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Friday, October 28, 2016

The Cautious Maiden (GIVEAWAY!!!) - The Everstone Chronicles Book 4 - Dawn Crandall

My Rating
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About the Book

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 fiance who hides both his emotion and his past, Violet must decide who to trust and who to leave behind.



My Thoughts
Where do I even begin? This quote pretty much sums up this book. "Truly, what a conundrum Vance Everstone was becoming." When I began The Everstone Chronicles I utterly despised Vance. However, his story should be an encouragement to us all, that through God's forgiveness and redemption ANYONE can change. Wow, just wow! 

Violet Hawthorne has been raised to be a lady, a woman of upstanding morals, with a brother who is quite the opposite. Violet wants nothing more than to be free to live her own life unhindered by the past...or present...circumstances. 

As Violet and Vance are (quite literally) thrown together, they begin to see each others weaknesses and strengths. Vance is such an encourager, but has difficulties opening his heart to Violet. Violet is wonderfully creative and has compassion and overflows with forgiveness. But she is timid and fearful of doing or saying the wrong thing, she severely lacks self confidence. As events progress she must decide the life that she wants to live.

This storyline is wonderfully creative and moving. Vance's need to protect Violet and his ever growing love for her is beyond romantic and sweet. Written in first person we only get to see things from Violet's perspective. Although we don't see much growth in her self confidence, we see her growth in her spiritual life. She comes to the realization that putting her trust in man will disappoint, but trusting in God is what she truly needs.

In conclusion, this entire series is moving and inspiring. The Everstone family has seen it's share of heartbreak and trials. But through it all, they have kept their eyes on the Lord and they have been brought closer together. Dawn Crandall has created a lovely series and I can't wait to see what she writes next.

I received a free copy of The Cautious Maiden from Whitaker House. I was not required to write a review and this does not influence my review, positive or otherwise. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

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About the Author
Dawn Crandall is an ACFW Carol Award-nominated author of the award winning series The Everstone Chronicles, which consists of: The Hesitant Heiress, The Bound Heart,  The Captive Imposter, and The Cautious Maiden.
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
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.
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The Everstone Chronicles
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Giveaways Galore!!!

I am so excited to share THREE giveaways with you today!

FIRST: Whitaker House and Dawn Crandall have been so gracious in providing a print copy for one of YOU...My readers. All you need to do is leave a comment below answering this question (make sure you include your e-mail so I can contact you):

If you have read any of The Everstone Chronicles you will know that Vance has not always been the good guy. Which do YOU prefer in a hero? A "bad boy" reformed OR an upstanding good guy?

I will select ONE commenter as winner using Random.org on November 4th.

NEXT: Dawn has a couple of incredible giveaways going on! Make sure to enter BOTH Rafflecopter giveaways below. Giveaways end November 4th.

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16 comments:

  1. I love a reformed bad boy! They have depth of character.

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  2. O...a boy reformed are always fun to read!
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  3. I prefer upstanding good guy- they are smart enough to learn from others' mistakes ;)

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    1. This is very true! Thank you for stopping by Heidi!

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    2. This is very true! Thank you for stopping by Heidi!

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  4. i love both kinds of heroes but i do have a soft spot for those reformed rogues :D

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  5. I definitely prefer the boy scout types. My hubby is. And Captain America is my favorite hero. So, I love the honorable ones. :)

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    1. Captain America, swoon! He he!

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    2. Captain America, swoon! He he!

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  8. Congratulations to monkeysmama70 Random.org has chosen YOU as the winner! Check your email! :)

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