I frequently find that novellas may feel just a bit rushed with critical details missing in order for the author to complete her story in the limited amount of space. I never felt that way while reading Enchanting Nicholette, in fact when I reached the end it was with the same satisfaction as when reading a full-length novel. What a treat to discover what happened to Nicholette after losing her husband on their wedding day!

As always, I found the author’s plot to be well developed with vivid descriptions and wonderful characters. I could almost imagine myself there among them as they walked through the park or spent time at a dinner party. A perfect balance of witty dialogue, romantic interludes, and a touch of mystery, Enchanting Nicholette ended much too quickly and left me wanting more (I never want books by this author to end!). I eagerly anticipate what Dawn Crandall will offer her readers next.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by the author. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.


In this captivating novella by Dawn Crandall, Nicholette Everstone is already a widow at the age of twenty-two: her husband was murdered on their wedding day. She has just returned to Boston after two years of mourning in Europe. Although her husband was loving, the marriage was an arranged one, and Nicholette would like to wed again–this time for love…and to someone safe.

As she acclimates to life in Back Bay again, Nicholette meets someone she can’t help but fall for. But when she learns of the danger and sacrifices Cal Hawthorne takes on for the safety of others, will her heart be strong enough to keep her fears of “what if” at bay?

Read the first chapter here.

Read the “Almost Kiss” excerpt here.


Dawn Crandall

Dawn Crandall’s debut Gilded Age Victorian romance, “The Hesitant Heiress,” was a 2015 ACFW Carol award finalist in the debut category and received the 2015 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, the 2015 Write Touch Reader’s Choice Award and the 2015 Romancing the Novel Reader’s Choice Award. Her follow-up novel, “The Bound Heart,” received the 2016 Laurel Award from Clash of the Titles. Dawn earned a BA in Christian Education from Taylor University. She’s been balancing books and babies lately as her two sons were both born as the four books of her Everstone Chronicles series were being released from Whitaker House from 2014 to 2016. Dawn lives with her husband and two young sons on a hobby farm in her hometown in northeast Indiana.