Violet Hawthorne is beyond mortified when her brother Ezra turns their deceased parents’ New England country inn into a brothel to accommodate the nearby lumberjacks but when Violet’s own reputation is compromised, the inn becomes the least of her worries. In an effort to salvage her good name, Violet is forced into an engagement with a taciturn acquaintance&, Vance Everstone.
As she prepares for a society wedding, Violet learns that her brother had staked her hand in marriage in a heated poker game with the unsavory Rowen Steele, and Ezra had lost. Now Rowen is determined to cash in on his IOU.
With danger stalking her and a new fiancé who hides both his emotion and his past, Violet must decide who to trust, and who to leave behind.
The Cautious Maiden is an engaging story of love, hope and redemption. I found myself pulled into the lives of Violet Hawthorne and Vance Everstone. I couldn’t put it down and read it in one evening. Their story is really sweet. I love a good love story and this one is is really good. It’s has some surprises along the way. I liked how Vance’s character continues to develop throughout this series. I didn’t really like him at first but he soon grew on me. Violet is so sweet and reslient. Dawn Crandell’s character’s are well written and believable. I love how she weaves truth throughout the story without being preachy. This is part of a series so it’s best to read the previous books.
I can’t wait to read more of her books.
I received this book from Whitaker House for my review.
I highly recommend this book to my family and friends.
Check out Dawn Crandall’s website: http://dawncrandall.blogspot.com/