A Hearth in Candlewood

A Hearth in Candlewood

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by Delia Parr
     
 

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With genteel grace and quiet fortitude, Emma Garrett presides over Hill House, a stately boardinghouse in the canal village of Candlewood, New York. She finds her purpose in caring for her guests, ministering to them with a generous dose of wisdom and humor. But when a "runaway grandma" lands on her doorstep, Emma's need to fix every wrong places her in the

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With genteel grace and quiet fortitude, Emma Garrett presides over Hill House, a stately boardinghouse in the canal village of Candlewood, New York. She finds her purpose in caring for her guests, ministering to them with a generous dose of wisdom and humor. But when a "runaway grandma" lands on her doorstep, Emma's need to fix every wrong places her in the midst of a family feud.

Emma's concerns heighten when her attorney, Zachary Breckenwith, delivers life-changing news, leaving Emma reeling from the implications. With her future suddenly uncertain, Emma longs to restore the peace of Hill House--for her guests and within her own heart.

FIND A WELCOME RETREAT IN CANDLEWOOD AS YOU EXPERIENCE THE BEAUTY, FRIENDSHIP, AND FAITH IN THE LIVES OF ITS QUAINT AND COLORFUL CHARACTERS.

Editorial Reviews

An antebellum village in New York State serves as the backdrop of Delia Parr's Candlewood Trilogy. At the center of this rich ensemble novel is Emma Garrett, a 51-year-old boardinghouse keeper who ministers to her guests' spiritual as well as physical needs. Her home and good works are put in danger, though, when the ownership of her boardinghouse is called in question. A soul-lifting launch.
Rebecca Roberts
With colorful, lively characters, this story weaves in humor, friendship and faith to create a gentle retreat from our bustling world. Quietly told, this story is best for those looking for a calm book with little action, but big in heart. A Hearth in Candlewood is the first installment in the inspirational Candlewood Trilogy. (Rebecca Roberts,Historical Novels Review)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764200861
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/01/2006
Series:
Candlewood Trilogy Series, #1
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.38(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Hearth in Candlewood 3.6 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 43 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Set in the days when it was not proper for women to run their own business. Good story and of course a happy ending, which we all need to read, at least in every 2 or 3 books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A relaxing, enjoyable read. Interesting personalities featuring a widow with business sense, a handicapped, retired preacher, two feisty elderly ladies, and twin middle aged ladies who defy the conventions of the times. Supporting characters include a bad guy, an attorney, a feuding family, and several others - all well-rounded and interesting. It is fun getting to know them and following their problems and antics.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a very slow paced read with no major ups and downs, this is your book. It does have a calming aspect along with some nice word pictures. It's just a very quiet read.
mellis More than 1 year ago
It was a quiet calm read. Good for people who do not want a lot of adventure in it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the characters in this book and their trials and triumphs. It was nice to learn a little about the canals and how they impacted the towns where they were located.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Delia Parr has become one of my favorite authors. The characters are bonded to my heart. I've read all three books and hope another will be added. I see that Emma is at a point in her life that opens another door to explore. I highly recommend these easy going and satisfying stories.
ann55 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
cute touching story
4xgranny More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book very much. It was well written and the main character was a more mature woman that I could identify with well. It is great to find a book that isn't about werewolves or has a black magic theme.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In 1841 Candlewood, New York, fiftyish widow Emma Garrett owns and operates Hill House boardinghouse. Her reason for living is tending to the needs of her guests including what she perceives is their spiritual and emotional requirements. Grandmotherly octogenarian widow Frances Leonard flees to Hill House from her nearby residence to escape the loving machinations of her sons. Emma takes Widow Leonard in angering her children James and Andrew, who are already fighting with one another. Now Emma is in the middle of a family feud that could turn ugly at the same time attorney Zachary Breckenwith informs her she does not own Hill House in spite ¿buying¿ it four years ago from an executor. --- A HEARTH IN CANDLEWOOD is a solid small town Americana tale that provides insight into living near the Erie Canal when that was one of the transportation methods available in the mid nineteenth century. The story line contains two major subplots competing for the lead with the connections between them being the heroine and odious businessman Langhorne however neither takes the lead so the audience can be left a bit confused as spins occur to both. Still a strong cast led by Emma and a vivid look back at a boardinghouse in mid nineteenth century upstate new York make for a picturesque historical. --- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful characters, so descriptive, beautifully written - Delia Parr has become one of my favorite authors after reading this book!
JanMarieIN More than 1 year ago
Very good book - a captivating and uplifting read - enjoyed reading it very much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It feels more like the middle of an ongoing saga than a story by itself. Too many references to Emma's past without developing those characters or our need to know them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book as far as i read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a nice read. The characters were warm and caring. You could tell it is a continuation of previously created characters, and that the story will continue on in other issues. It definitely made me interested in finding the others in the series. I would recommend this book to people who want just a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story will appeal mostly to women. The setting is an earlier time period than I usually read, howver, I felt it was well done. I don't want to give away the story line so won't go into detail. It is a story of friendship between women, of hard work and survival. It talks about teaching morals to younger women as well as responsibility, which is lacking in our current culture. All in all, a good read. Not a love story/romance. Not a thriller. It is a nice story to curl up with in front of a fire on a cold winter day. I would probably read more by this author. It would probably lend itself to some good discussion in a book club.
Sunnydebds More than 1 year ago
Interesting about town and eric cannel and cannel systems. Good hearted woman, b&b, interesting characters. good read.
Anonymous 16 days ago
Did not finish
Anonymous 26 days ago
Totally enjoyed the story line and characters.
Anonymous 11 months ago
This book was one of the better reads of the year for me. Serious issues intertwined with humour, and dilemmas that we still face in person and in every nation dealing with youth & the elderly and faith.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a well written book and while not full of action which results in fast paced reading, it is a lovely story about a widow surviving in the 1880's. Women in that era were to be quiet and stay in the background. Not the lady in this book. She opens her house - Hill House -- to those traveling as well as those who seek shelter for other reasons. Of course the greedy guys appear and it goes on to relate how she tries to survive. I have personally recommended this book to many friends and recommend it to everyone who enjoys reading about yesteryear.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very even keeled read...no drama or surprises. Kind of sweet, To an extent actually. Good for bedtime or relaxation time reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was hard to keep up with the story. It kept jumping from on story to anotjer.