Monday, September 16, 2019

Book Review: Enchanting Nicholette by Dawn Crandall

About the Book

In this captivating novella by Dawn Crandall, Nicholette Everstone is already a widow at the age of twenty-two: her husband was murdered on their wedding day. She has just returned to Boston after two years of mourning in Europe. Although her husband was loving, the marriage was an arranged one, and Nicholette would like to wed again--this time for love...and to someone safe.

As she acclimates to life in Back Bay again, Nicholette meets someone she can't help but fall for. But when she learns of the danger and sacrifices Cal Hawthorne takes on for the safety of others, will her heart be strong enough to keep her fears of "what if" at bay?

My Review

This book takes place in 1890s Boston among the wealthy upper-class, and I thought that the writing style and dialog embodied the setting well.  It embraced the formality of that time and place.  I found that this novella read a little slowly because of that.  I also realized that author Dawn Crandall is highly skilled in describing the attraction between a man and a woman.  The tension between the two main characters was palpable, yet the novella always stayed clean and appropriate.

The main characters, Nicholette and Cal, were quite likable.  I especially enjoyed being in Nicholette's head (as it was written in first person) as she discovered areas of her life in which she needed to grow.

Enchanting Nicholette is a continuation of the Everstone Chronicles.  Although it mentions characters and events from the previous books, it stands alone.  Fans of historical romance will enjoy this novella.

I received an e-ARC of this book from the author for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author

Dawn Crandall's debut Gilded Age Victorian romance, "The Hesitant Heiress," was a 2015 ACFW Carol award finalist in the debut category and received the 2015 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, the 2015 Write Touch Reader's Choice Award and the 2015 Romancing the Novel Reader's Choice Award. Her follow-up novel, "The Bound Heart," received the 2016 Laurel Award from Clash of the Titles. Dawn earned a BA in Christian Education from Taylor University. She's been balancing books and babies lately as her two sons were both born as the first four books of her Everstone Chronicles series were being released from Whitaker House from 2014 to 2016. Dawn lives with her husband and two young sons on a hobby farm in her hometown in northeast Indiana.

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