Saturday, August 13, 2016

The Bound Heart and The Captive Imposter Books 2 & 3 of The Everstone Chronicles By Dawn Crandall

Books that come in a series are great!  They can elaborate on multiple characters, previous characters can pop up, and above all if you just plain love the series you can just keep going!  I'm reviewing both books two and three of the Everstone Chronicles today!
In book two: One accidental kiss from Lawry Hampton. That was all it took to throw Meredyth Summercourt's world upside-down. Determined to marry the ever-elusive Vance Everstone, she simply doesn't have the time or the desire to fall for her best friend. But with Vance out of the country, and with Lawry at her side nearly every day, teaching her what the world is like through the eyes of a little orphan girl named Wynn--Meredyth can't deny that what's holding her to Vance is nothing more than a desire to redeem herself from her past. Will she marry Vance once he returns from Europe? Or will she be strong enough to break free from the tangled web she's convinced she deserves, and accept that God's plan for her life includes redemption...and, quite possibly, Lawry Hampton?

Sometimes I worry about reading a new series.  That the books following won't be quite as up to snuff as the first one.  Dawn Crandall set the bar high in her first book, The Hesitant Heiress.  But I am happy to say both books, two and three, are wonderful!  I see lots of growth from her first book into her next ones. 

Meredyth and Lawry are both very well written characters.  The story had great twists and turns.  You are rooting for these two from the start and I kept wondering if they would ever be able to be together!  Wynn caught my heart and I had to keep reminding myself that this was a story child, not a real life one!  Will these two ever find their happily ever after?  

So after I had burned through book 2 I picked up The Captive Imposter.  From the back:  For her own protection following the murder of her brother Will, hotel heiress Estella Everstone assumes the alias of Elle Stoneburner and takes a job as companion to an elderly widow. Never did she imagine that her position would lead her back to her beloved Everston, a picturesque resort property tucked away in the rugged mountains of Maine. Living below her station in a guise of anonymity has its struggles, but her spirits are buoyed by a newfound friendship with the hotel manager, Dexter Blakeley. And his distaste for the spoiled socialites who frequent his hotel causes her to take a close look at her own priorities and past lifestyle. When Estella finds herself in need of help, Dexter comes to the rescue with an offer of employment she can't refuse. As the two interact and open up to each other, Estella feels a growing attraction to Dexter; and increasing discomfort over concealing her identity. Yet, in spite of the false pretense she's putting forth, she's never felt freer to be herself than in his presence. But will he still love her when he learns the truth about who she is?

So by now I figured that Dawn Crandall couldn't pull anymore surprises because I was catching on to her writing style.  Ahem, well let's just say that my smug attitude died within the first ten pages. Once again we have very strong characters.  Estella goes through so many struggles and is just a beautiful character.  She really stood out.  Dexter was the type of literary character that makes me swoon. 

The story had lots of twists and I found myself reaching for Kleenex on more than one occasion. Once again another great romance and Dawn's message of relying on God through all things shines through.  

So pick up these books and stay tuned!  Book four (yes there is a new one coming out, squee!!) is on the way!  But don't worry, you will have plenty of time to read the first three and anticipate how they can be topped!  Happy Reading!  

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