The Cautious Maiden

The Cautious Maiden

by Dawn Crandall


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781629117508
Publisher: Whitaker House
Publication date: 10/04/2016
Series: Everstone Chronicles Series , #4
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,300,905
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

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.
Apart from writing, Dawn is also a mom of two very little boys 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 has always loved books but 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.

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The Cautious Maiden 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
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.***
NKBookReviewer More than 1 year ago
"The Cautious Maiden" by author Dawn Crandall is a Christian historical romance novel. It is Book 4 in the Everstone Chronicles. This 304 page paperback is published by Whitaker House. The first thing I noticed was the striking cover. It had a beautiful 1800's lady dressed in a lovely purple ensemble complete with jewelry. In the background was a large inn or mansion. While this is the fourth book in a series, it can be read as a stand alone. The only problem I had is that I liked it so much I wish that I had read the other three! Set in late 1800's Everstone, Maine, this is the story of Violet (hence the purple dress) Hawthorne. Both of her parents have recently died. Her brother Ezra has been left in charge of the family home and has made drastic changes. It is now a brothel, putting Violet and her reputation in jeopardy. Vance Everstone comes to her aid. He is a very interesting character. Author Crandall has written a nice Christian novel. She has woven inspiration and scripture easily throughout her book. There are some twists, action, romance, danger, secrets, and intrigue along with parts of the book that with bring joy, sadness, and disbelief. The story has many layers. The author has included inspirational messages of forgiveness, faith, trust, judging, and redemption. The characters are realistic and have good points as well as bad. Some are very likable while others are detestable. It is unfathomable that a brother would turn a family home into a brothel, but that is what makes this story. The book started a bit slow but quickly picked up. The descriptions were on point and took me to the time and place. The dialog was abundant and rolled along easily. This was an entertaining book with some inspirational lessons. I would recommend this to anyone that enjoys historical romance, Christian novels, and intriguing dangerous historical novels. I rated it a 5 out of 5 stars. I was given the book by Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and this is my honest review.
eLynda More than 1 year ago
More Than I Expected! Picking up Dawn Crandall’s latest release, I was assured of a breathtaking romance. I have enjoyed her characters and setting in previous novels as well as her unique first person narration, but it is really the intense and still God-honoring romances that keep me coming back for more. In this novel, however, I found myself questioning my own heart and how I would respond in similar situations to the ones Violet faces and I must concede that I did not like the judgemental attitude I found hiding in the dark corners of my own heart. Violet’s capacity to forgive has both convicted and inspired me to see others as God looks at them. She is only able to do that because she is a multifaceted character that has her own flaws; I know she is fictional, but on the page she comes across as a flesh and blood woman whom I would very much like to know. Because we read the entirety of the novel from Violet’s perspective, the insights into both her mind and heart are extensive. Her doubts, fears, failures in thought as well as deed, her joys and triumphs are all detailed; misperceptions persist because she is unable to view the elite world of the Everstone family from a vantage point other than her own, more modest, one. We join her as she comes to love the reformed bad boy and wrestles with the nagging doubts that he may not be as changed as she wants to believe. Faith is central to the novel, especially since it is what has brought about the transformation in Vance’s character. We learn Violet still has much growth to experience, too, though; I really enjoyed reading about their faith journey as they strive to become more Christlike in their thoughts and actions, even as they deal with those who are unashamed to do whatever necessary to achieve their own desired end. Crandall’s outstanding ability to produce relatable characters and do so from her unique and well-executed first person narration make her a singular voice in Christian historical romance. While this isn’t my favorite of her work (the second book still holds that spot!), it is another wonderful installment in the Everstone Chronicles. I hope there will be more to come in the series! I received a free copy of this book from the publisher but no compensation for this review. I was not required to write a favorable one and the opinions expressed are both honest and my own.
LizD1 More than 1 year ago
The Cautious Maiden ( The Everstone Chronicles #4 ) By: Dawn Crandall The Cautious Maiden Is book four in The Overtone Chronicles series by Dawn Crandall. I really enjoyed this series, but I would have to say that I liked the Cautious Maiden the best.The author captured me right at the start and did not let go till the end. This is Vance and Violet’s story. I will admit that in the other books that I did not care for Vance at all, but the author turned Vance around and he captured my heart in The Cautious Maiden. Crandall writes a very tender romance that will have you trying to read faster and turning those pages faster to see what is going to happen next.This book could be read as a stand-a-lone , but I would suggest reading them in order so as not to get confused so much. I was given a complimentary copy of this book , but was not told that I had to give a positive review . All options are my own .
hjsnyder28 More than 1 year ago
Dawn Crandall's book The Cautious Maiden is the fourth novel in The Everstone Chronicles. This particular book follows the life of the heir to the Everstone legacy and fortune, Vance Everstone. If you have read the other stories, you will know and understand the events surrounding the scandalous nature of Vance's reputation. He is truly the black sheep of the family; however, that does not imply he cannot be redeemed. In fact, the transformation regarding his redemption story is what is truly remarkable in this novel. With the Lord's help, Vance changes his life. Violet Hawthorne runs the front desk at Everston, which is a job Dexter Blakely gave to her specifically. And she is especially grateful for this position, because her prior circumstances were not what she wished for in her life. Her brother, Ezra, has become quite the scoundrel making Violet realize she could no longer live in his company. So she decides to find work, yet what did not expect to find were adventures beyond her imagination, and a family she never thought she would have. Even though Violet was raised to be a lady, her social status does not match those who enter Everston. Nevertheless, when a certain dashing gentleman enters the establishment one day, Violet cannot help but watch his every move--even to the point of daydreaming about him. Of course, she knows her thoughts will never connect with reality--until one day she finds herself in a scandal of her own. Will the kind owners of Everston come to her aid? Or will she be forced to live her days alone in a future that holds no promise? Vance Everston has so many scars. His past haunts him daily, and he wonders if he will ever be able to forgive himself. How could God ever forgive him either? Yet, in amazement, he has come to know the Lord's mercies--there will still be struggles and doubts--but now Vance has Someone he can call to for help. When Vance visits his sister at Everston, he could never have foreseen the various surprises in store for him at the hotel his father sold. Vance's journey at this point is the start to the rest of his life--a life more wonderful than Vance could ever comprehend. But will Vance embrace this opportunity? Or will his past mistakes dictate his future possibilities? If you have not read The Everstone Chronicles collection yet, I highly recommend picking up these books. They are simply fantastic and very difficult to stop reading. In fact, I read this novel in two days, and I am so sad to see the stories behind the Everstone family end. Yet, I am so delighted to have been introduced to so many wonderful characters throughout the pages of these four books. Crandall connects all four books brilliantly, and because of this, it is easy to recall the events of each individual's life--since it is important to remember how each plot intertwines with every member of the family. Each person carries a very different story. Every person has a past, and every person must decide how they will move forward despite the struggles they have faced. Redemption is imperative during this process, and I love that Crandall is quick to point this factor out. With this book, the reader will come to understand that no one is too far away from the grace and love of Christ. Any person can be redeemed--no matter his or her past mistakes.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
Dawn Crandall creates beautiful story worlds, and fans of the Everstone Chronicles are sure to love its latest installment! Vance Everstone plays quite the hero in this book, a complete transformation for the former scoundrel. From loathing him to loving him, I was delighted by his reformation! Intriguing and enchanting, Vance and Violet’s journey is teeming with drama and romance. The Cautious Maiden is an enthralling tale, and I loved every minute! I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
Bekah_M More than 1 year ago
“How strange the workings of life were, that God could work so many things together.” -Dawn Crandall, The Cautious Maiden The Cautious Maiden is the fourth and final book in the Everstone Chronicles, a Jane Austen-esque series chronicling the lives of different members in the prestigious Everstone family. This book starts with a lovely young lady by the name of Violet Hawthorne, whose parents recent deaths and unscrupulous brother Ezra’s brothel make it difficult for her reputation. To make matters worse, because of her brother’s actions she is irrevocably compromised and forced to accept a proposal from a man she hardly knows, Vance Everstone. Traveling to his family’s home to announce their rushed engagement proves difficult when Violet discovers that her brother bet her hand in marriage to a dangerous man and lost. Vance is determined to protect her, but Violet can’t help but wonder about their relationship as she finds herself falling for him more every day. Dawn Crandall has done it again. Given us a beautiful historical romance to make us swoon! Violet and Vance’s story was simply perfect with everything I look for in a romantic novel. I liked that it wasn’t insta-love, it was definitely a gradual love story that entertained throughout. Vance was a bit of a tortured soul with a past and his growth regarding faith and love made for such a heartwarming story. And does it start with a bang! From the moment Violet’s hair is chopped off by her sketchy brother and Vance finds her crying, I knew this was going to be an absorbing read. There are very few novels where the character’s chemistry just flies off the page and this is one of them. Although the romance was fairly steamy for a Christian novel, it was still a clean read. I loved everything about this book, from the little details like the amazing quotes before every chapter to the emotionally-charged, explosive ending. The best thing I can say in my review is this – if you enjoy period romances you will adore this book. “Vance was different, and for some reason, I’d known from the moment we’d met that he would be more than just another hotel guest.” -Dawn Crandall, The Cautious Maiden Among one of my all-time favorite series, I can’t recommend The Cautious Maiden or The Everstone Chronicles enough. Dawn Crandall is a literary talent and deserves so much recognition for this wonderful series. Although I’m sad it’s ending, I will be re-reading and recommending to my sisters who love a good period as much as I do! This spellbinding book made for the perfect read as I sat in a coffee shop on a rainy day. Seriously, go get it! *I received this book free from the publisher in trade for my honest review.
MarisaD More than 1 year ago
The Cautious Maiden is another fantastic addition to Dawn Crandall's The Everstone Chronicles. The fourth in line the series, The Cautious Maiden brings Violet Hawthorne, a heroine with a complicated past, and Vance Everstone, a hero with a haunted past, together at Everston. When nothing is as it seems, The Cautious Maiden dives into the depths of mystery, intrigue, and faith all the while Violet and Vance explore the possibility of a romance neither one believes they deserve. As always with Dawn's books, I did not not want The Cautious Maiden and I'm eagerly awaiting her next book.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
The Cautious Maiden was one of those stories that when it was over, I wanted to turn right back to page one and start again! For that matter, I wanted to go back and read the entire series again. I enjoyed these characters so much! Now I must make a confession…The Cautious Maiden, book four in the Everstone Chronicles, is the story of Vance Everstone and Violet Hawthorne. Here is my confession…I kind of wanted the author to kill off Vance in book two, The Bound Heart! I was so mad at him! But, I am very glad that the the author did, in fact, keep him alive. And not only that, his is a truly wonderful story of redemption! Now he is one of my favorite characters. It was fulfilling to see, in action, all the ways that Vance grew. Vance and Violet had so much chemistry. I loved the way they interacted with each other and also just the general pace of the story. I felt like I was stepping back into their world again (as I did with the previous three books). The author captured the uncertainty that both Vance and Violet carried about their future, their worth, their attraction, and did a great job of capturing the time period that the novel was set in. I received a compimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
BookwormMama2014 More than 1 year ago
Where do I even begin? This quote pretty much sums up this book. "Truly, what a conundrum Vance Everstone was becoming." When I began The Everstone Chronicles I utterly despised Vance. However, his story should be an encouragement to us all, that through God's forgiveness and redemption ANYONE can change. Wow, just wow! Violet Hawthorne has been raised to be a lady, a woman of upstanding morals, with a brother who is quite the opposite. Violet wants nothing more than to be free to live her own life unhindered by the past...or present...circumstances. As Violet and Vance are (quite literally) thrown together, they begin to see each others weaknesses and strengths. Vance is such an encourager, but has difficulties opening his heart to Violet. Violet is wonderfully creative and has compassion and overflows with forgiveness. But she is timid and fearful of doing or saying the wrong thing, she severely lacks self confidence. As events progress she must decide the life that she wants to live. This storyline is wonderfully creative and moving. Vance's need to protect Violet and his ever growing love for her is beyond romantic and sweet. Written in first person we only get to see things from Violet's perspective. Although we don't see much growth in her self confidence, we see her growth in her spiritual life. She comes to the realization that putting her trust in man will disappoint, but trusting in God is what she truly needs. In conclusion, this entire series is moving and inspiring. The Everstone family has seen it's share of heartbreak and trials. But through it all, they have kept their eyes on the Lord and they have been brought closer together. Dawn Crandall has created a lovely series and I can't wait to see what she writes next. I received a free copy of The Cautious Maiden from Whitaker House. I was not required to write a review and this does not influence my review, positive or otherwise. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
TS1 More than 1 year ago
Be still my Everstone Chronicles lovin heart! The Cautious Maiden has to be the BEST ONE in The Everstone Chronicles series. From the opening scene to the ending one, my eyes were riveted, my heart engaged. Ms. Crandall is a master at historical romance! This book has to be my favorite because it discusses temptation and overcoming a past. This is probably the first book in the series where I can say I actually knew what the hero felt in the novel. Even though Ms. Crandall writes from the heroines first point of view, she managed to give me a glimpse into the heart of Vance Everstone and I couldn't have been happier. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. This review is my honest opinion.
Kathae More than 1 year ago
The Cautious Maiden was a book full of mystery, passion, and heartbreak. From a first-person narrative, we learn of Violet Hawthorne's delightfully innocent character, her steadfastness, and her devotion. Her quick change of circumstances were not by her doing, but she adapted well. But we also hear about her insecurities, as she has been swept away from her position and suddenly engaged to a man who would be heir ink one of the wealthiest families in Boston. Her fiance, Vance Everstone, until recently had been a cad, but his transformed character becomes Violet's stronghold during an uncertain time. There was much to love about this book-depth of characters, well-drawn minor characters, suspense, and passion. Romance lovers will fall in love with this book. Each chapter was titled, and had a quote to complement the text. The book's cover and design were luxurious. The only drawback was that I have not read books 2 or 3 in the series. This tome would have been even more meaningful if I knew the entire history of the characters. I received a complimentary ARC from the author/publisher. I have given an honest review.
LoraineN More than 1 year ago
Having read about Vance and Violet in the previous books in this series, I was curious as to how the author would handle them. Particularly Vance who was quite a scoundrel in the previous stories. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised that the author managed to take a man who I didn’t like at all and turn him into someone who I came to respect. And she gave him a love of his own in Violet. Good job.
acwilsonbooks More than 1 year ago
Dawn Crandall’s fourth book in the Everstone Chronicles may just be her best yet, and considering how much I loved the other three, that is no small accomplishment! Dawn’s books have stood out to me since the first time I picked up her debut novel, The Hesitant Heiress. Not only is she a gifted writer, but a superb storyteller…and her heroes--sigh. Her books are different—and I mean good different. In a sea of third person novels, Dawn uses first person brilliantly to craft memorable characters, particularly strong heroines that I want to read again and again. I just can’t get them out of my mind. And her latest novel, The Cautious Maiden is exceptionally unique. We all love a dashing rogue. But with the type of twist Dawn does so well, she takes the classic story of redemption off stage, giving God the glory, not the heroine, and allows us, the readers, the chance to learn to trust Vance along with Violet as the story unfolds. And if you’ve read The Bound Heart as I have, you won’t be too keen on believing Vance Everstone on page one, setting up a beautifully written story of trust, forgiveness, and transformation. The romance sizzles. The story holds you glued to the page. The characters are unforgettable. I can’t recommend this book enough. Can’t wait to see what Dawn writes next. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. All thoughts are entirely my own.
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK. THIS HERO. THE HAIR PINNING SCENE. THAT KISS. Still. Have. Not. Recovered. I may never. And that’s perfectly fine with me. Vance Everstone completely captured my heart. And Dawn Crandall once again reminded me why she is one of my very favorite authors. Her ability to paint an exquisite story shines in The Cautious Maiden, and her talent at writing romance has never been better displayed. The kisses in The Cautious Maiden are PERFECTION. As I said earlier, I still have not recovered. What makes the kisses all the more swoonworthy is when they are read against the backdrop of Vance’s newfound commitment to purity and respect. Because, you see, there is more to this story than the passionate kisses and the smolderingly sexy hero and the sweet heroine (yes, I know I haven’t talked about Violet much … but … VANCE. That’s my only excuse). What makes The Cautious Maiden one of my very favorite books is the beautiful picture of redemption integral to the characters. In The Cautious Maiden, author Dawn Crandall takes a reformed rogue with a redeemed heart and plants him solidly in the Heroes Hall of Fame. Passion and purity waltz together in perfect harmony; both swoon-worthy in their own right, the combination in Vance Everstone will leave you breathless. The power of Christ to transform a life… the power of love to transform a heart … the power of grace to transform a rogue into a hero. I have loved each book so far in The Everstone Chronicles, but I firmly believe that The Cautious Maiden is Dawn’s best yet! (I received a complimentary copy of this book.)
Nutz2read More than 1 year ago
The Cautious Maiden is the fourth book in Dawn Crandall’s, Everstone Chronicles series and I have to say that it “might” be my favorite! But then, I do love marriage of convenience of stories and seeing the prodigal redeemed, and while this was more of an engagement of convenience story, I still loved it! I’m really hoping there’s either going to be a fifth book to the series, or perhaps the start of a new one. Dawn’s writing style is undeniably unique, in that she’s one of the rare historical romance authors that writes from a sole character’s perspective, and pulls it off extremely well! As I’ve stated before, I’m not generally a big fan of this style, but Dawn does it so beautifully, that I found it very compelling! I didn’t want to put the book down and I caught myself musing over what might happen next, while I was supposed to be doing other things (like working). I also loved the historical details and descriptions, as well as reading the story from Violet’s view point and getting to see the world (and Vance!) through her eyes. Violet Hawthorne is the heroine in this novel and I really enjoyed her and Vance’s story. She’s the kind of character I was easily able to connect with and could definitely see myself being friends with, were she real. She’s rather quiet at first, unsure of herself and what her future will be. I loved seeing her become bolder and stronger as she spent more time with the Everstones and learned to see her worth. That being said, I do have to confess that Vance Everstone was probably my favorite character in this book, solely because I’ve been waiting for his story since the second book! Vance is the perfect example of the prodigal son and I loved getting to know him after he’s been liberated from his past. He’s been more than a bit of a rogue since I first met him, but it’s very evident at the end of third book, The Captive Imposter, that something has changed about him. He’s still a bit rakish, but he’s also learning to trust God, and become a better man, which I was so happy to see! I loved how honest he is with Violet regarding his past, and how he truly wishes to be the new creation God is making him. For those who were wondering, the romance was also fantastic! I adored Vance and Violet’s relationship, as they go from barely acquaintances, to fiancées overnight! I enjoyed seeing them get to know one another and slowly fall in love with the least likely of people. It’s a bit steamy here and there, after they begin to trust each other, and I really appreciated the emphasis Dawn put on staying pure and waiting, especially after Vance’s past had the exact opposite. It was wonderfully handled, without becoming preachy or trying to sway an opinion. I also liked that she showed some of Violet’s self-doubt regarding everything that was happening, as well as expressing Vance’s questions through her. It added another level of realism to it, which I always enjoy. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical romance with incredibly realistic characters, a dose of suspense, and a great romance! My thanks to the author for my copy of this book! 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.
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
I've been anxiously anticipating THE CAUTIOUS MAIDEN, the newest book in one of my favorite series, The Everstone Chronicles. Dawn Crandall has a unique writing style which lends a compelling voice to her characters. Her skills are once again manifested as she expertly transforms a former scoundrel into a believable hero and protector of feminine virtue without making him into a completely different person by reducing his passionate nature. Poor Violet! In the wake of her grief she is lonely and not confident in her relationships, not feeling like she fits in anywhere. With her compromised reputation, she feels she has no other option than marriage, to whomever will take her. Her emotions and loyalties are being pulled on by various parties, and all she can do is try to follow her heart, which is difficult when she's not sure that she's wanted. It was frustrating to experience the limits of a woman's rights and choices during the time period, but Violet bore it with grace. As much as I disliked Vance in the previous novel he appeared in (The Bound Heart), I appreciated his redemptive path and dedication to live his life on God's terms. I was skeptical at first, but as Violet comes upon him more than once studying his Bible, and witnesses his strength of character, his regrets and repentance, I began to hope that he would find happiness. His protectiveness of Violet, even against himself, is endearing and heroic. Her brother was kind of ambiguous character- he only made an appearance in one scene, but so much of the plot revolved around his actions- placing his sister in danger, then damaging her reputation in an attempt to protect her; the physical separation between the two doesn't reflect his continued influence on her life. Because the story is told in Violet's voice, we only receive information as she does, which gave me a feeling of uneasiness and tension over the unknown parts of the plot I could sense. The various members of the Everstone family make appearances as they gather for special events, but I missed seeing their personalities shine through while this book was entirely focused on Violet and Vance and their passionate relationship wrought with lack of communication, self-discipline, and dangerous circumstances. Readers of Sarah E. Ladd and Elizabeth Camden will fall in love with this intriguing and romantic historical series! (Thank you to the author for a copy of the book; this is my honest review)
Becky6 More than 1 year ago
The Cautious Maiden is a wonderful addition to The Everstone Chronicles. These books can be read both as stand-alones or in order as a whole. I personally think they’re more fun to read in order because the characters mingle a lot and it’s easier to understand a particular character’s history.For example, we first met Vance Everstone in The Bound Heart but you really need to read the previous books to understand exactly what went down. This only took me a day to read which is saying a lot because it’s been awhile since I could sit down and read a book in that time frame. Which means I am really excited to talk to you about this book today! Dawn Crandall just gets better and better with each book that she writes. This is probably my favorite so far! The writing is fantastic and the historical aspects are well researched and portrayed beautifully without it overwhelming the plot. The romance between Vance and Violet is beautiful and swoonworthy. Mrs. Crandall describes Maine and Boston as if you were actually there. It was enjoyable to revisit old friends and even meet some new ones. Violet Hawthorne has always been cautious around men. She is beyond mortified when her brother Ezra turns their deceased parents’ New England country inn into a brothel to accommodate the nearby lumberjacks. However, when her reputation becomes compromised, the inn is the least of her worries. Due to this, she finds herself comforted by a man whom she has tried to completely avoid. Little does she know that her brother has recklessly gambled away her future during a poker game, while an anonymous gentleman tried to unsuccessfully pay off her debt. Vance Everstone has a not so great past that he is completely regretting, but his recent conversion to Christ has made a powerful transformation creating him to become a “new creation”. Vance is fascinated by Violet which forces him to do anything he can to protect her. When the couple find themselves betrothed to one another, they both wonder if their marriage can survive and be one of true love. Fortunately both become attracted to one another, but will be enough, as this relationship seems to deteriorate before it even gets started. We get to watch Vance battle with himself as he tries to become the man that God created Him to be, but His past still holds him at times. He’s one of my favorite heroes because of this because it shows he’s real. He isn’t the perfect gentleman. He’s human. Yet, his desire for God is beautiful and He becomes a new man because of it. Violet is a unique character. She is pure and innocent, yet bold at the same time. She isn’t the annoying shy heroine who can’t do anything herself and needs a guy to save to her. In fact, she doesn’t even really want Vance to protect her. She will fight with him and for anything that she believes in. No matter what circumstances are thrown at her throughout the book, she stays true to herself and her beliefs. Overall, it’s a highly recommended read! It’s definitely a favorite and will forever stay on my bookshelf. 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.
lilacqueen75 More than 1 year ago
I'm still absolutely amazed at how quickly and thoroughly I'm drawn into these books. I feel that I am a part of this story and that these characters are my friends. I recently attended a book luncheon where the keynote speaker talked about how many romance books are full of love, hope, and redemption. Most readers want a happy ending because we want to believe that love conquers all. I'm also a firm believer that the most worthwhile things (and relationships) in life are best appreciated when they are worked for. This book proves these points exactly. Violet's brother, Ezra, is pure evil and in a effort to escape his hand, she tries to make something of her life, only to be thwarted. Her struggles are real, scary, and dangerous, but she is one determined woman. As for her hero, the reader is treated to an interesting tale involving Vance. Vance, oh, Vance--the brother whom I love to hate. The older I get, the more I realize that it's impossible to judge someone and that people really can change...sometimes. Vance has quite a past that Violet must deal with and she must decide if he's trustworthy. I love a good, clean, sizzling romance and this one delivers. I love the relationships, the banters, the appearances of past book characters, and the setting. This plot is driven by more than just romance and I love how it adds meat to the story, while still delivering those emotionally satisfying moments. For some reason, I love it when characters are forced to marry. Content: some violence; mild romance (some mild innuendo, kissing, non-descriptive talk of past "sins"); mild religious elements. Clean! *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, with no obligation to review. All thoughts are completely my own.*
Suzie_W More than 1 year ago
If you have not yet read The Everstone Chronicles by Dawn Crandall, you are missing out! This series is amazing! Keep reading to find out how you can win a copy of the last book in the series: The Cautious Maiden. Vance Everstone is the black sheep of the Everstone Family, the offspring who has lived life to please himself and now lives to regret his choices. He is striving to change his spots, to become a man after God’s heart but the shadow of his past hangs heavy over everything in his present. On the other end of the spectrum, Violet Hawthorne has lived her life above reproach. Despite her brother turning her family home into a brothel, Violet has managed to stay away from that life and everything associated with it. But her brother is more devious and desperate than she could imagine. When he puts her in a compromising position that will ruin her reputation and leave her with no place to turn, Violet is forced into an engagement with Vance Everstone, who promises to protect her. Violet longs for a real marriage—one full of love—but Vance has already told her he hadn’t planned on marrying any time soon. Will she learn to navigate Vance’s high-society world? And how will she ever protect her heart from the man she is coming to love? This story!! What a beautiful tale of redemption, of how love can change a person. How seeking God’s heart changes your own enough for someone who wants to know you to see the person God intended you to be. And while it’s not usually my favorite point of view for romance, Crandall makes it work. In every single one of her books. Readers fall in love with the hero right along with the heroine. All I could ask for is more of these characters—maybe a reunion piece? . ***Whitaker House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions expressed are my own.
MrsTina42MR More than 1 year ago
The Cautious Maiden #4 the Everstone Chronicles***** by Dawn Crandall 1892..Everston, Northern Maine....Violet Hawthorne is humiliated by her brother, Ezra and is in grave danger—which she is unaware of at the time. I was so glad she had a safe place to live and work away from Ezra. Violet loves Ezra but not his lifestyle. I love her generous heart and courage in the face of all that she has gone through and the danger she will soon experience. Her faith is strong, which is evident in how she lives. Her heart longs for a certain man who she feels is far out of her reach so she keeps her feelings hidden. Vance Everstone is a far different man than he was in the other book—a changed man since his confession of faith in Jesus. I love this “new” Vance better than the rogue he previously was. His life hasn't been easy despite his financial status, partly due to his former lifestyle. I love how he is very protective of Violet not realizing how he really feels toward her. I was not sure what Violet's new found family was up to when they suddenly stopped visiting her. I was hoping they were not involved with Ezra in any way. Speaking of Ezra, I don't see how a brother could treat his own sister the way he does. I did not care much for him, his lifestyle, behavior toward Violet and hoped his eyes and heart would be opened to the path he is on and decide to change his life. There was another man that Ezra had dealings with that made me cringe as he set out to accomplish the evil plans he had. I was glad that we get to catch up with Vance's family and love that they step in and offer help in a dangerous situation—as is their norm. The story is filled with rich, true-to-life characters that offer much to the reader: intrigue, scandal, second chances, heartache, joy, danger, redemption, secrets, faith—love the inspirational elements woven throughout the story, romance and love. The Cautious Maiden is the forth book in the Everstone Chronicles, and is my favorite of the four. It can be read as a stand-alone book, but will be a richer experience reading them in sequence to get to know the characters better. ~I received an ARC from the publisher, (no monetary gain were exchanged), this is my honest review~
SylviaM More than 1 year ago
Once again, author Dawn Crandall has written a captivating, inspiring novel. The Cautious Maiden is the fourth book in the Everstone Chronicles set in the Gilded Age of Boston, MA and Maine. Each novel Dawn has written in this series is unique on its own, but still is heavily intertwined with the rest of the series. You should read them all, preferably in order. There is so much I love about this book. God’s forgiveness for our past sins and His grace to keep you victorious over sin are major themes in The Cautious Maiden. A suspense thread runs through the novel, but doesn’t detract from the couple getting together. The romance is heart-stopping and breath-taking; the relationships lasting and satisfying. I always leave a Dawn Crandall novel with a smile of delight on my face and a heartfelt sigh of pleasure. This novel was no different. The characters in this series are like old friends and I love how they all show up from book to book; like a family reunion! Violet Hawthorne, is no stranger to fans of the Everstone Chronicles. I was happy to read that she is the heroine in this novel after her cameo appearance in the previous book. She is an optimistic, good-hearted young lady. I admire her courage in adverse circumstances, as well as, her moral backbone. Violet has a good head on her shoulders, a respect for others’ opinions, and a forgiving sweet spirit. If I had to go through similar circumstances I would hope to have a similar attitude. She seems like a person I would love to hang out with in real life. Even though I admire Violet, I feel like this is really Vance’s story. Let us stop for a minute....or two.....or three.....and just breathe. Sigh. Vance. What a hero. We’ve waited so long to hear how he has turned out and grieved right with his family over the bad choices he has made in life. He finally deserves his own book. After learning of Vance Everstone in book one, I wasn’t certain what to think of this rake/black sheep. Readers followed the ups and downs of this flirt’s selfish life and wondered if he would ever reform. Dawn Crandall made Vance so magnetic; an attraction even when he was an ungodly ladies’ man. I was rooting for him to be a hero and turn out good (but still a charming gentleman) as the series progressed. Well, I got my wish! Vance is now a Christian and a truly, worthy hero for Violet. He has matured and is even more appealing as a Christian. His spiritual journey is admirable and genuine. There aren’t many heroes in Christian fiction who will openly read their Bibles and have a visible relationship with God. This one did and that was attractive. The hero and heroine get together in an uncomfortable, unusual fashion, but manage to weather the storms of adversity that are sent their way. The romance in this novel is breathtakingly beautiful. Each time Vance and Violet are in a scene together the air sizzles with intense, underlying passion. Much of my time reading this novel was spent swooning and waiting with baited breath for the next moment the hero showed up on the scene. :) I love how this couple purposefully got to know one another. They actually talked about their relationship and didn’t spend most of the book running away from each other. Both Vance and Violet wanted this to work and were open and honest. As always, I love Dawn’s author voice of first person. It’s just perfect and brings the classics to mind. Two other favorite features are as follows: the brilliant use of quotes at the be
Becky_B More than 1 year ago
The Cautious Maiden by Dawn Crandall is the fourth book in the Everstone Chronicles. It is a standalone novel, but would be much more enjoyable if you have read the other three in the series. Violet Hawthorne is our heroine in this novel. She is forced into a proposal with the notorious Vance Everstone. After reading the other three books in the series I came in not prepared to really like Vance, and was not sure what to think of him. But, through the heart felt writing of Mrs. Crandall I enjoyed seeing the transformation in Vance that only Christ can bring. By the end I was cheering for Vance. I was thankful for our God who redeems and loves the broken souls which includes me. The Cautious Maiden is well written and a page turner. I was guessing till the end of the novel. Great romance, adventure and insight into the love of God. I highly recommend it! I was given this book from the publisher
GailHollingsworth More than 1 year ago
I've read all four of the Everstone Cronicles and The Cautious Maiden is by far the best yet! Dawn Crandall has a way of drawing you into the stories so that you feel like you are there. You can taste, feel and see the same things as the characters. Lots of romance, relative interaction, stress, laughter and danger can be found within the pages of this book. After the death of Violet's parents, her evil brother takes over their home and turns it into a brothel. Violet flees and finds a job as the desk attendant in the hotel of a wealthy family. After her brother wages her in a poker game and loses, the stakes are high for her very safety. Her brother first has her beautiful long hair cut by an attack, then later puts her and the aristocratic Vance in a compromising position after they are attacked and drugged. There's nothing left for Vance to do but offer her a proposal of marriage, right after he has declared that he is not ready to get married for many more years. All of this sets the stage for an interesting story that goes way beyond a simple proposal of marriage. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and a comfortable chair and get ready for an adventure like no other. I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given.
ReginaFujitani More than 1 year ago
You'll need a hand fan for some of the scenes! Whoo wee! Ya! The passion, the action, the suspense; it'll keep you on you on the edge of your seat and up late at night! You'll be turning the pages wanting to know what's happening next! The passion in this book is Christians we deal with all sorts of temptations, if we allow the temptations to grab a hold then sin happens, if you don't allow it then you are stronger for it. Dawn Crandall portrays this beautifully in this story! In this book she has life lessons that she doesn't skirt around with. They are meaningful, ones to take to heart! I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest and unbiased opinion of this book. All opinions are my own and doesn't reflect my review.