This story opens with Meredyth being assaulted by Vance, one of her childhood friends. In Meredyth’s mind she is now bound to Vance and is determined to wait for him to return to Boston so they can marry. Year pass, she still waits rejecting all other suitors. All the while, she is blind to the one man who loves her. The man who is waiting patiently for her, even years later. It’s a character I think many women will be able to relate to. Meredyth struggles with forgiving herself and accepting God’s love. It’s her biggest struggle in overcoming the past.
Lawry Hampton is patient, loving, and compassionate. He adores children and seeks to be a father to orphans. When we meet Wynn, my heart about burst. I loved this little orphaned girl and hoped that by the end of the book all would be made right. Seeing how Dawn weaved the story of hope, love, and healing is only part of this great book. Lawry is a hero modeled after the ultimate author of romance, Jesus. Lawry is a man who pursues the one woman he has ever loved and is unrelenting in his devotion and patience. My heart broke a few times, when Meredyth pushed him away, but Lawry never stopped loving her.
When I reviewed Dawn’s first book I mentioned she writes in first person. Normally this isn’t a style I enjoy, but after the first few pages I was so absorbed in the story I forgot about it being in one point of view and just loved reading the book. I couldn’t wait to read this book, knowing Dawn’s writing style, I knew it was going to be great. I wasn’t disappointed. Book 3 will be released in a few months and I’m already marking my calendar!
Dawn Crandall is the author of The Hesitant Heiress (released August 1, 2014).
A graduate of Taylor University with a degree in Christian Education, and a former bookseller at Barnes & Noble, Dawn Crandall didn’t begin writing until 2010 when her husband found out about her long-buried dream of writing a book. Without a doubt about someday becoming published, he encouraged her to quit her job in 2010 in order to focus on writing The Hesitant Heiress. It didn’t take her long to realize that writing books was what she was made to do. Dawn is represented by Joyce Hart of Hartline Literary. http://dawncrandall.blogspot.com/