Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Book Review: Beyond All Measure by Dorothy Love/4 Stars
Ada has loved deeply and lost dearly. But protecting her heart could mean missing the love of a lifetime.
Ada Wentworth may be young, but she's seen enough of life to know she can only rely on herself. Everyone including God it seems, has let her down. Having lost her family, her fiance, and her fortune, Ada journeys from Boston to Hickory Ridge, Tennessee, to take a position as a lady's companion. Though initially charmed by the pretty little Southern town tucked into the foothills of the great Smokies, Ada plans to stay only until she can earn enough to establish a millinery shop.
Her employer, Wyatt Caldwell, the local lumber mill owner, is easily the kindest, most attractive man Ada has met in Hickory Ridge. He believes Providence has brought her to town and into his life. But how, after so many betrayals, can she ever trust again? Besides, Wyatt has a dream of his own. A dream that will one day take him far from Hickory Ridge.
As the South struggles to heal in the aftermath of the Civil War, one woman must let go of her painful past in order to embrace God's plans for her. Can she trust Him, and Wyatt, with her future and her heart?
It's no secret that I l-o-v-e Southern novels, but when I have the chance to get my hands on one that's set in my home state of Tennessee...well, I can't help but smile. I'm so pleased that I made time in my reading schedule for such a wonderfully told Southern novel. :o)
Dorothy Love easily captured the spirit of Tennessee while also providing a charming historical romance. Her characters were spot on, and her research into the state's history was evident and well-placed within the overall story. There was also a bit of information about the art of millinery that provided an extra dose of personality that I appreciated.
Hands down, I know I will be reading Dorothy's next novel in the Hickory Ridge series. I can't wait to see what new things are in store for some of the townsfolk and how history will progress in the years following the Civil War.
**Many thanks to Thomas Nelson for providing a copy for review through TLC Book Tours.