In the early 19th century, Emma, a 51-year-old widow with family far away, 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.
"It's growing on me"
When tragedy strikes, Emma graciously welcomes the needy to her boarding house. But when two of these guests prove cantankerous, Emma wonders how she and the others will manage. Compounding the turmoil are legal problems that threaten her future. And after her lawyer makes a troubling announcement, Emma must rediscover the true source of her strength.
"An enjoyable return visit to Candlewood"
Having garnered such honors as the Laurel Wreath Award for Historical Romance, CBA best-selling author Delia Parr delivers an engaging tale set in the outskirts of 1830s Philadelphia. While on her way to a new life, Annabelle Tyler finds herself handcuffed by highwaymen to Harrison Graymoor - Philadelphia’s most eligible bachelor - and thrust into a marriage neither wants. Before they can annul this sham, however, the newspaper announces their nuptials. As the plot thickens, the unlikely couple desperately tries not to fall in love.
A Laurel Wreath and Aspen Gold Award winner, CBA best-selling author Delia Parr is acclaimed for her enthralling historical romances. In Love’s First Bloom, Ruth Livingston’s life changes drastically in 1835. When her father—a New York City pastor—is accused of murdering prostitute Rosalie Peale, Ruth flees with Rosalie’s daughter to a New Jersey village. There Ruth lives quietly as Widow Malloy. But when brash newspaper reporter Asher Tripp arrives, Ruth fears the newsman may discover her secret.
In a time when the traditional ways of medicine are constantly being questioned by new doctors fresh from medical school, midwife Martha Cade tries to balance her life's calling with the demands of her family. Recently reunited with her estranged 17-year-old daughter, Martha finds herself torn between guiding her child and allowing her to be an adult. At the same time, she must decide whether she'll risk reopening the heart she'd long closed off to love.
CBA best-selling author Delia Parr, acclaimed for her award-winning historical romances, concludes her Candlewood trilogy with this stirring sequel to Refining Emma. In a quaint 1840s village in Upstate New York, the genteel proprietress of a bustling boarding house must rely on her wisdom, determination, and faith to reconcile the conflicting demands of family, friendship, and love.