Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Beauty For Ashes By Dorothy Love

I received this book from for no charge for my honest review of this book.

Book Description:

She's a beautiful young widow. He's a Southern gentleman with a thirst for adventure. Both need a place to call home.
After losing her husband in the Civil War, Carrie Daly is scared she will never have the family she longs for. Eligible bachelors are scarce in Hickory Ridge, Tennessee, but Carrie has found love. Not the weak-in-the-knees kind, but something practical. Still, she isn't quite ready to set a wedding date with Nate Chastain.
Griff Rutledge is a former member of Charleston society, but has been estranged from his family for years. He's determined to remain unattached, never settling in one place for too long. But when asked to train a Thoroughbred for an upcoming race in Hickory Ridge, he decides to stay awhile.
Despite objections from the townsfolk, and her fear that true happiness has eluded her, Carrie is drawn to Griff's kindness and charm. It will take a leap of faith for them to open their hearts and claim God's promise to give beauty for ashes.

My Thoughts:

Beauty For Ashes is the second book in The Hickory Ridge Romance Series by Dorothy Love. I had the honor of reading Dorothy's debut novel, Beyond All Measure, and Beauty For Ashes is another hit for Dorothy Love.  In this new book the focus is on the widow Carrie Daly that we met in the first story.  In Beauty For Ashes Carrie is in a dilemma of whether to forgo love and marry for practical reasons until she meets Griff Rutledge, a new comer to Hickory Ridge.  I truly enjoyed this story. From the start I found myself drawn in and kept there until the end.  I felt like I was there seeing familiar friends and meeting new ones. The historical details were accurate and very well researched.  The story is a romance but it does have a little bit of everything in it. Dorothy Love writes with such authority on this time in history and about this place, Hickory Ridge.  I find myself seeing everything the characters see. I cannot wait to read the next book in this series. I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy Historical fiction and also Historical Romance. You will not be disappointed.

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