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Friday, May 13, 2011

Book Review: Beyond All Measure

I just had an opportunity to review my first e-book, Beyond All Measure by Dorothy Love (289 pages) on my Nook.

Book Description:

Beyond All Measure
By Dorothy Love
Published by Thomas Nelson
Average Blogger Rating:
4.29 Stars
Book Description
Unless she can trust God's love to cast out her fears, Ada may lose the heart of a good man.

Ada Wentworth, a young Bostonian, journeys to Hickory Ridge, Tennessee, in the years following the Civil War. Alone and nearly penniless following a broken engagement, Ada accepts a position as a lady’s companion to the elderly Lillian Willis, a pillar of the community and aunt to the local lumber mill owner, Wyatt Caldwell. Ada intends to use her millinery skills to establish a hat shop and secure her future.

Haunted by unanswered questions from her life in Boston, Ada is most drawn to two townsfolks: Wyatt, a Texan with big plans of his own, and Sophie, a mulatto girl who resides at the Hickory Ridge orphanage. Ada's friendship with Sophia attracts the attention of a group of locals seeking to displace the residents of Two Creeks, a "colored" settlement on the edge of town. As tensions rise, Ada is threatened but refuses to abandon her plan to help the girl.

When Lillian dies, Ada is left without employment or a place to call home. And since Wyatt’s primary purpose for staying in Hickory Ridge was to watch over his aunt, he can now pursue his dream of owning Longhorns in his home state of Texas.

With their feelings for each other growing, Ada must decide whether she can trust God with her future and Wyatt with her heart.

I love reading Historical Fiction, and I thought the author did a wonderful job in capturing the feelings and turmoil that existed in this country following the Civil War. This is not a "fairy tale romance" but instead deals with real life situations for that time period. I enjoyed getting to know the characters in this book and thought that they were well developed and believable. As you are reading, you think you know exactly where the story is going to go, but the author throws in a few surprises. You might just be surprised at who the "bad guys" and "good guys" really are. The author does a good job of showing Ada and Wyatt making peace with their pasts without making it look too easy to do. Beyond All Measures was a great read and I look forward to reading the next book in this series.

I received a complimentary download of Beyond All Measures for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review. I received no other compensation.

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