Saturday, October 15, 2016

Book review with a giveaway: The Cautious Maiden by Dawn Crandall


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 fiancé who hides both his emotion and his past, Violet must decide who to trust, and who to leave behind.

This book is available here.

My review

The Cautious Maiden was a book full of mystery, passion, and heartbreak.  From a first-person narrative, we learn of Violet Hawthorne's delightfully innocent character, her steadfastness, and her devotion.  Her quick change of circumstances were not by her doing, but she adapted well.  But we also hear about her insecurities, as she has been swept away from her position and suddenly engaged to a man who would be heir in one of the wealthiest families in Boston.  Her fiance, Vance Everstone, until recently had been a cad, but his transformed character becomes Violet's stronghold during an uncertain time.

There was much to love about this book-depth of characters, well-drawn minor characters, suspense, and passion.  Romance lovers will fall in love with this book.  Each chapter was titled, and had a quote to complement the text.  The book's cover and design were luxurious.  The only drawback was that I have not read books 2 or 3 in the series.  This tome would have been even more meaningful if I knew the entire history of the characters.

I received a complimentary ARC from the author/publisher.  I have given an honest review.

About the author

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

The giveaway






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