Beauty for Ashes


549013: Beauty for Ashes, Hickory Ridge Series #2 Beauty for Ashes, Hickory Ridge Series #2
By Dorothy Love / Thomas Nelson
Title of Book: Beauty for Ashes
Author: Dorothy Love
ISBN 978-1-59554-901-3 (pbk)
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2012
Reviewer: Dell Smith KleinABOUT THE BOOK:
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 the 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, author of Beauty for Ashes grew up in McNairy County, Tennessee. This author loves hiking, researching her next novel, and Ron, her husband. Her first book in the HICKORY RIDGE ROMANCE series was Beyond All Measure. Love and her husband own two golden retrievers and currently live in Texas.

Historical romance is always fun to read. When you toss in a beautiful thoroughbred and a couple of male options for a lovely redhead, I’ll carry that book around and read while loading the laundry, or while stirring the gravy. Beauty for Ashes did not disappoint. Love even hinted at a mystery and kept me guessing.

By the way, Beauty for Ashes is a book you won’t be embarrassed if someone catches you reading. And feel free to share with your teenage daughter, or your mom. The faith thread doesn’t strangle you, but you can see who is a follower of God, and who needs a bit of a push in that direction. I am pleased to recommend Beauty for Ashes by Dorothy Love. Thank you to publisher Thomas Nelson.


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