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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Carolina Gold

About the author: A former journalist, free-lance writer and college professor, Dorothy Love explores the intersection of history and human relationships to create novels that speak to the hearts of women everywhere. She is the author of the acclaimed Hickory Ridge novels set in her native state of Tennessee.

After earning a masters degree and Ph.D, she authored dozens of magazine articles before breaking into book publishing with a number of award-winning novels for preteens and young adults. The Hickory Ridge series marked her adult fiction debut. Currently she is working on several stand-alone historical novels set in the South.

When she isn't busy writing or researching her next book, Love enjoys hiking, traveling, and hanging out with her husband Ron and their rambunctious golden retriever. The Loves make their home in the Texas hill country.

To keep up with Dorothy Love,, become a fan on Facebook(Dorothy Love Books) or follow her on Twitter(@writerDorothy). 

About the book: The war is over, but her struggle is just beginning.
Charlotte Fraser returns to her late father's once-flourishing rice plantation on the Waccamaw River, determined to continue growing the special kind of rice known as Carolina Gold. But Fairhaven Plantation is in ruins, the bondsmen are free, and money is scarce.
To make ends meet, Charlotte reluctantly accepts a position as tutor to the young daughters of Nicholas Betancourt, heir to the neighboring Willowood Plantation. Then Nick's quest to prove his ownership of Willowood sends Charlotte on a dangerous journey that reveals an old family mystery---and threatens all that she holds dear.
Inspired by the life of a 19th century woman rice planter,Carolina Gold continues Dorothy Love's winning tradition of weaving together mystery, romance, and rich historical detail, bringing to life the story of one young woman's struggle to restore her ruined world.

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My Thoughts:
I have come to really like Dorothy Love's writing.  This is my second book by her to read, the first being Every Perfect Gift.  Love fluently writes a story with all the pieces to make it great:  a little bit of mystery, amazing historical detail, vivid descriptions, expert characterization.  While the romance portion of Carolina Gold was somewhat predictable, Love writes with such attention to her characters, history and description, that the predictability in the romance did not take away from the validity of the story.
I particularly identified with Charlotte...I absolutely loved her!  I appreciate how Dorothy made her so transparent.  She struggles with her faith and the energy to do the right thing at times in the story, but Dorothy shows the joy and strength in leaning on God for guidance and the change He can bring about in our hearts and minds.
I've also come to know Dorothy a bit through following her on Facebook.  She has been a joy to connect would not be disappointed by doing the same.  

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Thank You Litfuse for getting me the complimentary copy for the purpose of review and participation in the blog tour.

Happy Reading,