Book Review: The Cautious Maiden by Dawn Crandall

Hey, y’all!  I’m so happy to announce the release of a new novel from
author, Dawn Crandall–The Cautious Maiden!
This book is the fourth book in The Everstone Chronicles and perhaps the most gripping of all four tales!
Quick Synopsis:
Violet Hawthorne knows what it’s like to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.  In the years after her parents passed away, her brother has taken the family estate and turned it into the local brothel.  All she wants is a respectable life and, working at Everston, that looks like a possibility.  What she doesn’t know is that her brother’s lack of good judgment and weakness for worldly living is about to turn her life upside-down.
How will she weather this storm in her life?  Will Violet ever find the grace of God?  Is Vance Everstone an upright man of God, as he claims to be, or the vicious rogue that rumors claim?  Is it possible that her story can take a turn for the right by letting God take control?
My Thoughts:
I loved this book for several reasons.
I can still recall the moments in my teenage years that a group of girls and I would gather around with popcorn, brownies, and Dr. Pepper to watch the BBC version of Pride & Prejudice.  Sense & Sensibility, Emma, and Mansfield Park were all among our favorites as well.  There’s something about this time period that I’ve always loved.  Maybe it’s the language or the clothes (or the lovely, epic soundtracks), but these Victorian storylines have a special place in my heart.
Now, a few years down the road, and four kids later, those Jane Austen marathon nights have been traded in for the newest Pixar movie, bacon pizza, and putting the kids to bed!  Instead of taking away from family time, I’m more likely to pick up a good book to read when the kids are in bed.  What could be better than a great novel with a Jane Austen feel?
This book, written in first person POV, was a real page turner.  The author did an amazing job of sharing Violet’s thoughts and feelings, her hesitations and her hopes.  What about the hero?  Vance Everstone could not have been more of a conundrum!  I must confess that my affinity for him began when I found out he could fix hair!  🙂  (My hubby is a barber.)  With so many twists and turns, I kept second guessing who to watch out for in this story.  The thread of redeeming love was carried out to the very end.
Another reason this story was near and dear to my heart is that it tackles the sensitive subject of human trafficking.  Prayer for ministries like the A21 organization and Exodus Road as well as our local halfway houses and women’s shelters from abuse is very important to me, and supporting and rescuing these women is one of the reasons I began writing.  Dawn Crandall took a very dark issue and approached it with grace.  Looking at Violet’s story, there’s a very real threat in her life.  I love how the author also acknowledged that her heroine was not the only life at risk.  Ending the issue and defeating the enemy means rescuing every girl at risk, not just one.
If you like romance stories with a theme of redemption, this book is a definite winner.
Author Bio:
Image result for the cautious maiden  Dawn Crandall is an ACFW Carol Award-nominated author of the award winning series The Everstone Chronicles, which consists of four books: The Hesitant Heiress, The Bound Heart, The Captive Imposter and The Cautious Maiden which released October 4th, 2016.
Apart from writing, Dawn is also a mom of two little ones 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 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.
I received an ARC copy of this book from the publisher, and this is my honest review.

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