Thursday, January 9, 2014

REVIEW: Carolina Gold by Dorothy Love A poignant picture of life during the reconstruction of the South after the Civil War.

Thank you to Litfuse for sending me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Dorothy Love painted a poignant picture of life during the reconstruction of the South after the Civil War.  She captured the brokenness of the lives of the planters and the slaves who had been set free.  The unrest, the upheaval, the destroyed homes and lives were the backdrop for this love story.  Actually, the love story was secondary to the Charlotte Fraser's efforts to rebuild her life at her family's plantation, not an easy feat alone, without loved ones, willing, reliable workers, or money.  I came away from this book with a richer understanding of the time period in the South. 

Well researched and written, with mild peril and suspense, I enjoyed this book very much.  There was nothing that would make a lady blush.  Mrs. Love expertly taught of the ways of life in the South while keeping the undercurrents of suspense, unrest, and loneliness flowing throughout this tale.  I enjoyed reading of the day-to-day living on Pawley's Island.  Miss Fraser's teaching methods reminded me very much of those of the late Charlotte Mason.  This made it interesting from a homeschooling standpoint. 

Read my review of Every Perfect Gift by Dorothy Love.

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About Carolina Gold: 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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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, visit, become a fan on Facebook (Dorothy Love Books) or follow her on Twitter (@writerDorothy). 

"Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.   I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  1. Half way through the Preachers Bride ..this looks promising for the next read. We can even get some of these in the UK ..Thankyou so much

  2. I love all things southern. Thanks for reviewing this book. I hope to read it soon.

  3. Sounds like a great story...hard to find these days. I especially can appreciate that it has nothing in it which would make a lady blush :)

    Happy New Year!

  4. Me too, Hope. It's so nice to read clean fiction.

    Have a great weekend,


  5. I do hope you like the book, Lady Lydia. I like your blog.



  6. I just finished Dorothy Love's Dancing Master. Ooh, it was good. I'll have a review on it coming soon, Kate. I haven't seen the Preacher's Bride yet.


  7. Hi Laura,

    Thank you for visiting my blog!

    This sounds like an interesting book. I love reading books that take place in the South.

    May you have a blessed day!



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