- Paperback: 44 pages
- Publisher: Dancing With Bear Publishing (July 9, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0692479023
- ISBN-13: 978-0692479025
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,009,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Candle Maker Paperback – July 9, 2015
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About the Author
Laura is married to her high school sweetheart, has three wonderful children, and an adorable English bulldog. Born and raised in England and Wales, she immigrated to Canada in her mid-twenties, and now lives in Kelowna, British Columbia, where her authoring dreams have become a reality. Laura treasures the privilege of sharing her heart in the form of her published novels and books, short stories, and Bible devotions. Laura’s strongest desire is to provide wholesome reading for children, challenging books for teens, and encouragement as well as entertain-ment for her adult readers. www.laurathomasauthor.com
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The story-telling in this book is excellent. Author Laura Thomas vividly portrays the Victorian setting through her picturesque words. It has an old fashioned quality that readers will find refreshing. Even though it is a quick read, there are enough twists and turns in the plot to keep it interesting. The message of not believing rumors you hear about others, is an important one for everyone to read. The time of the story is Christmas Eve. This makes it an ideal Christmas tale, but it would also be an enjoyable read any time of the year. Although the formatting is a little unusual, it does not detract from the charming story. The Candle Maker is a heart-warming story recommended for readers age 8 and older.
“The Candle Maker” is a heart-warming Christmas story penned by talented Author Laura Thomas. Set in England when times were pretty tough for most large families, Benjamin is the second youngest in a family of six boys. Although too poor to have numerous presents during the festive season, Benjamin’s mom tries her best to make sure each son has at least one gift. She also treats herself to a yearly red candle to adorn their Christmas table.
This year, Benjamin is delegated to the task of purchasing this precious candle for his mother. Off he goes with his youngest brother Jimmy; however, Benjamin has bought into the ugly rumours taking place at school about the candle maker. He is frightened to death to go into his store.
Many unforeseen events occur when Benjamin takes a short cut through a dark alley to return to the candle store to purchase the Christmas candle for his mother. There are several moral lessons intertwined into this captivating story and Benjamin along with his brothers truly benefit from the learning experience. I am sure that many young readers will delight in this wonderful short story.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Inspirational Author & Book Reviewer ~ Dolores Ayotte
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Laura Thomas engages the reader quickly in this story, which is something that needs to be done when you are focusing on a book for pre-teens and teenagers. They have to be hooked in, and she does this with such ease you don't even realize that you have half the book read. This story is fast paced with many twists and turns which help to keep the reader focused on the story.
I would recommend this book to middle school aged children and even those upper elementary school children who can read at a more advanced level. But this story could easily be used as a Christmas time read aloud story for teachers to use in their classrooms. There are many lessons to be learned from this book, which can be understood by children of all ages.
You will not be disappointed in this book. So take a moment to sit down and read it.
The adults in the story are quick to point out the lesson—“what the Good Book says about taming the tongue”—but there is so much more here. Perseverance in the face of discomfort and danger, compassion when it’s easier to look the other way, generosity, secret wishes that are best unfulfilled, courage and unexpected friendship, as well as a delightful Christmas surprise all play a part in this beautiful story. Best of all, the Light of the World shines in the streets and alleys of Old England through the prayer, faith and kindness of one little boy and his family.