Thursday, March 8, 2012

A Hickory Ridge Romance- Don't miss this one!!

"Beauty for Ashes"
  By Dorothy Love

This book is one of pure Southern delight. Dorothy uses her talent in describing her characters in a unique way that you become their best friend in a very few pages of her book.  The main character, Carrie, is one which draws you into her life of challenges, fears, worries and then joys.
The plot is well established in a way that you can NOT put this book down until you are finished. It is a late night read, for sure!!!  There are twists , turns and surprises in throughout this novel.

Carrie Daly, the main character, has lost her husband in the Civil War. Her great desire to be a wife and mother seems lost to her forever.  She is terrified that she will never  have the family that she longs for. The setting , in Hickory Ridge, Tennessee is not one in which you find a lot of eligible bachelors, however, Carrie does. It is not the romantic love with all the sweetness she has sought after, but is practical. She just isn't sure it is the REAL thing and isn't quite ready to set a wedding date with Nate.

Then a complication arises. Griff arrives on the scene. He has been estranged from his family for years but is a member of the great Charleston Society. A confirmed bachelor he claims to be, never wanting to settle in one place for a long enough time to form a loving attachment to a female or even desiring one, or so he claims. When he is asked to train a Thoroughbred for an upcoming race, he cannot resist the challenge. During his stay in town, Carrie is drawn to his deep down kindness, that all others do not see.  Should she take the leap of faith and open her heart to him?? Can he do it and claim God's promise to give them beauty for ashes??? 

What will happen to Nate? Can Carrie make this big change in her plans and deal with the townspeople?? Many questions, but you must read to find the answers.

A GREAT book!!! Suspense runs throughout the story to keep you totally involved. Joy and healing is found in the midst of heartache. This story really makes you think of what God can do , if only we let him.

About Dorothy:

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, or friend her
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About the giveaway and 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:
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  • 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 . 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.

Read some other reviews on this book on a variety of blogs!!
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