Wednesday, August 6, 2014

"The Hesitant Heiress" by Dawn Crandall

About this book:

  “After being unjustly expelled from the Boston Conservatory of Music, Amaryllis Brigham sees her dreams of founding a music academy 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 her grandmother’s fortune. Amaryllis reluctantly takes part in her aunt’s society, intent on getting to the west coast on her own… and without a husband.
   Despite her own misgivings, she soon finds herself falling in love with the most unlikely of men, Nathan Everstone, whose father not only had a part in her expulsion, but whose ominous presence has haunted her dreams for a decade since her mother’s tragic death. 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.

 Series: The First Book in the “Everstone Chronicles” series {Book #2, “The Bound Heart”, coming in November and book #3, “The Captive Imposter”, coming in 2015. Both, which I’m excited to read!}

Spiritual Content- Amaryllis reads “Of the Imitation of Christ”, Nathan has also read it & quotes it a few times; Nathan does a prayer over Amaryllis (honestly, it’s one of the sweetest prayers I’ve ever read between a pair of love interests – so sweet and kind and lovely and swoon-worthy and touching); Many Scriptures are quoted; Church going; A few Prayers; Talks about God, imitating Him, Him being on our side, His love & His Will.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘where the devil’ and a curse is said but not written; Amaryllis is kind of anti-men at the beginning because of her father & Bram Everstone (she describes them as “Controlling. Insensitive. Undependable. Inconsistent. And liars.” All this makes sense when you know about her past.); Amaryllis has nightmares (only one is semi-detailed, but it’s not scary, it just has to do with her past); A man says he “needs a real dri—“ but stops mid-sentence when he see Amaryllis is in the room.    

Sexual Content- a not-detailed kiss; three detailed kisses; and two very detailed kisses; Amaryllis studies Nathan (highest being a semi-detailed); Talks of flirting; Amaryllis says Nathan sounds “amorous”; heat creeps up necks & hearts pound; Love, Falling in love, those emotions & Nathan tries to woo Amaryllis; Wyatt drops a hint about what Nathan did for enjoyment out in the West (we don’t know what he’s hinting at or if it’s true); Two babies were born out of wedlock; Nathan says he wants nothing more in this life than to see Amaryllis when she first wakes—beside him; *Spoiler* Wyatt kidnaps Amaryllis & tries to compromise her (he rips her dress, kisses her & takes her to a bedroom (thankfully nothing happens, and all of this is barely above not-detailed—also, she gets saved) *End of Spoiler*

-Amaryllis Brigham
                                         First person P.O.V. of Amaryllis
                                              Set in 1890
                                                        315 pages

Pre Teens-

New Teens- 
(and a half)

Early High School Teens- 

Older High School Teens-

My personal Rating- 
(and a half)

Even though, I enjoyed this book I would not recommend this book to girls under 16. Wyatt and his shenanigans made my rating lower. I have to admit, I swooned when Nathan prayed over Amaryllis. That had to be the sweetest prayer I’ve ever read in any books I’ve reviewed. Seriously, read it:
   Nathan reached out and put his arms around me, bowing his head close to my shoulder, and whispered, "Lord God, I thank You for bringing Amaryllis into my life. Please watch over and protect her while I'm unable to be with her in these coming days. Strengthen her heart, Lord, that she may trust me as she trusts You. For I've taken Your commands to heart, and I strive to love her as You have. I would do anything for her." He paused and let out a long breath. "I pray these things in Jesus' name. Amen”

I also loved when they were talking about God that all the ‘H’s were capitalized. :)
And few more quotes I loved:

 “And I have my camera."
"Of course you do.”


“That you would even suggest such a thing makes me fear you are in grave danger of losing your senses.”


“Settle your feathers!”

See y’all tomorrow with the winners of the J.E.B. Spredemann giveaway!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Author for this review.

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