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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Review: Every Perfect Gift by Dorothy Love


"Ethan and Sophie long to share a future together. But the secrets they’re not sharing could tear them apart.
Sophie Caldwell has returned to Hickory Ridge, Tennessee after years away. Despite the heartaches of her childhood, Sophie is determined to make a home, and a name, for herself in the growing town. A gifted writer, she plans to resurrect the local newspaper that so enchanted her as a girl.
Ethan Heyward’s idyllic childhood was shattered by a tragedy he has spent years trying to forget. An accomplished businessman and architect, he has built a majestic resort in the mountains above Hickory Ridge, drawing wealthy tourists from all over the country.
When Sophie interviews Ethan for the paper, he is impressed with her intelligence and astounded by her beauty. She's equally intrigued with him but fears he will reject her if he learns about her shadowed past. Just as she summons the courage to tell him, Ethan’s own past unexpectedly and violently catches up with him, threatening not only his life but their budding romance."

I had an opportunity to review the first book in this series, Beyond All Measure and really enjoyed it.  Somehow, I missed the second one, and because of that almost did not choose this book to review.  But, because each of the books focus on a different character, I thought I could read this one now and go back to Beauty For Ashes later.

First of all, even  as an ebook, the cover was simply stunning!!  I was thrilled to learn that Every Perfect Gift focuses on Sophie, the ward of Wyatt and Ada Caldwell all grown up and back in Hickory Ridge.  Sophie is able to reconnect with those from her past, both friends and those who rebuked her as a child, and grow new friendships along the way.  She is independent and determined to make a success of herself.  She shows good character and determination to do and make things right and accepts responsibility for her mistakes. 

I enjoyed reading Sophie's story and "seeing" the lady she has grown to be.  The author did a good job in the resolution of Sophie trying to discover her past and head towards her future.   Ethan's story, secret and resolution was well done also.    There are some feminist undertones in the story (a woman determined to be successful on her own in a profession dominated by men.)  I was glad to revisit those we had already met in Hickory Ridge and was surprised by how they turned out.  I also liked meeting the new characters especially Sophie's new best fiend.  I was happy to see that in the end the characters should courage to stand up to those that were wrong, even though it came at a cost.  I look forward to reading other stories in the future by Dorothy Love.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary ebook copy of Every Perfect Gift for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review.  I received no other compensation.

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