Candle's Christmas Chair

Candle's Christmas Chair

by Jude Knight


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When Viscount Avery comes to see the best invalid chair maker in the southwest of England he does not expect to find Minerva Bradshaw, the woman who rejected him three years earlier. Or did she? Older and wiser, he wonders if there is more to the story.

For three years, Min Bradshaw has remembered the handsome guardsman who courted her for her fortune. She didn't expect to see him in her workshop, and she certainly doesn't intend to let him fool her again. Even if he is handsomer and more charming than ever.

Candle's Christmas Chair is a sweet traditional novella set in late Georgian England.

When Candle finds the woman who has been haunting his dreams for three years, he quickly realises that, whatever causes her to flee his courtship three years ago, it wasn't what he'd been told at the time. Now he has until she finishes the chair for his mother to convince her to marry him.

Min is a carriage-maker's daughter. Educated beyond her station, she once dreamed of stepping into the fairy tale world of the ton, only to have her dreams crushed. Now the man she cannot forget is back, and he seems determined to raise those false hopes all over again. But she only has to hold out until she finishes the chair for his mother, and she can walk away again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780473313524
Publisher: Judith Anne Knighton
Publication date: 01/13/2015
Pages: 82
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

After a career in commercial writing, editing, and publishing, I am returning to my first love, fiction. I love capable determined heroines, and heroes who appreciate them.
My first novel is Farewell to Kindness, number one in The Golden Redepennings, publication date 1 April 2015. I have several novels in progress, and plot outlines for 40+, all set in the early 19th century. The plans include seven series, several stand-alone novels, novellas, and short stories, and a number of characters who intersect across series.

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Candle's Christmas Chair 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*I really enjoyed this romance and was thrilled the snob got what she deserved...
Book_LoverVV More than 1 year ago
Rating 3.5 Stars I purchased this book on a recommend from another great lover of books. This is a very sweet romance, just right for the Christmas  season, and it is sure to brighten the after the holidays blues so many of us may feel. It is very vanilla, but still quite enjoyable and  very well-written for the most part. Min and Ran (Candle, nicknamed because he has bright red hair) are a great couple, and I enjoyed  their love story. Minerva Bradshaw makes invalid chairs for her father’s Saddlery. Viscount Avery’s mother was gravely injured in a carriage accident  that took the life of his father. He approaches Min and requests that she make a special chair for his mother.  Lord Avery is immediately smitten with Min. She feels she is too far below Randall, but he refuses to take no for an answer. He sends her flowers and notes every day while she makes his mother’s chair. Will he be able to gain his heart's desire in time for Christmas, or  will Min deny her heart instead? This is a short review for a short novella. If you enjoy sweet, clean Christmas stories that warm your heart, then this is one that you will  not want to miss. Happy reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable loved the main characters and would like more will look for more of this author
Teri_D More than 1 year ago
This is the first regency romance that I have read where the main characters are a hero named Candle and a heroine name Min. That drew me in from the start. Also, Min works in the family business designing and making special wheel chairs. While short on words, the story is beautiful. Candle and Min had a relationship three years previous, but due to Min overhearing and misinterpreting an inappropriate conversation, the relationship did not continue. When they meet once again as Candle needed two chairs for his invalid mother, he decided to court Min using flowers sent to her mother. I absolutely loved the use of flowers and their meanings. Jude included a listing of those flowers and meanings in the back of the book. It is delightful! This is well worth the read as Min is strong, creative and smart and Candle supports her choice of occupation. This certainly was rare in that time period. I highly recommend this book that you can read in one evening.
Beverly_D More than 1 year ago
Very much enjoyed this charming historical story of second chance love. Candle is a thoroughly likable and admirable male character, and Min is quite liberated for her time, BUT still very much restricted as to her future opportunities. It doesn't matter how mechanically apt and creative she is, she can't take over the family business. :-( There is lots of sensual steam between Candle and Min, and a few kisses, but no explicit sex, so if you are looking for that, or for a chaste might-as-well-be-neuter romance, you may be disappointed. The details about the workings of the wheeled chairs seemed well researched, and it was lovely to see how much that opened up a new world for Candle's mother.
THouchin1 More than 1 year ago
Candle’s Christmas Chair by: Jude Knight What a delightful love story. Minerva Bradshaw (Minnie) makes invalid’s chairs. Lord Avery is in the market for an invalid chair for his mother. The two have met before. Three years prior at a house party. They were both taken with each other but a devious brother sister duo kept them apart. Candle (Lord Avery) is enchanted with Min and is determined to court her. Though Min is attracted to Candle she feels that they could never have a relationship that would end in them marrying and living happily ever after. They are from two different worlds. Aristocrats do not marry working class. Candle woos Min with his genteel manners and flowers. I loved learning about the language of flowers from this book. I do not want to spoil the actual story for you. I will tell you that it is very well written. I can vividly picture the setting from the beautifully detailed descriptions the author painted in my mind. The characters are adorable. You will be hoping they get their happily ever after. It is a short book only 82 pages so you can easily sit down and read it in an afternoon. I highly recommend you purchase this book. You won’t regret it if you are looking for a good clean romance.
evna777 More than 1 year ago
Candle's Christmas Chair is an exciting short read. Min and Candle had met before and ended quite badly because of misunderstanding. When Candle wanted an invalid chair for his mother, he was recommended to Bradshaw Carriages. He didn't realize that it was the same shop that Min's family owned. So when he saw her again, he couldn't get over the fact that he was still in love with her. Min thought that Candle wanted to court her because of her money, but when she met him after three years she realized that maybe she got it all wrong. My favorite scene was when Min's mother translated to her the language of flowers. Even though wooing through flower is common, but when you send it with a message, it became more thoughtful. I really love each one of the messages and it was really sweet that Candle thought it through. I like the plot and the period. The Bradshaws were amazing and I like that they respect Min's ability. Great short story! I received a complimentary book in exchange of an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Candle & Min! Great unique romance! Great to read during busy times. It's a short read but ties up nicely! Would highly recommend to any romance lover and it is mostly clean, no bedroom scenes only minor references to it.
Aleen1 More than 1 year ago
"Grey eyes that had haunted his dreams for three long years, ever since she'd led him on at a house party for the amusement of her friends, and then left without saying goodbye." I really liked the character of Vicount Avery (Candle). His inner monologue was entertaining and the fact that he wants to help his invalid mother find the perfect chair, endeared him to me. He is a romantic at heart and still in love with the woman that he thought had spurned him. The beginning of the tale is that of misunderstanding and hurt feelings. When Candle visits the chair maker's shop he does not expect to find Min Bradshaw there. Especially surprised that she is the one making the chairs, he finds himself having to do business with a women he still finds himself attracted to. Little does he know that she feels the same way about him, but the reason for her standoffish behavior is a lot different than his own. Min Bradshaw was a little bit more complex in her feelings. She has a lot of inner turmoil and reason not to trust easily. Being part of a family that is in trade, makes her not as welcome with the high sticklers of society. Her nemesis particularly a catty, conniving woman named Lady Norton and her equally sordid brother Kitteridge. Min, accepts the business that Candle presents, but is on guard when he becomes determined to mend fences. He offers to have tea and they find themselves in the presence of the horrible brother and sister act. After the confrontation, Candle and Min express their reasons for breaking up their relationship and figure out that it was a big misunderstanding. However, Min, because of societies standards, does not feel that a relationship can progress between them, due to their status differences. "She would not fall in love with a peer. She could not. She was not so foolish. Was she?" That is the one thing that plagues her mind throughout the rest of the book and it's a journey that is rather amusing. One of my favorite parts of the story is when Candle attempts to change her mind by sending her different arrangements of flowers everyday. Min's mother deciphers the message that each bouquet means and it was interesting to find out. (NOTE: For those of you who are interested, there is a guide at the end of the book past the acknowledgements that tells you what each flower means.) If Candle didn't win over Min's heart over that, I'm sure it was with this line, "...But none of them matter, on either side. You matter. We matter. Don't let them come between us." My thoughts: This was a sweet holiday romance, with endearing characters. Nothing steamy in this novel, except for a few naughty thoughts from Candle. Other than that, only kissing. But really, there doesn't need to be anything more than that. I only wish that Lady Norton and her brother received a little bit more punishment, they would have deserved it. In the end, it doesn't really matter what anybody thinks, love is more important. I'm glad the characters realized this and it ended well for them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could barely bring myself to finish this book! - and there's not much there . After taking into account all the superfluous pages with material trying to sell you other books you are left with a handful of pages that makeup this novella. folks, Iit's predictable and boring. Don't bother!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good characters!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this sweet story. Worth the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Short, but sweet. A very enjoyable HEA! *vrnb*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was not sure from the blurb but wow, what a great book. Strong characters as well as cheesey ones in any aristrocratic society. Overall good job and cannot wait for the next one.
Jutzie More than 1 year ago
Candle's Christmas Chair by Jude Knight Lord Randall “Candle” Avery finds quite a surprise when he goes to Bath to see about an invalid chair for his mother. A young woman he met and had been courting three years before. Until the night he found out she was not who he believed her to be. Minerva Bradshaw cannot inherit Bradshaw Carriages, her father's business because she was born female. That does not stop Min from starting her own business of making invalid chairs. She's happy and content in her life and business and her working class. She had a taste of Society while she was in school and that was more than enough for her. This is a short novella of how Candle and Min met. When they reappear in the author's next book, Farewell to Kindness, she realized they needed their own story.This is a complete story that includes a couple aggravating gentry who enjoy nothing more than causing trouble wherever they go.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novella was a delight and it is a pleasure to recommend it. Lively characters and well paced.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Got free, thanks
AneMailname More than 1 year ago
This story was just wonderful! I loved the way Jude wrote Candle, determined and graceful, and Min too! She worried about things but not too much, not enough to be insipid. All of the characters were well written, Even Lady Norton (the younger) Oooh, I loathed her! Her nickname was perfect!  The people surrounding each person were all very well done, and I wanted to know more about Min's friend Cara. I was happy to be able to read Lord and Lady Avery's story. It puts even more meaning into things from Farewell to Kindness. And what a sweet love story! Anyway, it was a fantastic story and I am very happy to have been able to read it! Lord Avery is on a mission for his mother. He did not expect to meet Miss Minerva Bradshaw ever again. After a misunderstanding between the two is resolved, he knows what he wants. He wants Min. But she is extremely aware of the difference in station. He is a Lord. She is a tradesman's daughter. Nothing good is ever easy! I highly recommend this beautiful story of reticence, realization and,  eventually, love. You will not be disappointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You people should just read this novel yourselves and write your own review on this novel. I really enjoyed reading this novel very much. ShelleyMA
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The 2nf story was better. It didn.t have all the story