Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Hesitant Heiress

The Hesitant Heiress (The Everstone Chronicles, #1)
The Everstone Chronicles

Publisher: Whitaker House
5 Stars

Book Description:

After being unjustly expelled from the Boston Conservatory of Music, Amaryllis Brigham sees her dreams of founding a music academy 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 her grandmother’s fortune. Amaryllis reluctantly takes part in her aunt’s society, intent on getting to the west coast on her own… and without a husband.

Despite her own misgivings, she soon finds herself falling in love with the most unlikely of men, Nathan Everstone, whose father not only had a part in her expulsion, but whose ominous presence has haunted her dreams for a decade since her mother’s tragic death. Nathan turns out to be much more than he seems and everything she never knew she wanted. But just as everything Amaryllis has recently hoped for comes to fruition, it all falls apart when she finds that the real culprit who has been managing her life isn't who she thought at all.

My Review:

Dawn Crandall brings us a beautifully written romance that takes us on an emotional journey.  We are introduced to Amaryllis Bingham, an emotionally scarred woman who exudes much strength and depth.  With the loss of her mother at age 14 her very soul has been riddled with guilt and unanswered questions.  She feels undeserving of love and happiness. 
Nathan Everstone fell in love with a picture of a young woman while in Washington, but the real life woman is more than he expected in every way.  Nathan is handsome and one of the most eligible bachelors in the area.  Unfortunately the one woman he wants shows him nothing but disdain. 
I love for a story that will reach out and touch many emotions which this one accomplished.  The storyline flows effortlessly.  The author exposes her in depth research through her vivid imagery and well developed characters which pulls the reader in and keeps them turning the pages. 
I am anxiously awaiting the release of her next book The Bound Heart, the second installment in this series. 

Meet the Author:

Dawn Crandall

Dawn Crandall writes long inspirational historical romantic suspense. She has a BA in Christian Education from Taylor University and lives in northeast Indiana with her ever-supportive husband, her three cats [Lilly, Pumpkin and Clover] and their newest addition, a little baby boy. 


  1. I can't wait to read The Bound Heart either! Great review! Dawn is so talented!

    1. Thank you Laura. Yes, Dawn is very talented. She takes readers on an emotional journey. I truly think that is what makes an author stand heads above the rest. Thank you for stopping by.

  2. Thank you so much for posting your review, Katrina!! I'm so glad you guys value the emotional journey of my characters!! That's one of my favorite parts of writing-- feeling so much for the characters!! I can't wait until you guys read The Bound Heart!! It's even MORE of an emotional and spiritual journey!! :)

  3. Dawn, you are wonderful at evoking an emotional journey for the reader. I loved this book and look forward to reading the next. Thank you for stopping by.