Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Enchanting Nicholette by Dawn Crandall, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: Enchanting Nicholette
Series: The Everstone Chronicles #5
Author: Dawn Crandall
Publisher: Whitaker House
Release Date: October 9, 2018
Genre: Historical Romance
In this captivating novella by Dawn Crandall, Nicholette Everstone is already a widow at the age of twenty-two: her husband was murdered on their wedding day. She has just returned to Boston after two years of mourning in Europe. Although her husband was loving, the marriage was an arranged one, and Nicholette would like to wed again–this time for love…and to someone safe.
As she acclimates to life in Back Bay again, Nicholette meets someone she can’t help but fall for. But when she learns of the danger and sacrifices Cal Hawthorne takes on for the safety of others, will her heart be strong enough to keep her fears of “what if” at bay?
The good thing about blog tours is that you have the opportunity to read books by authors that you’ve not read previously. Such is the case here with Dawn Crandall. I’d not read any of her previous novels, and thought that a novella would be a good place to start. Novellas, in my experience, have provided great introductions to a new series. And so I came to the first page of Enchanting Nicholette knowing nothing about the Everstone Chronicles.
The plot is centered around Boston society, perhaps not quite as up there as the crème de la crème of New York’s Gilded Age but certainly getting there. Nicholette has returned to the city with her parents and her father-in-law’s teenage step-daughter. It is an opportunity for Sylvie to enter society while Nicholette re-enters as an eligible widow woman. First, however, they visit a bookstore with a tongue twister of a name but is presumably based on the icon Brattle Book Shop in Boston. They’re looking for a copy of a book written by Nicholette’s sister-in-law, Violet. And immediately, I wished for a family tree diagram. Over the course of 176 pages, the reader is given a lot of names and it can be difficult to keep them all straight. There are also a lot of familial connections. It soon became apparent that I definitely should have read the other books in the series first.
I almost gave up, but then I discovered my reason for reading. A subject emerged that I’d been becoming more aware of over the past several months, that of slavery and trafficking. God can be like that sometimes. Yes, this is a Christian novel published by a Christian publishing company. Part of the narrative focuses on Nicholette returning to God and looking for direction in her life. She’s been the dutiful daughter having married according to her parents’ wishes, and she wants something more. By coincidence (maybe) Cal has been in a similar circumstance. The road to love is never smooth in fiction, but these two find their way despite startling revelations and societal prejudice.
At the end I felt like I’d read the series back to front. While reading the final pages, it seemed like I was reading a wrapping up of events. I still had questions, such as why was Nicholette’s husband killed on their wedding day, and how? But these were presumably answered in a previous book. While it’s evident – to me, at least – that this novella was not intended to serve as a standalone introduction to the series, it certainly had that effect on me. Upon finishing Enchanting Nicholette I immediately wanted to go back and read the complete Everstone Chronicles from the beginning. The only problem now is that I know how everything ends!
Thank you to JustRead Publicity Tours and Whitaker House for my copy of Enchanting Nicholette. The above thoughts on this title are my own.
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.
(1) Winner will win:
- A print copy of Enchanting Nicholette
- A library card zipper bag
- Two pairs of Jane Austen socks
- Two hand poured candles
- A historically accurate soap from Austen’s time
- A Jane Austen set of playing cards
- A set of Jane Austen notecards
- 6 magnets with Jane Austen quotes
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