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Candle's Christmas Chair Paperback – January 13, 2015
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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 really liked the character of Vicount Avery (Candle). His inner monologue was entertaining and the fact that he wants to help his invalid mother find the perfect chair, endeared him to me. He is a romantic at heart and still in love with the woman that he thought had spurned him.
The beginning of the tale is that of misunderstanding and hurt feelings. When Candle visits the chair maker's shop he does not expect to find Min Bradshaw there. Especially surprised that she is the one making the chairs, he finds himself having to do business with a women he still finds himself attracted to. Little does he know that she feels the same way about him, but the reason for her standoffish behavior is a lot different than his own.
Min Bradshaw was a little bit more complex in her feelings. She has a lot of inner turmoil and reason not to trust easily. Being part of a family that is in trade, makes her not as welcome with the high sticklers of society. Her nemesis particularly a catty, conniving woman named Lady Norton and her equally sordid brother Kitteridge.
Min, accepts the business that Candle presents, but is on guard when he becomes determined to mend fences. He offers to have tea and they find themselves in the presence of the horrible brother and sister act. After the confrontation, Candle and Min express their reasons for breaking up their relationship and figure out that it was a big misunderstanding.
However, Min, because of societies standards, does not feel that a relationship can progress between them, due to their status differences.
"She would not fall in love with a peer. She could not. She was not so foolish. Was she?"
That is the one thing that plagues her mind throughout the rest of the book and it's a journey that is rather amusing.
One of my favorite parts of the story is when Candle attempts to change her mind by sending her different arrangements of flowers everyday. Min's mother deciphers the message that each bouquet means and it was interesting to find out. (NOTE: For those of you who are interested, there is a guide at the end of the book past the acknowledgements that tells you what each flower means.)
If Candle didn't win over Min's heart over that, I'm sure it was with this line,
"...But none of them matter, on either side. You matter. We matter. Don't let them come between us."
My thoughts: This was a sweet holiday romance, with endearing characters. Nothing steamy in this novel, except for a few naughty thoughts from Candle. Other than that, only kissing. But really, there doesn't need to be anything more than that. I only wish that Lady Norton and her brother received a little bit more punishment, they would have deserved it. In the end, it doesn't really matter what anybody thinks, love is more important. I'm glad the characters realized this and it ended well for them.
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.