Beauty for Ashes by Dorothy Love
Thomas Nelson / 2012
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 was a wonderful read! I really enjoyed reading Carrie's story and was a little surprised (but happy!) by the way things turned out. Having read the first book, Beyond All Measure, before this one, I had assumed Carrie would end up marrying a certain guy, but reading the book's description made me think I might have assumed incorrectly.
I really liked the characters in Beauty for Ashes and especially liked getting an update on Ada and Wyatt's life. Carrie seemed like a strong woman and I felt bad for how she got treated by her brother's wife and stepsons. There were some surprises in Beauty for Ashes, too.
Overall, Beauty for Ashes was a great read and I really liked it! If you like historical romances, then I think you'll enjoy Beauty for Ashes.
*I received this book (ARC copy) for free for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*