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Candle's Christmas Chair Paperback – January 13, 2015
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About the Author
After a career in commercial writing, editing, and publishing, I am returning to my first love, fiction. I love capable determined heroines, and heroes who appreciate them. My first novel is Farewell to Kindness, number one in The Golden Redepennings, publication date 1 April 2015. I have several novels in progress, and plot outlines for 40+, all set in the early 19th century. The plans include seven series, several stand-alone novels, novellas, and short stories, and a number of characters who intersect across series.
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I chose this book because of its intriguing title and synopsis. It is a very short, but charming read. After being approached by Sir Randall Avery (aka Candle, you will learn why as you read), Min chooses to create a special chair to help Sir Avery's mother who was injuries in an accident.
The pair, Sir Avery, or Candle if you may and Min come from two different worlds, Sir Avery is from a high ranking society family, very well-to-do, known, and respected. Min on the other hand is a working girl, she creates carriages, chairs, etc., at her family members business. Now, I myself see nothing wrong with that, but for that era and where they lived, it DID matter. As the two continue to do business together, they became more and more attracted, until they are in love. Sir Avery could care less what society thinks he says, but Min does. It takes some convincing to get Min to see it does not matter what others think. Overall great read. I recommend it if you are looking for a quick, enjoyable read. Well done Ms Knight.
The H and h was an item three years ago, but they parted due to a misunderstanding instigated by a couple of jealous former schoolmates.
The couple meet up again when the H visits the h's shop in hopes of securing a special chair for his mother who is paralyzed. The h is a designer/engineer of specialty chairs.
The H and h soon discover the deception surrounding the misunderstanding and the guilty parties behind the breakup when they see their former schoolmates. The H has never stopped loving the h. The h is falling for the H, but fights the attraction because their lineages will be an obstacle in society since he is a peer and she is trade.
Flowers played a large role in the courtship via the messages they convey. The following was my favorite paragraph.
"Myrtle for marriage, ivy for faithfulness, ferns for sincerity, and rosemary for remembrance." Min had taken four days to realise that Lord Avery's choices were deliberate, and had been able to decipher only some of the messages. Mama might have said she knew what they meant! "He sent blue salvia and tea roses first; that's `you occupy my thoughts, always'. Then zinnias for absent friends; `I miss you.' The day after that, he sent irises; `your friendship means so much to me'. He sent white roses and daisies on the day he added the myrtle and rosemary. White roses and daisies are both for innocence. `I remember you are an innocent, and I intend marriage.' He followed those with anenomes, which mean fragile or forsaken. With the myrtle and the rest, he means, `My heart is fragile; do not forsake me.' Orchids for beauty the next day; `I find you beautiful'. Then yellow roses for friendship and caring; `I care for you and wish to have your friendship.' Today's blossom is hollyhock. That means ambition; `I strive to win you'.""
I really liked the gentle and persistent hero. He carries the story with his pursuit of the heroine.
I thought the author did a good job with the story especially with flowers, but fell short in the area of relationship development. There was a paragraph of a flashback of the parting but not much else surrounding their prior relationship. Why was the H drawn to the h? What made him fall in love with her? And her in love with him? How did they meet? I would have also liked to see more interaction from the two in the present. Perhaps a few more outings?
A recommend with a 3.5 stars.
When the two meet again for the first time in three years, they each realize that the attraction they felt for the other is still there. However, there's a matter of misunderstandings to overcome, and for her part, Min is convinced that a marriage between an aristocrat and a member of the trade class can never be a happy one. How Candle woos and wins his lady love makes for a very sweet story. What I really liked about the book is the fact that the misunderstanding between Min and Candle that existed for three years was quickly resolved, very early in the story. From then on, the focus was on Candle's efforts to court Min and convince her that they can have a happy life together.
I liked this book a lot and would recommend it as a worthwhile read. For those of you who are looking for a Christmas story, you should know that other than the fact that the events take place around the Christmas season, there really isn't anything Christmassy about it. That did not detract in any way from my enjoyment of the story; I merely mention it for the benefit of potential readers who may be looking for a book that has a more seasonal focus. FYI, this is a clean romance. Happy reading!