The Captive Imposter

The Captive Imposter

by Dawn Crandall

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What's in a Name?
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.
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.
But will he still love her when he learns the truth about who she is?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781629112312
Publisher: Whitaker House
Publication date: 10/23/2015
Series: Everstone Chronicles , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 992,459
File size: 2 MB

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.

DAWN CRANDALL is also the author of The Hesitant Heiress, the 2015 ACFW Carol Award Finalist for Debut Novel and recipient of the 2015 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence in the Inspirational Category, and The Bound Heart, recipient of the 2015 Clash of the Titles Laurel Award. She lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana.


Kendallville, IN 46755

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The Captive Imposter (The Everstone Chronicles Book 3) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
lilacqueen75 More than 1 year ago
I've been curious about Estella Everstone. She's a little intimidating because she's quiet, obviously in love with Jay, and the younger sister of all these swoony men. After a dangerous incident, Estella finds herself under an assumed identity, as a lady's companion. Through random events, "Elle" ends up at her favorite of her father's hotels, Everton. Estella needs help and Dexter, the hotel manager, comes to her rescue, befriending her. Dexter is a little rough around the edges, but he really grew on me. I admire his hard-working demeanor, as well as his obvious love of his family. He's a little oblivious at times, but such a great hero. Estella is a gentle and sweet character who only wants to be loved for herself. Don't we all? There's some powerful chemistry between these two, although they each have their reasons for denying it. I love it when the tension is there, but there's also a fight, with a little give, and then more fight. I also love the relationship that Estella builds with Roxy, Dexter's sister. I love how each story brings a little suspense, mixed in with a great story and setting, because it enhances the romance and character growth. One thing that I always forget to mention is that I love the chapter headings. Each one is a quote from a book, author, or poet, and really ties in well with what's going on in that chapter. Overall, this is another fantastic story to add to the Everstone collection and this family and setting have wormed even deeper into my heart. Content: mild romance (vague talk of brothels, kissing); mild violence (threats, vague talk of suicide); mild religious elements. Clean! *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. A review was not required and all views expressed are my own.*
BethErin More than 1 year ago
Following the dramatic events in The Bound Heart, wallflower of the Everstone family, Estella, is sent into hiding. She embraces her little adventure as a companion named Ella and uses the unique circumstances to rediscover her authentic self. Dexter is a driven, hardworking, and complex man. He seems to have many layers beneath his gruff, no-nonsense exterior. Dexter has great compassion for the less fortunate but there's a burr in his saddle when it comes to wealthy socialites. I completely enjoyed my visit to Everstone and the glimpse into the workings of a fancy mountain resort. The views were breath-taking and the staff was very accommodating! I received an ebook copy of this title from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed are my own.
BethErin More than 1 year ago
Following the dramatic events in The Bound Heart, wallflower of the Everstone family, Estella, is sent into hiding. She embraces her little adventure as a companion named Ella and uses the unique circumstances to rediscover her authentic self. Dexter is a driven, hardworking, and complex man. He seems to have many layers beneath his gruff, no-nonsense exterior. Dexter has great compassion for the less fortunate but there's a burr in his saddle when it comes to wealthy socialites. I completely enjoyed my visit to Everstone and the glimpse into the workings of a fancy mountain resort. The views were breath-taking and the staff was very accommodating! I received an ebook copy of this title from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed are my own.
Becky6 More than 1 year ago
Once again, I don’t even know where to begin. The Captive Imposter was incredible! Estella is one of my favorite characters! She appears in the earlier books, but she is always so quiet and doesn’t seem to be happy with life. I’m excited that she has her own story because we have the opportunity to see things through her eyes. Jay Crawford was her first love and she followed him around even though he doesn’t treat her with the love and respect that she deserves. Going into hiding helps her discover herself and overcome her insecurities. She is kind, caring, forgiving, and a helpful person where these qualities shined through. She’s always felt invisible and it was really neat to watch her grow. Dexter Blakeley on the other hand is a much more complex character. When we first meet him, he appears quite serious and somewhat angry. He gets irritated with the high society that frequent the hotel on a regular basis. However, one will sympathize with him when we find out why. However, he finds himself drawn to Estella and something changes inside of him. He too is kind, charming, and caring towards others. He is also a family man. We see him caring for his despicable mother, sister, and friends. This novel has all of the feels! I laughed, cried, and cheered as events wore on. Dexter and Estella have a beautiful romance. Two people who would unexpectedly fall for one another. Dawn Crandall had already become one of my favorite authors with the first two novels, but this has won me over even more. Her writing style is beautiful. I absolutely loved this one. Stay tuned for the next book in the series, The Cautious Maiden, which will appear on the blog soon. 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.
LoraineN More than 1 year ago
Oh, I thoroughly enjoyed this story. By far, it is my favorite one in the series. The entire story I watched Estella and Dexter become friends and slowly fall in love. It is their friendship that I loved the most. (Full Review at my website)
BookwormMama2014 More than 1 year ago
Hiding her true identity may be the key for Estella Everstone to discover who she truly is. This series has become one of my favorites! Each book is better than the last and I still have ONE more!!! So excited to see where the story takes me next. Estella's story is my far. The Captive Imposter is such beautiful story of true identity. Loving a person based solely on who they are as person. Not their name, who their family is, what their background is, but rather what is in their heart. (Rabbit Trail: Although Ezra is the name of the bad guy...Also my son's name...**Sad face**) It is also a good reminder that God can turn any situation around for good. As Estella leaves the Everstone name behind and transforms into a person with no fortune, no family, no name that anyone knows, she has the opportunity to discover the person underneath. Written in first person we can see into the depths of Estella's heart. There were several intense moments when I longed to know what was going through Dexter's mind, but it just adds to the suspense. I adore Dexter's sister, Roxy! I have a feeling we would be the best of friends. Baths and tea...yes please! I strongly recommend reading the series in order because there is a storyline that crosses over, and you will appreciate the characters more. Overall, another wonderful installment to The Everstone Chronicles and a beautiful story created by Dawn Crandall. I received a free copy of The Captive Imposter from the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
My first thought about THE CAPTIVE IMPOSTER is "Oh what tangled webs we weave when first we practice to deceive. Estella is living a lie. Hiding from someone who killed her brother, Will, and nursing her wounds over a broken heart when a missionary wannabe rejects her, Estelle has changed her name to Elle, added a rather unique last name, and became a companion to an older lady. But when this lady decides to take a holiday to Everston, Estella finds herself on one of her families hotels - and she is recognized by several people. Dexter is described as having the demeanor of a wild boar. I didn't see it in this story, instead, the way he is portrayed he is a man of God, honest, upright, and beyond reproach. I enjoyed getting to know Dexter. Estella is greatly upset when she thinks Dexter lied to her - though in all honesty, he didn't, he was introduced as the manager, and didn't interrupt the hotel guest to correct her publicly. On the other hand, Estelle has lied since the beginning, about almost everything - her identity, how well she knew her family, and about how she knew her ex-boyfriend the missionary among other things. I think she really had no room to judge Dexter. But then we often judge people the harshest when we perceive they have faults we ignore in ourselves. The faith message is strong and well written. There is no sexual tension, but for readers who prefer a clean, sweet romance suitable for any age, this is a book to consider. Ms. Crandall is a master at first person historicals - seriously I think she has been the only author I've read who's done this in the historical genre - and I do enjoy first person. Fans will want to read The Hesitant Heiress, The Bound Heart, THE CAPTIVE IMPOSTER, and then preorder The Cautious Maiden. Those who love regencies - and authors such as Laurie Alice Eakes, and other regency romances will likely enjoy Ms. Crandall's books, particularly THE CAPTIVE IMPOSTER.
LouAnn_Christie More than 1 year ago
I was given this book as an Advanced Reader to provide my honest opinion & I received no compensation for my review. My honest opinion is that it is another winner and worthy to be made into a movie! Wouldn't it be grand to see Estella (Ella) and Dexter's story play out on the big screen? YES!
CarolJo More than 1 year ago
The Captive Imposter continues the stories of the wealthy Everstone siblings. Set at a lavish hotel in the mountains of Maine, Dawn Crandall has written an excellent addition to The Everstone Chronicles. It is interesting to see how life was during the Gilded Age! I was not impressed with Estella Everstone in the earlier books of this series but she turned out to be a wonderful person. You will keep turning another page to see what happens to Estella aka Elle Stoneburner. I highly recommend The Captive Imposter. I received my e-book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
Dawn Crandall masterfully crafts a story rich in vibrant setting, vivid characters, and sharp dialogue. Her scenes come alive, transplanting readers into Gilded Age New England and keeping them absorbed from the first word until the last. The characters she creates feel real and honest, and boy howdy can she write a kissing scene! My new favorite of the series, The Captive Imposter specifically is a beautifully engaging story of forgiveness, of overcoming prejudices, and of finding our worth in the One who died for us. And of kisses. It’s about kisses too :) I highly recommend all of the books in THE EVERSTONE CHRONICLES series for anyone who loves historical fiction, especially fans of exquisite romances and un-put-down-able stories. (I won this book in a giveaway with no expectation of a review. This is, as always, only my honest opinion.)
RyebrynnLylaShveer More than 1 year ago
The Captive Imposter follows the tradition of Dawn's other books, with a refreshing new plot, and new romance! THE GOOD 1. Dexter Blakeley was a strong, well-written character! 2. Estella got over Jay! Yess! 3. I loved Estella's drawing abilities! 4. I loved Roxy as a character! Maybe we could see her get her own story??? (*hint* *hint*) 5. I loved that Jay got a girl! 6. I loved that Dexter's mother hated Estella. It added such good emotional tension. 7. I was completely glued to this book! 8. I loved the romance, which was slow but still well paced 9. I loved Everston! 10. Again, I loooved the First Person POV. 11. I loved Vance! His part in the story was great. 12. I loved the ending suspense! THE BAD 1. I got confused (I'm easily confused, though) 2. I think that I was supposed to like Violet, but I didn't. FOR THE PARENTS INTIMACY/KISSING - Mild kissing. One girl is from a brothel, so they have dealings with the owner and the girl is also pregnant. CUSSING - None! VIOLENCE - Mild violence, nothing too bad.
ReginaJ More than 1 year ago
She did it again. I was once again drawn into an unfolding story of loss, love and redemption. Estella is such a back character in the first two books it almost sets the feeling she feels in this story, of being invisible. I am thrilled to see Elle's life unfold and learn of who she really is in this 3rd of the series. At first you get the idea she is rather spoiled, but as her story goes on you learn she just never felt like she mattered to anyone. To see her so open and susceptible to Dexter as the story goes on is so heart warming. You see a totally different person then what you expect. Dexter is so closed yet so open with Elle that you feel they really are meant to be. Mixed with secrets and never knowing where the next page will take you keeps you enraptured until the last page. Thank you to the author for such a great ending to this series! This last of the series will be released in paperback on November 3rd, and I will be telling all my customers about it! I was honored to have been given the chance to read this book by the author for my honest review.
Rebecca1_29 More than 1 year ago
From the first, I was “entranced by how many more shades of twilight there seemed to be at Everston than anywhere else I’d been.” These words of Estella Everstone capture the way I felt about Dawn Crandall’s whole story, set in a sweeping country estate in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains of central Maine. The characters were as compelling as the setting. The brooding hero, Dexter Blakeley, intrigued me instantly, and the author did a nice job of revealing the nuances of his character layer by layer. The heroine, Estella, took me on a journey from heartbreak to genuine love, from uncertainty to a depth of wisdom and understanding of life, love and God that was moving. The overall fairytale feel of the story—the enchanting setting, the page-turning mystery, the can’t-put-it-down love story—was firmly grounded in excellent historic detail and real-life faith and struggles of the characters. A great read from start to finish!
BeckBeckBG More than 1 year ago
I really could see myself as Elle Stoneburner!I loved her search for simplicity. I enjoyed this book immensely! It had romance, chivalry, turns and twists.  Elle encounters obstacle after obstacle. Even though she is a work of fiction, I could relate to her roller coaster emotions and feelings. Elle cries out to God, "Why did it so often seem as though I was purposefully placed in such painful situations? Had I not just offered my everything to God the day before?" Dexter Blakeley is like an 1800's refined gentleman. Dexter is handsome, charming and he has a strong dash of intrigue. Dexter is the kind of man you find yourself following in love with right alongside Elle.  Circumstances stop and start their developing relationship. Will it blossom or wither?
SavannaKaiser More than 1 year ago
By now it’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Dawn Crandall’s books. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed her Everstone Chronicles series and her latest installment – The Captive Imposter – read just as smoothly and satisfying as the rest. It begins with well-planted promises of intrigue and romance and concluded just as well, leaving this reader’s heart happily content. One of my favorite things, in similar fashion to the previous two in the series, was that it felt like I spent the entire story with the hero and heroine. I LOVED that! I liked Estella with her secrets and the inner turmoil she faced of finding her true self under disguise. And I really liked Dexter, especially the strength his presence and friendship gives our girl, along with his abrupt honesty and simple faith. It’s not every book that I can say I enjoyed every setting and every scene, but it is true here. There’s something to take away from each pivotal moment. I know I won’t be the only reader wooed and won over by the dialogue and timeless charm that’s characteristic of so many beloved literary classics. While this story felt a little simpler and less complicated to me than the others, I liked it that way. And once again, the quotes that preface each chapter greatly enhanced the story’s development and mystery. I didn’t want to say goodbye to this series just yet. Can’t wait for what’s to come next! Thank you to Whitaker House and the author for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Laura_Pol More than 1 year ago
Another excellent novel by Dawn! I really enjoyed the description of Estella’s surroundings in this one. It was very rich in detail (well really the entire novel was, but this especially stood out to me) that I felt like I too was seeing Everston for the first time in few years. I also enjoyed the message of letting go of everything and surrendering it all to the Lord. Despite that Estella still had troubles she experienced a new freedom that she didn’t feel previously before surrendering her dreams to the Lord. Plus, her life was a perfect example of how God gives us the true desires of our hearts, even when we think we know what they are. Once again the romance was fantastic! I will admit that it did take a little bit of warming up to Dexter, but he is so sweet and won my heart too by the end. Dawn did an amazing job of portraying a love that is centered on Christ and how it should be the foundation of a relationship, not just because a couple may seem perfect for one another. This is another novel in the Everstone Chronicles that I recommend to romance readers. There were many times I had to slow my pace of reading because it was just that good! *(I received this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts expressed are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.)*
DKStevens119 More than 1 year ago
A hotel heiress Estella Everstone is sent away for her protection. She finds herself living undercover as a lady’s  companion and now visiting the hotel she had spent much time at in the past, wondering if she can continue hiding  as a companion. I loved this story that continues on in the Everstone Chronicles. I felt as if I was listening to Elle read  her diary to me. I was feeling her heartfelt descriptions and the full range of emotions that ran through her. She's falling  in love with the new owner Dexter Blakeley! I found myself reading past my bedtime, tapping the pages faster wanting to know how she was going to tell Dexter the truth. I enjoyed reading this captivating story and recommend it to all who love a great romance. I was gifted an e-book copy from the author for my honest opinion which I have given.  
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Welcome back to the world of the Everstone family! I know that I am thrilled to be back in their lives, watching the drama unfold. And what a wonderful drama it is! What did I love about this book? For starters, I loved the setting. Everston and the surrounding land was beautifully described. I felt like I was there. The feeling of coming home that Estella experienced upon her return to Everston is palpable. The characters in this story are also captivating, as has been the case in all three of the books in the series. It is so interesting to be able to really get to know Estella in this book and to see her personal growth into a woman who truly knows her own heart. Dexter Blakeley is a wonderful hero for Estella. What a complex situation these two find themselves in. Dexter and his family have an intriguing and painful backstory. The author does a very good job of slowly allowing the reader to learn about the events of the past that have impacted Dexter’s family so very much. Looking for a bit of a gothic feel? Try Blakeley House. Estella’s experience here is pure gothic romance, in my opinion. Although this home is a refuge for Estella at one point in the story, I couldn’t help but feel nervous for her at times in the book. You can chalk it up to my reaction to Estella’s first impressions upon moving into the house. Two young women are currently residing in the house and spend most of their time behind the closed doors of their rooms. Then there is Dexter’s mother, mean-spirited and sharp-tongued, and decidedly unstable. Throw in a shadowy, candle-lit encounter, and the gothic vibe is definitely happening here! I highly recommend this entire series and I am hoping to read more about the Everstone family in the future. My thanks to the author for the complimentary copy of this book which I received in exchange for an honest review.
MrsTina42MR More than 1 year ago
The Captive Imposter***** (Everston Chronicles book 3) by Dawn Crandall Heiress Estella Everstone is living undercover as Elle Stoneburner, a lady's companion and ends up at one of her father's hotels in the Main mountains. As Elle attends her employer she is fearful that someone will recognize her and give her away. Her life could be in danger if that happens. Dexter Blakely is the manager of the hotel but is put off by the wealthy young society ladies who frequent the hotel. When Elle is in need of help, Dexter comes to the rescue. He offers her a solution that seems perfect but there could be danger even in that. The story captured me from the first and even more so as the it unfolded. I enjoyed getting to know Ellie (Estella) as she “finds” herself-who she really is. And Dexter was one of my favorite characters in the story. There are secondary characters that add so much to the story, some of which were evil with evil-intentions. A historical romance filled with those who are lost, healing, forgiveness, second chances, love, faith and redemption. Throw in some unexpected surprises, outcomes and dangerous situations making The Captive Imposter a fantastic story and has become a favorite of mine. ~~I received an e-book ARC copy from author for my honest review~~
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
The Captive Imposer is a fantastic book! Just like the rest of the series, I could not put it down. I felt a connection with the characters right from the beginning. I loved how the author incorporated how to keep faith into the storyline. Again, great story, great characters, and great setting. 5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A rich heiress in disguise, Estella Everstone must hide her true identity for the sake of her safety. But she finds that her new simple life holds great appeal, enhanced even more by the presence of the heroic and noble Dexter Blakeley. One thing I've come to love about Ms. Crandall's writing is her ability to create palpable romantic tension. You can't help but swoon a little (or a lot!) when you read the interactions between Dexter and Estella. I also loved the setting of Maine. Its remote beauty played into the story nicely and added to the overall romantic feeling of the book. If you haven't read the first two books in this series, I highly recommend you do so! You can read this one without, but the story will have more richness and context if you've read the other two. (Plus they're both amazing, so you'd be crazy not to!) :) I'm excited to see if Estella's brother, Vance, will have his own book next. Intriguing, emotional, and romantic, The Captive Imposter is a must-read for those who love a fresh yet timeless story.
Jen211 More than 1 year ago
"I knew such subjects were deemed inappropriate for gently-bred young ladies like myself to know about, let alone mention; but it didn’t mean they should be ignored. Mr. Blakeley seemed to understand this as well, that when all of the useless, meaningless stuff —which used to govern my world—was stripped away, the inappropriate subjects really were the ones that mattered."  "She needs to learn love isn’t something produced from bouquets of flowers and good intentions, but something that can hurt quite deeply.” Dawn Crandall has once more proved her talent in seamlessly embedding beautiful nuggets of truth such as these into stories that will keep you up into the late hours to discover how God will move in her character's lives. The Captive Imposter is the third jewel in the Everstone series crown.