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Friday, June 8, 2012

Beauty for Ashes

Dorothy Love writes southern historical romance with a touch of sweet tea and a flaky biscuit with a "bless your heart" thrown in for good measure. Carrie Daly is a Civil War widow living with her brother. She watched him marry a woman with two children and while she loves the fact that he is finding love, she is doubtful about his chosen bride--a woman who is spoiled and feels entitled to be waited on hand and foot. Carrie deals with an intolerable situation by moving into the women's boarding house. She works for her long-time friend Nate at his book store to pay for her room. In the meantime, Nate marries another boarder, Carrie's brother goes to Chicago to find work so that he can keep the family farm, Carrie's sister-in-law finds she's pregnant and needs Carrie to move back home. In the midst of all this, she befriends a horse-trainer named Griff and takes care of him when he suffers a concussion after falling from his horse in a race.

Beauty for Ashes is a sequel to Beyond All Measure but could stand alone on its own merits. It is fun to watch Carrie develop as a character, to see her grow as she tames her new nephews, to watch her take care of those she has come to love, and especially to see the love grow between Griff and Carrie. I'll be waiting for the next one to come out. Definitely worth the price of admission!

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