She’s a beautiful young widow. He’s a Southern gentleman with a thirst for adventure. Both need a place to call home.
After losing her husband in the Civil War, Carrie Daly is scared she will never have the family she longs for. Eligible bachelors are scarce in Hickory Ridge, Tennessee, but Carrie Daly has found love. Not the weak-in-the-knees kind, but something practical. Still, she isn't quite ready to set a wedding date with Nate Chastain.
Griff Rutledge is a former member of Charleston society, but has been estranged from his family for years. He’s determined to remain unattached, never settling in one place for too long. But when asked to train a Thoroughbred for an upcoming race in Hickory Ridge, he decides to stay awhile.
Despite objections from the townsfolk, and her fear that true happiness has eluded her, Carrie is drawn to Griff's kindness and charm. It will take a leap of faith for them to open their hearts and claim God's promise to trade beauty for ashes.
What a sweet and fun romance story. Beauty for Ashes is Dorothy Love's second Hickok Ridge Novel but is easily read on its own. After reading it I would like to read the other one day. The book is set after the Civil war is over and the main character Carrie Daly has lost her husband to it and does not know what to do now. She has always longed for a family and that seems so hopeless now. Though there is one man that she just may be able to fall in love with, Griff. Follow in Carrie's story and watch these two fall in love in this book. The main theme of this book is that God works all things for the good and He will being beauty for ashes. What a great promise! This is a great book for anyone who enjoys a sweet, simple, historical, Christian romance. This is the kind of book I think is great to read on the beach since there is not as much depth and reminder of the real world in it.
* I received this book through booksneeze for the purpose of this review.