About the book: Inspirational Historical Romance written from First Person POV.
** 2015 ACFW Carol Award Finalist in the Debut Novel Category!
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, the envy of every eligible female, whose father has haunted her dreams for the decade following 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?
My review: When I joined the author’s team to promote the fourth novel in this series (coming soon) she was kind enough to gift the team the first three books in the series so we could be “caught up” when we received the newest installment. What a lovely gesture that was and since I love to read series (even if they can stand alone) in order I was happy to receive and read The Hesitant Heiress.
It wasn’t until I was finished with the book that I realized this was Dawn Crandall’s debut novel. I would have never guessed this as her writing seemed clean and polished as that of an established author. The characters in this book were well developed. I immediately liked Amaryllis and her aunt Claudine but wasn’t sure about Nathan. I, like Amaryllis, just didn’t trust him and found myself mentally telling her to be careful. Lawry and Meredyth soon became favorites of mine and I’m hoping their story is told in a future installment.
The plot development in this book was wonderful. There are twists and turns and tension galore to keep the reader interested from beginning to end. In fact, I began reading this book while sitting in a hospital waiting room and was surprised to realize I had been reading for an hour when I thought it had been just a few minutes. This book had my attention from the first page. Speaking of first pages, I love that each chapter had a title and a quote that hinted to what the chapter would be about. I thought these were a great bonus to the story and showed the author’s commitment to and love for the story. I love books set in the time this one was (1890’s New England) and thought the author did a fantastic job with the dialogue and settings. It added a layer of authenticity to the story.
This book took me on a roller coaster ride of emotions and as many times as my heart rate increased I’m pretty sure I can count reading it as a cardio workout. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series and can’t recommend this book enough. It is a great story and written to be a fast read. I will warn you though to clear your calendar for a day or so because once you start reading this book you won’t want to stop!
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion which I have given.
About the author: Dawn Crandall is an ACFW Carol Award nominated author of the award-winning series The Everstone Chronicles from Whitaker House. The series currently consists of three books: The Hesitant Heiress, The Bound Heart, and The Captive Imposter. The next “Everstone” book, The Cautious Maiden, will release October 4, 2016.
Dawn is represented by Joyce Hart of Hartline Literary. Apart from writing books, Dawn is also mom to two precious little boys, and also serves with her husband in a pre-marriage mentor program at their local church in Fort Wayne, Indiana.