Enchanting Nicholette

Enchanting Nicholette

by Dawn Crandall


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Enchanting Nicholette 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Bibliophile-Reviews More than 1 year ago
This novella is as enchanting as its title. I really liked the conflicting emotions that Nicholette felt during her journey back to love. The setting was divine and one that had me traveling back east. I thought the historical points and the mourning period was done perfectly and it was easy to get caught up in the story. To encourage a reader to pick this book up is an understatement. It is a quick and wonderful read that many will find fluttering their heartstrings and having them eager to read the other books in the series. I received a copy of this book via the publisher. I voluntarily chose to read and share my personal opinions on the story
BethErin More than 1 year ago
Still unsettled by the events which ended her marriage on the day it began, Nicholette craves both safety and love. I enjoyed this heroine's journey out of grief and mourning and into the vibrancy of living life to the fullest. Her new younger friends add much-needed levity and brightness to her days and I especially loved Nicholette's relationship with her father. Cal is without a doubt one of my favorite Everstone heroes! He is patient, humble, and self-sacrificing. Cal's devotion to his loved ones and dedication to doing what is right despite the personal cost make him a swoon-worthy hero as far as I am concerned. Of course, Nicholette's opinion of his appearance and character is what's most important but daddy's approval is critical as well. This novella is a must-read for fans of the Everstone Chronicles and a great opportunity for newbies to get a taste of Crandall's storytelling style. I highly recommend this entire series and I look forward to revisiting these stories for years to come. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
KathleenDenly More than 1 year ago
Why This Book: I purchased this novella as part of the Timeless Love novella collection because it contained other stories written by authors I knew and enjoyed. This is the first work I have read by this author. Opening Line (from Chapter 1): Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, June 3, 1893 “I suppose you have a new wardrobe ordered from Paris?” First Impressions: I had only a fleeting moment of confusion in the first page or two of this novella. I felt a bit like I was playing catch up from a previous book and I had a tiny bit of trouble wrapping my brain around who the heroine was. However, by about the 4th page I had fully settled in. By the second scene I was hooked. Main Characters: Nicholette Everstone – The widowed heroine whose marriage was arranged at such an early age she never even considered another man and consequently is quite at a loss when she finds herself widowed and, for the first time, having to navigate the 1893 singles’ social scene. How in the world is one meant to flirt? Silvie Boutilier – William Everstone’s stepsister and a young woman quite adept at flirtation and more than eager to help Nicholette along to her next marriage. William Everstone – Nicholette’s kind and loving deceased husband. Cal Hawthorne– Nicholette’s distant cousin via her marriage to William. He’s a man who knows what he wants and isn’t afraid to go after it, but still puts the needs of others first. Mabel Hawthorne – Cal’s younger sister and an impulsive, curious young woman with a good heart. Emotional Engagement & Pacing of the Story: The hero won my heart with the line, “I would have requested an introduction, but I didn’t think it prudent, considering you were spoken for … and my whole goal in being introduced would have been to court you.” Yes! It is so refreshing to have a man plainly state his interest in such a confident manner. From this point on I was rooting for Cal and Nicholette to figure things out and make it work. I never got bored or tempted to skim. There were certainly enough twists and turns in there to keep things fun and interesting. Elements I especially liked/disliked: On the upside, Nicholette and Cal were characters I cared about and rooted for. The story was fun without being fluff, and deep without being depressing. My second favorite scene involves a hidden entrance, but I will say no more. On the downside, there were a high number of named characters to keep track of for such a short story. I suspect this is because the novella fits into a larger series and I would most likely have already been introduced to many, if not all, of these characters had I previously read any of the books in The Everstone Chronicles. Theme: Trusting our future, and those whom we love, in God’s hands. The consequences of gossip. Ending: I have to say that the final scene in this novella must be my favorite. There is such a wonderful and endearing dialogue within it that my romantic heart turned all to mush and I laughed and grinned and sighed with joy. Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
WarrriorPrincess More than 1 year ago
Born into a family of privilege, raised with strict societal norms, and then widowed on the very day of her wedding day, Nicholette Everstone has no idea how to re-enter society after emerging from her two year mourning period spent abroad. Returning to her home where everyone not only knows of her tragic wedding, her status as a wealthy heiress and are all too eager to pair her off with another husband, Nicholette wishes for nothing more than to be free from all the prying eyes and weighty expectations. Can she forgive the man she holds responsible for her husband’s death? Can she free herself the societal expectations and marry for love? Can she let go of all she’s lost and allow herself the freedom to pursue happiness? Dawn Crandall’s Enchanting Nicholette, is an enjoyable story of love, patience, and friendship mixed with strong family ties, questionable cultural standards, and stuffy upper-crust opinions. ***The publisher provided a free book. However, all opinions included in this review are entirely my own.
directorgirl11386 More than 1 year ago
Dawn Crandall's book Enchanting Nicholette gets you thinking about how soon to start dating or get married after your spouse has died. Nicolette's husband was shot on their wedding day. Even though it was an arranged marriage she knew she could have grown to love him. Did God have other plans for her, especially her love life? Crandall takes you back into 1893 when women didn't have rights. God placed Mr. Hawthrone into her life but is faced with a family imagine. Will she leave him? Will her family not allow her to be with him? The book has a slow start and at times it is hard to follow who is who and who are they related too. It is a cute little love story. If you like to read passionate love scenes than this isn't a romance book for you. The romance in this inspirational romance novel is rated G.There There isn't any passionate love chapters. I would give this story 3 out of 5 stars. "Is it not our Christain duty to help, even if our lives are put in danger."
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
Enchanting Nicholette is a sweet little romantic novel about a widow whose life did not turn out the way she had planned. Nicholette became a widow on her wedding day when her husband was murdered in front of her. For two years she has escaped the people, the place, and tried to escape the memories as she toured Europe with her parents. Now that she is back in the States and her mourning is over, she is expected once again to take a husband. This is the first novel I have read by author Crandall and I enjoyed it very much and going back to the time of the Gilded Age. Nicholette meets her match in Cal Hawthorne who knows somewhat of what she is going through and he is brave enough and tenacious enough to be the match she needs. There was some laugh out loud moments along with some very romantic ones. This does mention several characters from the previous books, I will need to go back and start with book one of the series. I appreciated the author’s telling of Nicholette’s fears and sorrow and understandably it was difficult for her to begin to move on. Change is not fun and hers was tragic, but she does have a chance at life and love again. I received a copy of this novel. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
Becky6 More than 1 year ago
Dawn Crandall is one of my favorite authors when it comes to historical fiction so when I learned that she had a new edition for The Everstone Chronicles, I knew I had to check this one out. Nicholette is a side character whom we are first introduced to in “The Bound Heart” and now this is her story. This can easily be read as a stand-alone so I don’t think you’ll have any trouble following along if you haven’t read the previous books. Although for fans of the series, it does have that added cozy feeling of visiting old friends. Nicholette was originally intended to marry Nathan Everstone but he ended up falling in love with Amaryllis. So she married William who was in love with her only for him to die on her wedding day. Due to these circumstances, she is afraid to put her heart out there. That is until the gorgeous and somewhat mysterious Cal Hawthorne shows up at every turn causing her heart to melt. I thought the first portion was a little slow, but it picks up and becomes one of the novellas that you can’t put down. I literally read this in one sitting because I had to know what happens. I mean, that meet-cute in the bookshop? What single bookworm lady doesn’t dream of that? -swoon- Highly recommended! Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
KatrinaEpperson More than 1 year ago
I became invested in Everstone Chronicles with the first book I read. So, when I found out Dawn Crandall was writing a novella I knew I had to read it. Needless to say I was not disappointed. This story centers around Nicholette Everstone, a young woman who was widowed on her wedding day. In true "Crandall Style" I was immediately swept back to Boston 1893 where the story captures both time and place. This young, woman intrigued me and made me want to get to know her better. She is young, beautiful, and wealthy, but she is also so much more. At her return everyone is encouraging marriage, but she wonders just how and where she will fit into society. Yes, she would like to marry and have children, but at the same time she has unresolved feeling about her arranged marriage to William. I like how the author makes this character feel real by showing her turmoil and grief with real and raw emotions. For me, this was a truly wonderful story. I liked all the characters and revisiting characters from the previous books in the series. There were elements of romantic tension, mystery, twists and turns, love, grief and faith which is perfect in a story for me. This is a book I would recommend to anyone who loves romance or historical fiction. *I received this book from the author via the publisher. I was not expected to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
I have read this beautiful story two times now. It is part of a wonderful series, which I love! Enchanting Nicholette captivated me even more the second time I read it. The romance that grows between Cal and Nicholette is so tender and sweet, and Cal is so understanding about all that Nicholette has been through. These characters and the setting are just so vivid, I feel as if I am there with them as I read. Beautifully done! I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
MrsTina42MR More than 1 year ago
Enchanting Nicholette (The Everstone Chronicles) by Dawn Crandall Enchanting Nicholette is an enchanting story set in 1893 Boston, Massachusetts. Nicholette Everstone is a widow at the young age of twenty-two after her husband was murdered on their wedding day. Her heartache and struggles to put the tragic event behind her is felt through the pages. I empathized with her. I admire her strength, hopes of a better future, honesty and faith. Cal Hawthorne is no stranger to heartache, like Nicholette, he was widowed at a young age, in addition to other life-altering events in his past that he makes strives to overcome. He is honorable, dependable and a man of faith. And very good looking, as Nicholette will tell you. I enjoyed watching Nicholette and Cal as their relationship slowly blooms. Their attraction is instant but the path for them is not smooth but filled with romantic tension as their love grows. I appreciate the spiritual elements woven throughout the story-line. I was happy to see many of the characters from the Everstone Chronicles series in this story. It is easy to follow the connections even though you may not have read the previous books in the series. A sweet romance and heartwarming story. ~I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher (no monetary gain were exchanged), this is my honest review~
eLynda More than 1 year ago
Having enjoyed The Everstone Chronicles in the past, I eagerly anticipated this new installment. Two years between the last book and this novella felt much longer, but it was definitely worth the wait and this story surpassed any expectation I had for it, even at only a little more than half the length of her other works to date. Even with its shorter length, we are able to enjoy an in-depth story with three-dimensional characters we can easily love and root for. They are realistic, with struggles and prejudices that must be overcome, and I’m pleased to say it doesn’t feel rushed, despite the lower page count. The romance is beautifully done and the chemistry between the hero and heroine sizzles from their earliest interactions, just as I’ve come to expect from Crandall. Her writing is every bit as wonderful as it was before her break, and I’m thrilled she’s got new books coming out again. Enchanting Nicholette will appeal to readers who enjoy historical romance, and those who have not read the other books in The Everstone Chronicles will have no problem with reading this book as a standalone. The real treat, however, is for those of us who have read the earlier books in the series and get to revisit some of our favorite people. I highly recommend this author and this novella. I received a review copy of this book from the author and publisher but was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are both honest and my own.
Abby1219 More than 1 year ago
Love love and love this story!! We all need the reminder that no matter how dark the seasons of our lives can be there is always a better season just around the corner. God is always holding us close and at work for His glory and our ultimate good, no matter how devastating things may seem. He is always in the miracle and restoration business.
CarolJo More than 1 year ago
Enchanting Nicholette is a pleasant continuation of the Everstone Chronicles but is enjoyable as a stand alone title. Twenty-two year old Nicholette's husband, who she liked and is sure she would have learned to love, was murdered on their wedding day! Now a wealthy widow, Nicholette must reenter Boston Society following her mourning period. Nicholette is attracted to a man she sees at a local bookstore! Who is Cal Hawthorne? You will enjoy this romance set in Boston in 1893. I received a complimentary copy of Enchanting Nicholette by Dawn Crandall from the author. this is my honest opinion.
Becky_B More than 1 year ago
Enchanting Nicholette by Dawn Crandall is well. . . enchanting. The story follows Nicolette Everstone, a Widow, and our hero also a widower, Cal Hawthorne. They meet romantically in a bookstore, and begin their adventure of falling in love. This book has incredible romantic tension. The scenes with Nicholette and Cal were wonderful to read, and I looked forward to each time Nicholette would meet Cal again. I felt myself back in time in the wonderful places Ms. Crandall wrote about. The book is written in first person, Nicholette’s POV. Dawn’s fantastic descriptions of her surroundings make this book so fun to read. The book is the fifth in the Everstone series, but definitely can stand alone if you have not read the other four. But, why would you want to do that. You really want to read the other four. Life is too short to miss out on Dawn Crandall’s books. I am such a big fan of Dawn Crandall that I have thought of offering to take care of her of her plants, pets, and/or children so she has more time to write. I will let you know if she takes me up on that. The Enchanting Nicholette is a wonderful novella. It is the perfect length to read and savor. I love how Dawn’s stories are God-centered, and so romantic. I highly recommend this book. I was given a copy of the book by the publisher, but not required to write a review.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Enchanting Nicholette is the fifth installment from Dawn Crandall‘s The Everstone Chronicles series. I have loved all of the stories of the series, but I believe this one is my favorite. I instantly loved when Cal Hawthorne and Nicholette Everstone first met and enjoyed the instant chemistry between the two. I give Enchanting Nicholette 5+ stars and I highly recommend it. Readers should not miss Cal and Nicholette’s beautiful story. A great, clean, and sweet romance. I received this book from the author, but was not required to write a review. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.