The Cautious Maiden Review

As an avid reader and a writer of Regency Fiction, it is fun for me to step outside of my genre and read fiction from a different era. Dawn Crandall’s The Cautious Maiden is set in the late 1800s in New England. It is the latest installment of her series The Everstone Chronicles, and has been receiving rave reviews from her faithful following. You can check out some of those reviews here.

I “met” Dawn through a Facebook readers’ group and have enjoyed getting to know her a little bit. Here’s a bit about her:

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.

The Cautious Maiden follows Violet Hawthorne, whose unscrupulous brother’s antics have not only compromised her, but placed her in harm’s way. Seeking an escape from both the man hunting her and from the ruination of her compromise, she agrees to enter into an engagement with recently-reformed Vance Everstone. Vance, for his part, has played fast and loose with the hearts and bodies of women in his past, but has put that aside in the wake of his sudden conversion following the death of his brother. Traveling from the resort hotel to Boston with Vance, to stay with his family, Violet must accustom herself to what seems to be a whole new world. Now that their wedding is nearing…well, I think I’ve shared enough. You’ll have to check out the book if you want to learn more. 😉

I love seeing growth. It’s a sign of life, an absence of stagnation, and a proof of learning. I dearly hope that as I continue to write, I show as much growth as Dawn has. She graciously emailed me PDF versions of the first three books of her series, so as to have a better understanding of the history behind The Cautious Maiden. They were all fast reads and I enjoyed reading someone’s work I’d not read before. While there were a few things in the books that I wasn’t entirely sure about, they were overall quite interesting. For a step back into time, check out Dawn Crandall’s The Everstone Chronicles.