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.
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Beauty for Ashes is a refreshing romance, imbued with Christian values and intriguing characters. Widow Carrie Daly has been living with her brother's family while dancing around setting a wedding date with her friend Nate. So when Griff Ruftledge blows into town, she is drawn to him, even against the bequest of the townsfolk to stay away from him. Griff has always been a bachelor, but there is something about Carrie that draws him. Both of them have difficulties in their life and must allow their faith to help them set their course and their hearts.
With refreshing characters set in a small town after the Civil War, Love has built a great community. This is the second book in the series, so I was a little lost at the beginning, but the author does a superb job of filling the reader in so it can be read as a standalone. Love delivers a deep sigh read!
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book to faciliate this review. All thoughts and opinons are expressly my own.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Before 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,www.dorothylovebooks.com or friend her onFacebook.com/DorothyLoveBooks.
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