Oh. My. Goodness.
Yeah, I know. I say that with pretty much every book review. But for serious. I have excellent taste in books. You guys should know that by now. 😉 So don’t be shocked when I say, you must get this book!
I’m talking about The Cautious Maiden by Dawn Crandall. This is the fourth book in The Everstone Chronicles, meaning it’s Vance Everstone’s story. Go ahead, everyone. Let’s all together now, SIGH. He’s swoon-worthy like nobody’s business. And Violet Hawthorne is a worthy heroine. ❤
I had the huge privilege of writing an endorsement for the ARC (advanced reader’s copy), and honestly, I don’t think I can say much about this book any better than that endorsement. So, here it is for you:
“Dawn Crandall’s unique voice in historical fiction blends romance, faith, and a hint of intrigue into one masterful tale. The Cautious Maiden, the fourth book in The Everstone Chronicles, is no exception. She has crafted characters you will immediately love and cheer for, whose passion for one another stems not just from the physical, but a spiritual and emotional attraction, too. The story told through Violet’s eyes is lifted by Dawn’s elegant prose, and brought to life by the spiritual truths woven throughout. Dawn has become a ‘must read’ author for me, and The Cautious Maiden has only reinforced her status.”
And just so you know, even though I own the ARC, I still bought the ebook. Because there’s nothing better that you can do for authors than to buy their books (or request them from your local library so they buy them) and leave reviews.
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 fiance who hides both his emotion and his past, Violet must decide who to trust—and who to leave behind.
Dawn Crandall is an ACFW Carol Award-nominated author of the award winning series The Everstone Chronicles, which consists of four books: The Hesitant Heiress, The Bound Heart, The Captive Imposter and The Cautious Maiden.
So YES! Dawn is a must-read author, and The Cautious Maiden is a muuuuuuust reeeeeaaaaaaad. So go buy it, please.
And GUESS WHAT?!?!?! Dawn and her publisher are being so extremely gracious and doing a giveaway of The Cautious Maiden!!! I’m so super excited for you all to read this highly romantic story! To enter, leave a comment answering the following question and I’ll choose a winner randomly on October 21st!
Question: Vance was pretty rotten in the prior books. How do you feel when a previously unlikable character is redeemed? Do you have any favorite redeemed former villains?
And for more opportunities to win, Dawn is running a giveaway herself through November 4th. Check out Dawn’s contest HERE or click on the picture below!
If you haven’t read the other books in the series, click on the covers below to be taken to their Amazon purchase page!
Good luck and happy reading!!
10 thoughts on “Review: The Cautious Maiden…and a Giveaway!”
I enjoy reading about characters that are once bad, but, then, redeemed. This also allows for a whole new story line. 🙂
Yes!! It truly does. And I fully admit to a secret love for reformed rakes. Lol!!
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Mikal, this sounds like a wonderful read! I haven’t had the pleasure of reading Dawn Crandall yet but I know she is one of your favorites! I wouldn’t call him a villain, but my favorite rogue turned hero heart breaker has to be Colin from A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman! I love it when characters are redeemed. Isn’t that what we are all experienced at the foot of the cross?
Kelly, yes!! It’s hard sometimes to remember, but we’re forgiven and loved by an amazing Saviour…even the worst of us (like me!) when we bow at the foot of the cross.
And Kelly, you would LOVE Dawn’s books!!
I read the first book in the series but have only promoted the others. Life just got too busy but this last one has such rave reviews from folks I highly respect that I do believe I need to read the entire series!
My favorite former villain turned redeemed hero is ‘Bane’, Alexander Bane to be precise, from The Lady of Bolton Hill, and Against the Tide, by Elizabeth Camden. She outdid herself in redeeming Bane and there will always have a special place in my heart for him.
Oh Anne…I have to admit I’ve only read The Rose of Winslow Street by Elizabeth Camden. But I do *love* a good redemption story and may need to pick those two you mentioned up!! Thank you so much for stopping by!
I only like when a villain is redeemed when it is written well- a believable transformation. My favorite redeemed villain is Beast from Beauty and the Beast 🙂
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Heidi, you just spoke my love language: “Beauty and the Beast.” LOL!
I totally understand and appreciate that! And thank you so much for stopping by!