Sunday, January 5, 2014

*Carolina Gold*

Carolina Gold

*Carolina Gold* is the second book I've read by Dorothy Love. The first was *Beyond all Measure,* a romance that was engaging and sweet and funny too, and I really enjoyed it. 
So I was happy to accept this one from Litfuse for review! 

*Carolina Gold* has a more serious tone, I think. 

Charlotte Fraser is a seeker of Divine guidance and a woman who invests her energy in working toward her goals. She is also a woman whose faith and personal initiative have been tested by loss. The death of her mother, the War Between the States appearing on her doorstep, the death of her father, and the ruin of her plantation home have all invaded her life. Yet slowly, goodness begins to flow back into her world, in the form of some love-starved children and a widower who was a trained physician. 

Charlotte was a reserved character, always polite and she sometimes seemed distant as well. 
That made her an intriguing character, because the quiet, inward personality seems to be rare in novels. 
Charlotte possesses a warm and beating heart, she just expressed it with deliberate action instead of effusive words and emotions. I appreciate this about her, the way she loved in a common sense way, doing what needed to be done without fanfare. 

Her strength and resolve are the same way, very present with no ostentatious display. 
Charlotte has taken on a whole world of responsibility, and she deals with trials as they come. 
And trials come. The rice fields need much attention and care if there is ever to be a crop, and the workers available are mostly newly freed slaves. The tension remains as the townspeople, masters, and overseers must decide how to relate to men and women who were always "just slaves." 

The writing is detailed, with descriptions of people, places, and happenings. 
I have always liked a book where scenes are set with care. "In the musty parlor, dark rectangles on the faded cabbage rose wallpaper marked the places where seascapes and family portraits had once hung." 
Can't you imagine all of this in your mind as you read? I could immediately smell the must, the scent of a damp, closed off room, see the cabbage-roses... big, bold prints of a flower that may look better in a garden than on a wall, and I could imagine the sadness at seeing the paintings and portraits missing from their place.

Or how about this line... "And she cared desperately for Fairhaven. The ravaged house and gardens, the green-and-gold marshes, and the crooked tidal creeks pulled on her like the moon on tides. It had always been her refuge... "

Thank you Litfuse and Mrs. Love for my review copy! 

Dorothy LoveBefore returning to her writing roots in historical fiction, Dorothy Love published twelve novels for young adults. Her work has garnered numerous honors from the American Library Association, the Friends of American Writers, the International Reading Association, the New York Public Library, and many others.

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