Every Perfect Gift

Every Perfect Gift

by Dorothy Love
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ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
Ready for a sweet, Christian read? This is definitely it! Dorothy Love is one of those authors you can always count on to deliver quality romances where the characters quietly rely on God--or at least learn to rely on Him--and the romance never comes across as sappy. She is a skilled writer, and you will always find the story uplifting and completely appropriate. In this story, several issues are covered that are not often covered in Christian historical romances. She covers women's issues, mixed race, prejudice, and the poor, to name a few. She doesn't mince words, and the romance is exactly as it should be. There is never any doubt about how the story will end, but she does add some bumps along the way that make it quite entertaining. This is a book that is delightful to read! I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
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BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Dorothy Love has done a great job with Every Perfect Gift, the third and final book of her hickory Ridge Romance series. When I requested this book for review, I was not aware that it was the third in the series. So, I will admit to being a little nervous at starting the story. Would I have any idea what was going on? Could I understand the background stories to adequately do justice to reading and reviewing this book? The answer to both questions is a resounding yes! Not only does this book do fine as a stand alone, it has made me very interested in going back and reading the two stories that precede it. The two main characters in this story, Sophie and Ethan, are just so likeable. They both have secrets from their past that haunt them. These things that loom in their memories were things out of their control but that impact them and the way they interact with each other. Sophie returns to the town that she was raised in to start up a newspaper. She faces plenty of challenges throughout the book that she much persevere through. In the course of her reporting, she meets Ethan, who has designed and is in charge of the completion on a large resort in the area. He faces many challenges of his own throughout the story as well. Ethan and Sophie are drawn to each other and their attraction and growing love are so well written. However, if they are to ever hope for happiness together, they must face the secrets of their past. A wonderful story that I would recommend to any reader of Christian romance. I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.
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l_manning More than 1 year ago
After being taken in by some very kind people, Sophie has spent a long time in Texas. However, she feels the pull to return to her home in the small town of Hickory Ridge. Sophie wants to start up the local paper again. The biggest news is the new resort opening up in the mountain above Hickory Ridge. Sophie decides to interview the supervisor in charge on things at the resort, and he turns out to be a very handsome young man named Ethan. Ethan and Sophie immediately feel drawn to each other, but they are both hiding secrets about their pasts. Ethan and Sophie will have a chance to make it if their pasts don't overrun them. This was a very enjoyable book. I loved Sophie. She was a hardworking woman in an age where she was not entirely accepted. She knew what she wanted to do and was determined to do it. I loved her zeal for reporting. You want her to succeed because she is so determined. Ethan was equally determined to do his job, but I felt like you didn't get to know him quite as well. I think some of this is due to the fact that his secret stays hidden until much closer to the end than Sophie's. Ethan and Sophie had a host of other characters to help them through their tale, and they had equally interesting lives. I especially liked the storyline involving building an infirmary. There were some very important topics discussed in this book. One of the most important was the idea of equality. This was touched upon in a couple ways. One was racial equality. As Sophie deal with her past, she must deal with the poor way she has been treated because of her suspected bloodline. Ethan has to deal with something similar but in a very different way. Another thing touched on was the ability we have to take care of our fellow men. There were many poor who were not able to get adequate medical care, and the building of an infirmary was meant to help with that. So many people pitched in to make this happen out of love of others. Overall this was a very enjoyable book that combined history and romance into a fun package. Galley provided for review.
ButterflyBlessingsBlog More than 1 year ago
I loved the way this book tied into the past and characters we're familiar with. There is a lot of explanation about those relationships but they are side plots that don't interfere with the main story. It also has a truly beautiful cover that I kept looking at over and over. Sophie is a bit of a puzzle to me. In some regards she seems a strong and determined woman. She moves away from home to own and run a newspaper. That was a brave and atypical move for a woman in that era. She has constant doubts though. She doesn't think people will accept her because of her biracial status - but there aren't any incidents in the present to indicate that. She actually receives a lot of support (other than those who believe her work is unacceptable). She doubts Ethan's love and forgiveness despite his visits, gifts, kisses, smiles . . . After a while I wanted to yell at her that it was obvious he loved her and had moved past it. I admired the way she stood up for her friends and for what she believed was right. Ethan is a good man who is very talented at his work - but finds his boss (and the boss' methods) frustrating and unacceptable. He also has a past that haunts him. This was a satisfying and enjoyable end to a wonderful series. I was offered an e-book of this title for review by BookSneeze - but I had already purchased it for myself. Their offer has in no way influenced my review.
believerCR More than 1 year ago
Sophie spent her early years in Hickory Ridge's orphanage, then moved to Texas. She returns to start a newspaper, but also to deal with some of the hurt from her past. She finds a big change - a resort is being built on the Ridge. The builder is handsome Ethan Heyward, who's also hiding some childhood pain.  How do I love thee, Every Perfect Gift? Too many ways to count!-The multifaceted romance. Sophie and Ethan's stories interweave with an amazing push-pull. -The town of Hickory Ridge. What fun to return to the familiar town and its beloved people. I especially enjoyed seeing Caleb Stanhope, the little stinker, grow up into a responsible adult - it happens!-Historical details, including newspaper printing, work camps, and opposition to the infirmary, give depth to the story. I love learning when I read!-Excellent writing brought the story to life - I'm ready to move to Hickory Ridge.-A cover as gorgeous as the story. I wish this series would continue!
happyhomeschoolmom More than 1 year ago
"Ethan and Sophie long to share a future together. But the secrets they’re not sharing could tear them apart. Sophie Caldwell has returned to Hickory Ridge, Tennessee after years away. Despite the heartaches of her childhood, Sophie is determined to make a home, and a name, for herself in the growing town. A gifted writer, she plans to resurrect the local newspaper that so enchanted her as a girl. Ethan Heyward’s idyllic childhood was shattered by a tragedy he has spent years trying to forget. An accomplished businessman and architect, he has built a majestic resort in the mountains above Hickory Ridge, drawing wealthy tourists from all over the country. When Sophie interviews Ethan for the paper, he is impressed with her intelligence and astounded by her beauty. She's equally intrigued with him but fears he will reject her if he learns about her shadowed past. Just as she summons the courage to tell him, Ethan’s own past unexpectedly and violently catches up with him, threatening not only his life but their budding romance." I had an opportunity to review the first book in this series, Beyond All Measure and really enjoyed it. Somehow, I missed the second one, and because of that almost did not choose this book to review. But, because each of the books focus on a different character, I thought I could read this one now and go back to Beauty For Ashes later. First of all, even as an ebook, the cover was simply stunning!! I was thrilled to learn that Every Perfect Gift focuses on Sophie, the ward of Wyatt and Ada Caldwell all grown up and back in Hickory Ridge. Sophie is able to reconnect with those from her past, both friends and those who rebuked her as a child, and grow new friendships along the way. She is independent and determined to make a success of herself. She shows good character and determination to do and make things right and accepts responsibility for her mistakes. I enjoyed reading Sophie's story and "seeing" the lady she has grown to be. The author did a good job in the resolution of Sophie trying to discover her past and head towards her future. Ethan's story, secret and resolution was well done also. There are some feminist undertones in the story (a woman determined to be successful on her own in a profession dominated by men.) I was glad to revisit those we had already met in Hickory Ridge and was surprised by how they turned out. I also liked meeting the new characters especially Sophie's new best fiend. I was happy to see that in the end the characters should courage to stand up to those that were wrong, even though it came at a cost. I look forward to reading other stories in the future by Dorothy Love. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary ebook copy of Every Perfect Gift for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review. I received no other compensation.
AudOneinAK More than 1 year ago
A PERFECT 5 FOR THE PERFECT GIFT! This book was a good book that covers a hard time in history for the "women's movement". This it when it was just starting (often as a necessity)......but when women knew how to work hard and still be a gracious lady at the same time. I love how Dorthy blends the desire to find love, serve God, look her best with a desire to fulfill her dream of writing! Very well written on the struggles of this type of life with both thee main character and her best friend who set out to build an infirmary in town! Well written, Exciting, and great dialogue, I love the bits of mystery and the conversations were well thought out and written well! I also love the descriptions of the clothes and the picture of the town! View all my reviews Posted by Audrey G
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
The problem with secrets is that they are hard to hide and even more difficult to keep hidden. That's just what Sophie Caldwell and Ethan Heyward are figuring out. Both have moved to Hickory Ridge to try and find new beginnings despite their past. For Sophie Caldwell, she has returned to try her hand at running the local paper, The Hickory Ridge Gazette. She had worked for several newspaper companies in the past and with some luck and an open mind she is hoping that people will be willing to overlook her age and the fact she is a woman to give her a fair chance. With an eye for the truth and strong determination to report the fact, Sophie soon finds herself the town's advocate for a women's infirmary. But with lack of funds and the support of the local men of the town, it is unlikely it will be anything but front page news despite the overwhelming need to provide better care for the women and children in town. Ethan Heyward is trying to put his best foot forward in making a name for himself in Hickory Ridge as the new manager of Blue Smoke, a glamorous resort geared to bring money and the wealthy to stay for vacations in the small town. He is hoping it will bring the vital blood back into the town that seems barely able to hang on. He finds himself enchanted by the beauty and strength of Sophie Caldwell and seems drawn to her in a most unusual way. However when she happens upon a riot during the construction of the resort, she feels compelled to report the truth even though it is simply the opinion of one local worker. Will Sophie's search for the truth uncover more than just the growing popularity of the resort or will she be pulled into a much bigger story that Ethan is trying to keep undercover and hidden. In the novel Every Perfect Gift by Dorothy Love, the reader is taken back into the town of Hickory Ridge, Tennessee to find strong grit and determination despite overcoming difficult circumstances for both our main characters. They both compliment one another with their secrets and only have to discover that sooner or later, in evidently the truth will always come out. They are both given ample opportunity to share their secrets with one another but soon make more excuses and lies to keep their secrets buried and hidden. Sophie is your historical version of a women's rights advocate even though it still 1886 and the need for women to become accepted as much more than a wife and provider is still many years away from becoming a reality. I love her determination to dig deep when other women may have packed up and went running for the safety and comfort of home. It is that strength that I believe will lead Ethan to find romance and love in Sophie while allowing her the freedom to continue in her passions as a newspaper reporter/owner of the Gazette. How it turns out? Well, you'll have to pick up a copy of this one to find out. I received Every Perfect Gift by Dorothy Love compliments of Thomas Nelson Publishers and Litfuse Publicity for my honest review. This is the third book in the Hickory Ridge Romance Series and I can only hope for more by this talented author. This story is charming, heart-warming and truly captivating for the die hard Christian Historical Romance fan. You will not be disappointed. This one can be read as a stand alone but once you read this one, you'll want to go back and check out Beyond All Measure, Book 1, and Beauty for Ashes, the second in this series. For me, I easily rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars and each one is completely different but worth reading.
Suz4AU0608 More than 1 year ago
Every Perfect Gift's author Dorothy Love did a wonderful job working in characters from the two previous novels while telling us Ethan and Sophie's story. Sophie spent her entire life trying to find somewhere that she really belonged and an identity that was her own. Her love for newspapers led her back to Hickory Ridge where she began running the Gazette. Her first issue would feature an interview with one of the partners behind the new resort being built on the mountain. Ethan wasn't at all what she expected and she wasn't what he expected either since he was expecting a male. Despite being immediately attracted to each other both Sophie and Ethan had their reservations about the other. An unexpected visit from someone in Ethan's past does little to help the situation and Sophie's hesitation to reveal her past to Ethan nearly stops their romance before it even begins. I enjoyed every detail of this beautifully written story and I highly recommend reading this novel! I received this book free of charge from Litfuse Publicity Group and Booksneeze in exchange for my honest review.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Dorothy Love in her new book, “Every Perfect Gift book coverEvery Perfect Gift” Book Three in the Hickory Ridge Romance series published by Thomas Nelson takes us into the lives of Sophie Caldwell and Ethan Heyward in Hickory Ridge, Tennessee in 1886. From the back cover: Ethan and Sophie long to share a future together. But the secrets they’re not sharing could tear them apart. Sophie Caldwell has returned to Hickory Ridge, Tennessee, after years away. Despite the heartaches of her childhood, Sophie is determined to make a home, and a name, for herself in the growing town. A gifted writer, she plans to resurrect the local newspaper that so enchanted her as a girl. Ethan Heyward’s idyllic childhood was shattered by a tragedy he has spent years trying to forget. An accomplished businessman and architect, he has built a majestic resort in the mountains above Hickory Ridge, drawing wealthy tourists from all over the country. When Sophie interviews Ethan for the paper, he is impressed with her intelligence and astounded by her beauty. She’s equally intrigued but fears he will reject her if he learns about her shadowed past. Just as she summons the courage to tell him, Ethan’s own past unexpectedly and violently catches up with him, threatening not only his life but their budding romance. As human beings what is the one thing we all like to keep? The answer, secrets. What is the one thing that God knows that we should not keep because it is detrimental to, not only our health, but our relationships as well? You guessed it, secrets. What is the one thing that Sophie and Ethan have in common? Of course, secrets. “Every Perfect Gift” is a story about guilt, bad choices and forgiveness. Both Sophie and Ethan made mistakes in their past and it takes God to work out everything in their lives and set them straight for their future. Ms. Love is an excellent writer and makes all her characters believable and you care deeply for them as she deftly unfolds the plot before us. This is a nice romance with great themes. I liked this book and am sorry to say goodbye to Hickory Ridge as this is the last book in this series but I am looking forward to Ms. Love’s next book which will be set in South Carolina. 12 Days of Gifts with Dorothy Love’s “Home for the Holidays” Contest and Facebook Party {12/13} Dorothy Love is celebrating the new book in her Hickory Ridge Romance series, Every Perfect Gift with a “Home for the Holidays” 12 Days of Gifts contest. Celebrate the holidays with Dorothy Love and her protagonist, Sophie Caldwell, as they count down the days to Dorothy’s author chat party with 12 Days of Gifts! Dorothy will be giving away copies of Every Perfect Gift and other holiday essentials, as well as key items from the book that Sophie would have worn during or used to celebrate the holidays (a beautiful, red shawl, Victorian ornaments, stockings). It’s all happening on Dorothy’s Facebook page. She’ll post a new giveaway each day. So bring on the Christmas cheer with Dorothy and the “Home for the Holidays” 12 Days of Gifts. Then join Dorothy on the evening of December 13 for her author chat party! During the party, Dorothy will announce the 12 winners from the Home for the Holidays giveaway and host an author chat about Every Perfect Gift and favorite Christmas traditions. Oh, and she’ll be giving away lots of fun prizes. RSVP today. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Its_Time_Mamaw More than 1 year ago
When Sadie Caldwell was a child she left Hickory Hollow with her new adoptive parents Ada and Wyatt Caldwell to start her new life in Texas. Now many years later she has returned to Hickory Ridge, Tennessee where she is still haunted by her unhappy childhood. Sadie is the new owner of the local newspaper Hickory Ridge Gazette. It will be a challenge with the old equipment but she is ready for that challenge. She has enjoyed reuniting with several of her old friends and hopes all the old prejudices from some of the other towns people was left buried in the past. She finally opens for business and is very interested in interviewing the manager of the new luxurious resort Blue Smoke, Ethan Heyward . It will make a great article for the Gazette. Ethan was surprised to find out that S. R. Caldwell was not a man but an attractive woman and the new owner of the Gazette. After the interview he had every intention of spending more time with Sadie Caldwell. He noticed she was a little standoffish with him but wasn't sure why. Sadie got the impression that Ethan was prejudice against some of his workers. He also acted like he was suffering from some dark secret. But it was apparent he was very intelligent and talented. The resort was a great accomplishment and would be an asset to Hickory Ridge and it's businesses. In this final book of this series the author writes the conclusion of Hickory Ridge with two generations. The author focused on the trials and tribulations of women in the workplace. Even though there will always be people that are prejudiced against someone or something the author brings them into the new generation growing with the times. Book three was the perfect gift! I highly recommend this book. Disclosure I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my own opinion.
Apassion4pages More than 1 year ago
I have to admit, I didn’t read the first two books in this Hickory Ridge Romance Series by Dorothy Love, but that didn’t stop me from understanding the story Every Perfect Gift. True, I might have known more about Sophie, Ada, Wyatt, Carrie and Griff—but it was perfectly just knowing that they were the main characters in the first two books. However, the number of other characters in the book (in general) was a bit distracting at times. For any average reader of historicals looking for a good story to spend an afternoon or two with, this ‘sweet’ romance would definitely do the trick. It is well-written and the story is interesting—even if is uncannily similar to the book I started writing in November. Fortunately, the style, POV (third person point of view from both the hero and heroine) and over-all ‘sweetness’ of the book are completely different than how my own historical romantic suspense from first person point of view with this sort of ‘old-fashioned resort’ setting will turn out. But boy, I hope I can score a cover as beautiful as this one someday! My favorite thing about this book in general was the fact that it took me to the fictional Smoky Mountain resort called Blue Smoke and showed me new angles into the life of a hotel manager/owner during that era. I can’t help it. I always read as a writer. I have to. I did like the main characters, Ethan and Sophie, though there wasn’t nearly enough keeping them apart for my taste. And they did love each other entirely too easily. Personally, I like to see characters awkwardly squirm with discomfort and suffer through sorrowful broken-hearted-ness before getting to their happy endings. I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.