Hesitant Heiress (The Everstone Chronicles V1)

Hesitant Heiress (The Everstone Chronicles V1)

by Dawn Crandall

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Hesitant Heiress (The Everstone Chronicles V1) by Dawn Crandall


After being unjustly expelled from the Boston Conservatory of Music, Amaryllis Brigham sees her dreams of founding a music academy in her hometown of Seattle, Washington, disappearing before her very eyes. Now, the only way to achieve her goal comes with high stakes for someone set on avoiding men as much as possible: Marry within the year to inherit the immense fortune of her estranged grandmother.
Amaryllis reluctantly moves in to her aunt’s Boston home and rubs shoulders with fashionable society. Despite her own misgivings, she soon finds herself quickly falling in love with the most unlikely of men—Nathan Everstone, the envy of every eligible female, whose father has haunted her dreams for the decade following her mother’s tragic death.
However, Nathan turns out to be much more than he seems…and everything she never knew she wanted. But can she ever really trust an Everstone man?
 

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ISBN-13: 9781629116587
Publisher: Whitaker House
Publication date: 09/08/2015
Series: The Everstone Chronicles
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,085,399
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author


Dawn Crandall’s debut Gilded Age Victorian romance, The Hesitant Heiress, was a 2015 ACFW Carol award finalist in the debut category and received the 2015 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, the 2015 Write Touch Reader's Choice Award, and the 2015 Romancing the Novel Reader’s Choice Award. Her follow-up novel, The Bound Heart, received the 2016 Laurel Award from Clash of the Titles. Dawn is a graduate of Taylor University with a B.A. in Christian education. She’s been balancing books and babies lately as her two sons were both born as the first four books of her popular Everstone Chronicles series were being released from Whitaker House starting in 2014. Dawn lives with her husband and two young sons on a hobby farm in her hometown in northeast Indiana.

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Hesitant Heiress 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the first person perspective in The Hesitant Heiress. I felt like the plot unfolded gradually as layers and details were revealed bit by bit. The emotion, conflict, and romance made this a book I was totally immersed in!
lilacqueen75 More than 1 year ago
What would you do if your dearest dream was to move back to the wilds of Washington state from Boston, in the 1890s, but you have no means of doing so? What if there was a chance of getting a good-sized inheritance if you married within a year, but you have no desire to do so? That's the dilemma that Amaryllis finds herself in. When she moves to her aunt's home and reunites with her cousin, Lawry, after years apart, she also finds herself face-to-face with his best friend, Nathan. A story of mystery, love, society expectations, and deep emotion ensues and had me devouring every page. Amaryllis...don't you just love that name? She's very stubborn and it is aggravating at times.There's obviously a very volatile connection between her and Nathan, but she absolutely refuses to find out the truth of her past so that she can be free. You can run, but you cannot hide and I wished at times she would just face things head on, like she does with other aspects of her life. However, there are other times when she is extremely no-nonsense, naive, and likable. Her fight against her feelings and the resulting tension is entertaining. I couldn't get enough of Nathan's smoldering looks, unending patience, and all-around charm. He had me swooning, even with the mystery surrounding him. I came to really love the Everstone family and their circle of friends. The beginning of the story was a little confusing to me and I had to read it a couple of times, but once I got into the book, I couldn't put it down. I felt completely immersed in this world and I'm so glad there are other books in this series that will allow me to continue on. The plot is engaging and there's a perfect mix of mystery, religious elements, characters interactions and development, and romance. Content: mild-moderate religion; mild, swoony romance (tension, slight innuendos, kissing); mild violence (mainly talk of previous deaths; kidnapping). Clean! *I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
Becky6 More than 1 year ago
Where do I even begin?! This book is amazing and you should definitely read this. This is a beautifully written romance set in the 1890s in Boston, Massachusetts. Amaryllis Brigham has dreams of founding a music academy in her hometown in Seattle, Washington, but when she is unjustly expelled from the Boston Conservatory of Music, she struggles with seeing how those dreams could happen. Now the only way she can see these goals happening is to marry within the year to inherit a large fortune of her estranged grandmother. Did I mention that she’s dead set against men in general? She reluctantly moves in with her Aunt Claudia in Boston and rubs shoulders with fashionable society. She finds herself falling in love with Nathan Everstone. Nathan is the envy of every eligible female, whose father has haunted her dreams for the decade following her mother’s tragic death. However, Nathan turns out to be much more than he seems…and everything she never knew she wanted. But can she ever really trust an Everstone man? The characters were fabulous and well-developed. Amaryllis grows so much during her journey throughout the book. Who she was in the beginning is not who she is in the end. I loved her character so much. She doesn’t love the wealthy society. She wants to use her gifts and talents for God and care about his people. Also, I love her name. It’s different. A name I’ve never heard of before. It’s also a beautiful name. Oh and don’t get me started on Nathan. He is incredibly sworn-worthy. The way he interacts and shows his love for Amaryllis is stunning. I also loved all of the other characters that were mixed in. Lawry, Meredyth, Estella, Claudia, and so forth. They added so much richness to the story and I felt like they were family. The writing style is unique and well-done as well. Dawn Crandall weaves spiritual elements into the story without being preachy and that fit perfectly. She points her readers towards God and that’s awesome. There’s also a sense of mystery to the plot. Dawn Crandall doesn’t reveal all of the information right away. Instead, she sprinkles it throughout the story until you’re like, whoa, didn’t see that one coming. Crandall’s descriptions were beautiful. I felt as if I really were in Boston. In fact, the book has made Boston become one of the places I want to visit one day. Each chapter has quotes from many well-known classic writers that fit the theme as well. These were so fun to read and made the story more fun. Overall, I loved this story and I highly recommend it. I’m currently reading the sequel, The Bound Heart, and will hopefully have a review for that one up soon as well. 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.
BethErin More than 1 year ago
The storyline is so engaging and I was cheering Amaryllis on as she searched for peace, truth, and if she dared to risk her battered heart, perhaps love as well. This series has garnered high praise from many bloggers and reviewers and I have to say it is well deserved! I won this title in a contest hosted by the author. The opinions expressed are my own.
LoraineN More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story. There was so much emotion from a woman who spent her life trying not to show any. I loved how Nathan brought this out of Amaryllis. There was some mystery as she tries to deal with the snippets of information she receives from others around her that changes her memories and perceptions of things that occurred in her past. A good story. (Full Review at my website)
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
I am so glad that the writer has a lot of friends/fans for the high reviews. That's all. Wow. I was asked to read the fourth book in the series for endorsement, and then I was asked to read the series to see if they are stand alone or if they are interconnected to the point you must read the entire series. I am not obligated to give a good review. Good. Glad for that. I have heard (and I won't say by whom) that Ms. Crandall's writing style is very disjointed and stiff. It is. It doesn't flow well at all and the wording is very formal. It is also headache inducing with the same thing being hashed over and over and over. And as rude as Amaryllis is to Nathan I wonder why he even bothered with her. The high society girl who is supposedly the villain is much nicer than Amaryllis. I did love Aunt Claudia though. She was fun and entertaining. I am glad that Ms. Crandall didn't start out with a death -- though in a way she did as it starts with Amaryllis being expelled from music school where she was a "higher level student". But I'm rather confused as to why she was in music school at all as she admits she cannot read music and plays by memory. (My children's music teacher would shudder!) The secrets behind Amaryllis and Nathan's father were rather predictable when they finally were revealed. Maybe it was just me but I saw it coming from the beginning. I also really liked Nathan. He was a nice guy, a true hero. Very patient. There is zero sexual tension between the hero and herione, THE HESITANT HEIRESS is written in first person, which I did notice initially, but it didn't bother me. It was rather nice to experience a first person historical. If you like regency romances set in America (Boston), then Ms. Crandall's book might be one you would enjoy.
CarolJo More than 1 year ago
The Hesitant Heiress is the story of wealthy Nathan Everstone and Amaryllis Brigham who is surprised to find herself an heiress. Both of these characters were strongly written. Amaryllis feels responsible for her mother's death when she was fourteen and is made to realize it was not her fault. Amaryllis ends up with several interested suitors and has to decide who truly loves her. The setting of Boston in the late 1800s is interesting. Dawn Crandall keeps you guessing who Amaryllis will end up marrying. I received my e-book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Griperang72a More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book but I have to say I was getting so angry with Amaryllis that I wanted to just yell at her. She is so stubborn and would not listen to anything Nathan would try to say as she was set on being miserable. For me this makes a good book when the characters are so engaging to you. The author did a good job on describing each of the homes where this book took place as well at the landscapes. I would love to go and see the places she described. Towards the end of the book I was on the edge of my seat and did not want to put the book down as I could not wait to see what was going to happen next. I am looking forward to starting the second book in this series.
BookwormMama2014 More than 1 year ago
Amaryllis Brigham has been full of fear and full of guilt, but when one man enters her life, everything changes. Faced with a decision that will shape the rest of the future, will she be able to let go and follow her heart? Or will she follow practicality at the expense of true love? The Hesitant Heiress is written in first person. And while I prefer to switch between characters as a general rule...I LOVED IT!!! Getting to know Amaryllis on an intimate level...Knowing her thoughts, her deepest fears, her love and the conflict raging within her soul, was almost more than my poor heart could bear. Near the beginning of this book, I compared Amaryllis to Charlotte Lucas from Pride & Prejudice. Meaning she was too practical for my taste. But as I continued to read, I began to understand Amaryllis's heart. Throughout the book she seems intent upon refusing herself happiness and love because she doesn't feel worthy. She feels guilty for wrongdoings in the past. But Nathan loves her despite what she thinks of herself. And you will just have to read it for yourself to see how the story ends! Ultimately, this is a beautiful representation of the Father's love for us. There is nothing that we have done in our past, and nothing we will do in the future, that will keep Him from loving us. Beautifully written, passionate yet CLEAN romance, and this book mentions my home state on multiple occasions. Highly recommended to all Historical Fiction lovers. I can not tell you how excited I am to continue with this series. Dawn Crandall has painted a wonderful picture of the era and I am thrilled to start The Bound Heart next! My Rating ★★★★★ - You have bewitched me, body and soul. I won a print copy of The Hesitant Heiress in a giveaway (Kissing Books 101 Lesson Two) hosted by Reading is my SuperPower. (Yes! This book earned its spot among the best kissing books!) I was not required to write a review. However, I chose to write my honest review as part of Dawn Crandall's review team in preparation for the release of The Cautious Maiden. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book because I discovered Dawn was a Michigan author and I love supporting authors in my state. It didn’t hurt that her book sounded very interesting. I would compare her work to Jessica Dotta, who I loved! Therefore, that means I really enjoyed this book. Dawn places you in the midst of story and the mystery surrounding Amaryllis and her life story. There is something going on here and Bram Everstone definitely has a hand it, but what and why? Then there is Nathan who Amaryllis wants to loath but I want her to give into him. I could tell he wasn’t that bad and truly cared for Amaryllis. But he was moody and made it difficult to know how he would act from one scene to the next. And then I question what made him care about it? There was something there that I didn’t see. I will definitely be reading more of Dawn’s work and if you enjoy historical romance I highly recommend this one.
LucyMR1 More than 1 year ago
I won this book and was not required to post a review. I really liked this first person tale of Amaryllis Brigham and her inward struggles as she deals with preconceived notions that she is responsible for her mothers death. I loved the interaction she has with Nathan Everstone and the tension that exists between them. I also loved that there was some suspense and you weren't quite sure what was going to happen next. I look forward to reading the rest of the series, as I want to read the other minor characters stories. This book reminded me of reading Jane Austin.
Kathae More than 1 year ago
The lies. The proposals. The nightmares. Can Amaryllis find the truth, and happiness? Amaryllis Brigham has been through a lot. She had a happy childhood, but after her mother’s untimely death and funeral, she was taken away to boarding schools, then a music conservatory. She was provided for, and became an accomplished pianist, but she was lonely. She lived in fear because of the circumstances surrounding her mother’s death. After being unfairly expelled from music school, and moving in with her elderly aunt in Boston, she discovers that she is an heiress to a fortune if she will marry within a year. She has no interest in joining Boston’s social scene or marrying. Amaryllis meets the charming, handsome, wealthy, and eligible Nathan Everstone as he returns to Boston with her cousin Lawry. The mention of Nathan’s father strikes fear in her heart, because of past events, and Amaryllis does not take seriously anything Nathan says to her. She believes he is toying with her. She is reintroduced to friends and distant relatives from her childhood, and it was fun to meet those characters. Amaryllis’ memories and dreams cloud her perceptions of those relationships. She had a lot of growing to do, quickly, as she was forced into society without warning. Amaryllis’ trust issues made the romance between her and Nathan develop VERY slowly. Set in the 1890s, The Hesitant Heiress was an enjoyable story, with plenty of plot twists, and I am looking forward to reading the rest of The Everstone Chronicles. Readers who enjoy historical fiction of this time period will want to read this book. I won an e-copy of this book from the author. This review is my opinion.
moonlilly More than 1 year ago
Dawn Crandall's novel The Hesitant Heiress is a beautifully written historical. This is the first book I have read from her. I was caught up from the first page all the way until the end I didn't want to put the book down. I was so caught up into her characters that I felt like I was there in the story. Amaryllis is a unique name all in itself and I found myself caught up in her story and everything that she had to deal with. Society rules were so different back then. It seems that your social status had to do with whether or not you were born into a wealthy family. Sometimes the girls could be so mean. Even the men could be rude. I am so glad that everything came together for her in the end. Sometimes the past can really haunt a person especially if they don't know the whole story only a part of it. I am glad it all came to light for her as it allowed her to finally forgive. It is amazing how Nathan's Everstone and his family came into play in all this. He also had some forgiving to do. I am also glad that he didn't give up and kept after Amaryllis. The historical side of this novel was intriguing. I loved how richly Dawn Crandall detailed the historical side of this one. From the elaborate homes to the clothing that was worn. Even the shire horses were detailed in their own beauty. This book exceeded my expectations. I really enjoyed reading The Hesitant Heiress. It was full of surprises and some unexpected twists and turns. I have to say the ending was something that I was not prepared for so it definitely was a shocker. I also liked how it is written in first person. This story was a clean and heartfelt romance. I can't wait to read the other books in this series. I highly recommend this book!
ReginaJ More than 1 year ago
When I first started the book I was getting frustrated with Amaryllis for her mistrust of everything and with Nathan for withholding his thoughts from her. But as the book developed I understood why and was very delighted! I am so glad I was able to read the first of this series and look so forward to the others. I think the developing of the story line and the questions you had midway through are answered in the best way possible. You are drawn in and just have to see how it ends. Thank you to the author Dawn Crandall for allowing me to read and review this and becoming a fan of your work, I can't wait tho read the others! Note: Thank you to the author for a copy to read and give my honest review.
Charity_Andrews More than 1 year ago
So, when was the last time that a first time author completely knocked it out of the park? Oh, let me tell you. August 1, 2014. That’s when. Dawn Crandallhas completely declared to the world that she can write! And, boy can she!! The Hesitant Heiress is so many things. It’s centered around Amaryllis Brigham and her life full of inconsistencies, mystery and betrayal. Who can be trusted? Who can love her for all the stigma attached to her name? When she doubts her own worth, how can she trust that anyone would find her to be more. To be worthy? There are many characters in this book, which would normally be an annoyance to keep up with. However, Dawn has found a way to intertwine them all and cause you to care, in your own way, about each one. The romance is maddening and beautiful. There couldn’t be a more perfect hero. IMG_5535He reminded me very much of Captain Wentworth of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. *sigh* I absolutely loved it!! I am excited to be able to review the next two books in the series over the next two months.
KayMKM More than 1 year ago
I love this historic romance set in the late 19th century. What an exciting read! I think I held my breath through half the story, wondering how each scene was going to play out. Amaryllis Brigham is a complex character, whose life has been molded by unfortunate circumstances and misunderstandings. Her lack of guidance and friendships during her teen and young adult years appear to be a decided disadvantage, when thrust into a world of which she has little experience. I shook my head many times as her penchant for interrupting others left her with faulty understanding of the situation. Overall, Amaryllis is a strong, but vulnerable character that I like very much. Nathan Everstone is an extremely complex character, who is difficult to understand. He is not only a complete mystery to Amaryllis, but also to the reader, as the story is told from her point of view. This somewhat unique perspective, in my opinion, adds to the mystique of the romance. There are quite a few interesting characters, and what would a Victorian novel be without the villain? There is a strong spiritual element concerning God’s ultimate plan for a person’s life, and a sweet prayer that is such a lovely surprise. This is a great story. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series. If you enjoy historical romance, The Hesitant Heiress is a spot-on choice.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
The Hesitant Heiress was a captivating tale, a novel that I had trouble setting down in order to get anything else accomplished around the house! It is the story of a young lady with a tragic past, who doesn’t quite know how to handle the high society that she finds herself thrust into. It is told in first person, which adds to the mystery of the novel. The reader only knows what has happened in the past, and the events that are currently taking place in the story, through the eyes of Amaryllis Brigham. Amaryllis is a girl with so much hurt in her heart. I felt so sorry for all that she had gone through. I enjoyed the growth she experienced throughout the book, even as I sometimes felt frustrated with her inability to discern who could truly be trusted, and who could not. The hero of this novel is mysterious and brooding, but not so dark as to pull down the story. I really appreciated that in The Hesitant Heiress. It has the hint of gothic, without the heaviness that I so often associate with that genre. I loved slowly discovering the truth of what had happened in the past, and watching everything unfold and the truth finally come to light. And the romance in this story is fabulous! I truly can’t say enough about how much I loved this story and I am really looking forward to reading the next book in the series. My thanks to the author for the complimentary copy I received of The Hesitant Heiress. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.
Jen211 More than 1 year ago
What if the son of your worst enemy is set on winning your heart? Dawn Crandall skillfully spins just such a tale with her unique storytelling style. Her tale of dashing Nathan Everstone working to win the heart of the stubborn Amaryllis Brigham will keep you reading to the very last page and make you eager for more.
Kristen_lee_68 More than 1 year ago
I do not usually read historical fiction but when a friend said how much she loved this book I figured I would give try something new. And boy am I go a I did! Fantastic read! I fell in love with the characters from the very beginning and found myself not wanting to put the book down. This had just enough of a mystery about it and missgin puzzle pieces to keep me reading and guessing until the end. If you love historical fiction I highly recommend this book. And even if you don't, I encourage you to try something new! You won't regret it.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
I love Dawn Crandall's debut Hesitant Heiress. I love the time period, setting, mystery, suspense, and romance. I loved everything about this book. Five stars.
Nutz2read More than 1 year ago
Great debut novel! 3.5 stars The Hesitant Heiress is Dawn Crandall’s debut novel and the first book in her Everstone Chronicles series. I was quite impressed with this book, it being her first. It held my attention and I didn’t want to put it down! I have to believe they will only continue to get better. The story is set during 1890 and Ms. Crandall did an excellent job of bringing the time period to life. I really enjoyed the vivid details and descriptions she included, highlighting the important things, but not burying the story in them. Amaryllis Brigham is one of the protagonists and the story comes from her point of view. I have to confess that I don’t often care to read books that are written in the first person, but I enjoyed this one. Amaryllis has an interesting voice and I was fascinated at seeing her world through her eyes. She is kind, but honestly, not overly sweet. She is very blunt, something that amuses Nathan Everstone to no end. She says somewhat shocking things and doesn’t have much in the way of a filter. That made for some very interesting conversations and kind of endeared her to me. She is also very stubborn and is sometimes perceived as cold, because she has hardened her heart to keep from being hurt. When she is expelled from The Boston Conservatory of Music because of a false letter, it seems her whole world has fallen apart. The only thing she has known for the past 11 years is school and music. There were a couple times she seemed a little bit juvenile, but I think part of it was because of her being at school for so many years and living mainly with women for that time. She’d had little experience being around men, let alone suitors. I was very impressed with her reaction when she is told she must marry within a year to secure her inheritance. She pretty much concludes that she will never receive the money, because she does not intend to marry. I was also very proud of several of her decisions afterward, when she followed her heart and instincts, rather than logic or the expectations of others. Nathan Everstone is an interesting character, though I kind of wish I had known him a bit better. Since we only see him through Amaryllis’ eyes, we don’t know what he is thinking unless he says something to her. This irritated me a couple times when it was rather obvious that she had misunderstood him. Nathan is very much a conundrum to Amaryllis. He is hot, then cold toward her, confusing her with comments she considers shocking, or things that seem cryptic. I really enjoyed their relationship, the banter and sparring, as well as how Nathan wouldn’t give up on her. He pursued her, even after numerous rejections and her attempts to avoid him. “Tenacious” is a word that comes to mind when I think of him. The romance was sweet as well as a little passionate (their kisses), and believable. I enjoyed how she fell in love with him slowly, through out the story, instead of all at once deciding she loved him. I was a little disappointed with the faith aspect of this story. It is very light and is oftentimes barely there. But, I also know that there are a lot of people who don’t care for books they consider “preachy.” I would rather there not be much to speak of, than have it be overbearing or stilted to the point you want to put the book down. There were a couple little nitpicky things that bothered me. One was that at one point Amaryllis obtains a job teaching music at a mission school. Which I was kind of excited about, because think of where the author could go from here! But instead, we hear almost nothing about her teaching. It seemed to have just completely dropped off, until I wondered if maybe I made that part up. I’m honestly not really sure why Dawn included that, if she wasn’t planning to take it anywhere. The other is that Amaryllis has spent 11 years blaming herself for her mother’s death. Which I would understand, but when we find out what happened to her mother and what Amaryllis believes she has done, it all seemed rather childish. I could see a child believing that, but a woman of 25? That didn’t make much sense to me, but maybe that’s just me. Overall, I would say that I enjoyed this book a lot. It was a quick read, with interesting characters that I’m excited to meet again. I’m looking forward to the next book, The Bound Heart (coming out in November 2014), and finding out what happens with Meredyth. I recommend this book if you enjoy sweet historical romance with quirky characters and an interesting storyline. I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from the author 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.
DKStevens119 More than 1 year ago
Who will win the hand of the Hesitant Heiress? Amaryllis Brigham was just a child when tragedy struck. Her mother was killed when the ship she was a passenger in sank.  Amaryllis always felt responsible because she had disobeyed causing  the event that put her mother on the  ship that day.  On the day of her Mothers funeral she is put in the carriage and sent off to a private school where she feels she is being  punished for her disobedience. When she is expelled  from the  Boston Conservatory of Music before she can graduate,  it shatters her dreams of opening a school of her own. She is sent off to her Great-Aunt Claudine and into the world of the  rich and thrust into life of high society. She is told that she is to inherit a fortune, but only if she weds in a short period of time.  Will she fall in love with one of the many suitors that know of her inheritance and want it, or strike out on her own penniless?  I was drawn in from the start and the ending was ... well... full of action you won't want to miss...    I was won a copy from the author Dawn Crandall.
SylviaM More than 1 year ago
Amaryllis Brigham is a name that immediately caught my attention. I wanted to know this young lady and learn her story. As I read through the chapters of her novel, THE HESITANT HEIRESS, I felt as if I’d found a friend. Filled with friendships, romance, and a little mysterious element, THE HESITANT HEIRESS, is a beautiful work from the pen of Dawn Crandall. Set in 1890, in the period known as The Gilded Age, this is a novel to savor. Orphaned as a young teenager, Amaryllis Brigham, is now a twenty-five year old young woman close to spinsterhood. After being falsely accused and removed from the music conservatory, she goes to Boston, Massachusetts to live with her great aunt. Glittering house parties; a clever, handsome social set; and meeting society’s eligible bachelors make up most of Amaryllis’s days. To receive her inheritance, she must marry soon. The problem is that she has had very few good examples of marriages or men in her life. Amaryllis isn’t certain she wants to marry at all. Music, especially playing the piano, is her delight and area of talent. Boston, Maine, and the various homes and people came alive for me. Dawn Crandall writes in the first-person viewpoint of the heroine in exquisite fashion. It was so beautiful and refreshing to finally find a modern author who does this. Dawn’s style can be favorably compared with the works of authors Charlotte Brontë, Catherine Marshall, Julianne Donaldson, and Anne Mateer. She has the voice for a good English, Regency era novel. It would be a pleasure to read one of those by her! Amaryllis Brigham has had to cope with the painful experiences of sorrow, loneliness, and very little love in her life. Because of this she has built walls around her heart. After she moves to Boston things start to change. Friendship and romance waltz into her life to rescue her. Both work at removing those walls and replace them with love, security, and peace. Amaryllis is a lovely woman who speaks her mind. She can be blunt, but not in a rebellious, demonstrative way. She’s quiet, but makes her point. Reading and music are the joys in her life. Every heroine needs a hero and Amaryllis’s world is bull-dozed and brightened by the constant presence of Nathan Everstone. From the moment Amaryllis first views Nathan’s picture I was entranced by this handsome and slightly mysterious man. I loved Nathan. What else can I say? He’s Amaryllis’s friend, protector, admirer, and desires to be her great love. I love the way these two characters interact. Nathan throws himself in her way whenever he can and shakes up the false world Amaryllis has created. The air sizzles whenever they are together. Several members of Boston’s social elite make up the supporting characters. I enjoyed getting to know the friends and family of the hero and heroine. They all played their roles well without overshadowing the main characters. I like how the author made them wealthy, but didn’t mention it a lot. To them it was a normal lifestyle. They just accepted and appreciated it and went on. I’m really looking forward to reading the next two books about some of them. Hovering over the entire story is a mysterious element of Amaryllis’s history. At times the pieces of her story are blocked for the reader, but like the eventual lifting of fog on a fall morning, we slowly watch the real story rise out of the mist. While browsing online I discovered Dawn Crandall’s breathtaking Pinterest board for this novel. It is compiled of images labeled to match each chapter. They include period gowns; houses; rooms; and various, individual items of import to the story. I kept a computer tablet opened to that page beside me while reading THE HESITANT HEIRESS on my e-reader. Whenever I would come to a new chapter I would go back to the tablet and follow the picture trail that matched. My reading experience and enjoyment was taken to a whole new level! I enjoyed every bit of this novel and only have three things I wish were different. 1) I wanted the book to be longer! :) 2) It could have used a little more description in location and dress detail. 3) A different cover would have improved my first impressions. When I first saw this cover I actually thought this was a contemporary novel. I had to ask the author. The model’s hair and dress look very modern. If I were a die-hard fan of The Gilded Age or even a reader of only historical novels, I probably would have not chosen this book to read. The synopsis doesn’t even let one know that it’s a historical novel. THE HESITANT HEIRESS is one of my favorite reads this year so far and I’m eagerly awaiting the next work from the pen of Dawn Crandall!
MrsTina42MR More than 1 year ago
The Hesitant Heiress: The Everstone Chronicles**** e-book by Dawn Crandall Amaryllis Brigham is a student at the Boston Conservatory of Music, something she has dreamed of for many years. She dreams of founding a music academy in her hometown Whidbey Island near Seattle, Washington. However, her dreams are shattered when she is told that she has been expelled from the conservatory because they received a slanderous letter regarding her from a Bram Everstone. Devastated, she has no choice but to leave and live with her Great-Aunt Claudine and cousin Lawry in Boston. At her Aunt's home she finds love and acceptance. Her Aunt informs her that Amaryllis' estranged grandmother has left her with a fortune. However, in order to receive this fortune she must marry within an allotted time. Amaryllis has no desire to marry, she mistrusts men due to past heartaches. Bram's son Nathan Everstone shows up at her Aunt's home. What is the son of that hated man, Barm Eversone doing here? Bram has ruined her life more than once, first with her mother and then at the Conservatory. Now she has to deal with his son. Bram could have his choice of many of the young women in his social circle but he has his heart set on Amaryllis. How is he to get close to her when she avoids him at every turn. Amaryllis doesn't believe anything he says to her. There are other men who vie for her hand in marriage, seeking her fortune. How will Amaryllis know if her suitors are trustworthy? Can she believe her heart when she falls in love with one of the suitors? As Amaryllis and Nathan struggle to find their way, Amaryllis' life is threatened and she is kidnapped. The kidnapper wants her fortune. Her kidnapper informs her that it was he, not Bram, who sent that slanderous letter to the conservatory and is he who marry her and her money. Can Nathan find her before it is too late? I had a hard time getting into the beginning of the story, but as I read on I was caught up in Amaryllis and Nathan's story. Mystery, murder, misunderstandings, intrigue, suspense, lies and deceit are woven throughout the story line. It was good to see the growth of the characters as well as their faith and spiritual growth woven in the story. ~~I won an e-book copy from the author on Amanda Geaney's review site for my review~~
BookGrace More than 1 year ago
An entertaining romance, The Hesitant Heiress is a nice debut in this genre. Amaryllis Brigham is a stand out kind of heroine that I won't easily forget, and her relationship with Nathan is the rocky kind where I just wanted them to get together. I was irked a bit at how stubborn she was at times in not accepting his affection, which was a drawback in this story for me because I just couldn't fully understand her lack of trust of Nathan. I mean, come on, Amaryllis, he's perfect for you. (Now you know who I wanted her to end up with). But, since she really did suffer some things that brought her hard-to-trust mindset, I somewhat see why she acted like she did. And I suppose her lack of surrendering to the hero's charms did add to the romantic tension we romance readers find (morbidly) enjoyable. My negatives for the book aren't huge. I did sometimes get confused as to what was happening, and I did feel like some of the story was rushed, such as one character who barely knew someone else does what I like to think of as a sudden pop-up proposal. It just didn't seem very realistic to me. Thankfully that, (and Amaryllis' blindness to Nathan's awesomeness) were not large enough problems to do this book in for me. By the end of this book, I clearly saw that the author put some thought into the plot, which I liked. One of the 'don't judge by appearances/ don't assume kind of stories,' "The Hesitant Heiress" is a book you just might want to pick up if you're a lover of historical inspirational romance with a touch of suspense. I give The Hesitant Heiress by Dawn Crandall a rating of four and I recommend it. Looking forward to reading the next book in this series, which, to my excitement, stars my favorite character from "The Hesitant Heiress." Just have to wait for it to come out... You may want to know- There is alcoholic beverages, kissing, and violence. This book is best for mature teens and adults.