Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Beauty for Ashes by Dorothy Love

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.

Beauty for Ashes was a enjoyable novel, describing the importance of family, forgiveness, and love even when people are different or seem unlovable.

The character development and description in this novel were well written and really helped me identify with the characters. The plotline was also well structured and allowed me to experience what the characters were going through as well as provide suspense as the story progressed. There were several parts where I was drawn to tears as well as happiness. However, there were also portions of the novel that seemed very predictable and slowed down the story, making it harder to stay interested.

Overall, the novel was an easy but entertaining read that I found very relaxing after a stressful week. I enjoyed this second installment in Hickory Ridge Romance Series, and I look forward to reading other novels by Dorothy Love.

I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson through Booksneeze in exchange for an honest review.

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