Sunday, November 25, 2012

Every Perfect Gift by Dorothy Love ~ Litfuse Blog tour

About Every Perfect Gift: 

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (December 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595549021
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595549020
This book is also available as an e-book.

Book 3 in Dorothy Love's Hickory Ridge Romance series.
Ethan and Sophie long to share a future together. But the secrets they're not sharing could tear them apart.
Sophie Caldwell has returned to Hickory Ridge, Tennessee, after years away. Despite the heartaches of her childhood, Sophie is determined to make a home, and a name, for herself in the growing town. A gifted writer, she plans to resurrect the local newspaper that so enchanted her as a girl.
Ethan Heyward's idyllic childhood was shattered by a tragedy he has spent years trying to forget. An accomplished businessman and architect, he has built a majestic resort in the mountains above Hickory Ridge, drawing wealthy tourists from all over the country.
When Sophie interviews Ethan for the paper, he is impressed with her intelligence and astounded by her beauty. She's equally intrigued but fears he will reject her if he learns about her shadowed past. Just as she summons the courage to tell him, Ethan's own past unexpectedly and violently catches up with him, threatening not only his life but their budding romance. 

My take on this book:
I am a sucker for a beautiful cover and that's just what drew me to this book, that and the fact that it's written by one of my new favorite authors Dorothy Love. While the cover does a great job of capturing the eye, it's the story inside that makes this book a real winner!

The author draws the reader back to Hickory Ridge,Tennessee during the spring of 1886. Sophie Robillard Caldwell decides to return to Hickory Ridge, after living fifteen years in Dallas, Texas with her  guardians Ada and Wyatt Caldwell. While the memories from the town aren't great, she feels like she has unfinished business there and decides that she will try and revive the now defunct  Hickory Ridge Gazette,hoping to turn it into something that will benefit the town. When she decides to interview Ethan Heyward, codeveloper and manager of the new resort called Blue Smoke, the two are immediately drawn to each other, but each carry a secret that just might be the undoing of their new relationship. Can they overcome the secrets of their pasts to find a future together?

I really enjoyed the setting as well as the historical feel of this story. I was also pleasantly surprised that the Greenbrier, the famous resort in WV was actually mentioned in the story, this reference easily allowed me to envision the resort that was created in Hickory Ridge. I enjoyed the character of Sophie, she was a strong character, even though she was dealing with issues from her past. Ethan seemed like someone who seemed to have it all, but as we learn about him we see that he is struggling with issues as well. While this is the third and final  book in the Hickory Ridge Romance series it can easily be read as a stand alone work, although it's such a lovely series that fans of historical inspirational romance will certainly want to read all three books. I have enjoyed this series and will miss my visits to Hickory Ridge.

rating 5/5

A complimentary copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

Meet Dorothy:  
An accomplished author in the secular market, Dorothy Love makes her inspirational fiction debut with her Hickory Ridge series of historicals set in her native South. Her skillful blending of the historical and the personal reflect her passion for discovering the histories of ordinary people who accomplished extraordinary things and set her apart as an authoritative voice of Southern historical fiction.

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  1. That was my first thought too ... beautiful cover!! Especially at this time of the year ..wishing for a white Christmas. Anyway, the plot doesn't sound original but I'm quite intrigued by your excitement for the book ..and it's all about how it comes together. Hickory Ridge is a cool name for a town. Oh, I might add that Sophie (my daughter's name is Sophia) is a great heroine name! --Hope you had a happy Thanksgiving. Thanks for stopping by my little virtual niche ..always with encouraging words. You're awesome!!

  2. I fell in love with this cover also, but do like to read this author so will be looking for this one, thanks for sharing your comments....

    Paula O(

  3. Thanks for such a lovely review. I had a blast reading about the Greenbrier and the resorts in Saratoga, New York when I was doing the research for EVERY PERFECT GIFT. I'm glad these details made the story come alive for you.

    This book cover is my favorite of all the Hickory Ridge covers. The model looks exactly the way I imagined my Sophie.

    Wishing you a lovely December.


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