alive in my imagination. The characters acted in realistic ways, and there was an underlying humor to the book. I liked how Emma would scold someone for how they behaved, then realize she needed to apologize for something she'd done and so have to go back and humble herself. Though she "said a prayer" a few times or would realized her behavior wasn't Christ-like, the novel wasn't preachy. Yet her faith obviously had an impact on how she acted, though she obviously still had much to learn about faith.

    There were two sources of suspense: the conflict about the "grandma's" sons (which Emma was calm about solving, so I assumed it'd work out) and the suspense about her not really owning the house. I would have been okay with the book ending without resolving the house problem if we hadn't been told that the true owner was expected to arrive any minute and make his decision...and then the book ends. I don't like "cliff-hanger" endings.

    The story also lost a bit of charm for me over the whole chicken scenario. I've owned chickens for year. I just can't imagine anyone--even "village folk"--being terrified of a hen calmly sitting on a table. Yet all the characters are! Also, chickens don't ruin everything they look at (like a hat that fell off as a man dashed by) or sit on (like some riding trousers). I took me out of my immersion in the story, though it probably won't be a problem for others.

    There was no bad language or sex. Overall, I'd recommend this charming, engaging story.
  3. Age: 45-54
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Very good story
    February 13, 2012
    Age: 45-54
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Story kept me guessing what was going to happen up to the end. Great story!
  4. New Mexico
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent read
    February 10, 2012
    New Mexico
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Good story line. Well written. Insightful.

    enjoyed the book greatly.
  5. Oregon
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good Book
    January 20, 2012
    CJ Lewis
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This was a good book. She kept her faith going in spite of adversity.
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