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• May 25, 2002 - Oct 22, 2010 •
Forever in my heart
Beyond All Measure is the debut inspirational fiction novel by Dorothy Love and one I have to say I enjoyed immensely. These are the type of stories that I love to curl up with and lose myself in for a day which is exactly what I did. These novels always leave me feeling hopeful and I love that in a book.
Ada Wentworth has lost a lot in her young life – her mother, her father, and her fiance; not to mention all her money and possessions. Not wanting to become a mail order bride she accepts a position as a lady’s companion in Tennessee. What Ada still holds onto strongly in spite of all this loss is her independent spirit. She’s a strong woman who you won’t likely find swooning. She refuses to give up which is why she heads out so far away from her home to start a new life. Her biggest hope is to someday open her own millinery shop and do what she loves the most – make fancy hats.
When Ada arrives in Hickory Ridge she is met by Wyatt Caldwell who she later learns is her boss. She also learns she is to be the only one caring for eighty year old Lillian Caldwell who can be more than a handful. Ada is also a Yankee and one has to keep in mind that this novel takes place shortly after the Civil War and Yankee’s weren’t all that welcome in the South. For Ada, not everyone in Hickory Ridge gives her a very warm welcome.
Wyatt owns the local lumber mill and is quite successful and respected in Hickory Ridge. He’s never seen anyone as beautiful as Ada and he just can’t get her out of his thoughts. Ada too feels a strong attraction to Wyatt but she just can’t let herself be hurt again. Yet the more time she spends with Wyatt the more drawn to him she becomes. Lillian is always telling her to trust in the Lord. He will lead her in the right direction. Has God brought her to Hickory Ridge for a reason? Is that reason Wyatt and the young orphan Sophie? The more time that Ada spends in Hickory Ridge the more she realizes she likes it there and the people begin to accept her and she makes friends. Still there are some evil forces in Hickory Ridge and they are determined to rid the town of Ada.
Beyond All Measure is so full of great characters and is such a heart warming story. Ada is a character I was drawn to because of her will to always keep going forward as well as her caring attitude towards the people she cares about. Wyatt is easily described as the gentleman of the novel. His love for Ada shines through and while he’s not perfect, he’s pretty close. By far my favorite character was Lillian. She was cranky and loved to complain but hey she was eighty and entitled. She was charming to me and I loved to hear what she might come out with next.
Beyond All Measure is the first in the Hickory Ridge series and I can’t wait for the next installment. If they are all as good as the first one I’ll have a new series to follow. If you like Christian and inspirational novels then you’d love this one. It’s a feel good story that was a joy to read although there are also a lot of serious issues tackled in the book as well. I did not find the Christian elements overwhelming; what I did find is that faith shines through in every page of this book.
I read Beyond All Measure by Dorothy Love for her book tour with TLC Book Tours. Be sure to visit Dorothy’s website as well as find her on Facebook and Twitter. You can purchase your own copy of Beyond All Measure here in the US and here in Canada.
I have one copy of Beyond All Measure by Dorothy Love to share with my readers. To enter…
This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only (no PO boxes) and I will draw for the winner on Saturday, December 10/11. Good luck everyone!
Source: Review copy provided by TLC Book Tours and the Publisher. I was not compensated for this review in any way. All opinions are my own.2011 Challenges, 2011•100 Books or More Challenge, 2011•ARC Tracking Challenge, 2011•eBook Tracking Challenge, TLC Tours | Comments (47)