The Captive Imposter by Dawn Crandall


For her own protection following the murder of her brother Will, hotel heiress Estella Everstone assumes the alias of Elle Stoneburner and takes a job as companion to an elderly widow. Never did she imagine that her position would lead her back to her beloved Everston, a picturesque resort property tucked away in the rugged mountains of Maine. Living below her station in a guise of anonymity has its struggles, but her spirits are buoyed by a newfound friendship with the hotel manager, Dexter Blakeley. And his distaste for the spoiled socialites who frequent his hotel causes her to take a close look at her own priorities and past lifestyle. When Estella finds herself in need of help, Dexter comes to the rescue with an offer of employment she can’t refuse. As the two interact and open up to each other, Estella feels a growing attraction to Dexter; and increasing discomfort over concealing her identity. Yet, in spite of the false pretense she’s putting forth, she’s never felt freer to be herself than in his presence. But will he still love her when he learns the truth about who she is?


The Captive Imposter follows the tradition of Dawn’s other books, with a refreshing new plot, and new romance!

THE GOOD
1. Dexter Blakeley was a strong, well-written character!
2. Estella got over Jay! Yess!
3. I loved Estella’s drawing abilities!
4. I loved Roxy as a character! Maybe we could see her get her own story??? (*hint* *hint*)
5. I loved that Jay got a girl!
6. I loved that Dexter’s mother hated Estella. It added such good emotional tension.
7. I was completely glued to this book!
8. I loved the romance, which was slow but still well paced
9. I loved Everston!
10. Again, I loooved the First Person POV.
11. I loved Vance! His part in the story was great.
12. I loved the ending suspense!

THE BAD
1. I got confused (I’m easily confused, though)
2. I think that I was supposed to like Violet, but I didn’t.

FOR THE PARENTS

INTIMACY/KISSING – Mild kissing. One girl is from a brothel, so they have dealings with the owner and the girl is also pregnant. 
CUSSING – None!
VIOLENCE – Mild violence, nothing too bad.

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