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Beyond All Measure

Bewertungen:
4.5/5 (8 Bewertungen)
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285 Seiten
17 Stunden
Herausgeber:
Freigegeben:
May 30, 2011
ISBN:
9781401685584
Format:
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Beschreibung

Ada has loved deeply and lost dearly. But protecting her heart could mean missing the love of a lifetime.

Ada Wentworth may be young, but she's seen enough of life to know she can only rely on herself. Everyone including God it seems, has let her down. Having lost her family, her fiance, and her fortune, Ada journeys from Boston to Hickory Ridge, Tennessee, to take a position as a lady's companion. Though initially charmed by the pretty little Southern town tucked into the foothills of the great Smokies, Ada plans to stay only until she can earn enough to establish a millinery shop.

Her employer, Wyatt Caldwell, the local lumber mill owner, is easily the kindest, most attractive man Ada has met in Hickory Ridge. He believes Providence has brought her to town and into his life. But how, after so many betrayals, can she ever trust again? Besides, Wyatt has a dream of his own. A dream that will one day take him far from Hickory Ridge.

As the South struggles to heal in the aftermath of the Civil War, one woman must let go of her painful past in order to embrace God's plans for her. Can she trust Him, and Wyatt, with her future and her heart?

Herausgeber:
Freigegeben:
May 30, 2011
ISBN:
9781401685584
Format:
Buch

Über den Autor

A native of west Tennessee, Dorothy Love makes her home in the Texas hill country with her husband and their golden retriever. An award-winning author of numerous young adult novels, Dorothy made her adult debut with the Hickory Ridge novels. Facebook: dorothylovebooks Twitter: @WriterDorothy  

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  • (5/5)
    BEYOND ALL MEASURE by Dorothy Love is an exciting inspirational historical fiction set in 1871 Hickory Ridge, Tennessee. This is this author's debut into Christian fiction. It is the first in the "A Hickory Ridge Romance". It is written with depth and details.The plot is intriguing,easy to follow,exciting with the charm of the old South.The characters are enchanting,charming,engaging and will capture your heart. It has romance,faith,healing,the struggles of the aftermath of the Civil War,trust,community,dreams,forgiveness,painful past,betrayal,the charm of a small community,misunderstandings, fear,hate,h,and finding love after the sacrifices of war. Ada Wentworth,is penniless,and has lost that she holds dear.She must find a job and travels to Hickory RidgeTennessee from Boston to become a Lady's companion. Ada stills has dreams of her own. Wyatt Caldwell,local lumber mill owner,kind,ex-war veteran,a,his Aunt Lillian is who Ada is a Lady's companion,and he believes Ada coming to town was Providence,but he has dreams of his own. While Ada and Wyatt fights their attraction,they must learn to trust each other and let go of the past. This is my first time reading this author but it will not be my last. While this is a Christian historical fiction is not "preachy".It does have the underline message of faith,hope and God's plan for our life. A must read for any historical,romance,inspirational,post civil war,and Old South readers. A keeper. This book was received for review from the author.Details can be found at Thomas Nelson.
  • (4/5)
    I enjoyed this book. I believe that this is the author's debut novel and I think she did an impressive job for her first published work of fiction. The main character was headstrong and had problems- without seeming irritating or unlovable to the reader. The main male figure in the store, Wyatt, was strong, dependable and likable. I have to say, the idea of including the KKK as the main protagonist in the story was original and interesting. I also enjoyed reading about the rifts between the North and the South.The only thing that I had trouble with was the pacing of the book. I felt as though all of the big climactic scenes were within the last 20 pages of the book- that left little drama for the reader. Also, some of the reasoning behind the decisions that the main character made were a little unclear. All in all, this was an enjoyable book and I look forward to reading more of this author in the future.
  • (3/5)
    Just after the civil war, Bostonian Ada Wentworth goes to Hickory Ridge, Tennessee to take a job as a lady's maid. Not only does she encounter a different life that she was used to financially, but she also encounters some of the prejudices of a post civil war era. Attempting to eventually start her own business, she runs into problems due to her gender and her background, as well as also running into love. But, will her love prevail, or will her past come back to bite her? You will have to read to find out.This book was a very quick read, as many romance novels are. I won't spoil anything for future readers, but it pretty much follows the same plot as several other romance novels I have read. However, the author does bring history into it as well and it was definitely interesting to think about how hard it would be to live in such a tumultuous time, especially if you are a woman in a man's world, a northerner in a southerner's world, or a white among recently freed blacks, in a place where prejudices still run rampant.I haven't read a romance novel in a long time, and the reason is they are usually too much silly romance and not enough hard evidence or a believable story. However, this one did keep my attention and I finished it in about a day and a half. The characters are likable, the setting is interesting and the story does keep you turning pages. I would recommend this book to anyone is into a bit of fluff interspersed with history. The author could have made it more Historical and less Romance but if you like it better the other way around, it may be just the thing for you. However, I would give it a 3 out of 5 for that reason alone.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
  • (4/5)
    Dorothy Love spins an interesting of life after the Civil War. Set in Tennessee, the war is over but emotions still run hot. Coming from Boston and trying to establish for herself a new life, Ada is branded as a “Yankee” and thus often disliked on sight. Left alone in the world after the sudden death of her father and aunt, she must make her own way. Now a companion to a cantankerous old woman, she wonders if she has chosen the right path. And her life is further complicated by the man who hired her to take care of his aunt. In this inspirational tale of romance, the author illustrates how the choices one makes can be life-changing, not only for oneself but for others as well. With likable and well developed characters and an intricate storyline, this historical work of fiction is entertaining as well as informative, and will have you reaching for the next book in the series.
  • (3/5)
    I’m not entirely sure how I felt about this book. Was the story enjoyable? Yes, but within means. Ada, our heroine, wasn’t an entirely likeable character in the beginning, but her personal growth added to the story. Wyatt on the other hand, was a charming southern gentleman from the beginning. But there was the problem, he was annoyingly so. It was unrealistic to think that he could be so good natured and unwaveringly kind, even in times that the pair clash. And can I just say, what man calls a woman he loves my dear friend? That term of endearment slipped under my skin from its first emergence and every time is reappear, more often than I would ever wish it to, it just annoyed me more. Dorothy Love is a wonderful writer, but really Ms. Love, that is not romance. I want to rate this higher because I think it was beautifully written and the flow kept my attention despite the issues I had with the actual plotline, but it was nothing special. It fits the same formula of so many other novels, destitute woman with a dream who falls for a man that is different from everything she’s wanted, but has everything she needs. And in the end, they work past their differences and make it work.
  • (5/5)
    I requested a digital copy of this book from BookSneeze in exchange for my honest review.From the opening lines I found myself drawn deeply into the intrigue of this historical romance. The strongest feature of Ms Love's writing is her characterisation - in reading Beyond All Measure I feel I've met a new group of friends. The story itself is focussed on a gentle message of forgiveness asking whether Ada forgive the past to move into her future. The plot is fairly simple but held my interest easily as I was so invested in the characters. I think the best thing about reading this book was learning right at the end that it's the first in a series!