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CANDLEPOWER [Kindle Edition]

Janet Doolaege , Franck Drouet , Marianne Weeks
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Stella, working as a secretary in Paris, feels that her life is going nowhere. After the bitter break-up of a relationship, she has only a canary for company, and relations are strained with her parents and brother back in England. But when she meets her mysterious neighbour who lives across the street, unexpected and unnerving things start to happen. Why does Rose Martin have such a powerful effect on all around her? Faced with disturbing events and torn between divided loyalties, Stella must learn what she really wants to do.

Product Details

  • File Size: 562 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,866,728 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy the magic November 1, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Having read and enjoyed 'A Paris Haunting' by the same author last year, I was very pleased to come across 'Candlepower' while browsing favourite authors on Amazon. I downloaded it and began reading it almost at once, finding myself rapidly drawn in to the intriguing story

Narrated by Stella, all events are filtered through her consciousness, but as seems to happen with Doolaege's novels, the POV character takes something of a back seat in order to turn the spotlight on other characters. There are some marvellous characters in 'Candlepower', though none more delightful than Rose. Of course, the other thing this author does so well is evoke the atmosphere of a Paris unseen by tourists, making the reading a satisfying, visual experience.

The question of who and what Rose is permeates the entire story. She's an ethereal being and I spent a lot of time wondering if she was meant to be real. She lives alone in a Paris apartment opposite Stella, teaching and playing beautiful music, creating exquisite patchwork quilts by candlelight (she shuns electricity) and talking to the birds.

It is when Stella's canary, Topaz escapes through the window that Stella first meets Rose. Unable the resist the attraction Rose has over all living creatures, Topaz leaves his tree and flies into her hands, and that's the beginning of a rather haunting friendship.

There is a beautiful poignancy about the way this story unfolds around the two almost-tragic females who find friendship in a world in which they are both slightly out of kilter. Bilingual Stella escapes from an overbearing mother, academic father, not-too-loveable brother and an unhappy love affair, into a Paris apartment she purchases with her beloved grandmother's legacy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mysterious, fantastic story! December 27, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This story is a tapestry of its own, mixing in vivid landscapes of Paris life with emotional descriptions of living in a foreign city. It is a magical story told by a talented musician named Stella. Stella is in the process of finding what she really wants out of life in her career, all while avoiding being lonely at the same time. She is from a family of dual backgrounds, her mother is French and her father is English. Living in Paris after her grandmother leaves her an inheritance, Stella works in an office, but her true passion occurs at home with her guitar.

Stella lives with her beautiful conarry Topaz, who flies free one day out of her open window. She races outside to find him being coaxed out of the tree by a mysterious woman named Rose. This is where the story truly begins. Rose is a peculiar woman who sews beautiful coats and quilts, and she also teaches piano lessons. Rose also does not use ANY electricity. There is something quite attractive about Rose and almost all are drawn to her, people and animals alike. We also meet Oliver through Rose, who Stella finds very attractive but in a totally different way.

There is some definite heartbreaking moments throughout this story. However, by the time I was over halfway finished with book, I was pleasantly surprised by the feeling of optimism exploding from within Stella.

I was captivated by Ms. Doolaege's writing and how she draws you into her story, feeding you with each passage. I truly could not put this book down and stayed up late several nights engrossed in its pages. There seems to be a continuation story that can be made from the ending of this one, and I will anxiously wait for its publication.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story! December 5, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved this story. I have always loved Paris and Janet Doolaege conjures up the atmosphere so well.
The story is told in the first person by Stella, a solid, dependable, down-to-earth person, but it is really about the mysterious Rose. Rose, who lives an odd, Amish-like existence and refuses to have electricity in her apartment. Rose, who teaches piano during the day and in the evenings makes wonderful quilts by candlelight. And then there are the birds. Birds love Rose, they come to her window, they follow her in the street. There is something almost supernatural about it.

This book is beautifully-written. The language is fluent and grammatically flawless. The characters are well-drawn and utterly believable. And as for the plot . . . it is so original that it takes my breath away. There are harrowing moments in this book but they are outweighed by the love in it. I daren’t say any more for fear of giving too much away. Just read it. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Subtle, intriguing, mysterious May 2, 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It has a touch of everything and is faultlessly written in a clear, pacy style that carries you along, breathless to find out what happens in the end. Stella, alone in her Paris flat, comes to know her neighbors slowly. One in particular, Rose, seems an unusual woman who attracts birds and will have no electrical plugs in her flat. But the more Stella gets to know Rose, the deeper the mystery becomes. Is Rose a witch? What powers does she hold? When Stella falls in love with their mutual friend, Olivier - darkly handsome and enigmatic - a curious triangle is weaved that one senses can only end in drama and shocking revelation. More than a mystery and more than romance, 'Candlepower' is a well-written social commentary at many levels: family relationships, the nature of friendship, loneliness, the paranormal, the hard-edge city effects on animals and wild things. One begins to see that everything we are and do, is connected in complex lines to others and to nature. This is a quietly brilliant book, delicate, emotive, powerful - highly recommended to those who enjoy originality and a good mystery.
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More About the Author

I live in France, I love birds, I've been writing stories and poems since I was a child, and I also write songs in English and in French. People say I've acquired a French accent, but I don't believe it...

My novels contain a hint of the paranormal, which has always fascinated me and about which I prefer to keep an open mind. I wrote the children's stories to please myself, but I'm happy when children tell me that they like them.

You can see and hear me reading aloud from my books in the videos on the right. I welcome feedback. Please don't hesitate to write reviews!


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