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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 10 pages
  • Publisher: Dell (August 2, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440214874
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440214878
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 4.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,543,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Megan Chance is the critically acclaimed, award-winning author of several novels. A former television news photographer with a BA from Western Washington University, Megan Chance lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two daughters. --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.

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Megan Chance is the critically acclaimed, award-winning author of several novels. The Best Reviews has said that she writes "fascinating historical fiction." Her books have been chosen for the Borders Original Voices program and IndieBound's Booksense. A former television news photographer with a BA from Western Washington University, Megan Chance lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two daughters. Visit her at www.meganchance.com

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sires on February 7, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book won the 1994 RITA Award for First Book. It breaks nearly every rule about genre romances. It's a book I can't forget.
Ana was raised in abject poverty. She has made her way in the world of mid 19th century New York by exploiting her intelligence and her body, but she still resides in a world of violence. One night the violence touches her and she find herself needing to escape.
Cain Alessandro is an alcoholic doctor. He ekes out a meager living between drinking bouts. When he is given a chance to go to California where gold has been discovered he agrees even though he will be posing as Ana's husband. Cain has no interest in the physical if it does not involve acohol.
The trip, part way by ship to Panama and then by land cross the isthmus, tests both of them physically and emotionally as they face their demons. These are two people one really wants to win.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr. R on April 20, 2011
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This is one of the most remarkable books I've ever read. I agree with previous reviewers--it is unlike anything in the genre. Though it's a long read, it's worth the slog. The majority of the book is set in a dangerous Panamanian jungle full of disease, poverty, and violence. There was no sugar-coating the misery, and it even got downright bleak at times, giving Heart of Darkness a run for its money. Yet, somehow, through marvelous story-telling, the author still manages to make her two struggling characters fall in love. It's not easy, mind you, and raw emotions leap off the page.

Some other notable points: Alcoholism and addiction are extremely well-portrayed. The helplessness, terror, and insanity of being enslaved to the bottle was spot-on. And this book, featuring a doctor protagonist, takes a different approach to medicine--the doctor isn't the usual avant-garde thinker-scientist on a mission, bucking the medical norms by eschewing bleeding, leeches, etc. He simply uses what he knows as best he can. There's a quiet heroism in that.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anne in VA on September 8, 2010
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Wow! This book was such a surprise. I've been a fan of this author for years and am always wowed by her stories. There's nothing like them. This one is no different. Such a unique story. Nothing is predictable, nothing is cliche and it's about real people. If you're tired of the same old same old in romance you definitely need to read this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By REalHousewife on January 31, 2014
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One of the major surprises is that our hero is a spectacular drunkard. He is so bad, so far gone, and I have ZERO tolerance for alcoholics. He is not really shown in a sympathetic light for a lot of the story. I kinda hated him for a big part of it.

As for the heroine, you do root for her. She is strong.

There is adventure, swashbuckling shirtless men, and exotic locales and cultures.

But in the end, I liked her too much for her to be stuck with an alcoholic for life.
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I am beginning to believe that when I need a full-length historical romance with plenty of restlessness, internally tortured souls and loads of apprehension, Megan Chance is my new go-to author. I may not like the main characters every moment; she definitely knows how to yank my chains and push my buttons. She takes a gritty situation, a persecuted hero and heroine, some interesting secondary characters and other issues and molds it into a story-format.

A CANDLE IN THE DARK takes some of my least likable character-types and has their actions evolve from their personalities. They are faulty and prone to err but this is the driving force for their story.

Dr. Cain D'Alessandro has seen better days. He is a drunkard and lush; we would now call him an alcoholic. When given a choice of anything and the bottle, he always chooses alcohol. Ana 'The Duchess' is a prostitute and, possibly, a murderess. She hates what she is and wants to change but hasn't found a way to go about it. She is closed-mouth about her childhood but you know something bad happened. Like-wise with Cain. Both of these flawed people come from damaged pasts.

Ana needs his help but ignores him once their escape from New York begins. When he looks at her all he sees is contempt, but their situation calls for them to stay together. He is suppose to be her protection in the guise of a husband. He manages to pick away at the wall she has put around herself with a simple comment, a look or a question. But something that chisels a crack in that same said wall.

Ms. Chance has given the reader a more realistic view of what it means to have an addiction. It is not glossed over and you feel the struggling Cain goes through.
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I haven't read historical fiction for some time and was delighted to read this book. It covers an era and location – pre-canal Panama – in vivid and muddy detail. Pretty standard romance development. It was the geography of the story that kept it engaging for me.
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By Dana E. Tracy on March 17, 2013
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I liked Bone River so much that I bought A Candle in the Dark. I much preferred Bone River story.
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