Monday, January 6, 2014

Carolina Gold Book Review

 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.(Goodreads)

 My Review
Dorothy Love is a great author. I love her previous book Every Perfect Gift. This book takes on a new idea and feel in South Carolina. I thought this book would be even more fun to read now since we visited this area this spring. I love the historical facts and how Dorothy paints the picture of how the south was after the Civil War-pretty much in ruins. The characters struggle, Charlotte reminds me a lot of Scarlett from Gone With the Wind. Really it's the same idea from the second half of the movie, Charlotte gets things done and tries to continue rice farming and maintain her father's house. The author got this book idea from a real person, Elizabeth Pringle. 

While I love most of the aspects and setting for this story, it was extremely difficult for me to enjoy reading Charlotte's character. She is not my favorite character and I felt like there wasn't enough depth for me to really find out who she was. I do love the setting and the minor characters are wonderful. I know many others will enjoy this historical fiction but the romance and lead character did not hold my grasp. 

"I received this book from Litfuse for free in exchange for an honest review."

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!)


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