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Monday, May 23, 2016

The Hesitant Heiress - The Everstone Chronicles Book 1 - Dawn Crandall


Amaryllis Brigham has been full of fear and full of guilt, but when one man enters her life, everything changes. Faced with a decision that will shape the rest of the future, will she be able to let go and follow her heart? Or will she follow practicality at the expense of true love?


"He alone had that amazing effect on me, making me more courageous than I ever thought I could be." 
Dawn Crandall, The Hesitant Heiress
Page 153


From the Back of the Book
After being unjustly expelled from the Boston Conservatory of Music, Amaryllis Brigham sees her dreams of founding a music academy in her hometown of Seattle, Washington, disappearing before her very
eyes. Now, the only way to achieve her goal comes with high stakes for someone set on avoiding men as much as possible: Marry within the year to inherit the immense fortune of her estranged grandmother.



Amaryllis reluctantly moves in to her aunt’s Boston home and rubs shoulders with fashionable society. Despite her own misgivings, she soon finds herself quickly falling in love with the most unlikely of men—Nathan Everstone, whose family is linked to 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?


"I have such a strong affinity for you. And only God knows why, for you're the most irritatingly self-protective young lady I've ever met." 
Dawn Crandall, The Hesitant Heiress
Page 144

My Thoughts
The Hesitant Heiress is written in first person. And while I prefer to switch between characters as a general rule...I LOVED IT!!! Getting to know Amaryllis on an intimate level...Knowing her thoughts, her deepest fears, her love and  the conflict raging within her soul, was almost more than my poor heart could bear. Near the beginning of this book, I compared Amaryllis to Charlotte Lucas from Pride & Prejudice. Meaning she was too practical for my taste. But as I continued to read, I began to understand Amaryllis's heart. Throughout the book she seems intent upon refusing herself happiness and love because she doesn't feel worthy. She feels guilty for wrongdoings in the past. But Nathan loves her despite what she thinks of herself. And you will just have to read it for yourself to see how the story ends! Ultimately, this is a beautiful representation of the Father's love for us. There is nothing that we have done in our past, and nothing we will do in the future, that will keep Him from loving us. 

Beautifully written, passionate yet CLEAN romance, and this book mentions my home state on multiple occasions. Highly recommended to all Historical Fiction lovers. I can not tell you how excited I am to continue with this series.  Dawn Crandall has painted a wonderful picture of the era and I am thrilled to start The Bound Heart next!

My Rating

★★★★★ - You have bewitched me, body and soul. (More Info)

I won a print copy of The Hesitant Heiress in a giveaway (Kissing Books 101 Lesson Two) hosted by Reading is my SuperPower. (Yes! This book earned its spot among the best kissing books!) I was not required to write a review. However, I chose to write my honest review as part of Dawn Crandall's review team in preparation for the release of The Cautious Maiden. All opinions expressed are mine alone. 


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About the Author
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 of writing a book. Without a doubt about someday becoming published, he let her quit her job in 2010 in order to focus on writing The Hesitant Heiress. It didn’t take her long to realize that writing books was what she was made to do. 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 premarriage mentor program at their local church in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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Also by Dawn Crandall 
(Please be aware of spoilers if you read the descriptions...Yup...that just happened)


The Everstone Chronicles Book 2
The Bound Heart
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The Everstone Chronicles Book 3
The Captive Imposter







The Everstone Chronicles Book 4
The Cautious Maiden
Releasing October 4, 2016
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10 comments:

Dawn Crandall said...

Wow, I'm so glad you enjoyed reading The Hesitant Heiress! ❤️

Rachel Dixon said...

I am so glad I finally read it! ;)

Carrie said...

boo for spoilers :( but YAY for your review! :-D

Just Commonly said...

O yes! It is beautiful! And don't you just love Nathan!?

monkeysmama70 said...

I could tell just from the cover that I would love this book, but your review clenched it! Adding to my TBR

Rachel Dixon said...

Hehe thank you! :D

Rachel Dixon said...

Yes....yes I do!!! Lol!

Rachel Dixon said...

Awww Yay!!! Thank you! That makes me so happy! :D

Beth Erin said...

EEEEeeeee! Reading this soooon!!! (and I'm catching up on blog reading, hehehe!)

Rachel Dixon said...

Oh gosh soooo good!!! The Bound Heart is what I am currently reading!