The Cautious Maiden (The Everstone Chronicles #4) by Dawn Crandall (review by Cathy)

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

My review:

The Cautious Maiden is undoubtedly one of the best books I’ve read this year.

The chemistry between Violet and Vance is undeniable and their story is one that will linger in my mind for quite some time. Violet matured in her new surroundings and relationship.
Vance transformed into a responsible and caring man. Their story is beautifully written.

Dawn Crandall possesses a talent for character development and engaging dialogue. She took me on a journey that went beyond my expectations and I loved every minute of it.
Although part of a series, this can be read as a standalone.
This will a book that I will want to read again. I’ll be looking forward to reading more from this author.

I received a copy from the publisher for an honest opinion which I have given.

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