Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: The Hesitant Heiress and a Giveaway

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About the Book

Book:  The Hesitant Heiress

Author: Dawn Crandall

Genre: Christian Historical  Romance


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.

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            So, to be completely honest: I was not a big fan of this book. I feel terrible that I could not enjoy it like I wanted to. I have read it twice now and liked it some better the second time. I can’t really pinpoint exactly what it was that prevented me from enjoying it the way I thought I would when I read the blurb. There are a few factors I can connect to it. One of those being Amaryllis; her character bothered me. I did not understand her logic and she was very contrary. I just did not like her character at all for most of the book. I did enjoy some of the middle and almost end of the book, though. The story picked up some and the secondary characters made the story a bit more enjoyable. Honestly, I think it is just my personal tastes that kept me from being able to fully enjoy this book. The second half of the book really saw some friendships and relationships blossom, and I did enjoy seeing that part of the story. The ending however, felt like it belonged to a separate book. I had guessed some parts (but will not divulge in order to avoid spoilers), but the actions taken by the antagonist seemed very out of place with the rest of the story. I hate that I could not really enjoy this book because I really enjoyed the blurb; the story itself just did not pull me in.

There are a couple of things I feel I should warn readers about in this book. There are some kisses in the book that are a bit passionate; they did not bother me at all. I just know that some readers can be uncomfortable reading them so I just wanted to state that so they can be prepared. Like I said, though, I was not bothered and do not think they went too far. There are mentions of past sexual indiscretions, but they are not focused on or described in detail whatsoever. They are recognized as sin and not glorified at all; I only mention them so parents can read and decide if they feel uncomfortable with it for their teens.

TRIGGER: There is an attempted rape described in the book. One character is almost raped, and it describes the fear felt, which may trigger anyone who has experienced sexual assault. It is stopped before it actually happens, but the book describes the dress being ripped to where the character is left in her underclothes. I wanted to provide a trigger warning for any who may struggle with this topic so they can be prepared if they decide to read the book. I also wanted parents to be aware if they were considering for younger teens.

As I stated above, I believe there will be many people who enjoy this book and I think they should give it a try. I just happen to be one of those who did not fully enjoy it. Thank you for stopping by! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway below!

This book was provided through Celebrate Lit, the publisher and author for me to read. The opinions expressed are my own thoughts.

About the Author


Dawn Crandall’s debut Gilded Age Victorian romance, The Hesitant Heiress, was a 2015 ACFW Carol award finalist in the debut category and received the 2015 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, the 2015 Write Touch Reader’s Choice Award and the 2015 Romancing the Novel Reader’s Choice Award. Her follow-up novel, The Bound Heart, received the 2016 Laurel Award from Clash of the Titles. Dawn earned a BA in Christian Education from Taylor University. She’s been balancing books and babies lately as her two sons were both born as the four books of her Everstone Chronicles series were being released from Whitaker House from 2014 to 2016. Dawn lives with her husband and two young sons on a hobby farm in her hometown in northeast Indiana.

More from Dawn

Some things just float your boat, you know? What are some of yours? I’m thinking, for many of you, having piles of awesome newly released novels to read is one of those things. Do you remember what it was that you loved to do more than anything else… when you were a kid? Well, for me, at least, it hasn’t changed much. I remember being in third grade and KNOWING that I was meant to write books. But having ADD in the 80’s and feeling like I was a pretty lousy student through most of my school years sort of put my dreams of being a published author in the category of “pipe dream”. Then during my senior year of college, I had one glorious spring break week of creative thinking, and I came up with the name of the heroine I would (hopefully) write someday—Amaryllis Brigham. And I also came up with the last name of the hero, and the family I would write a series about—the Everstones.

Five years after I graduated from college, I got married. And because I had lots of extra time at that point, I decided to check out some books about character development from the library. Which was the first clue to my husband that I wanted to write a novel. Yes, I hadn’t even told him! Then another five years went by while I worked full time at a daycare. I had definitely thought more about writing it by then, but I didn’t really know how to start.

But then I did. At the age of 32, during January 2010, I finally started writing The Hesitant Heiress. I just dove in, half planned and half one-chapter-at-a-time. I love history so much, when I’m doing research the world as it was just comes to life in my imagination and the story possibilities are endless! And really, I wrote Nathan and Amaryllis’s story for myself—for the joy of writing! Creating story, I found, was my favorite hobby beyond reading them! I did have a dream once during the two year process of writing THH, and I very vaguely saw a cover face out on a shelf. But again, to me it seemed like an impossibility, and I just kept focused on the joy I attained from writing it. If you would have told me back then that that first novel I loved writing would be traditionally published and on the market two and a half years after I finished writing it, I would have laughed in your face! And then, when I first saw Amaryllis on the cover of that first book in my series of five… I thought back to the dream I had that one time, and she was it. The way Amaryllis Brigham is situated on the cover of my published novel was very similar to the vague book cover of my dream. God had done it; He had taken the biggest desire of my life, given me a dream even when I was too cautious to hope, and He had made it a possibility.

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deb’s Book Review, February 14

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 15

Rachael’s Inkwell, February 15

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Texas Book-aholic, February 17

Connie’s History Classroom, February 18

Blogging With Carol, February 18

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, February 19

Bliss, Books and Jewels, February 19

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, February 20

Stephanie’s Life of Determination, February 20

For Him and My Family, February 21

Simple Harvest Reads, February 22 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, February 22

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, February 23

Beauty in the Binding, February 23

Hallie Reads, February 24

Guild Master, February 24


To celebrate her tour, Dawn is giving away the grand prize package of the complete Everstone Chronicles series in paperback and a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.



  1. I like historical romance and this sounds like an amazing read. Thank you for your honest review.

  2. Thank you for your review and participating in the blog tour for The Hesitant Heiress!

    I would be willing to give this a try because I know not every book will be for everyone. 🙂

  3. Thank you for sharing your honest review! I think its very important to always be honest. And you know what..not everyone is going to love every single book!

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