Friday, July 15, 2016

The Hesitant Heirss by Dawn Crandall

From the publisher:
Book #1 of The Everstone Chronicles
Inspirational Historical Romance from first person point of view. 

After being unjustly expelled from the Boston Conservatory of Music, Amaryllis Brigham sees her dreams of founding a music academy in her hometown of Seattle, Washington, disappearing before her very eyes. Now, the only way to achieve her goal comes with high stakes for someone set on avoiding men as much as possible: Marry within the year to inherit the immense fortune of her estranged grandmother. Amaryllis reluctantly moves in to her aunt's Boston home and rubs shoulders with fashionable society. Despite her own misgivings, she soon finds herself quickly falling in love with the most unlikely of men--Nathan Everstone, the envy of every eligible female, whose father has haunted her dreams for the decade following her mother's tragic death. However, Nathan turns out to be much more than he seems...and everything she never knew she wanted. But just as everything Amaryllis has recently hoped for comes to fruition, it all falls apart when she finds that the real culprit who has been managing her life isn't who she thought at all.
This book reminds me of Pride and Prejudice in the way that we often judge others before we really know who they are and it ends up affecting the relationship.  It is a great lesson to learn and one that Amaryllis has to learn over and over again.
This was the first book I ever read of Dawn Crandall and I was surprised to read a story in first person.  Most novels are in third person but in doing it this way I felt that it kept the tension because since you only knew Amaryllis's point of view you knew only one side of things. 
I'll be honest, I didn't really like Amaryllis.  For whatever reason I had a hard time connecting with her, but I was engaged right away with many of the secondary characters and with Nathan Everstone.  What is wonderful about a series is that it grows and develops.  I would very strongly encourage you to keep reading this series, even if you don't love this first book.  (In my opinion each one gets better and better!)
I received this ebook free in exchange for my honest review.  

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