Beauty for Ashes by Dorothy Love

This is the first book I've read by Dorothy Love. I didn't know it was the second in a series, and if I had, I would not have ordered it.

I do not have a lot of patience with works that need better editing. I can certainly appreciate deeply that an editor tries to keep the author's voice. I'm not talking about a professional editor, but editing by the author herself. The only place where convoluted sentences are acceptable to me is in the Bible. After the 4th chapter, I quit reading it because there were characters I did not know; there were things not explained; there were places not described. As far as I am concerned this book should not have been cut in half and published as two works. Keep the thing as a whole if this is what will be presented to the public as a second work. On second thought, I give this work only 1 star.

Book Description

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.

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