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Carolina Gold by Dorothy Love

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Carolina Gold by Dorothy LoveCarolina Gold by Dorothy Love

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Also by this author: Among the Fair Magnolias: Four Southern Love Stories, A Heart So True: A Southern Love Story
ISBN: 140168761X
Genres: Christian Fiction, Christian Historical Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance
Published by Thomas Nelson on December 10th 2013
Pages: 336
Format: eARC, Paperback
Source: Litfuse Publicity, NetGalley
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The war is over, but her struggle is just beginning.Charlotte Fraser returns to her late father’s once-flourishing rice plantation on the Waccamaw River, determined to continue growing the special kind of rice known as Carolina Gold. But Fairhaven Plantation is in ruins, the bondsmen are free, and money is scarce.To make ends meet, Charlotte reluctantly accepts a position as tutor to the young daughters of Nicholas Betancourt, heir to the neighboring Willowood Plantation. Then Nick’s quest to prove his ownership of Willowood sends Charlotte on a dangerous journey that reveals an old family mystery—and threatens all that she holds dear.Inspired by the life of a 19th century woman rice planter, CAROLINA GOLD continues Dorothy Love’s winning tradition of weaving together mystery, romance, and rich historical detail, bringing to life the story of one young woman’s struggle to restore her ruined world.

*This post has been updated with my new format,
thanks to the Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin, on July 22, 2015.*


Dorothy Love has a gift in writing. She doesn’t just write a frilly story that takes place in history, she brings some harsh realities to life in a good combination of vivid pain and hope. Her last series I enjoyed was based in Tennessee and now we move on to the Carolina territories. My genealogy spends a lot of time in the Carolina territories before going to Georgia so that sparks another interest for me.

At first I couldn’t quite connect. It was one of those books where you pick it up and read a bit, but there is something else that you’d rather read more (especially if your list is anything like mine), yet Dorothy Love’s writing takes you back in time and with plenty of information and entertainment will hold you there once you get through the start.

Similar on the lines of how I felt about Ann Shorey and Amanda Cabot as well as Maggie Brendan – This story is full of hard and troubling events of the historical time, but also full of romance to be had with a good bit of trust and inspiration from the Lord. This was not a fast read for me, but it was an overall good one.



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A former journalist, free-lance writer and college professor, Dorothy Love explores the intersection of history and human relationships to create novels that speak to the hearts of women everywhere. She is the author of the acclaimed Hickory Ridge novels set in her native state of Tennessee. After earning a masters degree and Ph.D, she authored dozens of magazine articles before breaking into book publishing with a number of award-winning novels for preteens and young adults. The Hickory Ridge series marked her adult fiction debut. Currently she is working on several stand-alone historical novels set in the South.

When she isn’t busy writing or researching her next book, Love enjoys hiking, traveling, and hanging out with her husband Ron and their rambunctious golden retriever. The Loves make their home in the Texas hill country.

Find out more about Dorothy at http://dorothylovebooks.com/.

Don’t miss Dorothy Love‘s latest historical novel, Carolina Gold. Fun news: The release of Carolina Gold coincides with Dorothy’s birthday. Celebrate with her by entering the Southern Essentials Giveaway and RSVPing to her Facebook party on January 14th!


Between January 3–14, visit Dorothy Love’s Facebook Page to enter to win a new giveaway each day and be entered to win the $100 Visa Cash Card grand prize. Winners will be announced at the Facebook Author Chat party on January 14th! (Don’t have a Facebook account? Enter here.)
RSVP today for Dorothy’s Carolina Gold Author Chat Party on Facebook.

During the party Dorothy will be hosting a book chat, testing your trivia skills, announcing the winner of the Southern Essentials Giveaway, and giving away books, gift certificates, and more. Oh, and she’ll also be giving partygoers an exclusive look at her next book!

So grab your copy of Carolina Gold and help Dorothy celebrate her birthday on the evening of January 14th! (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)


About Dorothy Love

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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