The Captive Imposter

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The Captive Imposter
Written by: Dawn Crandall
Publisher: Whitaker House
Month, Year: April 2015

A brief summary from Dawn Crandall:
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 marrying someone else. Reeling from her feelings of being unwanted and unworthy, Estella reluctantly forms a friendship with the gruff manager of Everston, Dexter Blakeley, who seems to have something against wealthy young socialites with too much money, although they are just the kind of people Everston caters to.

When Estella finds herself in need of help, Dexter comes to the rescue with an offer she can’t refuse. She sees no other choice aside from going back home to her family and accepts the position as companion to his sister. Throughout her interactions with Dexter, she can’t deny the pull that’s evidenced between them every time he comes near. Estella realizes that while she’s been hiding behind a false name and identity, she’s never been freer to be herself than when she’s with Dexter Blakeley. But will he still love her when he finds out she’s Estella Everstone? She’s not entirely sure.

My Thoughts:
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 suffer the unfortunate casualty of being tossed aside.

And then, THEN I read the novel. And proceeded to kick myself for ever doubting Dawn Crandall’s ability to breath life into her characters.

How could I ever doubt Dawn Crandall??!!!

In an uncanny twist of circumstances, Estella Everstone, heir to one of the most vast fortunes in society, is whisked away from home in order to protect herself and her family from the men who killed her brother. In order to hide her identity, Estella goes undercover as Elle Stoneburner, a lowly lady’s companion, and learns just how difficult humbling one’s self truly is.

When Estella’s employer suddenly moves them to Everston, one of the jeweled hotels belonging to the Everstone family, Estella suddenly finds herself in the same circles as her ex-finance, his new intended, and a rather intriguing hotel manager, Dexter Blakely, who wants nothing to do with the young socialites parading throughout his hotel lobby. But Estella is no longer the vain, society-driven young woman she once was, and when circumstances turn dire, she must come to terms with her reality changing once again.

The Captive Imposter is a gorgeously written story that beckons you further with every page. I was truly taken with Estella’s dilemma, the unforeseen plot twists, and the bubbling romances hidden in these pages. I am astonished and thrilled at how Dawn could take a character so far in the peripheral outskirts and fairy godmother her into the main character with seamless ease. The Captive Imposter is a work of literary art. I highly recommend you grab a copy of this novel for yourself, curl up in your favorite reading nook, and settle in for a delightful read.

I was graciously provided a free copy of this novel from Dawn Crandall and Whitaker House in exchange for an honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. 

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