~ MY REVIEW ~
I have long held the opinion that only a very well written book can bring both sad and happy tears to my eyes. That being said, it’s official: this book is very well written. 😉 I thought at first that I would be able to keep from crying over this story. After all, I knew it was going to end well and happy. But— nope! I still cried. And then I cried over the happy ending too! I think my very favorite thing about this book was getting to see Meredyth grow and change the way she did. And the first person pov really enhanced that. And Lawry! May I just say that Lawry is my new favorite hero? Because he is. I love this guy! (I couldn’t help but think how nice it would have been to see things from his perspective sometimes, but the story just wouldn’t have been the same if his pov had been included.) And Wynn… Such a sweetheart! I did figure out the “mystery” surrounding her quite quickly, but that’s okay. It was still very interesting reading how things worked out with her in the end. One thing that I would have expected to annoy me was how determined Meredyth was that she was bound to Vance and nothing at all could ever change that. She was so determined to punish herself. Forgiveness wasn’t an option for her because she didn’t deserve it. But I couldn’t be annoyed by this because it made sense. I could only feel heartbroken over the thought of anyone feeling this way. Meredyth’s deceitful heart (you’ll understand that reference if you’ve already read the book) convinced her that she couldn’t be forgiven. How often our hearts do that to us. They totally convince us of something and won’t allow God’s truth to shine through; and, as a result, we won’t accept forgiveness even though it’s already been given. This lesson came through so clearly and in a way that brought those tears to my eyes once again. There are some more mature topics that might not be appropriate for younger readers. But everyone else? Yes, definitely read it. I highly recommend it! I liked it even better than the first book — somehow I knew I would. Dawn Crandall is very quickly becoming a favorite of mine and I can’t tell y’all how much I have enjoyed “discovering” this author. 🙂 If you haven’t read The Hesitant Heiress yet, I do recommend reading it first. While I suppose it’s not necessary in order to understand this book, it will help you fit everything and everyone into place and enjoy the story even more. Check out my review of The Hesitant Heiress by clicking here.
Thanks so much to Dawn who provided me with an advanced copy of this book in return for an honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
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~ WHAT SOME OF MY FRIENDS ARE SAYING ABOUT THIS BOOK ~
I totally loved this one. So engaging, wonderful and romantic! ~Anne~
Dawn Crandall has a very distinct writing style that I found myself loving more and more as I read. She writes in first-person and writes it very well – Meredyth’s voice is crystal clear, and I loved getting to know her throughout the story. ~Beth~
Is there a bad part in the book?! What page was that? Oh yeah…I don’t think there WAS a bad part. You may think that is impossible but this author has got it right…as long as she keeps writing, I’ll keep reading!! ~Nicki~
I’m not sure how to put it into words, but there’s just something special about the writing of Dawn Crandall. Her prose is in an atmospheric, first person point of view that harkens back to another era – evocative of the gothic romance style without the scary parts. ~Carole~
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~ FAVORITE QUOTES ~
I think they would be a perfect match. ~ I, for one, think Ainsley’s perfect all on her own. ~ Of course you do. She’s your baby sister. ~ And you’re Garrett’s baby sister. Which means you’re perfect, as well, I suppose. ~ At the age of four and twenty, I can hardly be considered a baby. ~ Oh, I don’t consider you a baby, believe me. What I should have said is, you’re Garrett’s beautiful younger sister, who is quite perfect in almost every way possible. ~ Yes, that’s exactly what you should have said.
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While she is my sister, she’s much younger than I, and. . . I’ve always felt closer to you. ~ Closer than a sister, am I? Pray tell, what could that mean?
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I was doing a fantastic job of conducting myself with remarkable civility, when all I really wanted to do was scream.
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Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires. ~Francois de La Rochefoucauld~
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The evangelist Charles Spurgeon once said, ‘Groans that words cannot express are often prayers that God cannot refuse.’
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What I wanted was for him to never give up on me — but how could I even ask that of him when I was the one constantly insisting he do so? Oh, how selfish I was when it came to his love.
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What on earth did he do to make her so attached to him? ~ He loved her.
I don’t deserve God’s love and forgiveness, either. And yet, somehow, I have them. . . in abundance.
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