Litfuse Presents Carolina Gold by Dorothy Love plus awesome giveaway!!

Litfuse Presents

Carolina Gold

by Dorothy Love


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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Learn more at Dorothy’s website.

My thoughts on this book!

This was such a good book to read. One interesting thing was that Carolina Gold was based on the real life of a Southern Lowcountry lady rice farmer. Charlotte, the main character returns to her family’s plantation to pick up the pieces of her life after the war took most of their life and belongings. Rice farming is all Charlotte knew, and before he father’s death, she had promised him that she would keep the rice farm going. But one thing missing was a document stating when the Fairhaven Plantation land was recorded in the family name. Can she loose this plantation that is her life?

Carolina Gold is so full of historical information, and I especially enjoyed learning about rice farming. Just after the war was not an easy time for anyone. With the slaves now free, it was difficult to find help to on the huge farms like before because the slaves were no longer owned. My heart went out to Charlotte as she did what she could to make ends meet, and her teaching other children was especially heartwarming. She definitely had a soft heart for children and their education. As far as the rice fields, I am not sure I would have kept planting or not, since she kept losing her crops to the heavy rains. And then there was neighbor Nicholas Betancourt and his daughters. A neighbor that could own her plantation. Dorothy Love weaves together a story of loss and hurt, acceptance and love that will warm your heart. I loved the history in this book and the author’s detailed accounts of each scene shows the deep research the author did to make sure the scenes were as accurate as could be. I highly recommend this book to everyone, and especially those who enjoy historical fiction.

I received this book from Litfuse and Thomas Nelson to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16



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.

And Now for the Giveaway!

Don’t miss Dorothy Love‘s latest historical novel, Carolina Gold. Fun news: The release of Carolina Gold coincides with Dorothy’s birthday. Celebrate with her by entering the Southern Essentials Giveaway and RSVPing to her Facebook party on January 14th!


Between January 3–14, visit Dorothy Love’s Facebook Page to enter to win a new giveaway each day and be entered to win the $100 Visa Cash Card grand prize. Winners will be announced at the Facebook Author Chat party on January 14th! (Don’t have a Facebook account? Enter here.)

RSVP today for Dorothy’s Carolina Gold Author Chat Party on Facebook.

During the party Dorothy will be hosting a book chat, testing your trivia skills, announcing the winner of the Southern Essentials Giveaway, and giving away books, gift certificates, and more. Oh, and she’ll also be giving partygoers an exclusive look at her next book!

So grab your copy of Carolina Gold and help Dorothy celebrate her birthday on the evening of January 14th! (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)


Litfuse Presents Every Perfect Gift by Dorothy Love…Plus “Home for the Holidays” 12 Days of Gifts contest

Every Perfect Gift

by Dorothy Love

About Every Perfect Gift:
Book 3 in Dorothy Love’s Hickory Ridge Romance series.
Ethan and Sophie long to share a future together. But the secrets they’re not sharing could tear them apart.
Sophie Caldwell has returned to Hickory Ridge, Tennessee, after years away. Despite the heartaches of her childhood, Sophie is determined to make a home, and a name, for herself in the growing town. A gifted writer, she plans to resurrect the local newspaper that so enchanted her as a girl. Ethan Heyward’s idyllic childhood was shattered by a tragedy he has spent years trying to forget. An accomplished businessman and architect, he has built a majestic resort in the mountains above Hickory Ridge, drawing wealthy tourists from all over the country.
When Sophie interviews Ethan for the paper, he is impressed with her intelligence and astounded by her beauty. She’s equally intrigued but fears he will reject her if he learns about her shadowed past. Just as she summons the courage to tell him, Ethan’s own past unexpectedly and violently catches up with him, threatening not only his life but their budding romance.
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Sophie Caldwell moves back home to Hickory Ridge to restart the town’s newspaper, but it wasn’t going to be an easy job. First of all, the newspaper office was a mess, the equipment was old and worn, and it was the 18th century and women didn’t own businesses. But that’s not all because when Sophie lived in Hickory Ridge, she lived in the orphanage there, and had a very difficult life because of the way she was treated. But despite all of this, Sophie was determined to make a go of it in her new adventure.

First of all, I love, love, love the cover of this book. It is just plain beautiful and inviting, and is my reason for choosing Every Perfect Gift to read and review. And I really grew to love Sophie and her determination. She didn’t let anyone get in her way or discourage her from doing what she wanted to do. I also enjoyed the way she treated the people she came in contact with. The other characters were realistic and believable and they really grew on you as the story unfolded. Author Dorothy Love did a great job of describing the historical setting in vivid details to give readers a really good feel of Hickory Ridge, and I also learned a lot about newspapers and the printing process and how the running of a newspaper office was back in the 1800’s, which was very interesting.

Overall, this is a wonderful book to read during the Christmas Holiday Season. Since the setting is in a small town, readers will get that homey feeling and enjoy close neighbors, for the most part. I highly recommend Every Perfect Gift to you if you enjoy historical fiction! And don’t forget to check out the first two books in this series to read as well, though they can be read as stand alones if you want!

I was provided a copy of this book from the publisher Thomas Nelson through 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.

Meet Dorothy:

An accomplished author in the secular market, Dorothy Love makes her inspirational fiction debut with her Hickory Ridge series of historicals set in her native South. Her skillful blending of the historical and the personal reflect her passion for discovering the histories of ordinary people who accomplished extraordinary things and set her apart as an authoritative voice of Southern historical fiction.

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12 Days of Gifts with Dorothy Love’s “Home for the Holidays” Contest and Facebook Party {12/13}

Dorothy Love is celebrating the new book in her Hickory Ridge Romance series, Every Perfect Gift with a “Home for the Holidays” 12 Days of Gifts contest.

Celebrate the holidays with Dorothy Love and her protagonist, Sophie Caldwell, as they count down the days to Dorothy’s author chat party with 12 Days of Gifts! Dorothy will be giving away copies of Every Perfect Gift and other holiday essentials, as well as key items from the book that Sophie would have worn during or used to celebrate the holidays (a beautiful, red shawl, Victorian ornaments, stockings). It’s all happening on Dorothy’s Facebook page. She’ll post a new giveaway each day.
So bring on the Christmas cheer with Dorothy and the “Home for the Holidays” 12 Days of Gifts. Then join Dorothy on the evening of December 13 for her author chat party! During the party, Dorothy will announce the 12 winners from the Home for the Holidays giveaway and host an author chat about Every Perfect Gift and favorite Christmas traditions. Oh, and she’ll be giving away lots of fun prizes. RSVP today.




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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