Release Date: April 1, 2015
Publisher: Whitaker House
Genre: Historical Fiction / Romance
Series: The Everstone Chronicles, Book 3
About the Book:
Sent away for protection, hotel heiress Estella Everstone finds herself living undercover as a lady’s companion named Elle Stoneburner at one of her father’s opulent hotels in the mountains of Maine—the one she’d always loved best and always hoped to own one day, Everston. The one thing she doesn’t like about the situation is that her ex-fiancé is in the area and is set on marrying someone else. Reeling from her feelings of being unwanted and unworthy, Estella reluctantly forms a friendship with the gruff manager of Everston, Dexter Blakeley, who seems to have something against wealthy young socialites with too much money, although they are just the kind of people Everston caters to.
When Estella finds herself in need of help, Dexter comes to the rescue with an offer she can’t refuse. She sees no other choice aside from going back home to her family and accepts the position as companion to his sister. Throughout her interactions with Dexter, she can’t deny the pull that’s evidenced between them every time he comes near. Estella realizes that while she’s been hiding behind a false name and identity, she’s never been freer to be herself than when she’s with Dexter Blakeley. But will he still love her when he finds out she’s Estella Everstone? She’s not entirely sure.
Once again, I don’t even know where to begin. The Captive Imposter was incredible! Estella is one of my favorite characters! She appears in the earlier books, but she is always so quiet and doesn’t seem to be happy with life. I’m excited that she has her own story because we have the opportunity to see things through her eyes.
Jay Crawford was her first love and she followed him around even though he doesn’t treat her with the love and respect that she deserves. Going into hiding helps her discover herself and overcome her insecurities. She is kind, caring, forgiving, and a helpful person where these qualities shined through. She’s always felt invisible and it was really neat to watch her grow.
Dexter Blakeley, on the other hand, is a much more complex character. When we first meet him, he appears quite serious and somewhat angry. He gets irritated with the high society that frequent the hotel on a regular basis. However, one will sympathize with him when we find out why. However, he finds himself drawn to Estella and something changes inside of him. He too is kind, charming, and caring towards others. He is also a family man. We see him caring for his despicable mother, sister, and friends.
This novel has all of the feels! I laughed, cried, and cheered as events wore on. Dexter and Estella have a beautiful romance. Two people who would unexpectedly fall for one another.
Dawn Crandall had already become one of my favorite authors with the first two novels, but this has won me over even more. Her writing style is beautiful.
I absolutely loved this one. Stay tuned for the next book in the series, The Cautious Maiden, which will appear on the blog soon.
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.