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The Captive Imposter by Dawn Crandall | Book Review by Loraine Nunley

Synopsis from author’s website:

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 review:

Oh, I thoroughly enjoyed this story. By far, it is my favorite one in the series. The entire story I watched Estella and Dexter become friends and slowly fall in love. It is their friendship that I loved the most.

Getting to know Estella was a real treat particularly after the image I had of her from her brief appearances in the first two books of the series. She is kind, humble, and talented. I was happy that Estella did not end up settling for a man who would not love her as she deserved.

That brings me to Dexter. What a great hero. Strong, caring and above all, a man after God’s heart. He was a great match for Estella and she for him. This book is written in first person POV. In the other books I felt this kept me from getting to know the heroes better. That was not the case with this one. I really felt like I got to know Dexter just as much as Estella. I don’t know how the author accomplished that, but the result was a great read.

What I enjoyed most about this book:

Estella and Dexter becoming friends.

What I didn’t like about this book:

The circumstances that brought Estella to where she finds herself in need of Dexter’s help.

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars

Would I recommend this book to others?  Yes, definitely. It is a good love story with great characters.  This is the third book in the series and it is a standalone, however it contains some spoilers of the second book so if you intend to read the second book in this series, do it before you read this one.

Note:  I received this book from the author.  I was not required to give a positive review.  All of the opinions I express here are my own.

Where can I learn more about this author and their books?

Dawn Crandall, author website

-Loraine Nunley



5 thoughts on “Book Review: The Captive Imposter by Dawn Crandall

  1. I haven’t head of this series. Do you know if there is an audio version available? I’m being lazy and not looking it up myself. 🙂 I’m a busy mom, but love to listen to books while I’m working on my fitbit steps at the gym.

    1. That’s a good question Ginny. I have not seen an audio version of it. I read it on my Kindle. I think there is some way to have the kindle read the book out loud to you, but I’ve never tried to do it.

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