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 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.
More about Dorothy Love: An accomplished author in the secular market, Dorothy Love makes her inspirational fiction debut with Beyond All Measure, the first novel in the Hickory Ridge series of historicals set in her native South. Her well-researched, heartwarming stories of family, faith and friendship reflect her passion for discovering the histories of ordinary people who accomplished extraordinary things and set her apart as an author of Southern history with heart.
My Thoughts: I’m a sucker for romance and this book doesn’t disappoint! With the first lines she sucks you into the setting so deeply you would think your actually there! As with most romance novels the ending is predictable but you don’t care. Your sitting at the edge of your seat and swooning at the love the couple has for each other, and your dreaming right along with them about their happily ever after. This novel has just enough twists, turns and turmoil to make you catch your breath and keep you engaged.
I enjoyed this book so much that I plan on picking up her other book Beyond All Measure as soon as I can.
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