Sunday, November 3, 2013
New Review: Christina Dodd’s CANDLE IN THE WINDOW – Interesting Medieval with a Blind Heroine
One afternoon, Saura ends up in Sir William’s bath and he kisses her thinking she is a servant, never knowing she is actually Saura, the one he thinks is an aging nun come to bring order to their keep. But soon he will recover his sight and discover that Saura is a beautiful young woman…
What can I say? Dodd has done her research and always tells a good tale. She has a good medieval voice and describes well the medieval setting (castle, knights, dress and food). Most of the story takes place in William’s keep as he and Saura pursue their relationship (the battles take place off scene). The characters are well developed and the dialog rich. There is enough treachery, envy and intrigue to hold your interest as the new love between William and Saura is challenged. There was William’s desire for a deeper love and Saura’s more traditional view of a wife’s obedience to her husband as gratitude for his kindness, though I’m not sure how persuasive this bit was. The middle seemed a bit slow as we lingered in the castle with Saura. But then one of William’s friends abducts her and the suspense builds.
A worthy, if long, tale. I can recommend it.