Where Love Dwells
Volume 3 in the Candlewood Trilogy finds widow Emma Garrett expecting her sons and their families home for her birthday. She is apprehensive about their reception of the news that she plans to marry her attorney, Zachary Breckenwith. Also complicating matters is the arrival of Wryn, a young and troublesome relative of her daughter-in-law’s, who threatens to disrupt the birthday celebrations with her unruly behavior. Another bar to Emma’s happiness arises when she and Zachary disagree on their future. She wants to help with his law practice, while he objects that since women can’t become lawyers, she shouldn’t meddle in legal affairs. It begins to look like this will not be the joyous family party she had planned.
I haven’t read the other volumes in the series, but was able to follow the narrative thread without knowing the backstory. Emma is an interesting character, a rather independent woman for the 1840s, running her own boarding house business and aspiring to a man’s profession. I was a little surprised that no one even mentions corporal punishment for the wayward Wryn in an era when “spare the rod and spoil the child” was the prevailing attitude towards discipline. An enjoyable inspirational romance.