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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Carolina Gold--Dorothy Love

Carolina Gold

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.
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My Review:

This was a very interesting story.  I enjoyed reading it.  Charlotte was a very strong and determined character.  In a time when women depended on men, she was independent and tried to make a go of her rice plantation.  It was very well written and flowed really well; therefore, it didn't take me very long to read this book.  It was filled with wonderful characters.  I highly recommend this book.  It gave a very good glimpse of what life was like during the restoration of the Old South, and during a yellow fever epidemic.  It takes us from Charleston, to the Low Country of SC, to Pawley's Island, and finally to New Orleans.  Great job, Dorothy.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.


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.

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