Every Perfect Gift by Dorothy Love
My thoughts: The cover of Every Perfect Gift absolutely drew me. I could hardly wait to start reading. The scene, the gown, the lady are all absolutely stunning.
Hickory Ridge, Tennessee, is the former home of Sophie Robillard. Her former life in Hickory Ridge was rife with loneliness, discord, abandonment, mistrust as she, an orphaned child of mixed parentage (although several generations past), coped. Finally, loving guardians Ada and Wyatt Caldwell took her under their wings and they moved to Texas where she grew to adulthood. Her dream of owning a newspaper and writing for it came to fruition when the Caldwell's financed the purchase of the Hickory Ridge Gazette.
Sophie found the people more accepting of her this second time around, though her life was not without opposition. Still she struggled with the "secret" of her parentage and mixed blood.
Hickory Ridge was facing destitution until a new resort called Blue Smoke was developed. That is the impetus that brought Ethan Heyward, co-developer of Blue Smoke, into the life of Sophie.
The interactions of imported labor for the building of Blue Smoke, the poor families of the mountains, local residents, and the hard-hearted owner of Blue Smoke run head-to-head with Sophie and her quest to better the lives of people. Soon she finds herself in a cauldron of discord.
Drawn together romantically, Sophie and Ethan must come to grips with their own personal issues and problems before they can further any relationship between themselves.
This is a lovely read with subtle underlying plots. Though this is the final in a series of stories of characters in Hickory Ridge, it is a fine stand-alone novel.
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About the author: An accomplished author in the secular market, Dorothy Love makes her inspirational fiction debut with her Hickory Ridge series of historical novels 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.
DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy of Every Perfect Gift was provided by Litfuse Publicity Group on behalf of author, Dorothy Love, and publisher, Thomas Nelson in exchange for my honest review. Opinions expressed are solely my own and I was not required to write a positive review.