The Everstone Chronicles Series Book 3
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?
Dexter Blakeley is an excellent hero; starting out gruff but winning over Estella (and the reader) with his charm, character, and humility as the story goes on. His devotion to his family was especially likeable.
The romance between the two was sweet and completely captivating. I loved the sweet, pure quality of it. As usual, the author brings in a few of the previous characters and it was exciting to see them growing and becoming better people.
I truly enjoyed this entire series, so while this is a stand-alone story, I recommend reading the other two books as well. 5 stars for a lovely historical novel!
(I received an e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, which I have given. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)