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- Print Length: 288 pages
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B009UFEADE
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- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #858,062 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author
In "Ebony and Spica" I describe how I rescued two fledglings, first a blackbird and then a starling, and how both of them lived with me for many years. They were unique characters.
Children's literature in English is a treasure house, and I hope I'm making a small contribution to it with my books "The Story of an Ordinary Lion" and "Tobias and the Demon", both of which are told from an animal's point of view and which are intended for the 8-12 age group. "Flora and the Wolf", for the same age group, tells of a friendship between a girl and a wolf and is also a reworking of an old legend - with probably some basis in truth.
I'm also interested in the unexplained - strange phenomena that are a challenge to any kind of dogma - as will be apparent from both "A Paris Haunting" and "Candlepower".
Please take a look at the videos on this page if you would like a foretaste of my books. You'll hear me reading aloud.
Any feedback will be welcome, especially reviews! Thank you.
Top Customer Reviews
Narrated by Stella, all events are filtered through her consciousness, but as seems to happen with Doolaege's novels, the POV character takes something of a back seat in order to turn the spotlight on other characters. There are some marvellous characters in 'Candlepower', though none more delightful than Rose. Of course, the other thing this author does so well is evoke the atmosphere of a Paris unseen by tourists, making the reading a satisfying, visual experience.
The question of who and what Rose is permeates the entire story. She's an ethereal being and I spent a lot of time wondering if she was meant to be real. She lives alone in a Paris apartment opposite Stella, teaching and playing beautiful music, creating exquisite patchwork quilts by candlelight (she shuns electricity) and talking to the birds.
It is when Stella's canary, Topaz escapes through the window that Stella first meets Rose. Unable the resist the attraction Rose has over all living creatures, Topaz leaves his tree and flies into her hands, and that's the beginning of a rather haunting friendship.
There is a beautiful poignancy about the way this story unfolds around the two almost-tragic females who find friendship in a world in which they are both slightly out of kilter. Bilingual Stella escapes from an overbearing mother, academic father, not-too-loveable brother and an unhappy love affair, into a Paris apartment she purchases with her beloved grandmother's legacy.Read more ›
The reader is intrigued by Rose, who lives an old-fashioned existence without electricity and the modern amenities that affords. She sits by candlelight and stitches beautiful quilts. Birds cannot resist her. They fly in at her window and when she walks down the street they follow her and sometimes alight on her shoulder. She is mysterious, never revealing anything about her own life or her family. And it seems it’s not just that she doesn’t want to join the modern age, but that electrical items actually break when she is near them. Not unsurprisingly, many of her neighbours regard her with a kind of superstitious fear.
The reader is also pulled in by the relationship Stella pursues with a man to whom she’s strongly drawn to and yet isn’t quite sure why and she can’t quite work out how he feels for her. There also seems to be something strange going on between him and Rose, but were they ever together? Is Rose bothered by the relationship?
This is a very well-written book with just the right amount of tension and intrigue. I just would have liked more of a concrete ending for Rose. You are left wondering a little.
Set in Paris France, Stella is a bit of a social outcast. She meets her neighbor Rose. Stella is fascinated with Rose and the unlikely pair become friends. Rose is a bit mysterious, some find her (Rose) a bit odd. But not Stella, she is captivated by her "uniqueness".
Rose does not believe in modern luxuries, such as electricity. But she does have a love of birds, and making quilts. As the two become friends, Stella faces some of her inner struggles, and even falls for a young man.
A well written fascinating story, told from Stella's point of view. I really liked Stella, she has some inner feelings she must comes to terms with. Rose is very likable. The more I read about her the more I liked her. And I loved the "mystique" around Rose.
I don't do spoilers so I won't say too much more. The story is very original, the prose flows with perfection on each page, and the atmosphere drew me in. Set in Paris added "charm" I really liked, the setting.
Overall I feel that Candlepower is a definite five star read and book lovers (or all genres) will greatly enjoy this fascinating, captivating, magical tale.
The story is told in the first person by Stella, a solid, dependable, down-to-earth person, but it is really about the mysterious Rose. Rose, who lives an odd, Amish-like existence and refuses to have electricity in her apartment. Rose, who teaches piano during the day and in the evenings makes wonderful quilts by candlelight. And then there are the birds. Birds love Rose, they come to her window, they follow her in the street. There is something almost supernatural about it.
This book is beautifully-written. The language is fluent and grammatically flawless. The characters are well-drawn and utterly believable. And as for the plot . . . it is so original that it takes my breath away. There are harrowing moments in this book but they are outweighed by the love in it. I daren’t say any more for fear of giving too much away. Just read it. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Janet Doolaege created a mesmerizing spell of narrative in A Paris Haunting. But she has surpassed that novel with the magic of her story and characters of Candlepower. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Barry W. K. Joe
Janet Doolaege conjures up the atmosphere of Paris so skilfully I found myself wondering exactly which is Stella's street and which metro stop she uses. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Queendido
I read A Paris Haunting a while ago and was struck by the elegant writing style of this author. I have also read one of her children's books. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Louise Gillett
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is a page-turner, as was her first, A Paris Haunting. Doolaege seems to write effortlessly, enticing the reader in from the beginning. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mrs J D Pink
Doolaege does it again! A beautifully written tale, depicting the complexity of human relationships, interwoven with a hint of the occult. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Pink
This book left me with mixed impressions. This is the very first book I’ve ever read that’s set in Paris and I really enjoyed learning all the bits and pieces about daily life... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Effrosyni Moschoudi
What a wonderful read! I was captivated right from the start; such atmosphere that appealed to and heightened all the senses at once. Read morePublished on 2 April 2013 by Babs
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