Friday, February 10, 2012

Beauty For Ashes

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 Daly 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 trade beauty for ashes.
I am so thankful that I received a complimentary copy of Beauty For Ashes by Dorothy Love through the Thomas Nelson Publishing Booksneeze blogger program in exchange for an honest review. The characters are real and the author takes her time digging deep into each character to reveal their strengths as well as their flaws. As a reader, I was drawn in to the story and spent many nights staying up way too late when each chapter ended with an event that made me have to know what was going to happen next. The ending was relatively predictable, but not in a disappointing way. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am considering picking up the first of the series to see how the characters got to where they start in this book.

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