Beyond All Measure

Beyond All Measure

by Dorothy Love
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Beyond All Measure by Dorothy Love

Ada has loved deeply and lost dearly. But protecting her heart could mean missing the love of a lifetime.

Ada Wentworth may be young, but she's seen enough of life to know she can only rely on herself. Everyone including God it seems, has let her down. Having lost her family, her fiance, and her fortune, Ada journeys from Boston to Hickory Ridge, Tennessee, to take a position as a lady's companion. Though initially charmed by the pretty little Southern town tucked into the foothills of the great Smokies, Ada plans to stay only until she can earn enough to establish a millinery shop.

Her employer, Wyatt Caldwell, the local lumber mill owner, is easily the kindest, most attractive man Ada has met in Hickory Ridge. He believes Providence has brought her to town and into his life. But how, after so many betrayals, can she ever trust again? Besides, Wyatt has a dream of his own. A dream that will one day take him far from Hickory Ridge.

As the South struggles to heal in the aftermath of the Civil War, one woman must let go of her painful past in order to embrace God's plans for her. Can she trust Him, and Wyatt, with her future and her heart?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611731033
Publisher: Center Point Large Print
Publication date: 07/28/2011
Series: Hickory Ridge Series , #1
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 406
Product dimensions: 5.88(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.24(d)

About the Author

A native of west Tennessee, Dorothy Love makes her home in the Texas hill country with her husband and their golden retriever. An award-winning author of numerous young adult novels, Dorothy made her adult debut with the Hickory Ridge novels. Facebook: dorothylovebooks Twitter: @WriterDorothy

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Beyond All Measure 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I adored this book. I just could not put it down. I will have to read others by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There were some interesting twists, but the end was what I expected. It was entertaining but not too exciting. I would say this book is for the casual reader--not very deep or thought provoking. It reads very fast. I might read another one of this author. No I would not recommend this for a book club discussion--not enough to discuss.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the story for it's time in history and location. I would love to read more from this author. Nice love story that had me talking out loud, so I think it would do well in book club discussions.
LORACH More than 1 year ago
"Before borrowing money from a friend, one should consider which is needed more." Whereas this is not the crux of the story line, I really liked that line. As for the book, A great read. Put it on my 're-read' list. Bought a copy for my friend to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is great to remember that God has a better plan than we can imagine! Great book of trials while yet an encouragement.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was agreat read. I didn't want to stop reading until it was finished and can't wait to start the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Great Story. I started the book late this afternoon and found I had to stay up to finish it. I started to give it only four stars and then thought about it. The story was so well written and the sample copy had me hooked.
LisaGolda More than 1 year ago
It's been a while since I read a Christian romance, I was looking forward to this one and I love series. I enjoyed this book of a young girl Ada who seemed to have a strong will, determination and loyalty. I was able to predicate what was going to happen before it even happen. I was hoping that the author would really show what TRUE courtship was about, but it seemed to move at a fast pace, which for a series, was disappointing. It did not leave me "waiting" to read the next book. I enjoyed the quality of the characters. Even though some of them seemed a little stretched. It's hard to find quality books these days and this would be a nice one to start off with if you are getting into romance books.
CHZ More than 1 year ago
I've read Dorothy Love's books for young adults and loved them, but I wasn't sure what to expect when she changed genres. Could she create a world where I would be drawn in and fall in love with the characters in post Civil War Tennessee as well as she created the worlds in which her young characters played out their lives with such intensity? I should have been more trusting. Hum, come to think of it, trust is a major issue for Ada, Dorothy's leading lady, in Beyond All Measure. My doubts were swept away much more quickly than Ada's. From Chapter One, Dorothy weaves history and story into a seamless presentation of life in rural Tennessee. Ada, a young Northern woman jilted by her fiance and left destitute by her father's death, comes to the South to be a companion to an elder widow. The issues of Civil War hatreds, race, and a woman's place surround Ada as she learns to trust God, trust herself, and trust the man who falls head over heels in love with her. The fact that these issues are still current gives an added dimension to the book. Why did I say a good summer read? It's a good read anytime of year.
meowth2011 More than 1 year ago
I don't usually cater to romance novels, but when I saw this on booksneeze, the summary just caught my fancy. What the heck, right? It's a book any way you look at it. Well, as it turns out, it is more than just a book. It's an entertaining book. The story was well thought out and presented in such a way that makes it hard to put down. It's definitely kept me awake through the long hours of the night, reading on and on if only to find out just what Ada Wentworth is going to do with the slew of changes that's coming to her life, and just how each change and each action is going to change her for the better. I must say I was not disappointed. Like I said, the story was well thought out and is sure to entertain as well as teach every Christian women the value of trusting God and letting the people who genuinely care about you help you through your ordeals. The romance between the protagonists ran a natural course that made it all the more believable that I have found real love in each other. This is the kind of romance book that people should read and learn from nowadays. A five out of five! I got a free copy of this book to review from booksneeze.
Lifeshard More than 1 year ago
"Beyond All Measure" by Dorothy Love is one of the best books I have read in a long time; I could not put it down. I am an avid Francine Rivers reader and I have to put this book right up there with my favorites of hers. I enjoy books that transport you back in time and that are about second chances not only at love, life, and relationships but also at faith. This one transports you back the late 1800's in rural Tennessee after the Civil War, gives you insight on the way of living, the still grown ignorance and intolerance of people, the growth in industry, the community events and education at that time, and the mindset of the people of those days. It paints a clear picture on how God helps us to find the right paths in life, and how he steers us in the right direction whether we know it or understand it at the time. Wonderful book, I highly recommend it.
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jacksonmomLV More than 1 year ago
I recently discovered Dorothy Love, so I've been "backtracking" and reading some of her earlier books. I enjoyed this romance from the post-Civil War south, but I have to admit it didn't have the depth or pace of her latest book, A Respectable Actress. Still, I liked it enough that I'm looking forward to following the characters in the second Hickory Ridge Series book. Ada Wentworth is a young woman looking for a fresh start after losing her parents, her financial standing and her fiancee. All she has left is her dream of becoming a hat maker. She answers an advertisement and becomes a live-in companion to a crochetty old widow who conveniently has a handsome and prosperous nephew. Wyatt Caldwell also has a dream, and it doesn't include marriage or staying in Hickory Ridge - he wants to return to Texas and become a rancher. These two young people are predictably but delightfully thrown together around Aunt Lil, and sparks fly. This book appealed to me because of the varied seasons of life displayed in its characters. Aunt Lil's dementia, for instance, is handled very realistically. Her mood swings and temper and sweetness are all true to life and add to the tension in the story. Also, both main characters begin the story as church-goers, but bitter at the turns their lives have taken. It was moving to see how they came to see the need for personal faith (though I would have liked more detail here), and that the messy puzzle of their lives did fit into God's perfect plan. Every romance should have a happy ending, and this one has several. But Dorothy Love is also good at weaving in the bitter with the sweet. If you enjoy fiction set in our country's Reconstruction period, I think you'll relish time in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exactly! Who needs or wants to buy a book that self important "reviewers" rewrite. They must get paid or get free books that way is right. Look up what a review is. IT IS NOT A BOOK REPORT! Wht is wrong with you people.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Full run of emotions book!
shellbell2420 More than 1 year ago
Great book. Couldn't put it down. Great love story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please post shorter reviews. The long long overly positive review smack of purchased words .
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
This is a captivating Christian Historical novel. After Ada Wentworth loses everything and everyone that is important to her she sets out to take a job as companion to an elderly widow, Lillian Willis, in rural Tennessee. This is a drastic change for the young lady from a well-to-do Boston family shortly after the end of the Civil War. Many of the local residents of the small town in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains view Ada as an enemy because of her Yankee upbringing. Wyatt Caldwell is Lillian Willis’s nephew, Ada’s new employer. After the war ended he returned to Hickory Ridge and opened a lumber mill. I was drawn into the story very quickly. The characters were very easy to connect to. The plot was easy to follow and did not become bogged down at any point. Dorothy Love handled the touchy subjects of the Ku Klux Klan and the freed slaves that were trying to figure out the new order of things. I wanted to see the people in Hickory Ridge work out their differences and sort out their problems. I thoroughly enjoyed the simple way that those whose belief in God was solid encouraged others to trust Him and rely on Him. I received a free copy of this book through a Goodreads, First Reads giveaway.
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This was a great historical fiction read! It quicky became a new favorite of mine!
WritermomHB More than 1 year ago
Do Things Happen for a Reason? Do you believe your footsteps are guided and that all things happen in your life for a reason? If you do, or if you don’t, Dorothy Love shows how this is true in Beyond All Measure. This is her first venture into the Christian Romance genre and she is successful with it, as she has been with her other books. She has taken the character of a Yankee woman from Boston who moves to a small town in Tennessee to start a new life just after the end of the Civil War. There she meets a very Southern Rebel veteran who cares for his widowed aunt. The author deals with many character flaws and cultural ideas that continue even today. Yet, she presents the Christian values in an understated way. Many things can be learned by reading this book. I would recommend it to thoughtful readers.
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