Release Date: August 1, 2014
Publisher: Whitaker House
Genre: Historical Fiction / Romance
Series: The Everstone Chronicles, Book 1
Where do I even begin?! This book is amazing and you should definitely read this. This is a beautifully written romance set in the 1890s in Boston, Massachusetts.
Amaryllis Brigham has dreams of founding a music academy in her hometown in Seattle, Washington, but when she is unjustly expelled from the Boston Conservatory of Music, she struggles with seeing how those dreams could happen. Now the only way she can see these goals happening is to marry within the year to inherit a large fortune of her estranged grandmother. Did I mention that she’s dead set against men in general?
She reluctantly moves in with her Aunt Claudia in Boston and rubs shoulders with fashionable society. She finds herself falling in love with Nathan Everstone. Nathan is the envy of every eligible female, whose father has haunted her dreams for the decade following her mother’s tragic death. However, Nathan turns out to be much more than he seems…and everything she never knew she wanted. But can she ever really trust an Everstone man?
The characters were fabulous and well-developed. Amaryllis grows so much during her journey throughout the book. Who she was, in the beginning, is not who she is in the end. I loved her character so much. She doesn’t love the wealthy society. She wants to use her gifts and talents for God and care about his people. Also, I love her name. It’s different. A name I’ve never heard of before. It’s also a beautiful name.
Oh and don’t get me started on Nathan. He is incredibly sworn-worthy. The way he interacts and shows his love for Amaryllis is stunning.
I also loved all of the other characters that were mixed in. Lawry, Meredyth, Estella, Claudia, and so forth. They added so much richness to the story and I felt like they were family.
The writing style is unique and well-done as well. Dawn Crandall weaves spiritual elements into the story without being preachy and that fit perfectly. She points her readers towards God and that’s awesome.
There’s also a sense of mystery to the plot. Dawn Crandall doesn’t reveal all of the information right away. Instead, she sprinkles it throughout the story until you’re like, whoa, didn’t see that one coming.
Crandall’s descriptions were beautiful. I felt as if I really were in Boston. In fact, the book has made Boston become one of the places I want to visit one day.
Each chapter has quotes from many well-known classic writers that fit the theme as well. These were so fun to read and made the story more fun.
Overall, I loved this story and I highly recommend it. I’m currently reading the sequel, The Bound Heart, and will hopefully have a review for that one up soon as well.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
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About Dawn Crandall
Dawn Crandall is an ACFW Carol Award-nominated author of the award-winning series The Everstone Chronicles from Whitaker House. The series consists of three books: The Hesitant Heiress, The Bound Heart, and The Captive Imposter.
Dawn is represented by Joyce Hart of Hartline Literary. Apart from writing books, Dawn is also a first-time mom to a precious little boy (born March 2014) and also serves with her husband in a pre-marriage mentor program at their local church in Fort Wayne, Indiana.