The Hesitant Heiress, a brand new historical romance, releases today from Whitaker House. I am pleased to post a review of the book here. Next Monday we have the treat of an interview with Dawn.
"After being unjustly expelled from the Boston Conservatory of Music,
Amaryllis Brigham sees her dreams of founding a music academy in her
hometown of Seattle, Washington, disappearing before her very eyes. Now,
the only way to achieve her goal comes with high stakes for someone set
on avoiding men as much as possible: Marry within the year to inherit
the immense fortune of her estranged grandmother. Amaryllis reluctantly
moves in to her aunt's Boston home and rubs shoulders with fashionable
society. Despite her own misgivings, she soon finds herself quickly
falling in love with the most unlikely of men, Nathan Everstone, the
envy of every eligible female, whose father has haunted her dreams for
the decade following her mother's tragic death. However, Nathan turns
out to be much more than he seems...and everything she never knew she
wanted. But can she ever really trust an Everstone man?"
From the very beginning, the conflict tugged at my heart and kept me turning pages. Amaryllis Brigham meets her troubles head on with an inspiring faith. But this girl doesn't know how beautiful she is, nor what's in store for her in the person of Nathan Everstone. The characters are richly drawn and engaging. Dawn Crandall's historical research is impeccable, but so expertly woven in that you don't even notice, you're just there. Each chapter is headed with a spot on quote from classic literature.
Her dream of a establishing a music conservatory is attached to her having to marry, something she'd never really considered. A mysterious event in Amaryllis past, one that she doesn't understand and has plagued her much of her youth, threatens to thwart her growing romantic interest. The truth is revealed after much conflict and soul searching. The satisfying ending left me wanting more of these fascinating characters and the storytelling of Dawn Crandall.
I highly recommend this new book. Congratulations, Dawn!