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Monday, January 13, 2014

Carolina Gold Review!!!

Carolina Gold by Dorthy Love

Book Description:
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 Goldcontinues 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.

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About the author: 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.

To keep up with Dorothy Love, visit, become a fan on Facebook (Dorothy Love Books) or follow her onTwitter (@writerDorothy).

My Opinion:
I really enjoyed this read.  It was different than what I expected in good ways. :)  I really liked learning about Elizabeth Waties Allston Pringle, the real woman that Dorthy patterned Charlotte after, as well as Charlotte herself.  She was strong, tough, and brave to undertake the restoration of a plantation.  From the lowcountry rice fields, to the beach, to New Orleans this story takes you through life after the civil war.  When people were just trying to put their lives back together and survive.  The history in this book is very interesting.  I for one had never really read about the lowcountry with it's rice planters and yellow fever scares.  I find both the way of life and the actual rice planting fascinating.  I love Dorthy's descriptions from the land to the people and the pace is nice.  Each of the characters are wonderful in their own unique ways.  From the children to the old friends I loved each of them for what they brought to the story.  I even liked the story behind the story, if you will.  Especially when Dorthy listed all the historical things she included and when she visited the Lowcountry in her "Author's Note".  If there was one thing I didn't like it was the font choice for Charlotte's writings.  It was a little hard to make out and read.  But other than that I really enjoyed this book and the things I learned from it.  Twists, turns, total shocks, and other surprises abound as Charlotte attempts to brings back pieces of the life she once knew.

I had some difficulty finding versions I liked on amazon for some of these songs but here's what I could find (I maybe changing them in the future but I'm not sure.)...: "Amazing Grace" performed by Christopher Woods, "Waltzes, Op. Posth. 70: No. 1 in G-Flat Major" by Abbey Simon, "Buffalo Gals" by Pete Seeger, "Brahms' Lullaby" by Brahms' Lullaby - Johannes Brahms, "Camp Town Races" by Ken Shackelford, "Great Is Thy Faithfulness - Great Faithfulness (Instrumental Version)" John Keys, and "Jeannie With the Light Brown Hair" Jim Gibson

Psalm 71


*I received this book for the purpose of reviewing it.  This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings. ~ASC

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