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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:
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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.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Joanne | 1/30/2014

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

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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.