It’s always such fun to meet new authors and have a chance to read their work, especially when it happens to be one of my favorite genres! Each book in Dawn Crandall’s The Everstone Chronicles was entertaining and I’m super excited for her as the series will now be in paperback!
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 into 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 just as everything Amaryllis has recently hoped for comes to fruition, it all falls apart when she finds that the real culprit who has been managing her life isn’t who she thought at all.
Before I share thoughts on each individual novel, I have to say I really enjoyed the era and location of the series. The late 1800s were a fascinating time in America, so I really liked diving into that time of American history.
Book 1 | The Hesitant Heiress
This book had all the elements of an entertaining story – mystery, romance and journeys. For Amaryllis, it was not only releasing burdens and embracing that freedom, but also finding out that not all is what it seems.
It kept me hooked and entertained. I connected with the characters and as I mentioned, I really enjoyed the setting and the plot. Plus the tension between Nathan and Amaryllis was done really well. (4 stars)
Book 2 | The Bound Heart
A story of best friends possibly becoming something more? Who can resist that storyline? Those are always such fun stories. I especially liked Mere’s transformation as well as her heart towards orphans grow. It’s a beautiful thing when people’s eyes and hearts open up to others. That’s how the world changes!
There were some frustrations with Meredith towards the end. Sometimes you just want to sit a character down and give it to them straight. Even with that, Crandall was able to show the beauty of forgiveness. Oh and Lawry? He was a great character! A constant and stable force who was one of my favorite parts of the novel. (3 stars)
Book 3 | The Captive Imposter
I think this one might be my favorite of the three. I liked both Estella (super glad she got her own story) and Dexter. I also liked many of the secondary cast (especially Roxy). The setting made me want to go back to the northeast for a visit and I loved the story!
How everything progressed, the bits of mystery and final conclusion all made for a really entertaining and page turning read. The more and more I read, the more I value quality character development and change. Give me something to believe in you know? This was fun to see in this novel not only with the main characters, but many of the others. (4 stars)
Have you had a chance to read this series?
(Thank you to author for a copy of the books in exchange for my honest review)
Dawn’s hosting a bunch of awesome giveaways for the paperback release, so be sure to check it out here!