I had planned to post my review for The Cautious Maiden by Dawn Crandall on November 4th, but I decided to post early so y’all would have plenty of time to enter Ms. Crandall’s fun giveaways (links below)! Before I share my thoughts on The Cautious Maiden, let me take a minute and introduce you to the amazing author behind the book!
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 which released October 4th, 2016.
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.
Now for more info on her latest book, The Cautious Maiden!
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.
My thoughts about the book: The Cautious Maiden is a wonderful addition to Dawn Crandall’s Everstone Chronicles. You’ll find sweet romance, swoon worthy moments, intrigue, a little danger, redemption, hope, and more!
There’s more to Vance Everstone than meets the eye. While he’s still flawed (as we all are), he’s done some soul searching and changing as we get the pleasure of finding in this book. He continues to grow and change throughout the book. It was rewarding to see Vance finding redemption and finally being set free and changed from the past and looking forward to the future. Violet and Vance face a variety of obstacles in their relationship, sometimes from outside sources and sometimes from themselves and we get to go along for the ride through Ms. Crandall’s unique writing style. I would definitely recommend checking out this fourth book of the Everstone Chronicles. And I’m hoping there’s more coming in this series or at least a spin off of the series as there are some characters who haven’t yet gotten their happy ending. 🙂
Time for some giveaways!
For a chance to win a copy of The Cautious Maiden, check out this giveaway on Goodreads.
Click on the photo below to enter Ms. Crandall’s Rafflecopter giveaway!
**I received this book free of charge from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions in this review are my own.