Christmas By Candlelight

Christmas By Candlelight

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 26/10/2023
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'There’s nothing quite like a Karen Swan novel to get you in the festive mood - Seasonal escapism at its best' - Woman & Home

Snowed in for the holidays, old truths rise to the surface. Christmas by Candlelight is a cosy Christmas story from Karen Swan, bestselling author of The Stolen Hours.

It’s three days before Christmas and starting to snow when high-flier Libby and her new boyfriend reluctantly attend her university reunion.

Hosted by Archie Templeton – the heartbreaker of their group – at his grand family estate in Yorkshire, the night is a great success until they go to leave: the road is now blocked with snow.

At first, being snowed in together is fun. But as hours pass everyone grows restless.

Then the power goes out . . .

Hunkered down together by candlelight, they reminisce about old times – and tensions soon start to rise. Secrets from the past begin to unravel and Libby is confronted with a truth she has long tried to deny.

Reviews for Christmas By Candlelight:

'You know that the festive season is well and truly here when a Karen Swan Christmas cracker appears . . . Sprinkled throughout with Swan’s trademark twists and turns, insight, cosy charm, and eye for comedy, this is the perfect warm-up for the Christmas holiday.' - Yorkshire Post

'An author loved for her cosy, escapist, festive fiction' - Prima

'With well-drawn characters and plenty of romance and drama, this page-turner will leave you with a warm festive glow.' - The Mirror

'Seasonal escapism at its best' - Women's Weekly

'A cosy Christmas read with plenty of twists' - Woman's Own

'This escapist, uplifting story explores old friends and fractured relationships . . . With relatable characters, plenty of secrets and a sprinkle of feel-good cosiness, this is the perfect winter read.' - MyWeekly

What readers are saying about Christmas by Candlelight:

'a Christmas/Winter read at its best. Dive in and escape any Winter Blues!'
'Christmas isn't Christmas without a Karen Swan book!'
'Perfect ingedients for a lovely Christmas read!'

  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9781529084290
  • Number of pages: 416
  • Weight: 292g
  • Dimensions: 197 x 129 x 30 mm

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Christmas By Candlelight
Another winner from Karen Swan
Libby and her boyfriend Max are meeting up with Libby’s old University friends in an old faded manor house in Yorkshire. Theirs is meant to be a fleeting ... READ MORE
Frances Heaton
Christmas By Candlelight
Read at will not be disappointed
Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to embrace Christmas, before November and not feel guilty! I always enjoy Karen Swan's books and this one did not... READ MORE
Mandy Manning
Christmas By Candlelight
A very satisfying read - I would expect nothing less from Karen Swan though, she always delivers a wonderful story.
Another very enjoyable read by Karen Swan, this time set around a group of friends who had been at university together, and catch up over the Christmas per... READ MORE
Claire McPartlin
Christmas By Candlelight
Enjoyable and suspenseful.
Karen Swan always tells a good story and this is no exception. A tale of old University friends enjoying a house party at an isolated Manor house. Libby, t... READ MORE
Mavis Tiller
Christmas By Candlelight
Lifelong friends do Christmas
I absolutely loved this book and have to say, I think this is my favourite Karen Swan book so far. I could not put it down. The ending was not what I was e... READ MORE
Alexandra Cameron
Christmas By Candlelight
An enjoyable Christmas read
I really enjoy Karen Swan's Christmas books. This was a good, enjoyable read, although not up there for me with some of her others, like midnight in the sn... READ MORE
Lou Stephenson
Christmas By Candlelight
Christmas escapism with a thriller undercurrent
It’s three days before Christmas and starting to snow when high-flier Libby and her new boyfriend reluctantly attend her university reunion.

Hosted by Arc... READ MORE
Jennifer Reeve
Christmas By Candlelight
A snowstorm of secrets.....
The past has never gone away and this Christmas it is going to come back and haunt the old University friends. Libby has avoided meeting up with her univer... READ MORE
Carolyn Hamer
Christmas By Candlelight
Very entertaining story.
Another great story from Karen Swan. This one was great fun, lots of romance, drama and difficult stuations. All involving a group of University friends wh... READ MORE
Patricia Moren
Christmas By Candlelight
Absolutely brilliant
This is an absolutely brilliant book. Initially I bought it was a story of old university friends meeting up at Christmas, but it has so many layers and h... READ MORE
Avid reader
Christmas By Candlelight
Wonderful characters
This concerns a group of friends in their last year at Durham university in 2014. The story then catches up with them at a reunion in the present day. The... READ MORE
Cheryl Prettyjohns
Christmas By Candlelight
A good read
Some old uni students meet for dinner just before Christmas . You get chapters of events that changed their lives 9 years before. It is Karen Swan at her b... READ MORE
Ros Carling
Christmas By Candlelight
A fun festive read
Three days before Christmas Libby and her new boyfriend, Max, reluctantly make their way to a reunion with Libby’s university friends. She hasn’t seen them... READ MORE
Emma Alvey
Christmas By Candlelight
Emotive read
Another great read from author Karen Swan whose writing style I love. I also like that whilst set at Christmas, her Christmas novels are not overly festive... READ MORE
Karen Hewitt