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  1. Beauty for Ashes, Hickory Ridge Series #2
    Beauty for Ashes, Hickory Ridge Series #2
    Dorothy Love
    Thomas Nelson / 2012 / Trade Paperback
    $11.99 Retail: $15.99 Save 25% ($4.00)
    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 22 Reviews
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  1. Its About Time Mamaw
    Cleveland, Texas
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Beauty For Ashes
    March 1, 2012
    Its About Time Mamaw
    Cleveland, Texas
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Carrie Daly does not like to hear the statement " Sorry you lost your husband." She will let you know real quick that she did not loose her husband he was killed during the Civil War. She has grieved his death for many years and honored him by not remarrying in hopes of keeping his memory alive.

    Carrie's friend Ada Wentworth helped Carrie realize that she wanted to have a family of her own especially children.

    She has had a friendship with Nate Chastain, the town's bookstore owner but friendship is as far as her feelings for him have gone.

    Then Griff Rutledge, a known gambler, comes to Hickory Ridge and saves her from being trampled by a horse drawn buggy. Every time she turns around he is there rescuing her from one thing or another. She is drawn to him and he to her. Surprisingly they do seem to have some things in common. Carrie's friends try to discourage her from associating with him fearing her reputation will be ruined. Griff has plans to start a ranch in Australia. He is not interested in being tied down by land or a woman. He prays and reads his bible but is still confused as to the direction of his life. Is he avoiding praying for God's will?

    Nothing seems to be going Carrie's way since her brother got married and turned her life upside down. It seemed like every obstacle imaginable is getting in the way of the life she so wanted for herself. She reads her bible and prays everyday yet she still feels discouraged. Is she also avoiding praying for God's will?

    This story show just how difficult things were back them for man to provide for his family. It was much worse for a woman trying to run a fame and provide for a family.

    I highly recomment this book!

    I rate this book a 5 out of 5.

    Disclosure:

    I received a copy of this book from Litfuse/Thomas Nelson for review. In no way was I compensated for this review. This is my own opinion.
  2. Marianne
    Wanham, Alberta
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    i gave it 4/5
    February 17, 2012
    Marianne
    Wanham, Alberta
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I found this novel to be a very tender-hearted and realistic one. Although I had actually met the characters in the first novel of the series, not having done so would not spoil the story. The story is told with rich word imagery, bringing the country side and small town folk to life, from Carrie trying to think of anything but the wedding at the beginning of Beauty for Ashes, to the last word.

    I must admit I was angry at Mary, a secondary character for her whiney and childish behavour, but I guess some people just never grow up, and I think it might have changed after she had to take care of her children on her own. Carrie is a strong farm woman, intent on being in control of her own life. Griff comes from the city of Charleston, of a family rich in resources, but with a questionable past. Although the characters deal with losses, this is not a story of discouragement, but rather encouragement. These people have realistical problems of anger, disallusions, gossiping, and the other things that torment the rest of us. Throughout all of the trials, though, the Love of God and friends, shines through.

    I would recommend this Hickory Ridge Romance to anyone who enjoys a good romance novel.

    I received this free book from Thomas Nelson Publishers through their Booksneeze program in exchange for an honest review, which I have given. The opinions are my own.
  3. Jessica
    indiana
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    a nice quick escape
    February 12, 2012
    Jessica
    indiana
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Carrie Daly is a war widow longing for a family and home to call her own. When her brother marries and tensions rise in the house, she opts to relocate and despite the interest of Nate she cannot get herself to commit and set a date for a wedding.

    Griff Rutledge is quite removed from the Charleston society he grew up in, but hasn't spoken with his family in years. He feels that he will never settle down and is in fact ready to head Down Under when an interesting prospect turns up to train a race horse, which keeps him in Hickory Ridge longer than anticipated.

    Against the advice of most of the town Carrie finds herself falling for the southern gentlemen, who seems to save the day for Carrie more than once. Only as the town overcomes their prejudice and finally sees the kindness and generosity in Griff will they be able to see the beauty for ashes.

    I started Beauty for Ashes yesterday and finished it today. Dorothy Love does a wonderful job pulling you into the plot and keeping your interest from the start. Although the romance between Carri and Griff is a major part of the story, Ms. Love does a nice job of focusing on personal faith and growth in the characters. I was able to relate to the main character and the joys and sorrows she experienced throughout the book.

    I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
  4. Stephanie
    upstate NY
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Griff just a less-greasy Gable...
    February 10, 2012
    Stephanie
    upstate NY
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I enjoyed Dorothy's first book in her Hickory Ridge series, Beyond All Measure, so I was glad for the opportunity to review Beauty for Ashes and continue reading about the widow Carrie Daly.

    Poor thing.

    Although Carrie is not the main character in book one, you do find out that she's finally decided to retire her widow's weeds and be open to finding love again. Carrie is now comfortably courting Nate, the town's bookstore owner, who is patiently biding his time for Carrie to announce a wedding date.

    Enter the competition, Griff. Surprisingly, I didn't really like him. He reminded me of Clark Gable's Rhett Butler (a blockade runner, perceived as ungentlemanly, etc.), although perhaps Griff was not quite as greasy as Gable. I certainly found it unacceptable that he told Carrie, in reference to her nephews, `every man ought to know how to swear, ride a horse, play poker, and hold his liquor.' Huh? Yeah, I was not impressed. Griff may have been joking, but it certainly fit his `Rhett Butler' character and there was no evidence of spiritual change as the book continued.

    Throw in a nasty sister-in-law, disrespectful, hooligan nephews, a shocking elopement, and more, you couldn't help but feel sorry for Carrie and wish that she could have a spot of sunshine in her life.

    Carrie was easy to like and empathize with, but I liked the overall storyline of Beyond All Measure better.

    *I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine.*
  5. gatorade635
    Midland, PA
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Book
    February 7, 2012
    gatorade635
    Midland, PA
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Book Description

    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.

    My Thoughts

    This book is the second in the series but you don't necessarily need to read them in order. I didn't and had no problems with it.

    The main character, Carrie Daly, was very easy to relate to and I found myself mad, happy, and sad when she was. I loved how Carrie did what needed to be down with little thought to herself. Not that she was always happy with what was required of her but she did it in spite of her feelings, which I admire.

    The romance between Carrie and Griff was nice but the author did a great job of not making it the overwhelming focus of the story. Instead she split the plot between their romance and each of the character's personal and spiritual growth. All in all I thoroughly enjoyed this story and look forward to reading more from Dorothy Love.

    I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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