The Captive Imposter (The Everstone Chronicles Book 3) by Dawn Crandall

The Captive Imposter (The Everstone Chronicles Book 3)

byDawn Crandall

Kobo ebook | April 1, 2015

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For her own protection following the murder of her brother Will, hotel heiress Estella Everstone assumes the alias of Elle Stoneburner and takes a job as companion to an elderly widow. Never did she imagine that her position would lead her back to her beloved Everston, a picturesque resort property tucked away in the rugged mountains of Maine. Living below her station in a guise of anonymity has its struggles, but her spirits are buoyed by a newfound friendship with the hotel manager, Dexter Blakeley. And his distaste for the spoiled socialites who frequent his hotel causes her to take a close look at her own priorities and past lifestyle. When Estella finds herself in need of help, Dexter comes to the rescue with an offer of employment she can't refuse. As the two interact and open up to each other, Estella feels a growing attraction to Dexter; and increasing discomfort over concealing her identity. Yet, in spite of the false pretense she's putting forth, she's never felt freer to be herself than in his presence. But will he still love her when he learns the truth about who she is?
Title:The Captive Imposter (The Everstone Chronicles Book 3)Format:Kobo ebookPublished:April 1, 2015Publisher:Whitaker HouseLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1629112313

ISBN - 13:9781629112312

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from to hide away as someone else and find yourself... Monday, August 8, 2016 The Captive Imposter by Dawn Crandall, © 2015 The Everstone Chronicles ~ Book Three to hide away as someone else and find yourself... So richly written, The Everstone Chronicles explore the personhood of each sibling, so different as their personalities emerge. After the untimely death of her brother, Elle's father sends her to be a lady's companion to widowed Mrs. Granton. I like how the characters are supportive of each other; well mostly. One that stood out to me was the mother of the resort's manager, Dexter Blakeley. She put a different spin on the story by either being ignored when she had an outburst or coddled to calm her down. A reflection on what trying to control your children into adulthood looks like doesn't exactly appear endearing. Elle daily skirts around "getting to know you" questions; Dexter tries to keep all the plates spinning as he manages Everston, cares for his sister and mother, his staff and guests, and the gnawing attraction to Elle. Sworn not to fall in love, his giving nature has a difficult time separating his intent with who he is. The story began with Elle and Dexter meeting in the stagecoach on the way to Everston. Mrs. Granton is hoping romance blossoms. Written in first person past tense, I found this story to be very open as you come to know the thoughts and feelings of the character(s). I highly recommend Dawn Crandall's writings. Thank you to Whitaker House for sending a review copy. This review was written in my own words.
Date published: 2016-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous! Pure romance sure to induce heart palpitations. It begins at the first meet. Elle is off-kilter, Dexter abrupt and brooding. Elle's well intentioned employer imagines romance is afoot and does everything she can to fan the flames of attraction and the tumultuous, tender and oh so infuriatingly not-a-courtship ensues. A compelling coming of age story. Elle has lived a life of invisibility as the youngest daughter of a powerful family. Overlooked because of her age and her female status, she learned to play the role of pampered daughter and sister well. Only she didn't realize she was role-playing until both family and wealth are stripped from her. Learning to live in the service of others brings her alive in a way she never imagined possible. And Dexter is the first man to see her for who she really is. Crandall knows how to stretch a reader's nerves taut with anticipation. Her almost-kisses require a fainting couch just as much as her kisses do. Blissful sigh. Well, not so blissful since there's angst aplenty. Rabid reading required for the last third of the book! An exquisite addition to The Everstone Chronicles and now I'm caught up and will have to wait along with everyone else for The Captive Maiden to release this fall.
Date published: 2016-06-11