When Phoebe Caldicot loses her much-needed job as an instructress at a select Bath seminary, she knows exactly whom to blame. Sir Miles Saunderton, the elder brother of one of her pupils, is managing, infuriating and the last man she ever wants to see again. As she gazes into a candle flame, she wishes for security. Marriage seems her only option, but where can a penniless ex-schoolmistress find a suitable husband?
The rippling water in a silver bowl stills, and Lady Xanthe Simms and her huge white cat Titus see the image of the desperate young lady. But desperation and wishes are what keep life busy and entertaining for the resourceful fairy godmother. With a melodic hum—and the fluttering to the floor of one of her gold-tipped wing feathers—Lady Xanthe sets forth to grant Phoebe the opportunity to make her wish come true. But opportunities are never certainties…
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Reviewer: Stevi B.
Phoebe Caldicot is a gently bred young woman teaching young ladies music and writing at the Bath seminary when she is fired because of the antics of one of her students. Pheobe desperately needs her job to keep her younger brother in school and now her only option is probably marriage, but where will she find a suitable husband as an unemployed teacher? Phoebe makes an anxious plea to the universe for help as she gazes in to her candle flame; she wishes for security. Lady Xanthe Simms and her huge white cat Titus are in the business of granting desperate pleas and come to Phoebe’s rescue. Lady Xanthe can present Phoebe with opportunities but Phoebe must make the right decisions to turn an opportunity into a reality…
If you love fairy tales, as I do, you will enjoy Candlelight Wish. All the elements of a great tale are here, the needy young woman, the fairy godmother, a little magic, a “white knight” and an even an evil bad guy. Phoebe isn’t a meek or helpless character but a bright, caring, spirited young lady who needs opportunity not a miracle. There is one man who really gets her dander up, Sir Miles Saunderton, the interfering brother of the wayward student that cost Phoebe her job. Phoebe strongly feels he caused her to be fired and wants nothing to do with him; unfortunately he lives right next door to Lady Xanthe’s house in London. If he would just stay out of her way, surely she could make a good match from the many men who are giving her attention at all the London events Lady Xanthe has arranged for her to attend. Sir Miles is due a comeuppance and Miss Phoebe may be just the woman to give it to him. This is a delightful situation and story! I would love to see more stories like this one…
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