Saturday, January 27, 2018

The Captive Imposter by Dawn Crandall

About the Book
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?

My Thoughts
Estella was an intriguing character in the previous two books of this series and I was excited to get to know her more and see where her story would lead.
I loved how despite the fact that she was using a different name Estella truly got to be herself for once. She didn’t have to impress anyone, she was just a lady’s companion after all, and could just let people see her for who she was, without the Everstone name coloring their opinion. And the person she felt most herself with just happened to be a certain hotel manager!
I really liked Dexter Blakely’s character, he wasn’t afraid of hard work and he was always helping those in need. He was determined not to fall in love after something that happened to his family but Estella kept slipping past his defenses.
Neither of them were looking for love but that just made finding it all the sweeter! Their romance was simply beautiful and I was captivated!
There were also several secondary characters that I loved, Mrs. Granton, Estella’s employer, with her not-so subtle matchmaking, Roxy, Dexter’s sister, with her kindness and friendship, and romantic outlook on life! And the little we saw of Bram Everstone amused me! Lastly we got to see bits of the reforming Vance Everstone which just made me even more excited for book four!!
This whole story flowed flawlessly and I could barely stand to put it down!

Meet the Author
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.


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