“Beauty for Ashes” is a historical romance with a post Civil War setting. Childless widow Carrie Daly finds her well ordered world turned upside down when the brother she has lived with since losing her husband marries a demanding woman with two naughty and disrespectful sons. Her good friend Nate has encouraged her to set a date for their own wedding but Carrie’s uncertainty keeps him at bay. Then a stranger, Griff Rutledge comes to town and despite the disapproval of most of the town, Carrie finds herself irresistibly attracted to him.

In some books I’ve read, the beleaguered Carrie might be portrayed as a perfect angel with no faults who is taken advantage of by everyone. While people in “Beauty for Ashes” do tend to take advantage of Carrie’s good heart and generosity, she is by no means perfect. She reacts to situations much as the rest of the real world does with hurt, anger, and even a small tantrum or two. Why she even slapped someone when provoked! So one thing I really liked about this novel is that the characters were portrayed realistically and actually demonstrated some spiritual growth as the story progressed.

With excellent characters, a great setting, a captivating story, and a touching romance, “Beauty for Ashes” has just about everything a lover of historical romance would require. My only complaint would be that one situation was left unresolved – but I suspect a sequel might just take care of that.

This book was provided for review by LitFuse Publicity.


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.


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.

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We’re thrilled to announce the fun giveaway Dorothy is hosting! First, she’ll be giving away a Kindle Fire (3/1-3/20), then on the evening of the 20th she’s inviting everyone to her Facebook Author Page for a fun Author Chat party! Don’t miss a minute of the fun … sigh.

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  • Beyond All Measure by Dorothy Love
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