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?
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.
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