Book Review: Beauty for Ashes

I used to be able to read a book in one day, usually in one sitting, before I had children. However, that is NOT the case these days as the demands of a 5 year old and a 2 year old are often overwhelming that I do good to get to read for 1/2 hour a day. However, since I have been put on modified bed rest, I have made time to read. And I think it is good for my children to see me enjoying reading while they are reading and/ or playing with their toys. That being said, I found myself beginning and reading a WHOLE book in one day (not in one sitting mind you, but over the course of the entire day!) the other day. That book was.....

This book drew me in from page 1 and kept me wanting to read more and more and NOT put the book down.

From the back cover:

"After losing her husband in the Civil War, Carrie Daly is scared she will never have a the family she longs for. Eligible bachelors are scarce in Hickory Ridge, Tennessee, but Carrie has found love. No 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 had elude 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 give beauty for ashes."

Beauty for Ashes is beautifully written with a twist of charm and elegance. You really feel for the struggles of the characters in their dealing with the hardships of the time. Each character, both the major characters and the minor ones, are very well developed with their own hardships and struggles to overcome both alone and overlapping with other characters' struggles. But with God's grace love prevails and what is meant to be will be.

This novel is the second in "The Hickory Ridge" series; the first being Beyond All Measure. I didn't have to read the first novel to understand anything in Beauty for Ashes; however, since I enjoyed this one so much, Beyond All Measure, has been added to my books to read list.

Disclaimer: This book was provided free of charge from Thomas Nelson publishers and All opinions expressed are my own.


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