Every once in a while a book comes along that changes the era I'm reading. I will enjoy the book so much that I go back and try to find more just like it! This past summer that book was The Cautious Maiden by Dawn Crandall.
The Cautious Maiden is the finale book in The Everston Chronicles series. This series follows the Everstone family siblings (and father) as they move into adulthood.
Since The Cautious Maiden was the last in the series I begged Dawn to give me access to the previous volumes so I could get a good look at the family. She graciously agreed and it's a good thing. This is definitely one of those books you need to read as part of a series. As a standalone it will be good but there will be a lot lost and left to interpretation, especially how bad the main character was before. I suggest you start with book one The Hesitant Heiress.
The Cautious Maiden starts in with an action scene when Violet Hawthorne (who we met in the previous book in the series) is put in an awful position. Her treatment is terrible and at the hands of her brother no less! Vance Everstone comes to the rescue with an offer of protection and we're off to a dance of hearts between these two. Since in the previous books he (Vance) is a womanizer and a rake this is a new side to him as a protector, and the Cautious Maiden is Violet learning to trust someone who had before proven untrustworthy.
This story is set in the early 19th century but in New England, America as opposed to England where much historical fiction of this time period is staged. Dawn writes in the first person. And let me just say I love how Dawn’s writing reminds me of that from a bygone era. Her attention to detail keeps me firmly in the time period until I put down the book (for just a moment).
Both Voilet and Vance are struggling with trust, forgiveness, redemption, and worthiness. While my heart bled for all Voilet was suffering I think I was empathizing more with Vance who's actions had brought about a lot of pain not only to other but also to himself. He is struggling to forgive himself. There are many twists and turns and a bit of a suspense that we always enjoy. And can I consider this a spoiler?… All comes out right in the end.
The Cautious Maiden shows us Christ’s redeeming love throughout.
So let's see who would this book be for? If you like Regency Era Christian fiction, or Edwardian Era Christian fiction. Clean romantic Christian fiction. You will probably really like this.
You can purchase a copy on Amazon : The Cautious Maiden
About Dawn Crandall : Dawn Crandall has received several awards for her writing. Dawn and her husband live in Fort Wayne, IN with their children.
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from author Dawn Crandall for a Blogger Review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”