Book Review: Every Perfect Gift

29 Nov

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.

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.

My Impressions:

Every Perfect Gift is the third and final installment in Dorothy Love’s Hickory Ridge series. (You can read my reviews of the two other books in the series by clicking on these titles:  Beyond All Measure and Beauty for Ashes.) What a wonderful conclusion to a great historical romance series. Old friends are encountered and new are met. And some lingering mysteries are uncovered.

Sophie has returned to Hickory Ridge from Texas. All grown up, the former orphan who was shunned by most of the town has purchased the defunct newspaper in town with dreams of bringing it back to life. The town of Hickory Ridge was still reeling from the Civil War and economic depression when she left, but with the new resort up on the mountain, Blue Smoke, the town is again booming. Sophie is soon attracted to the architect and manager of the resort, Ethan Heyward, but secrets about both their pasts keep them from a lasting relationship.

I really liked all the books in this series, and Every Perfect Gift is a very satisfying ending. The characters are well-written and the setting of the small town and resort feel so real. I liked the way Love reintroduced characters from the first two books; it was really like going home again for Sophie and the reader! The theme of secrets and the consequences to ourselves and future generations was well-developed — perfect for a discussion group. Actually the whole series would be good for book  clubs. And if you are looking for a gift for the historical romance reader in your life, the Hickory Ridge series is perfect.  The books can be read as standalones, but the whole set would be a great gift.

Added note and hint to the author: Sophie’s family history is somewhat uncovered for her. I think that story would make a great book!

Highly Recommended.

(I received Every Perfect Gift from LitFuse in return for an honest review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

To read what other reviewer are saying, click HERE.

Welcome to the campaign launch for the third book in Dorothy Love’s Hickory Ridge Romance series, Every Perfect Gift. Dorothy is celebrating by hosting the Home for the Holidays 12 Days of Gifts contest.

Celebrate the holidays with Dorothy Love and her protagonist, Sophie Caldwell, as they count down the days to Dorothy’s author chat party with 12 Days of Gifts! Dorothy will be giving away copies of Every Perfect Gift and other holiday essentials, as well as key items from the book that Sophie would have worn during or used to celebrate the holidays (a beautiful, red shawl, Victorian ornaments, stockings). It’s all happening on Dorothy’s Facebook page. She’ll post a new giveaway each day.

So bring on the Christmas cheer with Dorothy and the Home for the Holidays 12 Days of Gifts. Then join Dorothy on the evening of December 13 for her author chat party! During the party, Dorothy will announce the 12 winners from the Home for the Holidays giveaway and host an author chat about Every Perfect Gift and favorite Christmas traditions. Oh, and she’ll be giving away lots of fun prizes. RSVP today.

2 Responses to “Book Review: Every Perfect Gift”

  1. Dorothy Love December 1, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

    Thanks so much for your lovely review. After three years in Hickory Ridge, I hated saying goodbye to Sophie, Ethan, and all the good people in the town. I’m delighted you enjoyed this series. Dorothy

    • rbclibrary December 1, 2012 at 4:57 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by!

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