Hearth in Candlewood

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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 ...
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A Hearth in Candlewood (Candlewood Trilogy Book #1)

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Overview

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.

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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764200861
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/1/2006
  • Series: Candlewood Trilogy , #1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2006

    Gentel and Quiet

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2006

    solid small town Americana tale

    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

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2012

    great book

    cute touching story

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2012

    A Feel Good Book

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2012

    A Hearth in Candlewood

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2012

    A good read

    It was a quiet calm read. Good for people who do not want a lot of adventure in it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2013

    Enjoyable

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2012

    Delia Parr has become one of my favorite authors. The characters

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2012

    Slow

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 8, 2012

    very good

    I enjoyed this book very much

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    not far yet

    Very good book as far as i read

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2011

    Not great

    I really didn't care for this. The writing was fine, but it just didn't ring true for the time period. It just seemed far too modern. The same was true for the take on Christianity. People spoke and acted like modern-day Christians, when in reality, it has changed significantly from that time. Those who don't read a lot of historical fiction probably won't notice the discrepancies and may enjoy this.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2012

    !

    Here she goes again...harriet klausner ruining abother book by her excessive plot reveals. Learn to write a review instead of cliff noting the book. Most of us would like to read a book without knowing every detail.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 7, 2012

    Enjoyable afternoon read

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2012

    Good.

    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.

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  • Posted January 5, 2012

    Recommend

    This was a fairly good book. Perhaps a few too many things going wrong for the lead characters but, nonetheless, it was a decent book. Mostly enjoyable.

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  • Posted January 4, 2012

    Definitely recommend!

    A delightful trip back to a simpler time...a friendlier time. Join this lovable and caring group of characters as they take you through some wonderful adventures and relationships.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    A good read

    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.

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  • Posted January 1, 2012

    Cute

    Easy read. Good beach material. Ending is lacking.

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  • Posted January 1, 2012

    historical fiction

    Interesting about town and eric cannel and cannel systems. Good hearted woman, b&b, interesting characters. good read.

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