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The House of a Thousand Candles

Meredith Nicholson

Book Overview: 

The House of a Thousand Candles is part adventure/mystery and part romance. The book begins with young Jack Glenarm returning from various exploits in Europe and Africa for the reading of his grandfather’s will. In it, he stands to inherit his grandfather’s estate, but only if he can remain for one year in residence at the old man’s unfinished “House of a Thousand Candles” in Annandale, Indiana, with only his grandfather’s mysterious valet for company. If he violates the terms of the will, the house will go to a young woman, heretofore unknown to him, whom the will also forbids Jack to marry if he wants to retain his inheritance. This all sounds very mundane to Jack and he fully expects to be quite bored in very short order. Soon after Jack’s arrival at Glenarm House, however, various strange occurrences ensue, and he soon finds himself absorbed in the most lively adventure of his life!

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ugh in the pile there to last all winter.”

“Yes, sir; I am just cutting a little more of the hickory, sir. Mr. Glenarm always preferred it to beech or maple. We only take out the old timber. The summer storms eat into the wood pretty bad, sir.”

“Oh, hickory, to be sure! I’ve heard it’s the best firewood. That’s very thoughtful of you.”

I turned next to the unfinished tower in the meadow, from which a windmill pumped water to the house. The iron frame was not wholly covered with stone, but material for the remainder of the work lay scattered at the base. I went on through the wood to the lake and inspected the boat-house. It was far more pretentious than I had imagined from my visit in the dark. It was of two stories, the upper half being a cozy lounging-room, with wide windows and a fine outlook over the water. The unplastered walls were hung with Indian blankets; lounging-chairs and a broad seat under the windows,. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I saw this while browsing ebay just after I had finished reading The House of a Thousand Lanterns. How could I read about 1,000 lanterns and not 1,000 candles, right? Besides, I like obscure books. There's very few opinions out there so I don't feel swayed by popular opinion or shy of hurting an...more

This story of drama and intrigue, written and first published in 1905, isn’t anything like the title would suggest. Jack Glenarm is a happy-go-lucky young man touring the world and avoiding the daily drudgery of work and life that he knows that he will have to someday face when he receives a lett...more

My spouse recently found an old newspaper from 1905 behind a mirror on an old piece of furniture we had bought in Cambridge when we were newly weds, back in the dark ages. Interestingly, the paper was from Baltimore, the city of my birth. How it got into a mirror on a bureau in Cambridge, MA is a...more

Stellar mystery, of the kind without the guts and gore but will still give you goosebumps. The tone is light and easy to read, and the characters are nuanced enough to give the story some texture.

This book was a donation to the library, and it was an old book, and I have a weakness for old books, and the title sounded gothic and intriguing, so I read it. The book I have was published in 1905 and it has color plates in it. It tells the story of John Glenarm, who after blowing through his i...more

Surprising twists, well developed characters, some profanity (d-word), liked the unusual plot. Well narrated by Eric Leach.

It takes a bit for the story and characters to develop, but the book eventually offers an enjoyable mix of adventure, suspense, and romance. Nicholson's style also makes it easy to get drawn into the story. Despite being published in the very early part of the 20th century, this book holds up qui...more

I read this as an e-book. At first, I thought it was a well-researched historical novel. It wasn't until the second chapter that I realized it was actually written in 1905. It is the story of a wayward young man who inherits a house and estate from his eccentric grandfather. The will stipulates t...more

3.5 stars/5 stars

I enjoyed reading this novel, it's a mystery with suspense and romance, a good combination
it was written at 1905,a young man who travels a lot around the world,when his grandfather died he left him a will, in order to inherit he must live at his grandfather's house for one year, the house is unfi...more

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