First off, thanks to my Goodreads buddy Laura for sending me a
whole BOX of Dorothy Eden gothics, how awesome is that!!! "Bride by
Candlelight" is one of the collection Laura sent and my first Gothic by
D.E. although I own and love most of her other novels.
enjoyed this. I'm a bit puzzled by the low ratings on GR as it was
pretty average as far as 60s gothics go. Had there been just a bit more
chill it would have made it to 4 stars but it was still an enjoyable
3.5. Yes, I guessed some things but it wasn't totally predictable and
there were some genuinely creepy moments.
A young woman falls in
love with a soldier on leave from the war and they don't see eachother
for over three years. A few letters pass between them and one of them so
touched her she is convinced to go out to New Zealand and marry him.
Only thing is, Paul has sustained facial injuries requiring complex
surgery and is a little wary of her seeing him again. That must be it,
afterall why else would he wait so long to start writing to her again?
And why didn't he come to meet her when she arrived, sending his
shepherd instead? And when he finally sees her why does he exclaim, "who
the devil are you?"
You'll have to read it and find out. There's
a nice big spooky run down house, an eccentric old lady, anonymous
letters, suspicious phone calls, accidents, and a suddenly amorous
finance who seems to have dropped all his former shyness and
inexperience and is particularly eager for a wedding as soon as
And then there's Paul's brother Harry, killed in Australia but who the elderly grandmother insists is still alive...
SEX: None (some cuddling, kissing)
VIOLENCE: A few "accidents "
PARANORMAL ELEMENTS: None
PROFANITY: Very mild.
MY RATING: PG