10 December 2012

Every Perfect Gift by Dorothy Love, Book review

Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN-13: 978-1595549020


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 thoughts:

Every Perfect Gift was my first novel by Dorothy Love and the last of the 'Hickory Ridge Romance' series. This fact shall perhaps account for my dismay at reading lines which fitfully alluded to other stories and characters. Perhaps it would be fair to suggest readers to read the first two books to enable them to understand a little more of Sophie's story.

Dorothy Love gives her audience a good amount of historical facts, all interesting enough for this historical buff to check out. 'Every Perfect Gift's plot however is not what I expected.

At times slow as molasses, at others the inclusion of characters and events I had no knowledge of left me irritated and any interest in the main protagonist, her budding romance or any of the sub characters quickly subsided (unless you count a young scamp named Robbie featured in Sophie's past now turned Minister)! 
There seemed to be loose ends and you wonder at the direction the author took with the plot. 

Let me clarify this review is based on an ARC in need of additional editing which might account also for any lack of enthusiasm on my part.

The one satisfying moment related to description of Sophie's chosen profession was her never ending patience with defunct printing machines. I also liked the red livery next to the white church on the cover (described in such fashion in the book). 

3 Stars!


About the Author:
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.
Find out more on her website (here

And now for the Giveaway...

Dorothy Love is celebrating the new book in her Hickory Ridge Romance series, Every Perfect Gift with a "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.  

I received this book free from LITFUSE GROUP as part of their blogger review program.
I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC 16 CFR, Part 255 'Guides concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising. I was not asked to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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