My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: Received from Author to Review
Genre: Historical Christian Fiction
Book Description: Sent away for protection, hotel heiress Estella Everstone finds herself living undercover as a lady’s companion named Elle Stoneburner at one of her father’s opulent hotels in the mountains of Maine—the one she'd always loved best and always hoped to own one day, Everston. The one thing she doesn't like about the situation is that her ex-fiancé is in the area and is set on marrying someone else. Reeling from her feelings of being unwanted and unworthy, Estella reluctantly forms a friendship with the gruff manager of Everston, Dexter Blakeley, who seems to have something against wealthy young socialites with too much money, although they are just the kind of people Everston caters to.
When Estella finds herself in need of help, Dexter comes to the rescue with an offer she can't refuse. She sees no other choice aside from going back home to her family and accepts the position as companion to his sister. Throughout her interactions with Dexter, she can't deny the pull that's evidenced between them every time he comes near. Estella realizes that while she's been hiding behind a false name and identity, she’s never been freer to be herself than when she's with Dexter Blakeley. But will he still love her when he finds out she's Estella Everstone? She's not entirely sure.
My thoughts: This is the third book in the Everstone Chronicles . It is my favorite so far.
Estella Everstone is hiding from the man who is hunting one brother and killed another. She takes on a new name and become a lady's companion, never dreaming that it will take her to one of her favorite places, a hotel that was owned by her father.
Immediately she is drawn to the manager of the hotel. She quickly learns that he does not like rich heiresses. As their friendship and attraction grows it becomes harder to tell him who she is. I loved reading of how she came to realize for herself the power of love, and also what love truly is.
I loved the characters. For being a rich heiress, Estella is down to earth and cares about the people around her. She has a strong faith in God and that is part of Dexter's appeal to her. He is able to draw out her best qualities and she feels free to be herself with him. He also is willing to help people he sees in need. Estella is one of the people he takes under his protection.
Dawn Crandall does an amazing job at description and moving the story along at a great pace. I loved her writing style. I loved the character development. Can you tell that I enjoyed this book?
I would suggest that the books should be read in order. Characters are introduced and pulled from one story to the next. There is also references to things that happened in the other books. You can't go wrong with this series if you love Christian romance. The book is clean with some kissing and mild violence.
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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