The Hesitant Heiress

The Hesitant Heiress 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

  • Title: The Hesitant Heiress
  • Author: Dawn Crandall
  • ISBN: 9781629116587
  • Page: 480
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 ofAfter 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 than he seemsd everything she never knew she wanted But can she ever really trust an Everstone man

    One thought on “The Hesitant Heiress”

    1. I'm not actually trying to rate my own book here, but since I spent two years writing it, I can honestly say I've read it more times than I can count. :) I hope anyone who has the chance enjoys reading it. I really LOVED writing it and getting to know these characters. I still feel so honored to have it published by Whitaker House!

    2. When I pick up a book by a new-to-me author, I'm usually a little hesitant. I don't know what to expect. Will I like it? Will I hate it? Will it draw me in? Or will it leave me looking for a better book to spend my time with?I definitely did not hate this book, but I didn't simply like it either --- I loved it!! Yes, it drew me in quickly and kept my attention to the last page. What did it leave me looking for? Book two!I loved the characters! Some of them did annoy me sometimes, but I have yet [...]

    3. This book was such a fun, quick, easy read despite a few annoyances and a confusing beginning. There were so many people introduced within the first chapters, and so many places mentioned that I felt really lost and had trouble remembering who was connected to whom and how. It also bothered me that the heroine, who had been secluded for over a decade, referred to everyone she was about to meet by their first names. The story is set in the 1890's, so there shouldn't be any reason for everyone to [...]

    4. Dawn Crandall’s debut, The Hesitant Heiress is guaranteed to please Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte fans especially. While Crandall’s voice is definitely her own, the feel of the story is one of a classic. Detail to the time period and high society was impeccable. Expect a romance that delivers, long buried secrets with intriguing plot points and an engaging supportive cast to compliment Amaryllis Brigham—also a well-written and complex yet sincerely sweet main character.I was given a cop [...]

    5. Often when I read a book, I spend the whole time trying to ignore all the ways it should be edited better (one consequence of being an author, I guess). In the case of The Hesitant Heiress, I never got the chance. This book is well-written and well-paced. From the first chapter, we have an intriguing dilemma that begs resolve. I liked the heroine. I cheered for her. I disliked those she disliked. I was so impatient to discover who would win her heart that I read as fast as I could, finishing the [...]

    6. I do not usually read historical fiction but when a friend said how much she loved this book I figured I would give try something new. And boy am I go a I did! Fantastic read! I fell in love with the characters from the very beginning and found myself not wanting to put the book down. This had just enough of a mystery about it and missgin puzzle pieces to keep me reading and guessing until the end. If you love historical fiction I highly recommend this book. And even if you don't, I encourage yo [...]

    7. I have said it before, and I will say it again, I love reading stories written in first-person narration. New to me author,Dawn Crandall, has entered into the world of writing with a refreshing, crisp style and voice with her debut novel, "The Hesitant Heiress." Set during the gilded age, in 1890, it didn't take long before I was lost amongst the pages experiencing Boston Massachusetts and Bar Harbor Maine in all of the opulence of that time period. The plot was mysterious and filled with secret [...]

    8. I was really curious when I read in a blog post that Dawn Crandall chooses specifically to write in first-person narration (my favorite!), so I decided to enter the giveaway for her debut, The Hesitant Heiress, a romantic historical, which also happens to be my favorite genre. My curiosity certainly paid off because what I found was an engaging main character, a plot laced with mystery and a delicious romance.Amaryllis Brigham’s life is thrown off track when she is forced to leave the prestigi [...]

    9. I've been wanting to read The Hesitant Heiress for some time now so was glad to finally obtain the book and read it.What I enjoyed about the book: the time period, the location (United States), the small bit of mystery and the quotes leading into each chapter. In addition, this was a very easy to read book and I read it rather quickly.The romance between the two main characters never seemed real for me. I enjoyed the banter between them. It was the continual roller coaster of attraction and shov [...]

    10. Review on author request against a copy of the book and on my unbounded excitement and eagerness to gorge The Everstone Chronicles!!"Without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers For I long to see you"Nathan: Wow Amaryllis!Amaryllis: Huh [Wow! His eyes! (drools) his smile! (sigh)]Nathan: Yay Amaryllis (claps)Amaryllis: Duh (wow, he's so charming!)Nathan: Be my friend AmaryllisAmaryllis: Who do you think you are? (sigh! Why is he not looking at me??)Nathan: Bye! (Huh, I won't think o [...]

    11. Amaryllis Brigham has been suddenly ejected from the Boston Conservatory of Music. Since she has no place else to go, she turns to her great-aunt and soon finds herself in the middle of Boston's Society. She longs to return to her beloved Seattle though. In order to accomplish that, Amaryllis must marry. Her maternal grandmother has left her a sizable fortune with the stipulation that she marry within a year. She doesn't trust men and has no desire to marry. But she soon finds herself falling in [...]

    12. The Hesitant Heiress ( The Everstone Chronicles #1 )By: Dawn CrandallWhen I first saw the cover of The Hesitant Heiress I just knew I would love it. My eyes was drawn to it. Dawn did not disappoint . She has penned an awesome story and I love the way she puts quotes at the first of every chapter. I fell in love with her main character, Amaryliss Breghan . She is a young lady who thinks she knows what she wants. She loves music and it means everything to her. Amaryliss had to leave The Boston Con [...]

    13. Ah, such a satisfying story! Excellent job for a debut novel. I loved the first-person narration, and how Amaryllis is an honest and pleasant character to get to know. She has to face the past, of the summer she was fourteen and her life fell apart, and we see it unfolding as she faces the events all over again, bit by bit. She obviously won't be able to move on with her life until she looks at it frankly and learns how to deal with the truth, instead of shying away from the horror of what she'd [...]

    14. I enjoyed the first person perspective in The Hesitant Heiress. I felt like the plot unfolded gradually as layers and details were revealed bit by bit. The emotion, conflict, and romance made this a book I was totally immersed in!

    15. Reviewed at The Power of Words: tinyurl/ortv5lyI'm so glad author Dawn Crandall gave me the opportunity to review her impressive debut novel because I thoroughly enjoyed it. The Hesitant Heiress is a historical romance set in 1890 New England - from Boston's Back Bay to Maine's Bar Harbor. The prose is polished and realistic for the times, characters are complex, the plot captured my attention, and . . . well, let me just say that fans of tender romance will find much to enjoy here! Aside from t [...]

    16. I don't normally care for first person narrative. There are some exceptions, however - books where the author just does such a stellar job that I do genuinely enjoy that perspective for that book. Varina Denman and Kristan Higgins come to mind; now, Dawn Crandall is another author I will be adding to this list. In fact, most of the time, the story so captivated me that I forgot I was even reading in the first person! Dawn's writing style simply embodies talent - from her prose to her characteriz [...]

    17. Dawn Crandall’s debut novel has swept its way into my heart with its stellar ensemble of compelling characters and a deeply charming and captivating romance! With a writing style that’s reminiscent to the classic Jane Eyre, this tale is written in first person point of view and captures its period to perfection. Normally I shy away from reading books told in first person, but any uncertainties I initially had were quickly quelled by the superb writing!I was easily drawn into Amaryllis Brigha [...]

    18. What would you do if your dearest dream was to move back to the wilds of Washington state from Boston, in the 1890s, but you have no means of doing so? What if there was a chance of getting a good-sized inheritance if you married within a year, but you have no desire to do so? That's the dilemma that Amaryllis finds herself in. When she moves to her aunt's home and reunites with her cousin, Lawry, after years apart, she also finds herself face-to-face with his best friend, Nathan. A story of mys [...]

    19. I loved the mystery and suspense of this story! Dawn has penned a very intriguing historical romance, skillfully maintaining suspense through the whole story. Throughout it, you’re given tidbits of Amaryllis’s history that have shaped her character. Also, Dawn keeps you guessing about the romance – will Amaryllis end up with Nathan, the man she’s falling in love with, or with another friend who would make a most convenient match?Amaryllis is a complex character, very independent and inte [...]

    20. It is 1890, and Amaryllis Brigham is a talented musician, but a slanderous letter from the rich influential Bram Everstone ends her study at the Boston Conservatory of Music, and sends her to the home of her Aunt Claudine. Here she is reintroduced to her childhood friend, cousin Lawry Hampton, and his friends, Jay Crawford and Nathan Everstone Bram’s son. Amaryllis discovers she is a rich heiress, but she must marry in order to claim her inheritance. She has no desire to marry, yet the money w [...]

    21. Don't "Hesitate" to read! If Jane Austen had been born in America, I imagine she would have written something like this. This historical romance is set in 1890 in New England. I enjoyed it, but there are a few reason why I didn't give it five stars. (view spoiler)[What exactly was the "altercation" between Bram Everstone and Amaryllis's mother? I read this book on my phone via the Kindle app, so I may have just missed it. Also, is Bram Amaryllis's father? Since I still don't know what transpired [...]

    22. Who will win the hand of The Hesitant Heiress?Amaryllis Brigham was just a child when tragedy struck. Her mother was killed when the ship she was a passenger in sank. Amaryllis always felt responsible because she had disobeyed causing the event that put her mother on the ship that day. On the day of her Mothers funeral she is put in the carriage and sent off to a private school where she feels she is being punished for her disobedience. When she is expelled from the Boston Conservatory of Music [...]

    23. The Hesitant Heiress is Dawn Crandall’s debut novel, however you’d never guess this is her first book. From the first chapter Dawn weaves the tapestry of the story and made it impossible for me to put the book down. The story begins with Amaryllis a young woman who has had her share of heartache and her trust of others is tentative at best. She is unceremoniously expelled from the Boston Conservatory of Music; and left with little options she decides to turn to her great-aunt and is thrust i [...]

    24. This book reminded me more than once of Jane Eyre in its writing style. The first-person point of view was smooth and pulled us right into Amaryllis' world (I love her name!). Amaryllis is a gifted pianist, but life has conspired against her in some ways and she has mysteries of her past to unravel before she understands where she fits in the world. I truly enjoyed her friendship with Meredyth (the next book in the series is about her!), her relationship with her cousin, Lawry, and with Nathan E [...]

    25. Despite my poor computer-fried eyes, The Hesitant Heiress held my interest, kept my gaze glued to the Kindle screen, and stole some of my sleep. The descriptions of the setting and era are exquisite, and the scenes flow from one romantic scenario to another, keeping me happily intrigued. I enjoyed the pace very much.I will confess, though, that while I was an engaged reader, I was also a very frustrated one. With all suspense/mystery novels, there's a fine balance between showing all the cards t [...]

    26. Debut author, Dawn Crandall, has set the bar pretty high with her first book. I loved the story of Amaryllis Brigham, a young woman determined to make her own way in a time when it was expected women would do as they were told. Amaryllis was perfectly scripted to represent a woman of this era without stealing away the parts of her which made her unique and fun to read about. Her subtle sense of sarcasm left me smiling on many occasions. When presented with an opportunity to marry for wealth, she [...]

    27. The cover is so pretty I would have been terribly disappointed had I not loved the book! But The Hesitant Heiress, Book One of The Everstone Chronicles, was all I’d hoped it would be. Set in Boston and Maine (with connections to California and Washington) in the late 1800’s, The Hesitant Heiress reminded me of some of my favorite classics (Wives and Daughters and Jane Eyre in particular), yet this story was unique—and totally captivating.Amaryllis Brigham had loved her life on her father [...]

    28. Amaryllis has been targeted once again by a cruel man hating on her family. This time she's been kicked out of the Boston Conservatory, taking away just one more thing that she loves. So when she is invited to stay with a distant relative she must jump at the chance. Upon arrival, Amaryllis is treated lovingly and realizes this was a good idea. Well at least she thought it was until she finds that a descendant of the hateful man, Nathan Everstone will not only be in the same area but the same HO [...]

    29. The Hesitant Heiress was a captivating tale, a novel that I had trouble setting down in order to get anything else accomplished around the house!It is the story of a young lady with a tragic past, who doesn’t quite know how to handle the high society that she finds herself thrust into. It is told in first person, which adds to the mystery of the novel. The reader only knows what has happened in the past, and the events that are currently taking place in the story, through the eyes of Amaryllis [...]

    30. I admit to a certain skepticism when I read Christian fiction. At times I have been willing to accept a lower quality in exchange for clean content, or content that isn't offensive. In the case of "The Hesitant Heiress", I did not feel as if I was settling. The author was very thorough with details about high-society life in the late 19th century, which made me feel as if I was really there (and actually understood something that is such a foreign world to 21st-century modern life). Her main cha [...]

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *