Saturday, January 11, 2014

Carolina Gold by Dorothy Love ~ Litfuse Group Tour & Giveaway 1/3 – 1/14

About the book: 

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 Gold continues 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,, become a fan on Facebook(Dorothy Love Books) or follow her on Twitter(@writerDorothy). 

Landing page and Tour Schedule: 

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!)


My Thoughts 

Charlotte Fraser returns  home to Fairhaven determined to bring the plantation back to life. She was taught well by her father as to the running of a plantation and growing rice.  There were many obstacles in her way.  She listened to the advice of other plantation owners who were loyal friends of her father's. The widower neighbor Nicholas Bentancourt was the new heir of Willowood Plantation had become intrigued with her fortitude and courage.  She even agreed to tutor the widower's two young daughters to help support her plantation and put food on her table.  

Nicholas leaves on a business trip and is feared sick or possibly dead leaving the girls in Charlotte's care. What is she to do?  If he does not return, the girls will be left orphans.  She decides she must go in search of Nicholas for the girls sake, of course.  Could she be falling in love with Nicholas?

It was sad to read about the death and destruction caused by the Civil War leaving people to start almost from scratch to feed and house their families.  Many did not succeed and had to give up the life they lived before the war.  The author drew me into the story with Charlotte's determination to keep a promise to made to her father.  She pulled facts from historical events to write this novel giving us a glimpse into the rebuilding of South.  My heart ached for the loss of lives and livelihood.  This was an amazing and realistic read!

I highly recommend this book.

I rated this book a 5 out of 5.

Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson/Litfuse Publicity Group for review.  I was in no way compensated for this review.  This review is my honest opinion.

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