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“Enchanting Nicholette” by Dawn Crandall

“Enchanting Nicholette” by Dawn Crandall

Evertsone Chronicles Book #5 (novella)

Review copy from the author/publisher

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

 

About the book:

 

In this captivating novella by Dawn Crandall, Nicholette Everstone is already a widow at the age of twenty-two: her husband was murdered on their wedding day. She has just returned to Boston after two years of mourning in Europe. Although her husband was loving, the marriage was an arranged one, and Nicholette would like to wed again–this time for love…and to someone safe

As she acclimates to life in Back Bay again, Nicholette meets someone she can’t help but fall for. But when she learns of the danger and sacrifices Cal Hawthorne takes on for the safety of others, will her heart be strong enough to keep her fears of “what if” at bay?

 

 

My Thoughts:

 

A sweet novella! The first time I read this, admittedly it took be a tiny bit to really get into the story, but I think that is mostly because I wasn’t entirely familiar with the characters; I’ve only read one book of Dawn Crandall’s (which I loved!), and that was quite a while ago. However, once I kept reading, it all worked itself out and it can be read as a stand alone since it is Nichollete’s story. I found the second reading of it much more clear, too.
I loved Cal very much. He made such an excellent hero, and I fell in love with him immediately. I very much liked Nicholette but I didn’t really bond with her as much; not quite sure why. I certainly didn’t dislike her. She was a good character, and I felt for her, just didn’t deeply connect. I loved their relationship, though, and how it was all accomplished in a short amount of time. Of course,  I would’ve loved a fullsize novel from this story, but I just love full-sized novels. XD “Enchanting Nicholette” was written very well and didn’t feel like it was lacking.
The kissing scenes got very heated though, which did make me a little uncomfortable, especially when they weren’t married… I don’t mind reading about a kiss here or there in fiction, because frankly there are few books that don’t contain kissing, but these scenes were a bit much in my  opinion. They basically couldn’t keep their hands off each other.
But I know that is a personal-preference thing.
Otherwise, I enjoyed this novella and look forward to reading more of the authors books!

 

 

 

 

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You may recall that I’ve posted a review of this book previously, but I re-read it in paperback now, and polished up my review, so I figured I’d post this one too. ;)

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“Enchanting Nicholette” by Dawn Crandall ~ Review

Hullo! Yesterday was the release day of the “Timeless Love” collection, of which “Enchanting Nicholette is apart!  Did you pre-ordered Timeless Love? If so, you now have the pre-Whitaker House edition of Enchanting Nicholette in your hands to read and enjoy which is quite fun. :) And if you don’t, there’s still time to order your copy to your kindle right now! It’s only 99cents and all royalties go to the Livestrong Foundation.
https://www.amazon.com/Timeless-Love-Romantic-Stories-th…/…/

 

And now I shall share my review of the dear story, “Enchanting Nicholette”…

 

 

“Enchanting Nicholette” by Dawn Crandall

A novella apart of The Everstone Chronicles

 

Review ecopy from the author

My Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 stars

 

 

About the book:

In this captivating novella by Dawn Crandall, Nicholette Everstone is already a widow at the age of twenty-two: her husband was murdered on their wedding day. She has just returned to Boston after two years of mourning in Europe. Although her husband was loving, the marriage was an arranged one, and Nicholette would like to wed again–this time for love…and to someone safe

As she acclimates to life in Back Bay again, Nicholette meets someone she can’t help but fall for. But when she learns of the danger and sacrifices Cal Hawthorne takes on for the safety of others, will her heart be strong enough to keep her fears of “what if” at bay?

 

My Thoughts:

A sweet, enchanting (see what I did there? ;)) novella! Admittedly it took be a tiny bit to really get into the story, but I think that is mostly because I wasn’t entirely familiar with the characters; I’ve only read one book of Dawn Crandall’s (which I loved!), and that was quite a while ago. However, once I kept reading, it all worked itself out and it can be read as a stand alone since it is Nichollete’s story.
And Cal’s, of course. I loved Cal so much. He made such an excellent hero, and I fell in love with him immediately. I very much liked Nicholette but I didn’t really bond with her as much; not quite sure why. I certainly didn’t dislike her – that is far from it. She was a good character, and I felt for it, just didn’t deeply connect. I loved their relationship, though, and how it was all accomplished in a short amount of time. Of course,  I would’ve loved a full-size novel from this story, but I just love full-sized novels. XD “Enchanting Nicholette” was written very well and didn’t feel like it was lacking anything at all.
The kissing scenes got very heated though, which did make me a little uncomfortable, especially when they weren’t married… I don’t mind reading about a kiss here or there in fiction, because frankly there are few books that don’t contain kissing, but these scenes were a bit much in my  opinion.
But I know that is a personal-preference thing.
Otherwise, I thoroughly enjoyed this novella and look forward to reading more of her books!!
*You can find this novella in the Timeless Love Collection for a short while longer, otherwise EN will be available on its own in both ebook and paperback this October. :)
I received a complimentary ecopy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
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The Literary Dinner Party Tag :)

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Hello and Happy Monday! For today’s “open-catagory” post, I am going to do…
The Literary Dinner Party Tag!
In a round-about-way, I was tagged by Faith of Stories by Firefly ~ see, she tagged anyone who was wearing socks while reading her post, and I was, so here I am :D It looks like a fun tag, and I’m looking forward to sharing the characters I chose for the answers!

1// A Character who can/likes to cook:

I want to say the name of a character in a novel that is not yet published (that’d be because it’s not finished yet…), but I will do my best to name characters in already published works. So… I would say, Rylan of “One Enchanted Eve” by Melissa Tagg – while she primarily ‘bakes’, I think she and Colin could produce a scrumptious feast. :)
One Enchanted Eve (Enchanted Christmas Collection #2)
2// A Character who has the money to fund this party:
King Hezekiah  and Queen Hephzibah of “Isaiah’s Daughter” by Mesu Andrews – they’re King and Queen, so yes, they can afford this. :D
Isaiah's Daughter (Prophets and Kings, #1)
3// A Character that might cause a scene:
Freydis – I can just picture her at a dinner party and it not going so well…!
Forest Child (Vikings of the New World Saga, #2)
4// A Character who is amusing:
Sarah Hollenbeck – not sure if she’ll mean to be amusing, but it will be hysterical nonetheless!
The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck
5// A Character who is super popular
Lukas De Wilde  – yep.
A Song Unheard (Shadows Over England, #2)
6// One Villain:
Alex Martin – okay, he’s not really a villain at all. And he has his good qualities. Buuuut, well, yeah. Just gonna leave it at that. ^.^
Pit of Ambition, Book II in The Caselli Family Series
7// One couple – doesn’t have to be romantic:
I could come up with a thousand…but I will go with: Violet Hawthorne and Vance Everstone. <3
The Cautious Maiden (The Everstone Chronicles, #4)
8// One hero:
Walter <3
A Distant Melody  (Wings of Glory, #1)
9// One underappreciated character:
Chiara – I adore her, and her tenacity for life!
   Destiny Defied (The Destiny Series #1)  Destiny Delivered (The Destiny Series #2)  Destiny Defended: Rakshasa's Curse (The Destiny Series #3)
10// One character of your own choosing:
Again, I could choose a ton, but I’m going to go with Josey. :) Love her!
Everything's Coming Up Josey (Josey, #1)
And that brings us to the end of this tag!! I tag anyone who loves books and wants to do this ;)
Are you familiar with any of the characters I named?
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“The Cautious Maiden” by Dawn Crandall

I’m very excited about this book! I signed up to be an advanced reader on a whim, and oh am I glad I did!! I just really enjoyed it. :) It was so sweet, and such a good romance. But enough of this pre-review-rambling… Here is the book’s information, and my official review. Enjoy and thanks for reading!

 

“The Cautious Maiden” by Dawn Crandall   released October 6th, 2016

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 fiance who hides both his emotion and his past, Violet must decide who to trust; and who to leave behind.

 

My Review 5 Stars:

This book. I loved it. It’s one I’d like to just hug to myself. ^.^ This was my first Dawn Crandall book, but it won’t be my last. I was so impressed with her writing, and the characters are superb! I fell in love with them immediately. And I really want to read the previous books in the series to get some more background story of them! :)
Main character Violet was so sweet. I really liked her. And Vance…oh yes did I like him. I fell for him just like Violet did. :)
I was apprehensive after reading the back of the book that something BAD was going to happen, and it had all been so good in the beginning…but I knew IT was coming. It had to be right? Most books I read, the authors like to tear the reader apart, and I can honestly say that’s not my favourite thing….it doesn’t really “keep me reading” as some have said. BUT! The “bad” thing(s) that happened in this book, though bad, were not harmful to my health and did not kill me mercilessly. And I cannot tell you how much I appreciated that. Yes, there was the necessary drama, but it was realistic, and so well written. I want to thank you, Mrs. Crandall, for not drawing it out for the entire half end of the book. The build-up was perfect, and the execution of it so perfect. And the conclusion? Yep, perfect.
I want to read this book again And again. To me, it was that good.
I would strongly recommend, however, that it be read by no younger than at least 17 for some pretty heavy romance. It wasn’t “nasty” in the least, but there were a lot of physical-attraction going between the characters (nothing immoral though!). And a lot of kisses…and while my personal belief is to keep kisses for the wedding day, I know that is not a all-around shared view, and so I’m certainly not going to hate on this book because of it. :D
For those of you who aren’t into romance books, maybe this isn’t for you.
But the romance was still super sweet and I loved this book. The faith-strand was quite beautiful too. I think maybe it could’ve been stronger at times, but it still impacted me. And caused me to look up the hymn “Jesus Paid It All” and love it – and I admit that I don’t know a lot of hymns.
So yes, I loved this book. It made my heart happy. :)
Thank you for providing the review copy, Mrs.Crandall and Whitaker House Publishing!
About Dawn:
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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