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The Captive Imposter

(The Everstone Chronicles #3)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  426 ratings  ·  145 reviews
Sent away for protection, hotel heiress Estella Everstone finds herself living undercover as a lady’s companion named Elle Stoneburner at one of her father’s opulent hotels in the mountains of Maine—the one she'd always loved best and always hoped to own one day, Everston. The one thing she doesn't like about the situation is that her ex-fiancé is in the area and is set on ...more
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published April 1st 2015 by Whitaker House
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Dawn Hi Molly! Amazon and GoodReads always have the link there because they're jointly owned. :) The Captive Imposter will be released on April 1st, but my…moreHi Molly! Amazon and GoodReads always have the link there because they're jointly owned. :) The Captive Imposter will be released on April 1st, but my publisher won't have it go live on Amazon until that day. I wish it were up for preorder right now, but that's not how they've decided to do it. :)(less)

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Seema Khan
“I can’t bear the thought of you anywhere but with me.”

And yet again I ask the same question: Is it really possible to fall in love with fictitious characters? I have discovered that it very much is and I’ve been bitten by the Everstone bug! Absolutely, undoubtedly and unreservedly loved, loved, loved the book! (An understatement!) I don’t know how she achieves it, but Dawn Crandall does make you live the story, experience it and feel the growth. You are a gem Dawn Crandall and I’m s
Apr 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Forced to hide and keep her identity secret, Estella Everstone becomes plain Elle Stoneburner -a lady’s companion- to save her life from a dangerous threat. Her father and brother think that is the only way to escape and be safe, even when she unexpectedly goes to Everstone, one of her family’s hotels -risking to be recognized-, and meets her father employee Dexter Blakeley. She does not know if she can trust him but despite that, she feels really protected for the first time in her life. She ha ...more
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
Dawn Crandall masterfully crafts a story rich in vibrant setting, vivid characters, and sharp dialogue. Her scenes come alive, transplanting readers into Gilded Age New England and keeping them absorbed from the first word until the last. The characters she creates feel real and honest, and boy howdy can she write a kissing scene! My new favorite of the series, The Captive Imposter specifically is a beautifully engaging story of forgiveness, of overcoming prejudices, and of finding our worth in ...more
Paula Vince
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was invited to read this third book of a trilogy, curious to see if it could stand alone, and maybe even intrigue me to read the first and second books too. From the first page, I had the impression that the heroine, Estella Everstone, had been featured in the two prequels as a younger, more minor character. This time it's her own story, which she tells in first person, with many twists and turns, changing attitudes, revelations and changes in fortune.

I like the Great Gatsby sort of atmosphere
Sarah Vanscoyoc
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Captive Imposter is the final book in Dawn Crandall’s Everstone Chronicles series and I’m sad to see it end. I’ve been eagerly anticipating Estella’s book since reading The Bound Heart and was not disappointed in the least. This book may have been my favorite of the series, though I’d have to go back and read them all in order to say for certain.
I’ve come to adore Dawn’s writing. It wasn’t what I’d expected when I first picked up her books, but it is very distinctly her. I think I could read
Apr 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Imagine a crystal clear glass of water. Now, imagine taking some food coloring and squeezing one tiny drop into that water. Drip...thats all it takes to turn that colorless water into a vivid color. Now, maybe add one or two more drops of that coloring. Drip-- Drip. Now your water has become even more vibrant and has more depth to its color.

This is how I would describe Dawn Crandall's writing. With only a few "drops" of words, her characters and settings come alive with color and depth that all
Just notified by author, Release date announced as March
is Now April 1st 2015 ! ...
has now become appreciation.

A solid historical romance that concludes Ms Crandall's Everstone Chronicles with aplomb. Steady pacing, characters I wanted to know, authentic interactions and relationship development; for me it presented the whole reading package.

I was intrigued from prologue to epilogue.

Congratulations, Dawn, and every continued success !

Another wonderfully romantic read in the Everstone Chronicles! Full review to come! :)

Estella Everstone, under the name Elle Stoneburner for her protection, is currently living as a lady’s companion at one of her favorite of her father’s lavish Maine hotels, Everston. Everston would be the perfect refuge if not for the fact that her ex-fiancé is nearby and set on marrying someone else. Devastated by the emotional upheaval that his engagement brings, Estella forms a reluctant friendship with Ever
Carole Jarvis
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

The Captive Imposter, book #3 in The Everstone Chronicles by Dawn Crandall, focuses on Estella Everstone in a story that captivated me from the very first page. I love everything about Dawn's writing voice - lyrical prose, first-person POV, rich characterizations, and captivating storylines that stay in my mind long after the last page is turned. Dawn's writing style is beautifully unusual, refreshing, and reminiscent of a style from the
Katie W
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've been curious about Estella Everstone. She's a little intimidating because she's quiet, obviously in love with Jay, and the younger sister of all these swoony men. After a dangerous incident, Estella finds herself under an assumed identity, as a lady's companion. Through random events, "Elle" ends up at her favorite of her father's hotels, Everton. Estella needs help and Dexter, the hotel manager, comes to her rescue, befriending her.

Dexter is a little rough around the edges, but he really
Savanna Kaiser
Nov 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
By now it’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Dawn Crandall’s books. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed her Everstone Chronicles series and her latest installment – The Captive Imposter – read just as smoothly and satisfying as the rest. It begins with well-planted promises of intrigue and romance and concluded just as well, leaving this reader’s heart happily content.

One of my favorite things, in similar fashion to the previous two in the series, was that it felt like I spent the entire story with the hero
Anna Hurtt
Sep 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the third installment of The Everstone Chronicles. This story is told in the voice of Estella Everstone, a character we’ve met in the previous two books. I wasn't sure how I’d be able to relate to her, but my worries were in vain; the author brought her to life beautifully. I connected strongly with her and thought her motivations were believable. I really enjoyed watching her grow from a childish socialite to a strong and mature woman.

Dexter Blakeley is an excellent hero; star
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
Dawn Crandall's writing style is fascinating. Written in first person, there is a quality about it like I'm reading in tunnel vision- I know there's more going on peripherally but I can only see what is being experienced by the main character, Estella. The story unfolds in layers and the different aspects of the plot are revealed strategically. It's almost like uncovering a mystery!

Estella has undergone her transformation from shallow socialite to compassionate companion before the book begins,
Dec 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Welcome back to the world of the Everstone family! I know that I am thrilled to be back in their lives, watching the drama unfold. And what a wonderful drama it is!

What did I love about this book?

For starters, I loved the setting. Everston and the surrounding land was beautifully described. I felt like I was there. The feeling of coming home that Estella experienced upon her return to Everston is palpable.

The characters in this story are also captivating, as has been the case in all three of the
Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Dawn Crandall keeps getting better and better as an author. The Captive Imposter was an amazing book. It literally didn't want to put it down.

Although you get a glimpse of Estella Everstone in the previous books, now you are allowed to see her heart and torment. I loved that she was an artist and drawing so much since I too am an artist. I also loved how her first love was there at every corner just out of reach. I believe those who've had a first love then lost them know how it feels to have t
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Pure romance sure to induce heart palpitations. It begins at the first meet. Elle is off-kilter, Dexter abrupt and brooding. Elle's well intentioned employer imagines romance is afoot and does everything she can to fan the flames of attraction and the tumultuous, tender and oh so infuriatingly not-a-courtship ensues.

A compelling coming of age story. Elle has lived a life of invisibility as the youngest daughter of a powerful family. Overlooked because of her age and her female status, she lear
Mar 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I couldn't put this book down. I just love how Dawn makes you feel what the main character is feeling. And her descriptions are so good that I felt like I was in Maine, in the White Mountains. The plot never faltered and kept me turning the pages late into the night. I'm so glad this book is a part of my collection. ...more
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Dang. What an incredible ending to an amazing Regency trilogy! I'll definitely be buying the paperbacks when they're available. ...more
Apr 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
It’s always such fun to meet new authors and have a chance to read their work, especially when it happens to be one of my favorite genres! Each book in Dawn Crandall’s The Everstone Chronicles was entertaining and I’m super excited for her as the series will now be in paperback!

Before I share thoughts on each individual novel, I have to say I really enjoyed the era and location of the series. The late 1800s were a fascinating time in America, so I really liked diving into that time of American
Mar 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Estella Everstone was initially the least favorite of the ladies in the Everstone Chronicles series, but she ended up being my favorite. She was more levelheaded and intelligent when it came to the men in her life -- no crazy love triangles for Elle! Since I've now had the time to mull the first three books over for a few days, I can honestly say that the third time is the charm. While The Hesitant Heiress had the most fabulous hero (I'm looking at you, Nathan) and The Bound Heart's Lawry was sw ...more
Aug 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Captive Imposter was a great read that truly held me captive. The book went everywhere with me! The message of faith and trust in this book was great. I really enjoyed the scripture verses that were interwoven into a terrific storyline. The way the spirit took the words from the Bible to touch the characters hearts and lives was so raw and real. Will a man fall in love with a woman no matter her name? Will a woman trust that God holds all in His hands? Those are the two true questions to be ...more
Cara Putman
Apr 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is a sweeping love story set in the Gilded Age. The heroine is impersonating a lady's companion for the heroine's protection after her brother is killed in a prior book. When her lady decides to visit a hotel in the middle of the Maine woods, Elle is thrust into the middle of a hotel that her family owns and she's always wanted. It's harder to keep up the charade -- especially when the manager of the hotel begins to spend time with her. Dexter is enigmatic, but as Elle gets to know him ...more
Oct 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I may have stayed up into the wee hours of the morning to finish this book. This book was fabulous! I loved it so much! I loved the love story in this one. The tell tale sign of a wonderful writer is the ability to make you connect and fall in love with the characters. I found myself doing that exact thing with Estella and Dexter! All of her books have had a unique story line and have kept me interested right up until the last page! I would highly recommend this book and the whole series.
Somehow I managed to read these books out of order. This is the last one in the series for me, since I have already read book 4. So glad to read Estella's story:) Dawn Crandall has created a privileged but flawed family, who find God's love, mercy and purpose for the lives. Sad to say goodbye to the Everstone family.

Jul 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this novel, by far the best of the series. Estella's character is believably sweet. I loved watching the romance develop between her and Dexter--she a meek mouse and he a blustery lion. The mystery about who she is as well as her growing confidence and character was wonderful to see played out. ...more
Apr 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Once again, Dawn Crandall has taken me back in time, to the rugged mountains of Maine, and into the heart and mind of another heroine. When I read this story, which is also told in first person, it's more like reading the pages of someone's journal than a piece of fiction. Crandall has told each story in the Everstone Chronicles in first person, and has done so expertly in each one. Not every author can create an page turner told primarily from one character's perspective...but that's exactly wh ...more
Nicki Olsen
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*I loved*

If I had to pick something about Dawn's writing that was really unique, I'd have to say, it would be her names. Lawry, Amaryllis, Estella...I LOVED Dexter! What a dark, brooding, yet protective name for a gentle, handsome man with secrets! :)
That term, "handsome" brings me to my next point. Dawn's character depictions are the best. She doesn't pile it all on you the second she starts the book about how they look nor does she continuous
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
I never gave much thought to Estella in The Hesitant Heiress or The Bound Heart. She was a mousy, quiet, timid sort of gal who stayed in the background, only making herself and her thoughts know on the rare occasion. So, it was with much hesitation that I began reading The Captive Imposter, where Estella took the spotlight. Truth be told, I doubted that Dawn Crandall could bring this seemingly lacking character to light. I even wondered if I would be able to finish the book, or if it would suffe ...more
Grace Mullins
Oct 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the third book that I've read by Dawn, and I can say that I liked it. I've debated with myself whether I like this one or her second book in this series better, so I'll just say that "The Captive Imposter" is just as good as book two, with some aspects that I liked slightly better than the previous books.
The author did a fairly good job of characterization in this one. Estella, the heroine, has visible character growth in the story. I think it was interesting finally getting to see her
Jul 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
My first thought about THE CAPTIVE IMPOSTER is "Oh what tangled webs we weave when first we practice to deceive. Estella is living a lie. Hiding from someone who killed her brother, Will, and nursing her wounds over a broken heart when a missionary wannabe rejects her, Estelle has changed her name to Elle, added a rather unique last name, and became a companion to an older lady. But when this lady decides to take a holiday to Everston, Estella finds herself on one of her families hotels - and sh ...more
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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 ...more

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