Thursday, March 8, 2012

Blog Tour - Feasted On: Beauty for Ashes by Dorothy Love | Review & Giveaway

Today I'm turning my blog over to Dorothy Love, with a review of her latest novel "Beauty for Ashes!!"

ALSO -- Be sure to sign up for this tour's GIVEAWAYs (listed below)!! [Blog Tour will run from March 1 - 18, 2012 | Giveaway ends on March 20, 2012 | Dorothy's Facebook Author Chat Party is on March 20, 2012]

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Paperback - Pages: 325; Kindle Edition - File Size: 551 KB; Library Binding [Large Print] - Pages: 500 | Expected Release Date: March 2012 | Publisher: Thomas Nelson | Obtained: LitFuse Publicity Group

"Beauty for Ashes" [A Hickory Ridge Romance, Book 2] by Dorothy Love

My Book Summary : Ever since Caroline (Carrie) lost her husband during the Civil War she has been starting to think that there is no way she'll get to have what she truly wants in life, a family and a place to call her own. Nevertheless, she knows she doesn't want to just settle for anyone she can get. Even though everyone in Hickory Ridge believes Carrie and Nate (the bookstore owner) are perfect for each other, Carrie still has yet to set a wedding date. She just hopes God will help her make the right choices.

Griffin (Griff) has always been a restless type of person, never interested in wanting to settle down, that is until recently. When he arrives in Hickory Ridge he doesn't plan on staying long, that is until he helps save Carrie from getting run down by a horse and gets an offer for a job that he can't refuse, and changes his mind to stay for a little while or at least until he can head out west.

But one thing’s for sure, neither Griff nor Carrie ever expected the instant attraction that blossoms between them. Soon they have the whole town talking. Will they find that what they both have been looking for in life is within their grasp? Or does God have other plans for them both?

My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars, this is a charming inspirational romance novel!! It’s about the struggle a good majority of people had to deal with during the depression after the Civil War, as well as, a romance between two people who are looking for something of their own. I really loved the main characters in this novel, their easy relationship/friendship to their deep respect for each other really made this novel for me. Everyone else, however, had me loving them one minute and hating them the next. With that being said, though, I really liked the growth that Carrie had with her "new family" and how for the most part they all started working well together.

I am definitely curious as to how the next book "Every Perfect Gift," which is Sophie's story, will turn out! Especially with the lead up that "Beauty for Ashes" gives about Rosaleen.

I recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys reading historical romances!!

Author's Series Extras : Welcome to Hickory Ridge | Rural Life in the 1800′s | Meet Carrie and Griff | Carrie Daly’s Sunday Dinner Rolls | A Leap of Faith: BEAUTY FOR ASHES

Book Teaser(s) :
Teaser #1
She made a tray for Mary and sent Caleb to deliver it.
In a moment he was back. "Mama says anything made with lard makes her stomach hurt worse."
"I'm sorry to hear that, but until I can churn some fresh butter, lard is all there is. This place is a disaster."
"You were supposed to stay and help us. But you ran away."
Carrie suppressed an angry retort. What good would it do to argue with an eleven-year-old? ~ within Chapter 19
The fire had won. She screamed Griff's name.
Caleb began to cry. In the flickering light he looked like an old man, hunched over and defeated. "It's my fault. We were pretendin' to smoke cheroots. Joe didn't mean to do it. He's just a dumb little kid."
Carrie grabbed his shoulders and shook him. "Didn't you learn anything from the last time? Didn't I tell you both not to play with fire? Now Joe and Griff might be dead."
Then she saw a dark shape moving through the thick smoke. ~ within Chapter 26
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Dorothy, then please check out her website.

About the Author :

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 on

Giveaways!! :

Dorothy Love's Beauty for Ashes Kindle Fire and a Sapphire Ring Giveaway! Enter Today & RSVP for March 20th Facebook Author Chat Party!

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!

One beautiful winner will receive :
  • A Brand new Kindle Fire with Wi-Fi

  • "Beauty for Ashes" by Dorothy Love

  • "Beyond All Measure" by Dorothy Love

To Enter : Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends March 20, 2012! Winner will be announced at Dorothy's Facebook Author Chat Party on March 20th. Come for an evening of chat, trivia, and a sneak peek at the next book in Dorothy's Hickory Ridge series - bring your friends! She'll also be giving away some GREAT prizes: gift certificates, books and a stunning sapphire ring!

So grab your copy of "Beauty for Ashes" then join Dorothy and friends on the evening of March 20th for an evening of fun!

Don't miss Dorothy's delightful giveaway and party. RSVP TODAY and tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning! Hope to see you on the 20th!

ALSO -- Be sure to check out the other LitFuse Blog Tour Stops!!

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1 comment :

  1. This sounds like a sweet, fun story. I would love to read it.


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