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.
A former journalist, free-lance writer and college professor, Dorothy Love explores the intersection of history and human relationships to create novels that speak to the hearts of women everywhere. She is the author of the acclaimed Hickory Ridge novels set in her native state of Tennessee. After earning a masters degree and Ph.D, she authored dozens of magazine articles before breaking into book publishing with a number of award-winning novels for preteens and young adults. The Hickory Ridge series marked her adult fiction debut. Currently she is working on several stand-alone historical novels set in the South. When she isn’t busy writing or researching her next book, Love enjoys hiking, traveling, and hanging out with her husband Ron and their rambunctious golden retriever. The Loves make their home in the Texas hill country.
The cover of this one certainly caught my eye but it's the historical aspects that certainly pulled me in and kept me turning the pages to find out what would happen with the characters, especially because the story was inspired by a real woman whose life inspired this novel.
Carolina Gold pulls readers back to 1868 where we meet twenty-three year old Charlotte Fraser who finds herself worrying about how she will make it in the world after the death of her father. Her father's attorney encourages her to find a husband but she is determined to return to Fairhaven, the family plantation and do what her father taught her to do, plant rice! She also plans on writing articles for The New York Globe to help supplement her income. When she returns Fairhaven she realizes it isn't going to be easy, with money dwindling she accepts an offer to teach the two daughters of neighbor Nicholas Betancourt. When Nicholas leaves his daughters in the care of Charlotte and doesn't return she fears the worst. Where is he and will he come back?
Historical fiction fans that love the civil war era are going to find this book a real treat to read. The southern feel of the story was great. Charlotte was such a strong, determined character, who really didn't take the easy way out! The author provides some interesting history within the pages of this story, I found it fascinating to learn about rice plantations something I don't think I have ever read about before. The descriptions really brought the setting to life, as well as the characters. I could just imagine Marie-Claire and Anne-Louise. Great characters and rich historical detail made this book an enjoyable read for me.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.
Don’t miss Dorothy Love‘s latest historical novel, Carolina Gold.Romantic Times gives it four stars, saying, “Loosely based on the life of a 19th-century female rice farmer in the South Carolina Lowcountry, this novel has romance, family secrets and an element of mystery for readers to uncover. Love is an author beloved by many, and she does not disappoint in her latest novel.”
Fun news: The release of Carolina Gold coincides with Dorothy’s birthday. You’ll be helping her celebrate by entering her fantastic 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!)
DON’T MISS A MOMENT OF THE FUN; RSVP TODAY. HOPE TO SEE YOU ON THE 14TH!