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
Dorothy Love in her new book, "Carolina Gold" published by Thomas Nelson takes us into the life of Charlotte Fraser.
From the back cover: The war is over. But her battles are just beginning.
Following her father's death, Charlotte Fraser returns to Fairhaven, her family's rice plantation in the South Carolina Lowcountry. With no one else to rely upon, smart, independent Charlotte is determined to resume cultivating the superior strain of rice called Carolina Gold. But the war has left the plantation in ruins, her father's former bondsmen are free, and workers and equipment are in short supply.
To make ends meet, Charlotte reluctantly agrees to tutor the two young daughters of her widowed neighbor and heir to Willowood Plantation, Nicholas Betancourt. Just as her friendship with Nick deepens, he embarks upon a quest to prove his claim to Willowood and sends Charlotte on a dangerous journey that uncovers a long-held family secret, and threatens everything she holds dear.
Inspired by the life of a 19th-century woman rice farmer, Carolina Gold pays tribute to the hauntingly beautiful Lowcountry and weaves together mystery, romance, and historical detail, bringing to life the story of one young woman's struggle to restore her ruined world.
I enjoy history and I especially enjoy stories centered around The Civil War so this book drew me in on all accounts. Centered on the events after The Civil War or The Reconstruction Period this was a hard time for The South. Charlotte does not have it easy she is doing her best to get a crop in and make a payment to the bank so she can keep her property. The people who used to be slaves are not slaves anymore so she has to figure on how to pay them. Then she is taking a tutor job for Nicholas' children and the romance begins. "Carolina Gold" is a story about starting over and looking at things fresh. Both Charlotte and Nicholas have to put aside the way things were done before and learn new ways in order to succeed. What is even nicer is that the character of Charlotte is based on the true story of a Carolina rice plantation owner Elizabeth Allston Pringle. Ms. Love is an excellent writer and makes all her characters believable and you care deeply for them as she deftly unfolds the plot before us. This is a nice romance with great themes.
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Returning to the plantation after the war and after waiting for her father's lawyer to read his will, Charlotte is now on her way back to her home in the Deep South to see what remains, if anything, of the home in which she once lived. While she knows there has been destruction of personal items or the items have been stolen, Charlotte has promised her father she will again try to raise the rice crop and live on the land.
The paragraph above states the setting of the fictional tale that is actually based on a real historical figure named Elizabeth Waties Allston Pringle. Can you imagine what this woman witnessed in her lifetime? How about thinking of what her life was like before and after the Civil War? Charlotte is based loosely on the real life experiences of Elizabeth, and the author, with some minor adaptations, places her novel near where the real plantation where Elizabeth lived. After you read the fictional tale, the author shares how she came to learn about this unique woman and her life.
There are characters that portray what southern people must have felt during Reconstruction along with what many veterans suffered during a horrific war. They had to learn to live in a new society that was still forming. With so few eligible men to marry, we see a jealous female antagonist see that she indeed ends up with the one man she sets her eyes on no matter who gets hurt in reaching her goal. Yellow fever is an epidemic that costs many lives in New Orleans in 1868. With the destruction so complete, few can prove they own the land on which they return to.
Dorothy Love writes a moving masterpiece that keeps the reader reading until they see how the unknown ending is revealed. I simply cannot express how much the real woman Elizabeth, along with others who lived in the south before, during and after the war, had to learn how to start all over. Readers see how a woman who has her faith shredded by heartbreak learns to trust God again in a time when each day brings new trials, triumphs or tragedy. What a tenacity people displayed to endure and then to thrive each day. Perhaps like our female lead character they did so by looking to God and putting one foot in front of the other time and time again. A historical novel rich with history, faith, perseverance and romance! Don't pass up reading this book!