Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Every Perfect Gift by Dorothy Love: Review & Giveaway


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.
 ~ ~ ~ ~ GIVEAWAY ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Begins Dec. 5 & ENDS Dec. 19 @ 12:01 a.m. EST
Open USA addresses only.
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.

21 comments:

  1. Great review, Vera, and thanks for the giveaway! I found out about this book at a facebook chat a while back and fell in love with the cover, sigh :)
    I have not read any of Dorothy's books yet so I was grateful when you commented that this could be a stand alone read. Would love to win a copy, sounds like a wonderful book!
    Blessings Vera!
    Kara
    wman4jcATaolDOTcom

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    1. Kara - I do hope you filled out the Rafflecopter entries. Don't forget to Tweet every day. Perhaps you'll win it!

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  2. Have not read any of her work.
    amyc

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    1. Amy - I don't believe I've ever read anything Dorothy Love wrote before "Every Perfect Gift." But I'm going to really try to read more. This was a good read.

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  3. I have not read any of Dorothy Loves books yet, but would love to win this one so I can.
    Maxie Anderson ( mac262@me.com )

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  4. I have not read any of her books but this is just the type that I like. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  5. Vera, thank you so much for taking time to read and review EVERY PERFECT GIFT. After spending three years writing books set in Hickory Ridge, I hated to say goodbye. I'm thrilled to know you enjoyed it. I hope Emi and Amy and your other blog readers who have not met Sophie and Ethan yet will enjoy them, too.
    Wishing you and yours a lovely season of joy, peace and Perfect Gifts.

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  6. I've read "Beauty For Ashes." I loved it and would love to read what else Dorothy has to offer.

    (rosesaved2@gmail.com)

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  7. I also haven't read her books but that cover looks so so good! Love the synopsis too :)

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  8. Have not read any of her work yet

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  9. I have not read books by Dorothy Love. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Jes
    jswaks

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  10. I haven't read any of her other books yet. But now I am interested! I love history!!!!

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  11. I have not read any of Dorothy Love's books, although I will be checking her out very soon. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

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  12. I have not read any of Dorothy's books but she looks like an author I would enjoy reading.
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  13. i havn't read any yet but i'm a huge reader and will definalty look for some soon

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  14. I haven't read any of her books yet but they sound very interesting. I would love to read them.

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  15. have never read any of her books but sounds interesting!

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  16. michelle gilliland mcafeeDecember 18, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    No I haven't read anything by Dorothy yet but, this sounds really good. ml_mcafee@yahoo.com

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  17. no i have not but i am always looking for new reads

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