Book Review

The Cautious Maiden by Dawn Crandall

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 and 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.


Wow! Much has changed since book 2 when it comes to a certain character who I really did not like in book 2. Can you guess who? I have to say that The Cautious Maiden has turned out to be my favourite of all The Everstone Chronicles. The reason: The character development of Vance Everstone. I loved his real journey to redemption and his struggle to make the right choices along the way. Life is not easy sometimes.

This historical fiction romance is set in the 19th Century. Violet Hawthorne is working at Dexter’s hotel when her no good brother interferes with her life, putting her in a very awkward position. This adventure which is set in motion when Vance finds her upset due to Ezra’s unkind treatment, (trying not to include spoilers here!) and Vance treats her with such tenderness you can’t help but soften your heart towards this, up to this point, rogue.

Without giving too much away Violet and Vance are caught up in a situation they feel is out of control, but Vance does his best to protect and care for her. As Ezra’s misguided deeds and the consequences of them become apparent, things get complicated.

This very unpredictable story is heartwarming, will leave you breathless and your ‘to do’ list sadly neglected. Their journey is not without challenge and turmoil, they questions themselves and each other but in the end you will be a happy reader by the end. Happy Sigh.


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For my reviews of more EVERSTONE CHRONICLES:

Book 1: The Hesitant Heiress

Book 2: The Bound Heart


I received a copy of this book from the publisher, my opinions are freely given and are my own.

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