Beauty for Ashes - Dorothy Love (Reveiw and Giveaway!)

4 Stars!
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 Daly 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 trade beauty for ashes.

 An accomplished author in the secular market, Dorothy Love makes her inspirational fiction debut with her Hickory Ridge series of historicals set in her native South. Her skillful blending of the historical and the personal reflect her passion for discovering the histories of ordinary people who accomplished extraordinary things and set her apart as an authoritative voice of Southern historical fiction.

This was a really beautiful sweet Christian Historical Fiction Romance. For me reading Christian His. Fiction is like coming home. It is my comfort zone, being my favorite genre. I think it is so funny how people's tastes differ while a few friends of min do mot like Historical fiction and my own daughter does not like it - I love it! I felt like this book welcomed me with open arms and just hugged me in.
The character development was great - I loved Carrie and Griff! The characters kind of reminded me of  "Gone with the wind" how Scarlet ended up taking care of Melanie in the end. Although Carrie was no Scarlet! She was sweet and very likable!

Dorothy also did an excellent job of setting the scene. I really got a good picture in my head of Hickory Ridge, the homestead and the boarding house.
Besides the romance that is going on in the story (between Carrie and her two choices - Griff and Nate - who will it be?) there is also a little sub-plot. Carrie moves back into her brother's home to take care of his new pregnant wife while he is away finding work. The problem - Carrie and the new wife do not get along! And the 2 boys (from a previous marriage) are "ruffians", as Carrie would say.
The stories in this book are both equally interesting!
Very nice, sweet, Christian story that anyone would enjoy!

There is another book in this series called - "Beyond all Measure"  which I have not read yet. Dorothy Love is a new Author for me and I do look forward to reading more of her!

Thank you Booksneeze for sending me a copy of this book to read and review!

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  1. I love the cover of this one, and the premise is intriguing too -- great review, and thanks for the giveaway! :o)

  2. I also enjoy Christian fiction, but prefer it when the messages are subtle and well sewn into the plot. I am so glad that you enjoyed this one. It seems like something that would be very warm and interesting.

  3. Good review. Why would you want to give away the book?

    1. Hahaha good question!
      There are book that I keep. Authors that I collect, certain books that I had a strong connection to. But... I can't keep them all! There would be no room for me in my house!
      And I love the thought of sharing a book with someone else who really wants to read it.

  4. Thanks for your review on this historical, love to read this type of book and would be great to win one, thanks for sharing
    Paula O(

  5. I love historical fiction whether it is secular or Christian. This one sounds wonderful.


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