I really enjoyed this book. Set in Hickory Ridge TN just after the Civil War, with the ongoing problems of living after a war had torn apart the country. Ada Wentworth is from Boston, MA, and moves into the Southern reconstruction. Wyatt Caldwell, a man who fought for the South in the War, now owns a Wood Mill, and is prospering.
Ada has come to be a companion to Wyatt's Aunt Lillian, or so she thought, not only is she a companion, but the cook, cleaner and chauffeur. The job certainly wasn't what she expected, and Aunt Lillian is kind of caustic.
As time goes on she ends up repairing one of Lillian's hats, and now others want an original Ada creation. Neither Wayatt or Lillian like that Ada is doing a side business, but Wayatt tends to really like Ada. Both Ada and Wayatt need to trust on the Lord, and he has answers to their prayers
This is a sweet romance, and a very quick read...you will have a hard time putting this book down.
I received this book from the publisher Thomas Nelson, I was not required to give a positive review.
Ada Wentworth is twenty six when she steps off the train in Hickory Ridge, Tennessee. All she has to her name is her trunk. She was glad the auctioneer hadn't taken it too. She didn't even have a proper mourning dress and mourning she was. The man she was expecting to marry had called off the engagement. She suspected her father had seen to it. Now, even her father was dead. He had been in debt so great the house in Boston and all the possessions had been sold.
The only hope Ada had now was a position in Hickory Ridge. She had responded to an advertisement for a companion to an older woman.
But the situation is not good. The woman, Miss Lillian, is a cantankerous old woman. Hickory Ridge is not Boston. It is just after the Civil War and many in the town are not welcoming to someone from the north. Ada cannot help but befriend some of the black children from the nearby "colored" settlement and her life is threatened.
Ada was hired by Wyatt Caldwell, nephew of Miss Lillian. Originally from Texas, he owns the local wood mill. His dream is to go back to Texas and raise Longhorns. Ada is attracted to Wyatt but she has been hurt so deeply she will not let him have her heart.
Ada is a strong woman. She has millinery skills and plans to supplement her income by making hats. She plans for a shop in the future.
When Miss Lillian dies, some in the town turn against Ada with a vengeance. While Wyatt can save Ada from physical danger, he cannot convince her to open her heart and marry him. With his aunt gone, there is no reason for him to stay so he sells the mill and makes arrangements to move to Texas.
Will Ada trust God or will she miss out on her opportunity for love?
Love has written a good romance. The Christian aspect is well done. Lillian and Wyatt are strong Christians and Ada reluctantly goes to church with them. She believes, but she just does not want to trust God.
And of course, Wyatt is every woman's dreams. He is sensitive, strong, and desperately in love with Ada.
For me, the book got off to a slow start but read through was rewarding. The outcome is not sure until nearly the last page.
There are discussion questions at the back so this would make a good choice for reading groups.
I received an egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
Beyond All Measure introduces Ada Wentworth to the small town of Hickory Ridge, Tennessee. Ada Wentworth has recently lost her family, her friends, and her fortune. Forced to find a way to support herself, Ada answers an ad for a lady's companion and gets on a train to Hickory Ridge. Upon arrival, Ada meets Wyatt Caldwell and begins to learn that the job has more responsibilities than she was originally told. Then she meets Lillian, the elderly lady she is to care for and knows she is in for a difficult time. As Ada struggles to find her place in this town, she develops a respect and attraction for Wyatt. But Wyatt plans to move back to Texas and Lillian won't live forever, leaving Ada on her own again.
Beyond All Measure is a good read incorporating the struggles between the North and South and blacks and whites after the Civil War. Told in a realistic way, this romance pulls the reader into the story. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes historical fiction.
"Ada has loved deeply and lost dearly. But protecting her heart could mean missing the love of a lifetime." Main characters Ada Wentworth and Wyatt Caldwell both have their past ghosts and emotional baggage. Not only do the characters have struggles but the town is also dealing with racism issues. Its a historical romance genre and the characters were pleasant and easy to like however I admit that I can typically get through a fiction book in a 2-3 days and this one took me three weeks because it was easy to not pick up the book. When I did read it, it was a nice story but there was nothing really about the storyline that made me wish during the day that I was curled up with my book for the evening. Overall, just a quiet, unassuming read with no real fireworks for me. I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers for an honest review.