If a room full of people were to be asked if they had even been in a position where something was expected of them several if not all hands would be raised. When asked if that expectation was not what they themselves were sure of I believe several hands would still be raised. This was one of the main points in this book, Beauty for Ashes, that resonated with me. Carrie marrying Nate seemed to be a done deal for Nate as well as several other people in the small town of Hickory Ridge but all that changed with the arrival of Griff Rutledge. The Charleston native often found himself in the right place at the right time to aid Carrie. Carrie's struggle in dealing with her brother's new wife, her two sons, and impending birth of her brother's child appeared to be more than anyone could handle but she proved herself more than capable of meeting the challenges of life head on and coming out better in the end. This is a beautifully written story with a message to follow God's plan for your life and one I would recommend.
About the book:
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.
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 on Facebook.com/DorothyLoveBooks.
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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.
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