Beyond All Measure is wonderful historical romance novel which takes place in Tennessee in the time after the civil war. It is a Hickory Ridge Romance. Dorothy Love has done a wonderful job of making her characters complex and believable, though this is not immediately obvious.
Although i did not find Ada to be an easy character to love, she was interesting and as the story progressed, i was drawn into her life. Wyatt, the misplaced Texan, was not a typical character either, and it took awhile to be drawn to him, as well. The aunt, Lillian Willis, who Ada arrives to take care of was a hard to please old lady, but by the middle of the story i was enthralled with her. The prejudices, hurts and jealousies are portrayed in a credible manner, however i did feel that the novel lacked a certain depth that could have been explored. The novel began a little clumsily but does flow better as it carries on. I will look for more of Ada and Wyatt and the secondary characters in this book in future books in the series. I will recommend this book to those who enjoy historical romances, and i will read other books by Dorothy!
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I would recommend this book to other readers who find Christian fiction as their favorite genre. The heroine was not my favorite character in the book which was a bit disappointing but would not in any way keep me from recommending this book to other.
What a wonderful book! Set in Hickory Ridge, Tennessee just after the Civil War, Ada moves from Boston to take a job caring for an elderly woman. She must deal with a difficult patient, her handsome son, and the prejudices of the townspeople against her for her Yankee heritage.
Beyond All Measure by Dorothy Love is a beautifully written story. The characters are lovable and I truly felt their emotions through the different circumstances they faced. The time period was interesting ... set in the defeated South, trying to rebuild, harboring bitterness and anger towards former slaves and northerners. Throw in romance and faith-building trials, and you have a fantastic book! I repeatedly found myself reading "just a few more pages," only to realize that I was still reading WAY past my "bedtime!" I highly recommend this book ... and the ones to come in the series.
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I read a lot of Christian fiction. A LOT. And I'm picky. But I have to say that I really enjoyed Dorothy Love's debut novel "Beyond All Measure". I'm always a little leery when I pick up a novel by a new artist, but Dorothy Love did a fine job with her first novel and I'm looking forward to the next in the Hickory Ridge series.
Ada Wentworth finds herself orphaned, penniless & disengaged. With no means to provide for herself in her native Boston, she answers an ad in the paper for a female companion needed in the South. Hickory Ridge, Tennessee is recovering and rebuilding from the Civil War, amid the racial tensions that come about with the influx of the Ku Klux Klan. As a Yankee, Ada finds herself at odds with some of the people at Hickory Ridge. She reaches out to help a rejected orphan mulatto girl and in doing so, it puts her life in danger.
I do feel like the author could have expanded more in some certain areas of the book, and I feel like the book could have been about 50 pages longer to add more depth to the characters. But regardless, "Beyond All Measure" will keep you captivated and turning the pages. I really enjoyed this novel and I look forward to more from Dorothy Love.
In the post-Civil War town of Hickory Ridge, Tennessee, battle scars are still raw and festering prejudice threatens love and friendship. Ada Wentworth, a young Bostonian woman, moves to Hickory Ridge to become a lady's companion to the feisty Lillian Willis. Nursing a broken heart and healing from devastating losses, Ada strives to reclaim her life among the hills of Tennessee and achieve her dream of becoming a successful milliner.
As she settles into life in Hickory Ridge, Ada is troubled by the activities of the Klan and the mistreatment of African Americans. She soon discovers that her Northern heritage and perspectives are not entirely welcome in this quaint Southern town, and her Yankee blood may place her in danger. But love also resides in Hickory Ridge, and Ada forms unexpected bonds with her fellow townspeople, Lillian, and Lillian's nephew, Wyatt. Can Ada and the town of Hickory Ridge overcome their past losses and embrace a future defined by faith and love?
Beyond All Measure is a pleasant and fairly quick read. The historical setting and imagery reminded me somewhat of Tamera Alexander's novels. I enjoyed the overall plot of the novel as well as the introduction to secondary characters who will likely play more dominant roles in upcoming novels. At times, I felt that the plot skimmed the surface of certain topics and events. The novel would have been enhanced by a deeper examination of the problems faced by the main characters and the town as a whole.
Ada's relationship with Wyatt is one of the primary focuses of Beyond All Measure. She struggles throughout the novel with her fear of opening her heart and finding the faith to embrace the future. The ultimate resolution is rather swift at the end of the novel, though the epilogue does provide some closure. Fortunately, readers have the prospect of seeing Ada and Wyatt again in the next novel.
Dorothy Love makes a definitive impression in the realm of Christian fiction with Beyond All Measure. The first novel in the Hickory Ridge Romance series sets the tone for what readers can expect from Love's future novels. Beyond All Measure is set in a tumultuous time in the South, and it touches on some of the serious issues, such as racism, that defined the region for years. If future novels delve deeper into the triumphs and flaws of Hickory Ridge, the Hickory Ridge Romance series promises to be an inspiring series.
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