When Julian meets Julia, he is less than impressed. After all, what 13-year-old boy looks forward to having his great-granny join the household? But on discovering a diary written by Julia when a young girl, he becomes absorbed in the account of her wild, romantic adventures in a remote South American forest as she goes in search of the legendary and magical Candle Trees.
Julia is supposed to be safely at home on her uncle’s remote estate but the date is 1899 and a new century is dawning. Julia is a modern miss, inquisitive and restless for adventure, and ignoring rumours of evil spirits, wild animals and even wilder men, she steps into the forest’s mysterious interior alone – and vanishes. A long and dangerous journey lies ahead, filled with wonders, strange encounters and terrifying ordeals. But the lure of the Candle Trees is irresistible, and Julia makes discoveries beyond her wildest imaginings.
The Candle Trees is a wondrous tale, compelling in its power of the written word, and unites both Julia and Julian in the discovery that age is no barrier to experience, or to love.