The Cautious Maiden by Dawn Crandall
Genre: Inspirational Historical Romance
Publisher: Whitaker House
Date: October 4, 2016
Reviewed by: Rachel Dixon
Fiction Addict Scorecard: B
Where do I even begin? This quote pretty much sums up this book. “Truly, what a conundrum Vance Everstone was becoming.” When I began The Everstone Chronicles I utterly despised Vance. However, his story should be an encouragement to us all, that through God’s forgiveness and redemption ANYONE can change. Wow, just wow!
Violet Hawthorne has been raised to be a lady, a woman of upstanding morals, with a brother who is quite the opposite. Violet wants nothing more than to be free to live her own life unhindered by the past…or present…circumstances.
As Violet and Vance are (quite literally) thrown together, they begin to see each others weaknesses and strengths. Vance is such an encourager, but has difficulties opening his heart to Violet. Violet is wonderfully creative and has compassion and overflows with forgiveness. But she is timid and fearful of doing or saying the wrong thing, she severely lacks self confidence. As events progress she must decide the life that she wants to live.
This storyline is wonderfully creative and moving. Vance’s need to protect Violet and his ever growing love for her is beyond romantic and sweet. Written in first person we only get to see things from Violet’s perspective. Although we don’t see much growth in her self confidence, we see her growth in her spiritual life. She comes to the realization that putting her trust in man will disappoint, but trusting in God is what she truly needs.
In conclusion, this entire series is moving and inspiring. The Everstone family has seen it’s share of heartbreak and trials. But through it all, they have kept their eyes on the Lord and they have been brought closer together. Dawn Crandall has created a lovely series and I can’t wait to see what she writes next.