The Cautious Maiden by Dawn Crandall
Release Date: October 4, 2016
Publisher: Whitaker House
Genre: Historical Fiction / Romance
Series: The Everstone Chronicles, Book 4
Be sure to check out my reviews for the previous books in this amazing series.
The Cautious Maiden is a wonderful addition to The Everstone Chronicles. These books can be read both as stand-alones or in order as a whole. I personally think they’re more fun to read in order because the characters mingle a lot and it’s easier to understand a particular character’s history.For example, we first met Vance Everstone in The Bound Heart but you really need to read the previous books to understand exactly what went down.
This only took me a day to read which is saying a lot because it’s been awhile since I could sit down and read a book in that time frame. Which means I am really excited to talk to you about this book today!
Dawn Crandall just gets better and better with each book that she writes. This is probably my favorite so far! The writing is fantastic and the historical aspects are well researched and portrayed beautifully without it overwhelming the plot. The romance between Vance and Violet is beautiful and swoonworthy. Mrs. Crandall describes Maine and Boston as if you were actually there. It was enjoyable to revisit old friends and even meet some new ones.
Violet Hawthorne has always been cautious around men. She is beyond mortified when her brother Ezra turns their deceased parents’ New England country inn into a brothel to accommodate the nearby lumberjacks. However, when her reputation becomes compromised, the inn is the least of her worries. Due to this, she finds herself comforted by a man whom she has tried to completely avoid. Little does she know that her brother has recklessly gambled away her future during a poker game, while an anonymous gentleman tried to unsuccessfully pay off her debt.
Vance Everstone has a not so great past that he is completely regretting, but his recent conversion to Christ has made a powerful transformation creating him to become a “new creation”. Vance is fascinated by Violet which forces him to do anything he can to protect her. When the couple find themselves betrothed to one another, they both wonder if their marriage can survive and be one of true love. Fortunately both become attracted to one another, but will be enough, as this relationship seems to deteriorate before it even gets started.
We get to watch Vance battle with himself as he tries to become the man that God created Him to be, but His past still holds him at times. He’s one of my favorite heroes because of this because it shows he’s real. He isn’t the perfect gentleman. He’s human. Yet, his desire for God is beautiful and He becomes a new man because of it.
Violet is a unique character. She is pure and innocent, yet bold at the same time. She isn’t the annoying shy heroine who can’t do anything herself and needs a guy to save to her. In fact, she doesn’t even really want Vance to protect her. She will fight with him and for anything that she believes in. No matter what circumstances are thrown at her throughout the book, she stays true to herself and her beliefs.
Overall, it’s a highly recommended read! It’s definitely a favorite and will forever stay on my bookshelf.
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, 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.