Dawn Crandall makes her debut with the Hesitant Heiress, the first book in her Everstone Chronicles series set during America’s Gilded Age (19th century).
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.
She moves to Boston to live with her aunt and has several suitors. She falls in love with Nathan Everstone, but Nathan is the son of her worst enemy (or so she thinks). Did his father really play a part in her mother’s tragic death? Is Nathan really the hero he seems? What is the truth and who can be trusted?
Crandall’s book is filled with light but evident faith elements, intriguing characters, and a solid plot engaging the reader until the very last page. The relationship between Nathan and Amaryllis is clean but captivating. Told in the first person makes it harder to understand Nathan, as the events are shared from Amaryllis’ perspective. The Hesitant Heiress combines the elements of inspirational romance with detailed historical elements, mysterious circumstances, plot twists, drama and intrigue. The reader sympathizes with Amaryllis and her actions, especially once her past hurts and the truth are finally revealed.
Her second book, The Bound Heart, will be reviewed here in the next few weeks. The third book in her series, The Captive Imposter, will be published this spring, something this reviewer is eagerly looking forward to!
Thrilled to be able to share that this books is an award winner:
- 2015 ACFW Carol Award Finalist for Debut Novel (THE HESITANT HEIRESS)
- 2015 Wisconsin RWA Write Touch Readers’ Award (THE HESITANT HEIRESS)
Carol R. Gehringer