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Candle in the Window by Christina Dodd

Candle in the Window (edition 1991)

by Christina Dodd

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Title:Candle in the Window
Authors:Christina Dodd
Info:Avon (1991), Mass Market Paperback, 448 pages
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Candle in the Window by Christina Dodd



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This was my first Christina Dodd book and I really liked it. It had a great beginning and the ending was good, but the middle lagged and was too long. I also hate when there is no epilogue-but that's just my thing. I will definitely be reading more from her. ( )
  mary23nm | Feb 27, 2019 |
Sweet, fast-paced read. Enjoyable story with strong characters. ( )
  lesmel | Jul 12, 2013 |
Overall Rating: 4.05 // Action: 3.0 / Emotion: 3.5 / Romance: 3.5 / Sensuous: 1.5 / Suspense: 3.5 // Historical Flavor: 4.5 // Laughter: 1 / Grins: 2 // Tears: 2 / Teary: 1

Candle In The Window: 4.05:
Although this was not the most exciting and emotionally touching medieval romance, Candle In The Window, was a very enjoyable read that never let the reader's interest waver.

Hero: 4.0:
Sir William of Miraval: Even though Dodd failed to give William a multitude of layers to his personality, loved that this big, loud, handsome, very alpha champion of tournaments displayed his sense of honor, his authority and a soft side. His simplistic, 'I'm just a good old country boy' ways were appealing.

Heroine: 3.0:
Lady Saura of Roget: At first Dodd really inspired a fascination with Saura because she was not hampered by her blindness. Saura's mother taught Saura to be self-sufficient and to dispense authority and kindness equally. It was difficult to understand and sympathize with Saura when she switched gears in the second half of the book and no longer felt herself worthy to marry William and would not open her heart to him.

Story Line: 4.0:
Very intriguing story line. When a warrior is blinded during a skirmish, his father enlists the aid of a noblewoman who efficiently served as chatelaine for her stepfather in spite of being born blind. An attraction builds between the hero and heroine and in the background, a friend looks on with envy and decides to destroy his friend and take his woman.

Action: 3.0:
Being in the mood for an exciting, action-packed 'knight in shining armor' kind of story, was a bit disappointed that action and adventure scenes were not featured abundantly.

Emotion: 3.5:
Dodd failed to inspire a deep-seeded emotional connection between the reader and William and Saura. However, the connection was strong enough to keep one reading to see how Dodd was going to get Saura past her insecurities.

Romance: 3.5:
The attraction between William and Saura was immediate and enduring. William was a one-woman man and after kissing Saura, he wanted no other. Saura was immediately attracted to William because she had never been able to dream of having a relationship with a man before and that kiss wetted her appetite.

Suspense: 3.5:
Dodd kept the reader on pins and needles as she introduced the villain hiding in the shadows watching William and Saura. Not only did one wonder which of William's friends had betrayed him, but also wondered how Dodd was going to break down the barrier around Saura's heart.

Sensuality: 1.5:
This book was written in 1991 when purple prose was the rule when writing lovemaking scenes, and Dodd followed that pattern so there was no sizzle or spice to be found in this story.

Secondary Characters: 2.5:
Dodd was incredible when she wrote secondary characters that came to life and inspired great interest. But, she dropped the ball when it came to really fleshing out their personalities and truly interweaving them into the fabric of the story.

Historical Flavor: 4.5:
Dodd imbued the entire story with a strong historical flavor. Dodd obviously researched the times. Her characters discussed the state of the nation because of the warring royals. The manner of dress and everyday activities were well described and took the reader back in time.

See Wolf Bear Does Books (http://goo.gl/in2TH) for a more in-depth, detailed review of Candle In The Window. ( )
  Vonda_M_Reid | Jun 5, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061040266, Mass Market Paperback)

Lady Saura of Roget lives a lonely life of servitude—her fortune controlled by her cruel, unscrupulous stepfather. Yet it is she who has been called upon to brighten the days of Sir William of Miraval, a proud and noble knight who once swore to live or perish by the sword . . . until his world was engulfed in agonizing darkness. Summoned to Sir William's castle, the raven-haired innocent is soon overcome by desire and love for the magnificent, golden warrior who has quickly laid siege to her heart.

But there is grave danger awaiting them both just beyond the castle walls . . . and a dear and deadly price to be paid for surrendering to a fiery, all-consuming love.

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Lady Saura of Roget lived a lonely life of servitude - her fortune controlled by her unscrupulous stepfather - until she was summoned to ghe castle of Sir William of Miraval. The magnificent knight had once sworn to live or perish by the sword. But htat was before his world was engulfed in agonizing darkness.… (more)

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