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.
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The taming of Vance Everstone is a sweet and delicious prospect that some of us who have been reading Crandall now for two years have been waiting for. He is the bad boy, the wolf of the family…or is he? I love how the author shows how easy it is to revert back to past sin and I love more how she shows the struggle of this ex-rogue and turns him into a swoon-worthy hero.
Let’s not forget about Violet though, she may have been less awaited than Vance, but her character is no less intriguing. the beguiling Violet feels like a soiled dove even though she’s never done anything wrong by virtue of the fact that her brother has destroyed their name. We steadily see her built up through the novel and it is beautiful to watch.
Another expertly told story by Dawn Crandall. I was given this novel by the publisher. The views expressed in my review are my own.
You can find my reviews for the rest of the series by clicking Dawn Crandall at the bottom of this post.
Meet the Author:
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.