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1905. Nicholson lived and traveled extensively in Indiana and it was a rich resource for his writing. The House of a Thousand Candles provides readers with the view of an outsider coming to Indiana. The book begins: Pickering's letter bringing news of my grandfather's death found me at Naples early in October. John Marshall Glenarm had died in June. He had left a will whic1905. Nicholson lived and traveled extensively in Indiana and it was a rich resource for his writing. The House of a Thousand Candles provides readers with the view of an outsider coming to Indiana. The book begins: Pickering's letter bringing news of my grandfather's death found me at Naples early in October. John Marshall Glenarm had died in June. He had left a will which gave me his property conditionally, Pickering wrote, and it was necessary for me to return immediately to qualify as legatee. It was the merest luck that the letter came to my hands at all, for it had been sent to Constantinople, in care of the consul-general instead of my banker there. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing....

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  • Sawsan
    2019-05-16 11:12

    I enjoyed reading this novel, it's a mystery with suspense and romance, a good combinationit 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 unfinished mansion, full of secrets and rumors of hidden treasures.sometimes, i pick a place of my own inside the novel and watch it from there while reading,in this novel i was in the house of a thousand candles and participated in the events :)

  • Thom Swennes
    2019-05-08 13:16

    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 letter informing him of his grandfather’s sudden and unexpected death. He rushes back to New York and is informed by an old schoolmate and old rival (who is now acting as executor to his grandfather’s will) that under the terms of the will he has to travel and reside in his grandfather’s estate in Indiana. This parochial stipulation may not have been such a burden for most people but Jack was a wanderer by nature and this demand would prove very difficult. Meredith Nicholson mixes a colorful group of characters in a small town setting, adds emotion, love and greed, creating a highly memorable and readable narrative. I suppose the highest tribute I can pay to this author and his work is that in closing the book on its final page the thought entered my mind: “I would like to go to Indiana!” What greater tribute can I give?

  • Larry Piper
    2019-04-25 11:57

    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 mystery. Anyway, one of its pages listed some books one might buy as Christmas presents. The list had little summaries. I decided to check a few of them out. I could find several of the authors listed, but not the books listed with them, with one exception. I did find The House of a Thousand Candles by Meredith Nicholson. Actually, that's not quite true. I found a couple of the others, but only in pay form. I won't pay for books on kindle unless I actually own them, i.e. can lend them or give them away with impunity. Whatever, this book is a sort of gothic novel, I suppose. A young man inherits a strange old, unfinished mansion in the Indiana woods, but only on the proviso that he lives in the house for a full year, that he doesn't have a bunch of live-in guests, and that he doesn't leave, other than for short trips into town (an easy 2-mile walk--yes people used to walk to get places and 2 miles wasn't all that unusual.) to the post office and such like. As soon as he gets to the house, someone tries shooting him through the window. He begins to hear weird sounds, e.g. foot steps in the walls. He hears snatches of conversation that tells him people are out to get him. People think there's buried treasure of some sort in the house, but no one can find it. There's a girls school, run by nuns, protestant ones no less, just on the other side of the wall, and at least one of the school's inhabitants is bewitching. And so forth. This is not deathless literature, and is obviously dated. Some of the attitudes expressed in the book are a bit creepy to a more modern sensibility (e.g. attitudes toward women and "rubes", i.e. midwesterners--oh wait some folks still think we're ignorant rubes [I have midwestern roots and lived in both Kansas and Ohio for extended periods of time]). But it's an interesting enough yarn and perfectly fine escapist literature, even if the main character is a bit of an ass. I've read much worse.

  • Anna Karras
    2019-05-02 12:57

    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 inheritance, gets called back home to the U.S. when his grandfather dies. He has been left the house and everything in it with one stipulation: he must remain in residence at the house for the period of one year or else he loses everything to a young lady who resided next door at the convent school.This book was fun - it had a big creepy house that made strange noises, secret passage ways, people trying to kill Glenarm, a wonderful valet named Bates, and the lovely lady next door who confounds him.

  • Dorcas
    2019-04-22 09:20

    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 author's feelings. :) Anyway, you can read it for free on Openlibrary so I decided to give it a go.IN A NUTSHELL:A young, irresponsible man inherits his grandfather's estate with stipulations. He has to live there for one year and never leave town, he has to clean up his wild ways, and if he forms any romantic attachment to a certain individual he loses everything.Rumor has it that there is treasure hidden in the house, and knowing the old man (an architect), it seems a likely thing he would do for amusement. Most of the house is unfinished and there are sounds of footsteps in the walls at odd times. Compound that with shots in the dark and chases through the snow and you have a general feeling of the book,Well, as promising as it sounds, it was a no go for me. I did read the whole thing but it was rather dreadful. Oh, the writing was ok, but I never liked the characters, I thought the main character was a bit of a jerk and he pretty much stayed that way. The mystery was ok, but nothing thrilling and slightly predictable. Romance was very 'meh'. I couldn't see why the girl was attracted to him and all she had to do was grow up and he was like a hound dog on a coon's trail.Bottom line: Check it out on OpenLibrary but don't rush to ebay to buy it unless you've read the author's other works and like his style. (yes, Meredith is a HE). It was just ok for me.CONTENT:SEX: NonePROFANITY: Very MildVIOLENCE: A shoot out during "seige" and general knockabouts throughout.MY RATING: G-PG

  • Vincent
    2019-05-03 16:00

    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 that he must live in the house, in rural Indiana, for one full year. When he arrives, he finds that the house has secrets, as do all of the main characters. It is an engrossing detective story, that leaves the reader wondering until the climactic conclusion.

  • Patrick S.
    2019-05-20 13:13

    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 quite nicely today.

  • Claire
    2019-05-10 16:58

    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.

  • Cindy
    2019-05-08 10:16

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

  • Dani
    2019-05-02 11:04

    3.5 stars/5 stars

  • Hannah
    2019-05-04 11:19

    A capital adventure with a young gentleman banished to a house of mystery, with a reticent valet and a hated executor to look after him. He expects to find himself bored until he realizes his life is in imminent danger. Added to the mix is the saucy child Olivia, of the red tam-o'-shanter; his friend Larry Donovan, devotee of Ireland; Reverend Stoddard, who preaches at the next-door girls's school, and Sister Theresa, who heads that school. And, of course, enemies Murphy and Ferguson...and is Bates, the valet, friend or foe?Plenty of action in this humorous tale and a final surprise that is both touching and hilarious.

  • Bev
    2019-05-13 11:54

    There are several reasons why I grabbed up The House of a Thousand Candles by Meredith Nicholsoan from the local library Friends of the Library Bookstore a couple years ago: it's a vintage mystery (written in 1905); it takes place in Indiana (that's where I'm from and where I am); and it promised a "classic romantic thriller" with "all the elements of a good mystery story." There were lots of reasons to read it now (or at least this year): my very own Vintage Mystery Challenge (for the number in the title); the What's in a Name Challenge (a kind of house); the Death by Gaslight Challenge (Victorian era mysteries); the A-Z Mystery Authors Challenge (letter "N"); the Criminal Plots Challenge (book written by an author from where I live); and the adult summer reading challenge from my local library (a book with an Indiana connection). As you can see, it's all about the challenges.The story line really did seem to promise a great deal. John Glenarm has been wandering around through Europe and Africa, blithely spending the inheritance left him by his father--getting into scrapes and having all sorts of adventures. He's just come to the end of his finances and determined to settle down and practice his profession (engineering) when he receives word that his grandfather has died and he must return home to learn the contents of the will. He is dismayed to find his old classmate and rival, Arthur Pickering, is the executor of his grandfather's will and holds sway over his inheritance. The old gentleman's final wishes are simple: In order to inherit, John must go to live in Glenarm House in Indiana for a period of one year and live a quiet and sober life. If he doesn't then the inheritance will go to one Marian Devereaux....someone of whom John has never heard. There is also and odd clause which states that if John and Marian happen to marry within a five-year period of John's agreeing to the terms of the will then the entire fortune will be given to a local school.John determines that since he had been such a ne'er-do-well while his grandfather was living, he will do his best to live up to the gentleman's wishes after death. He settles into the house in Indiana and that's when the fun begins. During his tenancy, John is shot at, hears mysterious noises in the house, has run-ins with intruders and ghostly sightings, discovers secret passages, and begins to fall in love with a girl who seems to treat the house as her own. And before it's over, he will suspect nearly everyone of being in league against him and there will be an old-fashioned shoot-out. There are many reasons why this story should have been a success--lots of action and intrigue--but it fell a little flat for me. I wasn't very invested in the main character. Quite often when you have a hero who is represented as a bad boy, you find that he is really a lovable rogue. I felt like John was supposed to be....but he just didn't quite cut it for me. My favorite character was actually Stoddard, the battling minister who stands by his side in the final assault on the house. One thing I will say for John, I totally sympathize with him over feeling betrayed. And I don't quite get why a certain young woman can't understand why he might think she was working against him. If you refuse to explain your actions, what else is a poor guy to do? On the surface, the evidence is very much in favor of his interpretation.This was a decent read from the turn of last century. It does have an interesting twist at the end and it's always satisfying to see the villain of the piece get what's coming to him. Not quite as exciting as anticipated, but a solid three star outing.This review was first posted on my blog My Reader's Block. Please request permission before reposting any portion. Thanks.

  • Kevin
    2019-05-08 12:13

    This book was great, very suspenseful and entertaining, but I wanted to punch Nicholson for the way he wrote the end of the romance story. It's elaborated nicely right up to the moment of climax, and then he skips over what should have been a gratifying conclusion, to give us a super-lame epilogue instead.

  • Nathaniel
    2019-04-22 10:07

    This is a fun book to read once, though it gets a bit bogged down in 19th century social conventions and occasionally with action that stretches plausibility. Nicholson evidently had a case of "kitchen sink syndrome" common in inexperienced writers and tries to make this a book of high-society international intrigue with quite a few mystery, adventure, and romance elements, culminating in a (rather contrived) shootout and an (even more contrived) happy ending. All of which, somehow, takes place in Indiana. And this was really my chief difficulty with this book. Speaking as a former four-year resident of Indianapolis, the thing that I have the most trouble with about this book is the idea that people from Indiana ever talked like they were characters onDownton Abbey , or, indeed, that any part of Indiana hinted at by the fictional Wabana County (especially given its geographic relation to Cincinnati given at one point in the book) could match the description of pastoral woodlands and lakes in which the bulk of the story is set. In this sense, even knowing something about 19th century Indiana history, my greatest difficulty in suspending disbelief comes from the notion that any of this story could happen in a land as stereotypically Middle American as the Indiana that I know, especially when the characters and social class relationships are straight-up British country manor. Consequently, I ended up hearing many of the supporting "lower class" characters, even the Hoosier characters, speaking in Cockney or similar accents in my head because, with few exceptions, I just couldn't imagine them in the given setting. Maybe this is a failing of my cultural education, but it was an issue for me throughout. Unfortunately, it's probably what I'll most remember about this book in hindsight.

  • Cynthia Maddox
    2019-04-23 14:23

    Published in 1905, the book is a great example of the early 20th-century mystery with the exception that it is actually a good book. I "read" a Librivox audio version and found it quite entertaining. Yes, the men are strong and dominate and the women are delicate, gentle people the men feel compelled to protect. However, I don't get the feeling that Marion is a shrinking violet at all. She just isn't a dominant character. It is simplistic and the stereotypical elements for the period don't detract from the story if one keeps in mind this is not a treatise of early 20th century attitudes but a fun mystery with plenty of suspense and humor.For those who didn't check, Meredith Nicholson was a man so the slant of the story is certainly to be expected. He was writing a story for males. won't recount the beginnings since it is done ad nauseam in the comments. I won't give spoilers either. I'll just say it contains all the elements of an old-fashioned mystery. There's the strange inheritance, the creaky old house, sounds in the walls, mysterious break-ins, secret tunnels, weird butler, criminals, shysters, and a silly hero who falls in love with a woman who is equally silly. The author did a great job with the dialogue between the males in the story. There are quite a few jokes and jibes that I found highly entertaining. However, I'm not sure modern readers will get some of them. I have 4 brothers and it was familiar.If you're someone who enjoys reading books set in the early 1900s you'll enjoy this book. If you're looking for high tension, violent action, and sex you probably want to skip it.

  • Michelle
    2019-05-08 10:09

    So, I really did enjoy the plot to this story, and several of the characters were brilliant and fascinating, if not a little dated. The problem was that the main character is in fact a winy, spoiled, dolt. He never ceases to be a winy, spoiled, dolt, and it can get very dreary-some if you're reading it and not expecting him to be a winy, spoiled, dolt. However, I didn't read this. I listened to it on Librivox and the narrator saved it for me. The obnoxious character from whose view point the book is in was made bearable by him, and he brought the other characters to life successfully. It was an entertaining story and worth the time simply for the side characters. The imperturbable Bates, no nonsense Sister Theresa, irritating Pickering, and care free/eccentric Laurence Donovan, were thoroughly entertaining. The story is a good one, especially if you know the main character needs to grow up and accept the fact that most people don't get to go gallivanting around on wild adventures and it will not kill anyone to spend one year at a mansion. To have such a hard life. * shakes head* Anyway. The plot twist is fun, and was certainly shocking at its time and the characters are good. A fun read all in all.

  • J.
    2019-05-15 14:05

    This free ebook from the Gutenberg Project is something of a period piece, reflecting the thoughts and mores of the early 1900s. It's also as much a romance as a mystery or adventure, and the novel doesn't end until the relationship between the hero and heroine has been finalized, a number of pages past the resolution of the mystery. Modern readers may have trouble with the mystery's solution (yes, I saw it coming at the halfway mark) and the lack of realistic consequences for such situations as defiance of the law and fire fights.That said, this is a fine old story if accepted for what it is, a rollicking adventure with a twist of mystery and a dash of romance. The writing is surprisingly modern, and reads more like the style of today rather than a book a hundred years old. I found it easier reading and more delightful than many more modern stories, including the styles of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.I can heartily recommend The House of a Thousand Candles to readers of history, historical mystery, and romance, or anyone just looking for a good old-fashioned romping adventure.

  • Jeff Miller
    2019-05-09 15:17

    Here is another Project Gutenberg/Librivox gem.This novel written in 1905 tells the story of a young man who wastes his fathers inheritance in traveling the world gets notice that his rich grandfather has died and left him in his will. The will is not without stipulations and the young man must live in the house for a year without leaving the area. Apparently also his rich grandfather apparently had little assets at the time of his death and there are other odd stipulations.Sounds like a typical intro to a haunted house scenario, but it is none of that. It certainly includes lots of mystery involving the uncompleted house, the missing wealth, the servant, and the townspeople unhappy with the previous owner. Mix into that the impetuous youth who wants to do his grandfather proud and the subsequent attempts on his life and you have a first class story and a story well told. The people you are meant to like you really like and the villains you dispose as it should be.The Librivox version is narrated quite well and the narrator does a very good job as the story told from the young mans perspective.

  • LadyCalico
    2019-05-10 15:55

    I needed to read a book written before 2006 by an author starting with N for an alphabetical Author Challenge, found this one in the search, and got a pleasant surprise. I never heard of this book either, but It was a 1905. It was a very pleasant mystery/romance with an artfully developed plot, a house as one of the main characters, an anti-hero hero who needs to grow up a lot during the course of the novel, loads of action but nobody gets killed (only because everybody is a bad shot), a narration with a dose of jaundiced humor, and the pale romance plot being very secondary to the bolder mystery plot. Many reviewers hated the book because the hero was an unlovable jerk, but I found him to be a lovable jerk and giggled at his many candid self-deprecation remarks in the narrative. I found the whole book to be a most entertaining page-turner with a well-structured mystery plot, interesting characters, and a hoot, besides.

  • Julie Davis
    2019-04-27 15:20

    A young man who never got along with his grandfather suddenly gets word that his grandfather has died and left him his property, with a set of conditions. Realizing his fondness for his deceased relative, the young man determines to fulfill the conditions, one of which is living for a year at the house his grandfather built. Once there, attempts begin upon his life and he meets some interesting locals while trying to solve the mystery ... among whom is a precocious school girl from a nearby boarding school. Interesting and involving so far. I am listening to the LibriVox reading ( This was an extremely enjoyable book with a secret tunnel, mistaken identities, dastardly villains, and love. I liked the narration quite a bit as well. Recommended for anyone who would like a book with mystery, adventure, and just a touch of romance from the early 1900s.

  • Korynn
    2019-05-01 14:21

    So you're a rich entitled snob with an inheritance that entails you remain in a house in the middle of no where called "the House of 1000 Candles," how could you resist getting involved in secret passages, missing gold, murderous intruders,mysterious girls' from the school next door, and a butler who is not what he seems? With all the joys of the time it was written in: sexy women's hats, quaint (by our standards) flirtation, verbal servant abuse, lots of fisticuffs and gunfights without consequences, a boxing priest and an Irishman (oh begorra, an Irishman).

  • Julie
    2019-05-12 15:20

    This book was written in early 1900s and is set in Indiana. A young man has returned from overseas travels when he finds out his grandfather is dead. According to the will, the grandson has to stay in the house for one year and not leave or he will lose all the money. As soon as he arrives, someone starts trying to kill him and the house is messed up. Apparently, his grandfather was supposed to have hidden treasure and the whole town knows it. Lots of action, romance, and mystery with a great twist in the end. Worth the read.

  • Joy
    2019-05-03 14:15

    I loved the adventure in this book, and the characters. The Main Character is young and hot-headed, leading him into problems he freely acknowledges. The ending was predictable, but it was written in 1905, so perhaps this particular ending was invented here. I shall have to see if they made a movie out of it. I'm very interested in the interplay between the male and female leads. I like saucy girls and indignant men, and inevitable happy endings.

  • Katharine
    2019-05-03 17:24

    I listened to the Librivox recording of The House Of A Thousand Candles and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved the interesting characters -- although it did seem to me that Jack could have had an easier stay there had he was a bit less demanding. I thought that the twists of the story were fun and fair. It was a great book for me walking along my local trail, imagining that I was chasing rabbits with a local schoolgirl.

  • Cheryl
    2019-05-03 16:55

    I'm going through my Kindle reading some of the free classics and mysteries that I've amassed over time, to mixed results.I was pleasantly surprised by this. Generally some things written in this era can be extraordinarily dated and while this wasn't quite the 21st century what was dated was charming. And - quite frankly I was surprised by the ending! I never saw it coming. This was funny, well written and enough mystery and romance for any cold winter night.

  • Kate
    2019-05-07 12:01

    Did you know there was a Golden Age of Literature in Indiana, circa 1880 -1910? Well, this book is in it. A remarkable combination of turn of the century propriety and estates, Indiana countryside, medieval chivalry with a western swashbuckling flair, mystery, and naturally, romance. It was great fun!

  • April Rogers
    2019-05-20 13:04

    Mystery set in 1901 Indiana about a man who inherits an unfinished house in the middle of nowhere with the stipulation he stay for a year. There are secret passages, intruders, rumors of hidden riches.... I enjoyed it but might not have come across it if it hadn't been my local (Indiana) library book club pick.

  • Jay C
    2019-05-15 09:24

    Really enjoyable read for a book written about 100 years ago. Some of the plot and character behavior was a little hard to believe at times, but I did admire Nicholson's writing style nonetheless. I'll be reading more by him. I also recently bought a biography of the author that I'll hopefully be getting to soon.

  • Maeve
    2019-05-07 13:10

    There is an excellent free audiobook of this read by a volunteer who is the perfect narrator available through LibriVox: is a fun mystery that doesn't take itself too seriously and has delightful characters. A nice light piece great for beach reading or long car rides.

  • Kathleen
    2019-04-29 14:11

    I found a recording of this novel on one of Librivox's recommendation lists and have been listening to it occasionally during walks. It was mostly a traditional adventure novel; however, as I never really fell in love with the main character, I didn't find it terribly diverting.