About the book:

She’s a beautiful young widow. He’s a Southern gentleman with a thirst for adventure. Both need a place to call home.
After losing her husband in the Civil War, Carrie Daly is scared she will never have the family she longs for. Eligible bachelors are scarce in Hickory Ridge, Tennessee, but Carrie has found love. Not the weak-in-the-knees kind, but something practical. Still, she isn’t quite ready to set a wedding date with Nate Chastain.
Griff Rutledge is a former member of Charleston society, but has been estranged from his family for years. He’s determined to remain unattached, never settling in one place for too long. But when asked to train a Thoroughbred for an upcoming race in Hickory Ridge, he decides to stay awhile.
Despite objections from the townsfolk, and her fear that true happiness has eluded her, Carrie is drawn to Griff’s kindness and charm. It will take a leap of faith for them to open their hearts and claim God’s promise to give beauty for ashes.

Beauty for Ashes By Dorothy Love


Carrie if frantic that she will never find love again after losing her husband in the Civil War, but she remains devoted to God and trusts Him. Griff hasn’t been in contact with his family for years, drifting from one area to another, not staying in one place too long. That is until he ended up in Hickory Ridge. He is attracted to Carrie and wants a life with her, but he is still determined not to commit himself to anyone, its just not worth it. Coming from different backgrounds, a relationship between the two just wouldn’t work out. Not to mention that most people in Hickory Ridge didn’t trust Griff, even though they knew nothing about him. Griff thinks he will be better off leaving Dorothy and the town of Hickory Ridge behind and keeping to himself like he’s been doing for years.


I enjoyed Dorothy Love’s first book, and this one is even better. Dorothy is a wonderful writer, and writes as though she’s written many books. I enjoyed her characters Carrie and Griff, and was cheering them on throughout the book. The plot flows well and keeps you interested enough to keep on reading until the end. This is truly a sweet romance about to happen, and you just need to read the book to find out what exactly does happen with these two wonderful characters.


I encourage you to grab a copy of this historical fiction to read and enjoy for yourself. This is just a really good, enjoyable, clean read and I think you will be happy with your choice of reads!


I was provided a copy of this book from LitFuse Publicity Group. I want to thank Amy for making sure I rec’d this book, even though the publisher didn’t send it in time for the tour. The opinions in this review are mine only.

About the Author Dorothy Love

Before returning to her writing roots in historical fiction, Dorothy Love published twelve novels for young adults. Her work has garnered numerous honors from the American Library Association, the Friends of American Writers, the International Reading Association, the New York Public Library, and many others. The Hickory Ridge Novels mark her Christian fiction debut.

For more about Dorothy visit her website, or friend her

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CFBA Tour The Messenger by Siri Mitchell

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingThe MessengerBethany House Publishers (March 1, 2012)bySiri MitchellABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Siri Mitchell graduated from the University of Washington with a business degree and worked in various levels of government. As a military spouse, she has lived all over the world, including Paris and Tokyo. Siri enjoys observing and learning from different cultures. She is fluent in French and loves sushi.

But she is also a member of a strange breed of people called novelists. When they’re listening to a speaker and taking notes, chances are, they’ve just had a great idea for a plot or a dialogue. If they nod in response to a really profound statement, they’re probably thinking, “Yes. Right. That’s exactly what my character needs to hear.” When they edit their manuscripts, they laugh at the funny parts. And cry at the sad parts. Sometimes they even talk to their characters.

Siri wrote 4 books and accumulated 153 rejections before signing with a publisher. In the process, she saw the bottoms of more pints of Ben & Jerry’s than she cares to admit. At various times she has vowed never to write another word again. Ever. She has gone on writing strikes and even stooped to threatening her manuscripts with the shredder.


Hannah Sunderland felt content in her embrace of the Quaker faith

…until her twin brother ran off and joined the army and ended up captured and in jail. Suddenly Hannah’s world turns on end. She longs to bring her brother some measure of comfort in the squalid, frigid prison where he remains. But the Quakers believe they are not to take sides, not to take up arms. Can she sit by and do nothing while he suffers?

Jeremiah Jones has an enormous task before him. Responsibility for a spy ring is now his, and he desperately needs access to the men in prison, whom they are seeking to free. A possible solution is to garner a pass for Hannah. But while she is fine to the eye, she holds only disdain for him–and agreeing would mean disobeying those she loves and abandoning a bedrock of her faith.

With skill and sensitivity, Mitchell tells a story of two unlikely heroes seeking God’s voice, finding the courage to act, and discovering the powerful embrace of love.

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Messenger, go HERE.


My Thoughts on this Book!

I will post a review in a few days when I finish reading this book!

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