Wednesday, 6 March 2013

#305 (#23 of 2013) - A Hearth in Candlewood ~ Deliah Parr *NEW AUTHOR


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 humour  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.

Product Details:

I got this as a freebie Kindle download, and at the time of writing this post it is still available free.

320 pages long.

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I should point out that I mistakenly went for this one as I'd thought that it was an Historical Romance, and in point of fact it turns out to be classified as Fiction, Christian - although it is Historical.

It is not something I would have willingly gone for, and whilst apart from the odd spelling/grammatical and typographical error there was nothing wrong with it ... I found it to be way too slow.  Actually, the Christian content is minimal, and I wouldn't let that put you off.

The plot was thin on the ground, and the characters lacked depth.

At best I could say it was a gentle read that was undemanding, just a shade of dull ... however, I wouldn't go as far as to say that it was quite as bad that it tended towards as "dull as ditchwater".  Really the only exciting thing that happened throughout was a renegade chicken!

With reference to the clearly dangerous and vicious chicken ... I did find it quite unbelievable that given it was an Historical novel in a somewhat rural location, it seemed to hold the entire household and visiting contingent in awed fear.  On a personal note, I have a phobia of birds, but even I can manage to deal with one small chicken without fear for my well being.

A 2 star rating.  It looks like this is a Trilogy, and the pace of the book would suggest that it would take that long for the vague idea of a romance for the main character, Emma, to get past the other person (Zachary) just existing in the the same locale.  

I don't think I will bother to read the rest of the Trilogy, purely because there was too little going on for my taste.



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