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CANDLEPOWER [Kindle Edition]

Janet Doolaege , Franck Drouet , Marianne Weeks
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Book Description

Stella, working as a secretary in Paris, feels that her life is going nowhere. After the bitter break-up of a relationship, she has only a canary for company, and relations are strained with her parents and brother back in England. But when she meets her mysterious neighbour who lives across the street, unexpected and unnerving things start to happen. Why does Rose Martin have such a powerful effect on all around her? Faced with disturbing events and torn between divided loyalties, Stella must learn what she really wants to do.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 562 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009UFEADE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #692,357 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

I live in France, but I still feel a strong link with England, where I grew up and where I first began to love birds and animals.

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.

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.

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!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy the magic 1 Nov. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Having read and enjoyed 'A Paris Haunting' by the same author last year, I was very pleased to come across 'Candlepower' while browsing favourite authors on Amazon. I downloaded it and began reading it almost at once, finding myself rapidly drawn in to the intriguing story

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful, magical tale, fantastic! 23 Mar. 2015
Format:Kindle Edition
Candlepower by Janet Doolaege

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story! 5 Dec. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved this story. I have always loved Paris and Janet Doolaege conjures up the atmosphere so well.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful 2 April 2013
By Babs
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
What a wonderful read! I was captivated right from the start; such atmosphere that appealed to and heightened all the senses at once. Tension was slowly and subtly created and a hint of the supernatural always present. I am sometimes tempted to skip long descriptions but not these! I looked forward to the word sketches of a Paris that is so often hidden from the normal tourist. I was often there beside the characters, empathising with their emotions and decision making. Having birds play such an integral part of the story was a clever and effective way of portraying atmosphere and tension. It worked so well. I loved this read and my only disappointment was coming to the end and having to decide myself where I wanted to story to go. A sequel would be welcome!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Atmosphere 3 Dec. 2012
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Janet Doolaege has a great ability to create atmosphere, her first book created in her readers the sense of being in Paris, this one creates, slowly and subtly an eerie feeling, a sense that there are more things in heaven and ? This is highlighted by the indubitably down to earth nature of the very likeable heroine. I finshed the book hoping I might hear more of her and her songs and desperately wishing that coming interview was a success. Some things I particularly liked, the birds, the patchwork...I could go on...I found the book delightful.
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