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A Candle in the Dark by [Chance, Megan]
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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.

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  • File Size: 870 KB
  • Print Length: 10 pages
  • Publication Date: January 15, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004JF4NIC
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,842 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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Awful. The whole book was nothing but angst leading to the main characters FINALLY getting it on near the end. Improbable situations and lots of misspelled words. Why on earth would you not take extra clothing on a trip to San Francisco through Panama? She wore the same dress through nearly the entire book. And it was never mentioned that she ever took a bath. Don't waste your money.
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This was my first book by this author so I chose her first book to read. It was a treat. Her characters are well developed, her plot moves along at a good clip, and she tells a great story using walking wounded. It was fresh and endearing!
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The author of this book is a gifted writer; Dr. Cain D'Alessandro starts the story as a continual drunk. How he changes is slow enough to be realistic. If there is one word to describe this book, it is realistic. Sometimes, authors write about bleak subjects with rose-tinted glasses. Megan Chance is accurate in her descriptions and shows the attitudes of the time.

Ana, 'The Duchess,' is a prostitute and looking for a quick way out of town. She may have killed one of her customers and she knows that the madam of the bordello will not sit on her hands while Ana escapes.

D'Alessandro is recommended as a protector (in the guise of being Ana's husband), to accompany her on the long ship voyage from New York to Panama and then via a horrible overland journey through 20 miles of jungle. Finally, the travelers will board a ship to travel up the California coast to San Francisco.

D'Alessandro and Ana are deeply flawed people in great pain. As soon as Ana boards the ship, she ignores Cain as much as possible. When she looks at Cain at all, he sees contempt. The reader quickly understands that neither person feels able to talk about the grief they carry.

This is a very different kind of book; I hesitate to say much more about the complex plot. My only disappointment was the uneven pacing; things dragged a bit at times. This book isn't always easy to read because of the subject matter and the conditions of life and travel at the time. At the end, the reader will feel greater insight into the human condition. An amazing book; 4.5 stars
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