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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.
What an adventure! I couldn’t put it down as I kept wondering what would happen next!
This book, I gather, is the 4th book in the series. Unfortunately, I have not read the previous ones but I thoroughly enjoyed this novel – even though some of the references to past events were not familiar to me. Violet and Vance, although semi attracted to each other, are really thrown together by compromising circumstances. But then their love takes blossom – but will it be enough or will other things come between them?
I loved how realistic the conversations between Violet and Vance were as they tried to avoid succumbing to sexual temptation. What a great book to promote purity, even when it’s hard. “He’d (Vance) been so right. Staying pure had nothing to do with good intentions, or knowing what was right. It took so much self-control and accountability and precaution.”
I highly recommend this book. I received an advanced reader copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
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.