My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Book Description: In this captivating novella by Dawn Crandall, Nicholette Everstone is already a widow at the age of twenty-two: her husband was murdered on their wedding day. She has just returned to Boston after two years of mourning in Europe. Although her husband was loving, the marriage was an arranged one, and Nicholette would like to wed again--this time for love...and to someone safe
As she acclimates to life in Back Bay again, Nicholette meets someone she can't help but fall for. But when she learns of the danger and sacrifices Cal Hawthorne takes on for the safety of others, will her heart be strong enough to keep her fears of "what if" at bay?
My thoughts: Life hasn't been easy for Nicholette Everstone. She has just finished her mourning period of two years after tragically loosing her husband, William, on her wedding day. She reluctantly reenters society, not yet ready for the sympathy and attention she is sure to get.
One of her first outings is to a book store. There she meets a delightful young lady, May Hawthorne and her handsome brother, Cal. From the moment they meet it felt as if the book soared! The chemistry and attraction was instant, but the romance wasn't instant. There are many moments in the book that made me laugh. I loved every moment that I had with the characters.
This is a novella that is part of a series of books. I highly recommend "The Everstone Chronicles". Dawn Crandall has brought the characters to life for me. You could read this book on it's own, but I would suggest that the others be read first. There is so many things that happen that build up to this book.
This book is clean with kissing.
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This novella was originally published as part of a novella compilation, Timeless Love: Romantic Stories that Span the Ages. The ebook was available for a limited time. "Enchanting Nicholette" is now available on it's own. This is the second time I have read this story, I loved it both times! I have written separate reviews on my thoughts after reading the book the first and second time. My first review can be found HERE.
About the Author: (Taken from Goodreads) 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 earned a BA in Christian Education from Taylor University. She’s been balancing books and babies lately as her two sons were both born as the four books of her Everstone Chronicles series were being released from Whitaker House from 2014 to 2016. Dawn lives with her husband and two young sons on a hobby farm in her hometown in northeast Indiana.
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Dawn Crandall is giving away a copy of a book in the series, "The Cautious Maiden". Stop by and comment on her facebook post to enter! Go to this LINK.
I am including links to all of her books in the Everstone Chronicles in order. I love this series and I highly recommend all of the books!