The Weeping Statue cover: A pale young man with red hair wearing a somber suit is in the act of removing his hat. His expression is mournful. Behind him, the stone statue of a woman is illuminated by the full moon, bathing the forest in an eerie glow.
The Weeping Statue cover: A pale young man with red hair wearing a somber suit is in the act of removing his hat. His expression is mournful. Behind him, the stone statue of a woman is illuminated by the full moon, bathing the forest in an eerie glow.

The Weeping Statue, Read by Candlelight #7 (print)

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Is Patrick’s faith his salvation—or his doom?


Patrick and Wiremu’s travels through Italy are not going to plan. Brain fever strikes Wiremu, forcing them to take refuge in a small Italian village. The locals are struck by Patrick’s resemblance to Sienna, a woman who died many years ago, letting them stay despite their better judgement. But as Wiremu’s condition worsens, trapping them in the village, Patrick realises their refuge is a deadly prison. Sienna’s spirit seeks revenge for her early death, killing the villagers one by one.

Urbano, the village priest, believes he has the solution to the curse hanging over the town. Patrick can save them all—if he is willing to embrace his faith once again. Patrick fears that revisiting his past will trap him once again in the cycle of fear and denial that made his life a misery, and this time, Wiremu cannot rescue him. As he sinks deeper into darkness, he realises that the only way to break this curse requires him to make an impossible choice: his love or his life.

The Weeping Statue is the seventh book in the Read by Candlelight series, written for lovers of gothic romance. A gay gothic romance with supernatural elements and a heavy dose of religion. While most of the Read by Candlelight series are standalones, The Weeping Statue follows closely after the events of The Haunted Bedchamber and should be ready after this book to avoid significant spoilers. The print version is 8.5' by 5.5' and produced via Lulu.com