Candles on Bay Street

K.C. McKinnon

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Synopsis: In Candles on Bay Street, K.C. McKinnon immerses listeners in the rhythms of small-town life in Fort Kent, Maine, a close-knit community that finds many of its most cherished beliefs thrown into question when a hometown girl returns after a long absence. The narrator is Sam Thibodeau, the town veterinarian, whose world is turned upside down when his childhood friend and lifelong crush, Dee Dee Michaud, comes back to town. Dee Dee was always the town flirt, a beautiful, boisterous girl whose spirit couldn't be contained by such a small community. After high school she'd roared off in a sleek Corvette "the color of the sun" at the side of Bobby Langford, the kind of guy who looked great behind the wheel of a flashy car.

Resettling in Fort Kent years later with her son Trooper-the mysterious Bobby having disappeared long ago-Dee Dee starts a candle-making business and soon acquires an avid local following. But why, in the midst of reunions with old friends and a successful business start-up, does she seem so distant? What secret is she keeping from everyone who holds her dear?

In this exquisitely crafted, ultimately uplifting novel, K.C. McKinnon beautifully captures the poignance of growing older, the comforting joys of friendship, and the glories of love in its many guises.

Review: K.C. McKinnon, nom de plume of respected literary novelist Cathie Pelletier, weaves a poignant tale of lifelong friendship, golden memories, forgotten dreams, and love in all its guises in Candles on Bay Street. Years after leaving his childhood home of Fort Kent, Maine, veterinarian Sam Thibodeau returns with his wife and veterinary partner, Lydia Newhart, to open a practice. Sam had grown up, under the watchful eyes of the town's citizens, loving from afar Dee Dee Michaud, voted the biggest flirt and prettiest girl four years running. When Dee Dee left town immediately after high school graduation, she was engaged to Bobby Langford, whose only claim to fame was his brand-new gold Corvette. So Sam devoted himself to achieving his other, more scholarly dreams. And although he had faithfully followed his first love's progress via the small town grapevine, Sam is surprised when Dee Dee suddenly returns to Fort Kent with her young son, Trooper, in tow and Bobby Langford nowhere in sight. Dee Dee's small business, Candles on Bay Street, gains a loyal following, and Trooper settles in, making friends and spending time with Sam in the clinic and on rounds to the local community. But things are not the same. The once vivacious Dee Dee seems withdrawn and secretive, even as friends old and new reach out to enfold Trooper and his mother in their arms.

McKinnon has created a touching fable of love lost and found, friendships renewed, and the greatest gift of all--the sense of family that exceeds the bonds of blood or name. --Alison Trinkle

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