Saturday, March 17, 2012

Beauty For Ashes (A Hickory Ridge Novel) by Dorothy Love Review and Giveaway

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.

Dorothy Love

efore returning to her writing roots in historical fiction, Dorothy Love published twelve novels for young adults. Her work has garnered numerous honors from the American Library Association, the Friends of American Writers, the International Reading Association, the New York Public Library, and many others. The Hickory Ridge Novels mark her Christian fiction debut.

For more about Dorothy visit her website, or friend her on

Kindle Fire Giveaway & 3/20 Facebook Party
We're thrilled to announce the fun giveaway Dorothy is hosting! First, she'll be giving away a Kindle Fire (3/1-3/20), then on the evening of the 20th she's inviting everyone to her Facebook Author Page for a fun Author Chat party! Don't miss a minute of the fun ... sigh.
One beautiful winner will receive:

A Brand new Kindle Fire with Wi-Fi
Beauty for Ashes by Dorothy Love
Beyond All Measure by Dorothy Love

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends 3/20/12. Winner will be announced at Dorothy's Facebook Author Chat Party on 3/20. Come for an evening of chat, trivia, and a sneak peek at the next book in Dorothy's Hickory Ridge series - bring your friends! She'll also be giving away some GREAT prizes: gift certificates, books and a stunning sapphire ring!

So grab your copy of Beauty for Ashes and join Dorothy and friends on the evening of March 20th for an evening of fun.

My Review:

I enjoyed this second book by Dorthy Love. Loved that some of the Characters from the first book Beyond All Measure, made a return visit!
This books has many chuckles, and some ohhhhhs, and some very sad happenings. We are focusing at a time just after the Civil War and there is a Depression happening. Carrie Daly is now required to welcome a new woman into her home she shares with her brother Henry. His new bride, Mary, comes with two...not adorable sons.
Carrie has been keeping company with Nate for quite awhile, and everyone expects them to marry. She is rescued from an uncertain death by Griff Rutledge, he is going to be in town for awhile training a horse. Now we will wonder for awhile who will win her hand or neither?
Love that the Lord seems to have a hand in the lives of these Characters, and as in real life not always as we wish.
I recommend this for a fast enjoyable read!

I received this book from the Publisher Thomas Nelson, and was not required to give a positive review.

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  1. Sounds like a nice book. I'd probably give it to my sister.

  2. I really want this book, it's on my wishlist!


  3. This book sounds wonderful, thanks for the chance to win!

  4. Sounds like a great book--nice review!

  5. I will probably keep the book for myself, although my daughters-in-law always go book browsing when they come to visit!

  6. This review really interest me a lot. I love reading books and I will surely consider Beauty for Ashes my next book to read. I will look for a copy for a copy for this one. Thanks for a great review!


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