I have enjoyed every book I've read by Dorothy Love, but I think this one is my favorite. All her heroines are strong and courageous women, but I loved the tender streak in Charlotte Fraser. Having lost both parents, she tries valiantly to replant/rebuild her family's rice plantation during the Reconstruction period, supplementing her budget with freelance writing and teaching the two daughters of a widowed neighbor. Nicholas Betantcourt is a doctor recovering his balance from the horrors he saw in the Civil War, and a captivating character himself. Grab a pitcher of iced tea, and prepare to be transported to the Low Country in this tale inspired by the life of Elizabeth Pringle (1845-1921). The ending to this story was one of the most satisfying I've read in a long time!
Good story, was a little slow getting going, very slow story line. Had some good heartfelt moments. The writer's attempt to bring you to the place was sometimes a little wordy. A few times I found myself flipping through the imagery to get back to the story line.
With the Civil War coming to an end, Charlotte Fraser is determined to return to her family plantation. But when she arrives she find that her home barley habitable and her fields in ruins. With nowhere else to go, Charlotte rolls up her sleeves and gets to work. She secures a loan to buy rice to replant her fields and negotiates with some of the former laborers to work her fields. With cash in short supply, she agrees to tutor Nicholas Betancourt two young daughters and Charlotte and Nicholas begin to grow close, but Nicholas harbors a secret that will throw Charlottes fragile world into turmoil.
Over all I was very impressed by this book. The writing was flawless, the characters were well written and well defined. The storyline was well balanced with romance, suspense and humor so that no one element overpowered the book. There was christian elements to the book that I was impressed with.
Having never read this author before, what intrigued me when I first read the summery is that Carolina Gold is a book that is loosely based on a true life account of a 19th century woman rice farmer. I will be looking forward to reading more of this authors books in the future.
Charlotte Fraser travels from Charleston to the Low Country on a boat named The Resolute, but that name belongs to her. She is purposeful, determined, unwavering, and has to be one of the bravest heroines I've ever read. She moves alone into an empty house and deals with things that go bump in the night. Her plan to grow rice brings her right up into the big issue of the day - relations between plantation owners and newly freed slaves. She faces down storms, stray children, legal problems, and yellow fever with the poise of a survivor.
In Carolina Gold the ugliness of Reconstruction and the beauty of the Low Country are woven into a story filled with hope. Bravo!(less)
Returning to her late father's rice plantation Charlotte is determined to get it back in working condition. The farm is in ruins and money runs scarce. It will be hard work to get everything how it was - though Charlotte knows that things will never be truly the same again - too much has changed since the civil war.
When she finally agrees to tutor her neighbor's motherless children her life is once again changed....
I thought this book good at times and with a good storyline but it lacked what I really wanted - action. There was also some parts that I wished went deeper - like perhaps more description on what was going on or simply more thoughts from the characters.
It was a good book, though and I loved the southern style. Seriously, sometimes I wished I lived down south (only once and awhile though ;). Other then some lack of things, it was an OK book overall.
Note: I got this book free from booksneeze - all thoughts are my own on the book