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Beauty for Ashes

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

I was practically determined to not give this a 5-star rating--I

I was practically determined to not give this a 5-star rating--I have been giving so many lately. I also was not sure that I truly liked the characters or the story. But Dorothy Love has come out with a winner in this book! I have never read any book by her, but she is ...
I was practically determined to not give this a 5-star rating--I have been giving so many lately. I also was not sure that I truly liked the characters or the story. But Dorothy Love has come out with a winner in this book! I have never read any book by her, but she is definitely towards the top of my list now.

I did not realize that this book was part of a series, but I had no problem following it even though I did not read the first in the series. I was able to jump right into the action and get to know Carrie and Griff from the beginning. I was completely impressed with the wide variety of characters and realistic circumstances that the author put in this book. Nothing was sugar-coated, and some of the great tragedies truly touched me. It was nice to see an imperfect heroine and see how she dealt with it in light of her faith.

The message of the book truly struck a chord with me. It is the same message that I continue to read over and over lately. Find God's will, and then do it. Don't let the chance pass you by. God will provide for all your needs, and He cares about everything that concerns you. He will work it all for your glory--the bad things too.

I can relate a little bit to Carrie. I have a father that treats me very much like a slave (though I am a grown woman), and I am quite friendless and sometimes shunned--that is the story of my life! I know how it feels to continue to ask for God's will and seemingly receive no direction. It is so tough to not give up!

The Christian themes were placed in very natural places in the book. The reader was not beaten over the head with Christianity, and yet, it was there. It was neat to see that God could change anyone. And it was amazing the way God worked through various tragedies in the book. I was pleased to see that the author is working on a sequel to this one. I hope that she will tie up the minimal loose ends that she left. The book ended in the right way, but it was rather abrupt as well. My only complaint!

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated in any way, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
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posted by ruthhill74 on June 19, 2012

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

‘Beauty for Ashes’ by Dorothy Love is quite a leisu

‘Beauty for Ashes’ by Dorothy Love is quite a leisurable an inspirational read. It reminds me that to have something better in life, sometimes, we need to leave what we already have behind in order to pursue for something better. We got to be brave, and be ...
‘Beauty for Ashes’ by Dorothy Love is quite a leisurable an inspirational read. It reminds me that to have something better in life, sometimes, we need to leave what we already have behind in order to pursue for something better. We got to be brave, and be willing to leave our comfort zone for that. And sometimes, to get want we want, we need to turn deaf ears towards the scrutinizing society who more often than not, will condemn you for doing something out of ordinary.

The story is quite slow for me, but it’s an okay read. Highly recommended for people who wants an inspirational fiction. This book will remind us all that having faith in God’s plan can’t really be a bad thing as it always turns out better at the end of the day.

posted by cleffairy on March 26, 2012

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  • Posted July 27, 2013

    Highly recommend

    Sometimes I hate when a story ends. This is one of those times, I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the way it was written, had a very hard time putting it down even to sleep.

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  • Posted March 21, 2012

    Carrie Daly, a childless Civil War widow, had been helping her b

    Carrie Daly, a childless Civil War widow, had been helping her brother run her family’s farm in Hickory Ridge, Tennessee. When her brother marries, her sister-in-law and two children move into the family home. Two newcomers in town, along with a failing economy, change Carrie’s life. She struggles to accept the trials that come her way; she prays for God’shelp for others…and prays that she will have the patience and grace to accept the disappoints and heartbreak in her life. She expects her attraction to Griff Rutledge to conclude with unhappiness because he states from the beginning that he intends to leave for Australia as soon as the thoroughbred race is ended.


    Carrie Daly is a strong, creative, family-loyal woman. I silently thanked the author as I read about Carrie Daly’s experiences with her sister-in-law, nephews (although 5 year old Joe can be adorable),original boyfriend, and new friend. Although Carrie always seems to take the high road, Dorothy Love did relate some of Carrie’s fuming thoughts. If she hadn’t, I would have been too angry myself to finish reading the book. The situations in the book, when other people take advantage of her, annoyed me enough that I would have jumped in and lent a hand if I could. A bright spot is Griff who helps her “run away from home” and learn to enjoy life again.


    Readers will enjoy discovering Carrie’s character; there are so many facets to her personality. Other characters, except for Mary: the sister-in-law you will love to hate – are less complex.



    Three and a Half Stars

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  • Posted March 17, 2012

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    Expect the Unexpected

    I enjoyed this second book by Dorthy Love. Loved that some of the Characters from the first book Beyond All Measure, made a return visit!
    This books has many chuckles, and some ohhhhhs, and some very sad happenings. We are focusing at a time just after the Civil War and there is a Depression happening. Carrie Daly is now required to welcome a new woman into her home she shares with her brother Henry. His new bride, Mary, comes with two...not adorable sons.
    Carrie has been keeping company with Nate for quite awhile, and everyone expects them to marry. She is rescued from an uncertain death by Griff Rutledge, he is going to be in town for awhile training a horse. Now we will wonder for awhile who will win her hand or neither?
    Love that the Lord seems to have a hand in the lives of these Characters, and as in real life not always as we wish.
    I recommend this for a fast enjoyable read!

    I received this book from the Publisher Thomas Nelson, and was not required to give a positive review.

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  • Posted March 2, 2012

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    I really enjoyed getting lost in the setting of this book, It wa

    I really enjoyed getting lost in the setting of this book, It was predictable in my opinion but easy to follow the storyline and I started to feel sorry for Carrie although at times I wanted to tell her to "Suck it Up" and deal with what life has thrown at her and look for the small Blessings in life...but that's just me. The closing was cleanly added up and ended sweetly, I liked it!

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  • Posted February 16, 2012

    Good Read

    Beauty for Ashes by Dorothy Love was enjoyable. This book takes place in the years that followed the Civil War. Amidst depression and heartache, love still is able to find a way.
    Carrie Daly, a widow, lives in Hickory Ridge with her brother, where they tend to their farm. Carrie Daly is “promised” to marry Nate Chastain, however, the timing always seems off and she can never seem to set a date for the wedding. Everyone in town thinks and knows it will happen. Everyone in town loves the idea of them getting married, until Carrie meets a traveler, Griffin Rutledge, who “rocks her world” so to speak. They meet the day before her brothers wedding to whom other but “Cruela DeVille” a nice modern day term for Mary.
    Shortly after the wedding, Carrie leaves the farm knowing that she doesn’t have a place anymore and knowing that she will not be able to handle living there with Mary’s boys whom terrorize her in every way. She begins to build a friendship with Griff and begins to lose Nate. Her heart doesn’t know what to do or think and she begins to lose hope, especially when her brother leaves to find work, Mary becomes pregnant, and Carrie has to come back home to work the farm and care for Mary and her boys.
    Carrie does everything for everyone else and doesn’t receive much in return. Eventually she finds love in several different ways, much different than she ever expected.
    I received a copy of this book from Booksneeze for my honest thoughts.

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