Saturday, June 11, 2016

The Captive Imposter


GIVEAWAY

CRANDALL, DAWN
THE CAPTIVE IMPOSTER

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 a 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 free to be herself than in his presence. But will he still love her when he learns the truth about who she is?

My Review:

Pure romance sure to induce heart palpitations. It begins at the first meet. Elle is off-kilter, Dexter abrupt and brooding. Elle's well intentioned employer imagines romance is afoot and does everything she can to fan the flames of attraction and the tumultuous, tender and oh so infuriatingly not-a-courtship ensues.

A compelling coming of age story. Elle has lived a life of invisibility as the youngest daughter of a powerful family. Overlooked because of her age and her female status, she learned to play the role of pampered daughter and sister well. Only she didn't realize she was role-playing until both family and wealth are stripped from her. Learning to live in the service of others brings her alive in a way she never imagined possible. And Dexter is the first man to see her for who she really is.

Crandall knows how to stretch a reader's nerves taut with anticipation. Her almost-kisses require a fainting couch just as much as her kisses do. Blissful sigh. Well, not so blissful since there's angst aplenty. Rabid reading required for the last third of the book! An exquisite addition to The Everstone Chronicles and now I'm caught up and will have to wait along with everyone else for The Cautious Maiden to release this fall.

  GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of  The Captive Imposter please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday June 12 2016. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

53 comments:

  1. Fabulous review, Kav! The book sounds wonderful. Thank you!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  2. I have heard that Dawn's books are really good! I haven't read any of them yet but I'm looking forward to reading some of them soon. d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

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    1. They really are and I'm just getting acquainted with them now too. Good luck, Donna.

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  3. This cover makes me want to jump right into the book. Thanks for the review and giveawy!!!
    kathrynlvossATgmailDOTcom

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    1. I love the covers in this series - so pretty and they all mesh beautifully. Good luck, Kate.

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  4. Eek! This looks so good!! Thanks to your reviews, I can't wait to read this series! Thanks for the giveaway, Kav :)
    pocoauthorATgmailDOTcom

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    1. I've really enjoyed reading them practically back to back. Good luck, Nicole.

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  5. I've never read any of Dawn's books, but I'd sure love to! It's such a bummer to have a tiny library system and an empty wallet! Haha mylittlebirdie (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. Her books are really, really great. Good luck, Karen.

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  6. Looking forward to reading this series!

    samanthabis23 at gmail dot com

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  7. O YES!! Please ENTER me!! =) I love Dawn Crandall's books!! Thank you!!
    justcommonlyATgmailDOTcom

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    1. She is pretty awesome, isn't she? Good luck Annie.

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  8. Thank you for posting a review, Kav--and of course, for going to such measures to read my books. You're words about Dexter and Estella and my writing truly blessed me today. I love that you love the chemistry between my characters. It's my absolute favorite thing about writing. ❤️

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    1. You're welcome, Dawn. I am so enjoying this series.

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  9. This has to be one of my favorite covers for a book!

    patkf2007 at hotmail dot com

    (did I do the email part right?)

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    1. Yes -- you did the email part perfectly. Good luck BookLuver88.

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  10. I can't wait to read this series! I have the first one and she's lonely ;) Thanks for the giveaways, Kav! betherin02 AT gmail DOT com

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    1. LOL -- oh no -- she needs her sisters to keep her company on the shelf. Good luck, Beth Erin.

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  11. Dawn's books are the best. And she sure knows how to write a good romance. spotts06ATcomcastDOTnet.

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    1. Toe-curling romances, I say. Good luck, Stella.

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  12. Dawn's books are great! I've read the first 2 and I'm looking forward to reading the next 2! Thank you for the giveaway!
    cagoar(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Oh yes, you must catch up before book four releases in the fall. Good luck, Cindy.

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  13. Great review! I haven't read any of this series yet but object great reviews from everyone that has. I'm sure I'll kick myself for waiting so long once I get started!

    Ecriggs1990(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. She's gotten really great reviews and they are well deserved. Good luck, Liz.

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  14. Wow! It always amazes me how authors can come up with all these spell-binding, captivating scenarios and weave them into pure reading delights! It is such a gift! I just love the covers of this series and so look forward to reading each book. Thanks for whetting my reading appetite once again,Kav, and for the opportunity of this giveaway!!!

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      nj(dot)bossman(at)gmail(dot)com

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    2. You're welcome. Good luck, agboss.

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  15. Just finished her first book and can hardly wait to get the others.

    harm (underscore) b (underscore) 2000 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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    1. It's such a fantastic series. Good luck, Harmony.

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  16. I would love to have a copy - this is the only one I haven't read - thanks

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  17. I have heard soooo many glowing comments about this series, haven't read any yet, but would love to. Thanks for offering this giveaway. volunteerval (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. You're welcome, Valerie. Good luck.

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  18. I would love to win a copy. I am a big fan of Dawn Crandall. ohiohomeschool (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. I am mow too. Good luck, ohiohomeschool.

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  19. LOVE Dawn Crandall and the Everstone Chronicles! :)
    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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  20. WOW - who wouldn't be excited to read 'The Captive Imposter' after that review?? Thank you so much for the review and giveaway opportunity, Kav!!

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. You're welcome, Bonnie. Good luck.

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  21. Count me in too, thanks!

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. You're counted, Trixi. Good luck.

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  22. Oh that's great! Am in too!
    seemaarkhanATgmailDOTcom

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  23. This was probably my favorite so far of Dawn's books. Love her whole series!

    Anyamay.photo (at) gmail (dot) com

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  24. I'm just about to enter this series and would love to win this one. :) Thanks for the giveaway and review! :)

    Godspeculiartreasurerae(at)gmail(DOT)com

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  25. I would love to have a paperback of this book. I'm almost finished with the first one "Hesitate Heiress".
    Then I hope I get to read the 2nd one.
    grandmama_brenda(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  26. I've been looking forward to reading this for a long time!
    J.C. -Indiana-

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  27. Looks like a great book.

    digging4pearls(at)comcast(dot)net

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  28. Hey Kav! I just realized that you have the fourth book listed as The Captive Maiden instead of The Cautious Maiden. :) The Captive Maiden is by Melanie Dickerson, and they get mixed up a lot by readers and reviewers.

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  29. Pick me! I would love this book, looks super fun.

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