Today we are delighted to be sharing USA Today bestselling author Devney Perry’s stand-alone novella in the Jamison Valley series,
THE CANDLE PALACE
Sometimes a single flame can ignite a love that lasts a lifetime.
Milo Phillips knows the meaning of pain. Suffering through the most intense physical agony of his life, he’s confined to a hospital bed to bear it alone. More than once, he wishes he’d died in the explosion that melted and mangled his skin. Darkness consumes him, snuffing all the joy in his life and leaving an empty hole in its place.
But one day, a flicker of light sneaks into his hospital room, driving away some of the hopelessness. For the first time in months, pain isn’t all he feels.
The flicker’s name is Sara Foster, his new nurse. Milo just hopes that Sara can see past his scars. Because underneath, his heart has begun beating again just for her.
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Reviewed by Rachal at KFF
This story focuses on Sara and Milo and is an accompanying story to complement The Jamieson Valley series. I’ve read a few of this author’s works before and have always been intrigued by these books as they are my kind of read. I happen to have 3 of them on my Kindle just waiting to be read, so thought this novella would be a great way to dip my toes into new characters and their stories. The blurb intrigued me from the start when it mentioned Milo was used to suffering, I do love a male protagonist who is a tortured soul. I’m also an absolute sucker for a guy who has to overcome his issues and the battles that often involves and when romance at the heart of the story; I’m sold!
Milo has endured the most horrific of injuries and has a long road ahead of him in terms of getting back to his job as a police officer. I loved him from the start, he’s such a kind and sweet guy. The scenes which played out between Milo and Sarah were adorable and made me smile so much. I got the impression that I should have already known Milo’s back story which after some digging, I understood is in one of the series’ books. At times this did frustrate me as I felt I was missing out. The story is primarily told from Sara’s point of view so this made sense when I found this out. On the plus side, it did make me want to read more of the other books.
“No more crying, okay? I can’t take it.”
“Is it just a guy thing?”
“No. I can handle tears. Just not yours.”
Sara was a sweetheart! Such a lovely and compassionate girl who did a job she was obviously born to do. She hasn’t had the best of lives but is determined to give herself a good, honest life. She’s a hard worker and doing a job she absolutely adores. She’s not had a great deal of luck with relationships before so when her eyes meet Milo’s she conflicted. She’s also honourable but when she meets Milo, her values are severely tested. In her profession, the kind of relationship she envisions with Milo is not something which can easily be achieved. But when its true love does that really matter? They say true love conquers all but will these obstacles be knocked down or merely pushed aside. Milo certainly has no plans to leave anything to chance but he’s not the pushy type. He knows what’s at stake and won’t jeopardize Sara’s job.
“How’d I get so lucky to find you?”
“We both got lucky.”
This story had the sweetest of moments between two very lovable and relatable characters. The writing is excellent which I have come to expect from this author. However, I do think I would’ve enjoyed the book more if I’d read more books in this series, especially The Coppersmith House.
Devney is the USA Today bestselling author of the Jamison Valley series. She lives in Montana with her husband and two children. After working in the technology industry for nearly a decade, she abandoned conference calls and project schedules to enjoy a slower pace at home with her kids. She loves reading and, after consuming hundreds of books, decided to share her own stories. Devney loves hearing from readers! Connect with her on social media.