'I am simply a 'book drunkard.' Books have the same irresistible temptation for me that liquor has for its devotee. I cannot withstand them.' L.M. Montgomery

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Friday, September 30, 2016

Candlemas Bay by Ruth Moore

This book was originally published in 1950 and reprinted by Blackberry Books in the 1990's. 308 pages

The Ellis family was a well known and respected family in Candlemas Bay, ME for many generations. Nathaniel Ellis settled it when he was just 19. Grampie, Jebron Ellis, is the last of the old line. His son, Guy, is an alcoholic. Guy's son Jeb is made from the old mould and wants to learn everything he can about his ancestors and their livelihood -fishing. Guy does nothing to help him. Grampie takes him under his wing.

Highly in debt, and owing Grampie a large debt for a loan to get a new modern fishing boat, Guy moved his family of 8 in with Grampie and Guy's three sisters. Tensions are high with sister Candy who thinks she rules the roost. Could there be a bit of insanity going on with her?
A tragedy happens and everyones lives are forever changed.

I loved, loved, loved this one of Ruth Moore's books. I couldn't put it down. I read it in two days. Ms. Moore is a master at communicating a place and a people, their thoughts, their talk, their geography. She takes you there to feel the spray of the ocean and feel the damp of the fog and smell the food cooking in the kitchen. This is the third of her books I've read, you can read the other two reviews here. I have 4 more of her books on the shelf to read and I'm hoping I can find the rest someday!

This is a nice write up on Ruth Moore if your interested.

Peggy Ann


  1. Ruth Moore's life does sound very interesting. I guess you discovered her books because you have spent so much time in Maine?

    1. Ruth Moore was recommended to me by someone who loves Maine as much as I do, Tracy. I really like them because not only are they set in a beautiful setting but back when life was simpler.

  2. Ruth Moore is so amazing and I think so unappreciated. Glad to hear you are enjoying her. I reread Speak to the Wind every year or so. Deceptively simple story, but the themes, characters and relationships are complex. I get something new every time. It helps if you know Maine the way it used to be and Maine people they way they used to talk (and sometimes still do).

    1. Lynn, I'll read Speak to the Wind next! Elisabeth Ogilvie got me hooked on Maine. I don't know Maine other than a tourist and it's Maine the way it use to be I fell in love with through books! But I'll take it anyway I can get it! Thanks for stopping by.


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