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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (373 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Delia Parr Narrator: Barbara Caruso Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Candlewood Trilogy Release Date: August 2006 ISBN: 9781440796944
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Laurel Wreath and Aspen Gold Award winner Delia Parr is acclaimed for her inspiring historical romances. Living in an 1840s Erie Canal town in upstate New York, Emma Garrett—the genteel proprietor of a bustling boarding house—learns to trust in God despite trying circumstances. A widow with family far away, 51-year-old Emma fills her loneliness by caring for her guests and sharing her own special blend of wisdom and humor. One stormy night, a rap at her door interrupts her musings. The 80-year-old Widow Leonard is standing in the rain, seeking refuge from her sons’ constant bickering. Housing this feisty runaway granny, however, puts Emma in the crosshairs of a family feud. But this crisis is more easily resolved than the one which soon looms over Emma’s future. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Fans of Jan Karon’s enormously popular Mitford series should love Parr’s work” Philadelphia Inquirer “Delia Parr writes a beautiful story that will stay in your heart! Literary Times “A wonderful new series by a gifted author.

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 2/16/2014

    " Loved it cant wait to read the next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 2/16/2014

    " A Hearth in Candlewood was my first exposure to Delia Parr. She strikes me as highly character-centric, which I prefer. Historically set in the canal-building era prior to the railway boon, Candlewood is a small town in the midst of transition. The characters also are in a similar state of transition, from the retired pastor and widows who live at Hill House to the young ladies who work there. In the center of it all is Emma, proprietress of the boarding house known as Hill House for its expansive hilltop viewpoint overlooking the new canal. Parr's tale of the town and the characters in it didn't draw me in as powerfully as Jan Karon's Mitford, whose characters are nearly as real to me as people I've actually met, but at the same time, I am eager to hear more of their lives. A comforting message of trusting God in uncertainty, living peaceably, and the value of having purpose in one's life regardless of age are ongoing themes in the book. At first, I was dissatisfied with the ending until I learned there were two more books in the trilogy. I guess I will be making another visit to Candlewood in the future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula-O | 2/5/2014

    " This is a story of a woman starting a boardinghouse and how she has a problem of not taking in everyone that needs a place to stay, she meets many different type folks and comes to love them all. I liked Emma's story, looking forward to next in the series... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanne | 1/30/2014

    " This was fun. It brought me to another place. I felt like I was there.. The characters came alive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 1/27/2014

    " Fluffy. Enjoyed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Kohout | 1/15/2014

    " Thoroughly enjoyed the book and will look forward to reading more in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 1/9/2014

    " A relaxed read for at bedtime. So far I'm enjoying it. There must be sequels but I'm on to reading other books right now. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Audra | 12/23/2013

    " This was a nice slow read. I had difficulty finishing it as it bored me a bit. The style doesn't keep my interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liane | 12/18/2013

    " A nice easy read once I got used to the style of writing. Quite a lot of typos, but didn't detract from my enjoyment of the story. Some comical moments, and some well written descriptive passages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audrey Grant | 11/27/2013

    " I liked it! I like that not all books have to be about young romance novels to be good books!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 10/3/2013

    " this was a delightful book to read. somehow the author kept me interested despite the non adventurous storyline. great characters and an interesting period piece. I might have to finish the trilogy! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie Murphy | 8/4/2013

    " I'm sorry the main character was a widow, but I got tired of the scraps of cloth she carried in her pocket to remind her of her family members. It was just a little goody goody for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 7/24/2013

    " I finished the book, but can't say it was compelling. Don't know if I will read any others by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 7/7/2013

    " light easy read, good character development. not a page Turner, but worth resting if you need a break from heavier subjects or storylines. i appreciated that this was a period peice, and that it had Christian undertones. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcia | 7/3/2013

    " Sweet book, I enjoy historical fiction! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie Robinson | 11/13/2012

    " This book was excellent. I enjoyed every minute and the main character, Emma is intriguing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Josie Shears | 11/11/2012

    " Enjoyed the book but the story never really developed. Author writes very descriptive but just felt the story didn't go anywhere will not read the rest of the trilogy. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gaylynn Cottongame | 6/2/2012

    " I did not finish this book. It was kind of boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 8/17/2011

    " Characters that are quickly lovable , a super plot , and great writting style ! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darlene Wilson | 6/17/2011

    " Nice light Christian reading. Set in 1841 -- small town New York. As the jacket describes them -- quaint, colorful characters. Thanks, Christi, for a good read Christmas gift! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eliane | 6/14/2011

    " I like the writing style and the glimpse into life in a small developing town during the mid 19th century. It's my first book from this author and I'm sure I will read more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 5/10/2011

    " Kindle Freebie. Charming, heart warming, feel good type of book. I liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 4/28/2011

    " I wasn't sure of this book at first. It started off slowly, but once I started to get to know the characters, I found myself loving them. I will have to read the rest of the series now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 1/17/2011

    " This is a story of a woman starting a boardinghouse and how she has a problem of not taking in everyone that needs a place to stay, she meets many different type folks and comes to love them all. I liked Emma's story, looking forward to next in the series... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eliane | 10/15/2010

    " I like the writing style and the glimpse into life in a small developing town during the mid 19th century. It's my first book from this author and I'm sure I will read more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darlene | 1/9/2008

    " Nice light Christian reading. Set in 1841 -- small town New York. As the jacket describes them -- quaint, colorful characters. Thanks, Christi, for a good read Christmas gift! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 8/7/2007

    " I enjoyed the colorful characters in a small town
    of Candlewood, New York in 1841. It is a historical
    and inspirational fiction-the first of a trilogy. "

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About the Author

Delia Parr, pen name for Mary Lechleidner, is the author of about a dozen historical novels and the winner of several awards, including the Laurel Wreath Award for Historical Romance and the Aspen Gold Award for Best Inspirational Book. She is a full-time high school teacher who spends her summer vacations writing and kayaking. The mother of three grown children, she lives in Collingswood, New Jersey.

About the Narrator

Barbara Caruso, winner of twenty-two Earphones Awards for narration, is an accomplished actress and critically acclaimed audiobook narrator. A graduate of London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, she was a featured player in the Royal Shakespeare Company. She has played starring roles on Broadway and in theaters across the country. She won the Alexander Scourby Reader of the Year Award for her performances of young adult fiction and has more than one hundred audiobook narrations to her credit. She has won twenty-two AudioFile Earphones Awards.