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Dawn Crandall returns with another stellar historical novel, this one taking place in America’s Gilded Age, featuring a reformed rogue and an innocent maiden.
In The Cautious Maiden, Violet Hawthorne learns that her brother Ezra has turned their family’s country inn into a brothel and lost her hand in marriage to an unsavory character in a poker game. Faced with a dismal future, she is forced to accept a proposal from Vance Everstone, a man with a reputation as a rake, when they are found in a compromising but fabricated situation.
Crandall’s books are filled with flawed but intriguing characters, light but evident faith elements, and a solid plot engaging the reader until the very last page. Told from the first-person perspective, her books combine the elements of inspirational romance with detailed historical elements, mysterious circumstances, plot twists, drama and intrigue.
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In The Hesitant Heiress, Amaryllis Brigham dreams of opening a music academy in her hometown of Seattle, but her dreams crumble when she is unjustly expelled from the Boston Conservatory. Just when things look the worst, she discovers that if she marries within the year, she inherits her estranged grandmother’s fortune.
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In The Bound Heart, Meredyth Summercourt is convinced Vance Everstone will finally notice she is a grown woman, now that she is nineteen years old. One kiss leads to an indiscretion but not to marriage. Vance leaves her to travel abroad for five years.
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In her most recent book, The Captive Imposter, Estella Everstone is sent away for her own protection after her brother’s murder. She ends up as a companion to an elderly widow at one of her father’s hotels — where she meets Dexter Blakely, the handsome hotel manager who has no use for privileged socialites like Estella but develops a friendship with Elle Stoneburner (Estella’s false identity).
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Thrilled to be able to share that these books are award winners:
- 2015 ACFW Carol Award Finalist for Debut Novel (THE HESITANT HEIRESS)
- 2015 Wisconsin RWA Write Touch Readers’ Award (THE HESITANT HEIRESS)
- 2015 winner, The Clash of the Titles Laurel Award (THE BOUND HEART)
- 2012 semi-finalist in the ACFW Genesis Contest (THE BOUND HEART)
- 2013 ACFW Genesis Contest Finalist (THE CAPTIVE IMPOSTER)
- 2016 INSPY Awards Semi-Finalist (THE CAPTIVE IMPOSTER)
Carol R. Gehringer