Book Review: The Captive Imposter by Dawn Crandall

It’s out! I’ve been waiting for this book for so long! All I can say is–blown away. Completely blown away.

Book three in the Everstone Chronicles is beyond good. I rarely review books I cannot recommend (and I always feel terrible when I can’t!) but, let me tell you, I highly recommend this book. The entire series, in fact.

The Captive Imposter follows heiress Estella Everstone, masquerading as Elle Stoneburner, after her family agrees her safety is assured by a false identity and a move from the family residences. Yes, plural. An heiress must have plenty of homes, should she not? :) Companion to the elderly Mrs. Granton, her new employer surprises her with a retreat to Everston, Estella’s own family-owned resort and hotel, where she finds the most unexpected thing.

Love. Acceptance. Romance.

But will Dexter Blakeley, the manager of her father’s hotel, still care for her after he learns of her deception? What of the man who still wants her brother dead? (The reason she went into hiding in the first place.) And what of Jay Crawford, the love from her past? Will his sudden appearance make her long for him, or seek Mr. Blakeley that much more ardently?

I had to wait stinkin’ months to find all of this out, but you can find out right away! I’m jealous! ;)

And don’t forget to check out the first two books in this series! Gorgeous covers, beautiful heroines–inside and out–and truly captivating tales. All of them.

Out of all the heroines in this series, I most strongly relate to Estella in The Captive Imposter. She is shy, quiet, and withdrawn, and Dexter Blakeley has to dig to find her heart of gold. Reserved and lovely, with a heart for the Lord and people, Estella made me empathize with her, rooting for her until the very end.

(Btw, why do books this good have to end? It’s terrible, I tell you!)

Dexter Blakeley, the hotel’s manager, was dark, brooding, not easily likable–until you got to know him. Then the prickles fell away and you realized his tough demeanor only disguised his true character and integrity.

Such a good cast of characters.

An excellent book–I’ve already read it twice!

I hope you’ll enjoy book–this series–as much or perhaps even more than I did.

If you want to know more about this amazing author, visit Dawn Crandall’s website at or her Facebook page.

Dawn Crandall’s publishing journey is every author’s dream, but I’ll save that for next time. :)

Be blessed, my friends! To God be all the glory!

In Him,


P.S.–If you want to hear Dawn Crandall speak, she is one of the featured authors of this month’s ACFW Indiana chapter meeting. Attendance is $10 and details are below if you are interested. I can’t wait to hear more of her story! :)


The Captive Imposter

The Captive Imposter

Series: Everstone Chronicles, Book 3
Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance
ASIN: 1629116602
Gripping, relentless, and deep, The Captive Imposter will keep you up far into the night. At least it did me! Book three in the Everstone Chronicles is perhaps the best of the three, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. I hope you love it as much as I did!
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About the Book

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

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