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The Cautious Maiden by Dawn Crandall (Giveaway!!!)

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About the book:

Violet Hawthorne is beyond mortified when her brother Ezra turns their deceased parents’ New England country inn into a brothel to accommodate the nearby lumberjacks; but when Violet’s own reputation is compromised, the inn becomes the least of her worries. In an effort to salvage her good name, Violet is forced into an engagement with a taciturn acquaintance;Vance Everstone. As she prepares for a society wedding, Violet learns that her brother had staked her hand in marriage in a heated poker game with the unsavory Rowen Steele, and Ezra had lost. Now Rowen is determined to cash in on his IOU. With danger stalking her and a new fiance who hides both his emotion and his past, Violet must decide who to trust; and who to leave behind.

My Review:

I was privileged to read “The Cautious Maiden” before publication and since I am a big fan of the previous three books, I was excited to see where this story went.

It is not often that an author can truly bring about the reformation of a villain in a believable way. I will say, if you have not read the previous three books, don’t read this one yet. Read the other three and then you will have to get this one.

This is Vance Everstone’s story. We have had all the other family member’s get their spotlights in the sun, and this one you will delve deep into his heart and mind.

 

Once again, Dawn Crandall has set aside the norms when it comes to romantic historical fiction, to wow us with this beautifully written novel. I find I am never disappointed to pick up a copy of one of her books. What appears on the cover as another romantic novel, the depth of the work is so much more.

What makes this title unique, as with her others, is the first person format, that doesn’t feel like first person. I thoroughly savored each page, hoping that it would not come to an end too soon.

 

I found myself stopping to reflect on the true beauty of repentance and how even those that are redeemed, struggle at times throughout. Ms. Crandall gives us, without being overdone, a beautiful lesson in the value of Christ’s love and forgiveness.

 

I was provided this book for review by the publisher. The opinions contained herein are my own.

You can purchase a copy here as well as the rest of the Everstone Series.

The Hesitant Heiress #1

Bound Heart #2

Captive Imposter #3

The Cautious Maiden #4

If you would like to enter for a giveaway of a copy of the Cautious Maiden, which I highly recommend you do, please comment here on the blog page with an answer to this question and an email address to reach you by.

“Do you like to see villains from previous books redeemed? Or would you rather they stay “bad”?”

If you skip answering the question, you will not be entered for the drawing!  Thank you!

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The Captive Imposter by Dawn Crandall

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Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko

Book Description: (Taken from Amazon)

The Everstone Chronicles Series Book 3 of 3

For her own protection following the murder of her brother Will, hotel heiress Estella Everstone assumes the alias of Elle Stoneburner and takes a job as companion to an elderly widow. Never did she imagine that her position would lead her back to her beloved Everston, a picturesque resort property tucked away in the rugged mountains of Maine. Living below her station in a guise of anonymity has its struggles, but her spirits are buoyed by a newfound friendship with the hotel manager, Dexter Blakeley. And his distaste for the spoiled socialites who frequent his hotel causes her to take a close look at her own priorities and past lifestyle. When Estella finds herself in need of help, Dexter comes to the rescue with an offer of employment she can’t refuse. As the two interact and open up to each other, Estella feels a growing attraction to Dexter; and increasing discomfort over concealing her identity. Yet, in spite of the false pretense she’s putting forth, she’s never felt freer to be herself than in his presence. But will he still love her when he learns the truth about who she is?

My Review:

I thoroughly enjoyed books one and two of the Everstone Chronicles! This one was no different. Dawn’s unique writing style will draw you in and keep you up at night! That is how it was for me. I had very limited time for reading, yet was up until all hours of the night, as I wanted to continue to experience this story.

Dawn captures the balance between a flawed character and dwelling on the unseemly parts of the story. Throughout the book, I wanted them to choose a different path. But as book characters often do, they did not take my advice!

Dexter and Estella both have flaws. This endeared them to my heart. The balance was struck in the forgiveness and the heart for the Lord that you can feel in the story. I loved how she incorporated the true feel of Christian fiction without any preaching.

I felt that the easy flowing style of Dawn’s writing, painted a picture that will stay. I feel as if the Everstone family were my friends. I highly recommend this series! If you are looking for something beyond the normal romantic fiction read, look no further. The first book in the series is on special this week.

Beyond that, even if you are not generally an eReader, make an exception for this series; you will not be sorry!

This book was provided for me for review by the author. The opinions contained herein are my own.

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Top book reads of 2014….

This is a very hard post to write. There are so many good books that I read this past year! If any of you would like to see a list that is mostly complete of all the books I read this past year, check out my Pinterest page. I have to say that there were so many books that I read this year that vied for the top spaces. It is not always like that! Stones for Bread by Christa Parrish  I loved this story. It took the story of a young woman that bakes bread for a living. It not only wove a beautiful story with recipes between, but it  had the spiritual truths of bread baking throughout. A Table by the Window by Hilary Lodge Amazon link to buy-  I bought several of these for gifts this year. cover-1 With Every Breath by Elizabeth Camden – I loved the medical history in this one. Click for a full review! Link to buy from Amazon cover46647-medium The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron  -Such a story! It stuck with me! Click for full review…. Link to Amazon _140_245_Book.1272.cover  In Perfect time by Sarah Sundin – The redemption story in fiction… Click for full review Link to buy from Amazon Sundin - In Perfect Time The Bound Heart by Dawn Crandall – available only in eBook for now and looking forward to the third one….click for full review Link to buy from Amazon  2.The Bound Heart Runner Ups: The Longing by Tamara Leigh- Link to buy from Amazon  This is book #5 in this series. It is a whirlwind of a clean, historical romance from ancient times. Where-treetops-Glisten-252x378 When Treetops Glisten by Tricia Goyer, Sarah Sundin and Cara Putnam– click for full review Link to buy from Amazon  Somewhere in France by Jennifer Robson- This was a really great book about World War 1. It was almost completely clean, barring some graphic scenes of the war and one other scene. Just to be warned to watch and skim if that bothers you. If you click on the link, it is on sale for only $2.99 on Kindle right now. Sweetened with Honey Sweetened with Honey by Valerie Comer Link to Amazon There are more, but I will refrain and leave those for you to browse the blog and Pinterest page on your own! Non-Fiction:  You can’t make me….but I can be persuaded by Cynthia Tobias Jump Starting Boys by Pam Withers  The Wooden Horse  I hope you enjoyed this and might find a few things you may want to read!

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The Bound Heart by Dawn Crandall

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About the Book: (From the author’s website)
One accidental kiss. That was all it took to throw Meredyth Summercourt’s world upside-down. Determined to marry the ever-elusive Vance Everstone, she simply doesn’t have the time or the desire to fall for her friend Lawry Hampton. However, with Vance out of the country and Lawry constantly at her side, Meredyth can’t help but wonder if what’s holding her to Vance is nothing more than a desire to redeem herself from their unfortunate past.

When Vance comes home to stake his claim on Meredyth, will she be strong enough to break free from the tangled web she’s convinced she deserves? Or will she find the strength to accept that God’s plan for her life could include redemption… and quite possibly the love of her best-friend?

My Review:

Meredyth Summercourt is someone I met in Ms. Crandall’s first book in the Everstone Chronicles and by the time you reach the end of that first one, you are left with some mystery and intrigue surrounding her personality and behavior. This book will go inside her life, and dig into some things that might be a little from the darker side. I think often we think in history that people were much different than us. I often think we get a sanitized view of the past, thinking that bad things only happen now. This book does not go into details, but gives us enough of a glimpse of how a young woman might have struggled with some of those hard and sinful things in a different time period than our own.

I especially loved the perseverance of Lawry throughout the book, he was the picture of patience, and care for Meredyth, but if anything, he lacked some methods of communication in communicating his feelings well enough. You will want to shake both of them throughout this book, but most of all, you will end this book and have that feeling of satisfaction of a book you enjoyed reading.

I enjoyed the message of faith which was skillfully woven into the pages, without being hit you over the head with it, but was a constant presence throughout.

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This amazing and new author on the scene of writing is one that we will want to keep our eyes on. A mother of a young baby, she pours herself into her books, giving a unique style of what many would call “brooding heroes or heroines”, however, I would say that these books are much more than that. I found that there are many books that young people can pick up and read nowadays that are fantasy, mysteries, or brooding romantics without the faith part interwoven into it. These books are not that way. You will read the conflict of the characters and grieve, mourn and decide with them, even if you disagree at times. Check out this new series and watch for the third book in the coming year!

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The Hesitant Heiress by Dawn Crandall

Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko
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Book Description: (from the author’s website)

After being unjustly expelled from the Boston Conservatory of Music, Amaryllis Brigham sees her dreams of founding a music academy disappearing before her very eyes. Now the only way to achieve her goal comes with high stakes for someone set on avoiding men as much as possible: marry within the year to inherit her grandmother’s fortune. Amaryllis reluctantly takes part in her aunt’s society, intent on getting to the west coast on her own… and without a husband.

My Review:
If the reason you picked up this book was because of the amazingly beautiful cover, you will not be sorry. Amaryllis has been dealt a lot of hard knocks. Her dreams have seemed to be thwarted at every turn and when she faced with marriage and dealing with society against her will, she tries once again to come up with alternative plans to get her own way. Amaryllis and Nathan are both a hero and heroine that have a lot of baggage. I really enjoyed how Ms. Crandall’s light way of writing weaves spiritual truths throughout this book without anyone feeling like they are being hammered with it, but yet, it is strong. There is no question if this book shows the light of the Lord in it. This has the flavor of a regency romance somewhat between Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre with a modern language twist, with historical facts interwoven about Whidbey Island, Washington and Boston.

I really enjoyed this book! It takes a bit for Amaryllis and Nathan to warm up to you, but once you warm to them as well, you will fall in love.
Look for my review of book #2 on the 7th along with an interview with the author.

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