The Cautious Maiden by Dawn Crandall

The Cautious Maiden

byDawn Crandall

Kobo ebook | October 4, 2016

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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 fiancé who hides both his emotion and his past, Violet must decide who to trust—and who to leave behind.

Title:The Cautious MaidenFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:October 4, 2016Publisher:Whitaker HouseLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:162911751X

ISBN - 13:9781629117515


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Divine Mercy! Taking a deep breath and letting it out slowly while frantically waving a fan. Someone hand me the smelling salts...wait...scrap that, if you intend to read The Cautious Maiden you'll need all the smelling salts you can get your hands on. And that's because this is one toe-curling, swoon-inducing, heart-palpitating romantical read. And that kind of surprises me because if you are familiar with the series (no worries if you aren't you still NEED to read this one) you will know that Vance has not always been an upstanding character. In fact, he's been downright...yucky. But here we see him in a whole new way. Crandall uses some powerful symbolism to illustrate his transition as he becomes a new man in Christ. Really powerful stuff. And got me thinking about sin and sinners and judgement and the way we humans tend to measure sin -- you know some are way worse than others? And yet God sees sin as sin and He sent His son to free us from their consequences so, really, who am I to hold up someone in condemnation for something that has already been forgiven? There are real life lessons in the pages of this book. And that made me fall in love with Vance all the more. Because he is so committed to living a new life but, like all of us, he struggles with feeling worthy of the kind of love God is offering him. His mind can grasp it, but in his heart he feels undeserving. The contrast Violet presents to him -- innocent, honorable, faithful -- draws him to her even though he feels she could do so much better than him. And then circumstances become desperate and Vance finds himself engaged to Violet and, believe me, your toe-curls are going to curl! Intense romance, sinister treachery and an uplifting inspirational thread combine to make this an incredible, not-to-be-missed novel.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Keep your heart with caution... Wednesday, October 12, 2016 The Cautious Maiden by Dawn Crandall, © 2016 The Everstone Chronicles, Book 4 Things are changing at Everston in Northern Maine. The front desk clerk, Violet Hawthorne, has a new coiffure and the deportment of Estella Blakeley's brother, Vance Everstone, has changed, as well. An unexpected move with Estella and her family, Violet sees more of Vance and is in a quandary as to his intentions. Having grown up at Hawthorne House, she was accustomed to refinement. This stay in Boston with the exceptional staffing and culture of her new surroundings exceeds what she has known. One wonderful opportunity is the availability to continue her children's books writings in the seclusion of her room. The gardens are such a beautiful fragrant place to rest. Safety is paramount as rumors of being sought by an acquaintance of her brother continues to be haunting. Is this the prime reason Vance Everstone is surrounding her, or does he actually have an interest in her? I liked how this story is written in first-person to have a first-hand impression of the character's thoughts... and motives. Violet has a pure heart and anyone would be drawn to her. Bram Everstone is gracious in including her amid his children and their families, as he did with Amaryllis when he first met her early on in the series. He has allowed his children to be who they are and has endeared himself as the patriarch of this family. *** Thank you author Dawn Crandall and to Whitaker House for sending an advance reader copy for review. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
Date published: 2016-10-12