THE CAUTIOUS MAIDEN is the fourth installment in Dawn Crandall’s Everstone Chronicles and it’s my favorite book in the series so far. Here’s a bit 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.
Who doesn’t love a bad boy? And more importantly, who doesn’t love pretending to be the girl who tames the bad boy? That’s just one of the jewels I find in this story.
11 Thoughts I had while reading The Cautious Maiden:
- Women with flower names always sound so pretty. I bet they smell good, too.
- What kind of brother does something like that?! It’s like that moment in Tangled except Flynn Rider did it for a good reason. This brother is just a jerk.
- All men should be adept at fixing a woman’s hair. It’s pretty sexy, especially when the man is tall, dark, and hot.
- Ok, so maybe the brother isn’t such a jerk. It seems he’s really trying to keep her safe, but man, drugging your sister and a guy then slipping them between the sheets isn’t the way to go about it.
- Why are all rich people unhappy? If ever given such a misfortune, I’d be laughing all the way to the bank to collect on interest.
- Is he going to kiss her? Ooh! He totally is and she’s kissing him right back. In the dark. You go girl.
- Man, I wish I could get published like that. They always say it’s who you know…
- How can she even consider marrying someone besides Mr. Tall, Dark, and oh so Hot? Oh thank goodness he tracked her down at the train station to whisk her off to the nearest church.
- Hellooo wedding night! Wait, what’s happening? No! Break down that door, Vance!
- If you’re going to get kidnapped, go down fighting.
- Wedding night take two!
Anything I left out?
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About Dawn Crandall
Dawn Crandall is an ACFW Carol Award-nominated author of the award winning series The Everstone Chronicles, which currently consists of: The Hesitant Heiress, The Bound Heart and The Captive Imposter. The Cautious Maiden is her fourth book and releases October 4th, 2016. Apart from writing, Dawn is also a mom of two little ones and serves with her husband in a premarital mentorship program at their local church in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
A graduate of Taylor University with a degree in Christian Education and a former bookseller at Barnes & Noble, Dawn Crandall didn’t begin writing until 2010 when her husband found out about her long-buried dream. It didn’t take her long to realize that writing books was what she was made to do. Dawn is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, the secretary for the Indiana ACFW Chapter (Hoosier Ink), and an associate member of the Great Lakes ACFW Chapter. She is represented by Joyce Hart of Hartline Literary Agency.