Saturday, March 3, 2012

This Book Room: 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 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.

Additional notes: This is the second book in the Hickory Ridge Romance series. You can read my review of the first book here. This series is ongoing.

My thoughts: I enjoyed the first book, but this book really drew me in. Carrie is a really lovable character - she yearns to be independent but she loves her family. I know that struggle all too well. And Henry's wife - wow, is she cranky! I know a thing or two about dealing with unpleasant family members, but I don't have nearly as much as grace as Carrie does. She was encouraging and inspiring to me. I also really enjoyed this passage on page 278:
Perhaps the secret to a happy life was to want the one you had.
While it is not necessary to read the first book in this series, I would highly recommend reading these in order. The time period for this series is interesting, as the story is set right after the Civil War. This series is unique, fun and encouraging to read. You can buy a copy of the book here. Check out other tour stops and reviews here.

Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for providing a copy of this book for review in exchange for my honest opinion.

Have you ever attended a Facebook chat party? They are so much fun! It's sort of like a book group that meets just once, and you can meet some really cool people and talk with the author. I love it. Here's the info you need to know about the chat party for this book and some cool giveaways!

Dorothy Love's Beauty for Ashes Kindle Fire and a Sapphire Ring Giveaway! Enter Today & RSVP for 3/20 Facebook Author Chat 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:

  • 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 below. 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.

Don't miss Dorothy's delightful giveaway and party. RSVP TODAY and tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 20th!

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