Tuesday, October 18, 2016

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

Book Details:

Title: The Cautious Maiden (Book #4 in The Everstone Chronicles) by Dawn Crandall
ISBN: 978-1629117508
Publisher: Whitaker House
Published: October 4, 2016
Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Content: G

Book Description:

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
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

The Cautious Maiden was a delightful read. I love a good historical romance novel every now and then and this clean, sweet Christian novel was refreshing. Although this is the fourth book in the Everstone Chronicles, it is a stand-alone novel with new main characters, including some of the characters from previous books as secondary characters. I did not ever feel like I was missing out by not having read the first three books.

Violet meets handsome and well-to-do Vance Everstone, a former Boston society rake turned Christian, and ends up in a compromising situation with him after he tries to help her. This leads Vance to propose to her to save her reputation and she accepts. Throughout their engagement their attraction to each other is mutual and Violet must decide if she can trust him.

Both Violet and Vance were great characters because they were flawed and well developed, although it seems Vance had more issues because of his past womanising habits. He was somewhat of a tortured soul and Violet's kindness, honesty and bold ways of dealing with things was refreshing. She did not act like a damsel in distress and was not intimidated by Vance's past.

This is very much a character-driven novel. I enjoyed the story and the element of danger introduced toward Violet in the beginning, although it was a little underplayed once she got engaged to Vance and I no longer felt Violet was in danger until the end of the story. I was expecting Rowan Steele to show up sooner in the story.

Well-written and engaging, this fourth instalment in the Everstone Chronicles is a delightful read for all fans of Christian historical romance.

I look forward to reading the first three books in this series. Be sure to check them out!

About the Author

Dawn Crandall is an ACFW Carol Award-nominated author of the award winning series The Everstone Chronicles, which consists of four books: The Hesitant Heiress, The Bound Heart, The Captive Imposter and The Cautious Maiden.

Apart from writing, Dawn is also a mom of two little ones and serves with her husband in a premarital mentorship program at their local church in Fort Wayne, Indiana. A graduate of Taylor University with a degree in Christian Education and a former bookseller at Barnes & Noble, Dawn Crandall didn't begin writing until 2010 when her husband found out about her long-buried dream. It didn't take her long to realize that writing books was what she was made to do. 

Dawn is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, the secretary for the Indiana ACFW Chapter (Hoosier Ink), and an associate member of the Great Lakes ACFW Chapter. She is represented by Joyce Hart of Hartline Literary Agency.

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Disclosure: Thanks to the author for sending me this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.

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