My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received from Author to Review
Genre: Historical Christian Fiction Romance
My thoughts: Dawn Crandall is an author that I have recently come in contact with. I am excited to read her books. This is her first book and the start of a series that I will be reading.
The book starts off as Amaryllis looses her place at Boston Conservatory of Music. She is forced to live with relatives that she hasn't seen in years. There is a lot of mystery as to the reason's why she is forced to leave the school that she enjoys. Amaryllis keeps a lot of things about her past closed off from everyone. The mysteries surrounding her are a little confusing. As a reader, you have part of the picture with a lot of questions. It makes it difficult to keep up with the story.
Fortunately, if you keep reading, it all is revealed. The story keeps moving through the confusing part and was able to keep my interest. Amaryllis is a complex young lady who has suffered through a lot of emotional pain. At times you wanted to tell her to get out of her "funk" and look around and see the man, Nathan, who is right in front of her. She has a man who adores her, in spite of her mood swings, and wants to be with her. She pushes him away because of the things she believes his father did to her to make her miserable.
This really is a good book to read. It is full of romance and humor. The pacing of the book is excellent. I found myself eagerly anticipating the next page. The book's characters are Christian, their faith is mentioned as an integral part of their lives.
I look forward to reading the rest of the books. Now that I am familiar with the characters and their history, I can't wait to see how their love stories will unfold.
About the Author: (taken from Goodreads) Dawn Crandall is an ACFW Carol Award nominated author of the award winning series The Everstone Chronicles from Whitaker House. The series currently consists of three books: The Hesitant Heiress, The Bound Heart and The Captive Imposter. The next "Everstone" book, The Cautious Maiden, will release October 4, 2016.
Dawn is represented by Joyce Hart of Hartline Literary. Apart from writing books, Dawn is also mom to a precious little boy (born March 2014), is expecting her second baby (June 2016), and also serves with her husband in a pre-marriage mentor program at their local church in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
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