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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Book Review: Beauty for Ashes

She’s a beautiful young widow. He’s a Southern gentleman with a thirst for adventure. Both need a place to call home.

After losing her husband in the Civil War, Carrie Daly is scared she will never have the family she longs for. Eligible bachelors are scarce in Hickory Ridge, Tennessee, but Carrie Daly has found love. Not the weak-in-the-knees kind, but something practical. Still, she isn't quite ready to set a wedding date with Nate Chastain.

Griff Rutledge is a former member of Charleston society, but has been estranged from his family for years. He’s determined to remain unattached, never settling in one place for too long. But when asked to train a Thoroughbred for an upcoming race in Hickory Ridge, he decides to stay awhile.

Despite objections from the townsfolk, and her fear that true happiness has eluded her, Carrie is drawn to Griff's kindness and charm. It will take a leap of faith for them to open their hearts and claim God's promise to trade beauty for ashes.

My Opinion
This book was all about patience - patience in life, trusting in God, and also patience with the pace of the book. For me, it was a really slow moving book and made me really have patience as I read the book.

The romance formed really slow between Carrie and Griff and everytime you thought they would get together, something would slow them down or stop them from seeing each other. As a hopeless romantic, it bothered me! :) But it also made the book boring at times.

However, it was ironic to me every time I thought about being patient and letting the book unfold, because the book is about trusting God and being patient in life. It was a double lesson to me!

Read this book if you are a little more patient with books unfolding then I am! It was a good storyline overall but just too slow for me!

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* Thank you to Booksneeze and Thomas Nelson Publishers for their book for review! Disclosure - This book was given for review for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.*