A Candlelight Courting: A Short Christmas Romance

A Candlelight Courting: A Short Christmas Romance

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by Joyce DiPastena
     
 

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When Burthred comes courting on Christmas Eve, Meg rejects his advances. She has her heart set on becoming a nun and insists that he call her Christina, the spiritual name she has chosen for herself. She tries to make him swear on her box of holy relics that he will not pursue her, but he carefully words his oath to allow him to stay in her candlelit chamber and try…  See more details below

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When Burthred comes courting on Christmas Eve, Meg rejects his advances. She has her heart set on becoming a nun and insists that he call her Christina, the spiritual name she has chosen for herself. She tries to make him swear on her box of holy relics that he will not pursue her, but he carefully words his oath to allow him to stay in her candlelit chamber and try to change her mind.

What Meg does not confess is that her reliquary box holds a secret.

Burthred needs a wife, and no one will satisfy him except Meg. He swore on his father's deathbed that he would marry her. But Burthred has a secret, too. When they come together before the Yule fire, their shared revelations will either join their hearts together or tear them apart.

"A Candlelight Courting" won a 2012 RONE Award Honorable Mention. The RONE (Reward of Novel Excellence) is awarded by InD'Tale Magazine.

"Joyce's stories will transport you through time." Aimee Brown, "Getting Your Read On"

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780989241908
Publisher:
Sable Tyger Books
Publication date:
07/01/2013
Pages:
72
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.15(d)

Meet the Author

Joyce DiPastena dreamed of green medieval forests while growing up in the dusty copper mining town of Kearny, Arizona. She filled her medieval hunger by reading the books of Thomas B. Costain (where she fell in love with King Henry II of England), and later by attending the University of Arizona where she graduated with a degree in history, specializing in the Middle Ages. The university was also where she completed her first full-length novel...set, of course, in medieval England. Later, her fascination with Henry II led her to expand her research horizons to the far reaches of his "Angevin Empire" in France, which became the setting of her first published novel, Loyalty's Web (a 2007 Whitney Award Finalist).

When she's not writing, Joyce loves to read, play the piano, and spend time with her sister and friends. A highlight of her year is attending the annual Arizona Renaissance Festival .

Joyce is a multi-published, multi-award winning author who specializes in sweet medieval romances heavily spiced with mystery and adventure. She lives with her two cats, Clio and Glinka Rimsky-Korsokov, in Mesa, Arizona.

Email her at jdipastena@yahoo.com, read more about her books on her website at http://www.joyce-dipastena.com, see what she's working on now at http://jdp-news.blogspot.com, and follow along as she researches her books at http://medievalresearch.blogspot.com.

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A Candlelight Courting: A Short Christmas Romance 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
booksaresanity More than 1 year ago
Medieval Romance at Christmas Time! Joyce DiPastena does a beautiful job of bringing the reader straight into the medieval times and into Meg's world! The descriptions of her home made me feel like I was right there watching the events unfold. I loved how Meg called herself Christina because she had already committed herself to become a nun. She was such a strong-willed character! Even though it is a short story, I felt like I came to know Meg and Burthred. Both of them had secrets they were keeping and by candlelight they discovered them! A Candlelight Courting is romantic and has some drama in it as well! There is a nice twist at the end that I appreciated and my only complaint would be that the story ended! Four and a half stars!Joyce DiPastena does a beautiful job of bringing the reader straight into the medieval times and into Meg's world! The descriptions of her home made me feel like I was right there watching the events unfold. I loved how Meg called herself Christina because she had already committed herself to become a nun. She was such a strong-willed character! Even though it is a short story, I felt like I came to know Meg and Burthred. Both of them had secrets they were keeping and by candlelight they discovered them! A Candlelight Courting is romantic and has some drama in it as well! There is a nice twist at the end that I appreciated and my only complaint would be that the story ended! Four and a half stars! I received a copy of this book for free. This is my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good short story. I loved the ending, mystery solved! I would have like to have the story longer with details of Meg's future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a wonderful short story. Ms. DiPastena has a way of writing thst makes you feel like you've traveled through time a.nd space to witness the budding romance between Meg and Berthred. The twist at the end was quite surprising and the warmth and humor of the characters makes you want them to be ever happy. I recommend reading A Christmas courting. It's a quick and delightful read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just wish it were a little longer or included an epilogue. I am a hopeless romantic.
More_Than_A_Review More than 1 year ago
This was my first story by Joyce DiPastena and I enjoyed it. I will look for more of her books. I loved how the characters revealed themselves to each other and the twist at the end. I found the story very enjoyable and would recommend for a short read.