Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Carolina Gold by Dorothy Love

I am so sorry I am posting this a little later than I was supposed to! I have been sick, we've had tons of company, and we've been helping my brother whose basement flooded and in all the craziness I just forgot! 

About the Book
The war is over, but at Fairhaven Plantation, Charlotte's struggle has just begun.
Following her father’s death, Charlotte Fraser returns to Fairhaven, her family’s rice plantation in the South Carolina Lowcountry. With no one else to rely upon, smart, independent Charlotte is determined to resume cultivating the superior strain of rice called Carolina Gold.  But the war has left the plantation in ruins, her father’s former bondsmen are free, and workers and equipment are in short supply.
To make ends meet, Charlotte reluctantly agrees to tutor the two young daughters of her widowed neighbor and heir to Willowood Plantation, Nicholas Betancourt.  Just as her friendship with Nick deepens, he embarks upon a quest to prove his claim to Willowood and sends Charlotte on a dangerous journey that uncovers a long-held family secret, and threatens everything she holds dear.

Inspired by the life of a 19th-century woman rice farmer, Carolina Gold pays tribute to the hauntingly beautiful Lowcountry and weaves together  mystery, romance, and historical detail, bringing to life the story of one young woman’s struggle to restore her ruined world.

My Thoughts
This book was a bit of a disappointment for me. There were things I liked but they were outweighed by the things I didn't. I'm gonna start with the good though!
I loved the way this book gave us a glimpse into post Civil War in the south. I have read countless books that take place shortly after the war but they are almost always either set in the west or the north so it was cool to see the other side! I also liked Charlotte and I admired her perseverance and tenacity. Nick and his girls were fun too though I didn't feel like I ever really got to know Nick.
Now for the bad, I hate this part but I was asked for an honest review so an honest review I will write. To begin the story started off really slowly and never really picked up though about 200 pages in I did start turning the pages faster to see how it would turn out. Then there was the whole secret that is talked about in the synopsis, I figured out part of it early on and it was rather anticlimactic in the end. I also didn't like the way Nick and Charlotte reacted to something in the story (don't want to spoil anything!). They claimed to have feelings for each other but the way the handled the situation left no evidence of that. And lastly I felt that the end was a little rushed.

I still did enjoy the book especially the historical aspects of it!

Meet the Author
An accomplished author in the secular market, Dorothy Love makes her inspirational fiction debut with her Hickory Ridge series of historicals set in her native South. Her skillful blending of the historical and the personal reflect her passion for discovering the histories of ordinary people who accomplished extraordinary things and set her apart as an authoritative voice of Southern historical fiction.

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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!)



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