Friday, July 15, 2016

The Captive Imposter by Dawn Crandall

From the publisher:
What's in a name? For her own protection following the murder of her brother Will, hotel heiress Estella Everstone assumes the alias of Elle Stoneburner and takes a job as companion to an elderly widow. Never did she imagine that her position would lead her back to her beloved Everston, a picturesque resort property tucked away in the rugged mountains of Maine. Living below her station in a guise of anonymity has its struggles, but her spirits are buoyed by a newfound friendship with the hotel manager, Dexter Blakeley. And his distaste for the spoiled socialites who frequent his hotel causes her to take a close look at her own priorities and past lifestyle. When Estella finds herself in need of help, Dexter comes to the rescue with an offer of employment she can't refuse. As the two interact and open up to each other, Estella feels a growing attraction to Dexter--and increasing discomfort over concealing her identity. Yet, in spite of the false pretense she's putting forth, she's never felt freer to be herself than in his presence. But will he still love her when he learns the truth about who she is?

Book three in the Everstone Chronicles and I am even more drawn in with each book.  This book reminds me of Jane Eyre, except Jane is rich in disguise in this story.

Estella and Dexter are a wonderful pair to read.  Dexter is strong and solid and more than he seems.  Estella is stripped of her wealth and yet who she really is shows through and she grows.  I really enjoyed reading their relationship and how it developed. 

Dawn Crandall is excellent with secondary characters.  Estella's first was fun to read and I would have enjoyed reading more about her.  There were other secondary characters who I hope to learn more about in her following books!

I was really happy that at the moment of revelation that Dexter's character remained true to what we had read through the whole book.  At first I wasn't sure, but I like that he was still who he had been through it all. 

I really enjoy how Dawn Crandall weaves the characters in and out of the books.  In this book we see Vance again and we are drawn to know more about him (which will come in book four). 

I received this ebook free in exchange for my honest review.

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