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“A wonderful conclusion to a fun series. Very enchanting.”Kristen P wrote this review Wednesday, September 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
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“Title: Every Perfect Gift
Author: Dorothy Love
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Ethan Heyward is a 31-year-old, single man with a secret. When asked about his past, he is very reluctant to say more than that he is from Georgia. He doesn’t talk about his family or friends. He is overseeing the building of a 5-star resort in Hickory Ridge, Tennessee. He handles payroll, ordering construction supplies, hiring, firing, and disagreements between his employees. His job is to make sure the resort is top notch and will draw the elite and rich tourists. No amenity must be left to chance. Ethan is therefore extremely busy. He is also charitable, generous, and God-fearing. When he meets Sophie, he knows she is the one woman for him. Can he trust her with his secret? For so long he has been seeking revenge and justice. Can he give up his quest? Will he be able to hear the truth and learn to forgive? God will have him face his past, but will he lose Sophie’s affections when she learns about his past?
Sophie Caldwell has returned to the town that spurned her in order to start up the defunct newspaper. She has experience as a reporter and knows her way around a printing press, which is a good thing because the old press left behind from the former newspaper owners breaks down at least once a day. Sophie is wary of the town’s reception to her return. While growing up, she was looked down upon and avoided due to what everyone thought was her “mixed blood”. She had been dropped off at the town orphanage when she was 4 years old. She was too young to remember her parents and all assumed them dead. She had no way to find out her heritage to prove or disprove if she had African American blood in her family tree or not. This is Sophie’s secret. She meets Ethan and finds him appealing, but she is sure when he finds out about her unknown ancestry, he will no longer want anything to do with her. He will avoid her just like the rest of the town did while she was growing up. She is a God follower and gets godly advice on how to proceed with a sound basis for a friendship with Ethan. Can she go through with what she knows she should do? It would be so much easier to keep quiet. God is also going to make Sophie’s past come to light for her to work through. Can Sophie ever find out who she really is? Will Ethan be able to overlook her “mixed blood” and come to love her? Who is trying to close her newspaper? To what lengths will they go to get her to be quiet?
Every Perfect Gift is a fictional historical romance that takes place in 1886 in Hickory Ridge, Tennessee. While the plot ends predictably, the story is still worth reading. The two main characters learn God is a God of second chances and a God of truth. God is honored when His followers see people in need and help without thought of recompense. Read for yourself about how God works.
My rating is 3 stars.
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“again....recommended on a random blog”Lenore C wrote this review Sunday, December 9, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The problem with secrets is that they are hard to hide and even more difficult to keep hidden. That's just what Sophie Caldwell and Ethan Heyward are figuring out. Both have moved to Hickory Ridge to try and find new beginnings despite their past. For Sophie Caldwell, she has returned to try her hand at running the local paper, The Hickory Ridge Gazette. She had worked for several newspaper companies in the past and with some luck and an open mind she is hoping that people will be willing to overlook her age and the fact she is a woman to give her a fair chance. With an eye for the truth and strong determination to report the fact, Sophie soon finds herself the town's advocate for a women's infirmary. But with lack of funds and the support of the local men of the town, it is unlikely it will be anything but front page news despite the overwhelming need to provide better care for the women and children in town.
Ethan Heyward is trying to put his best foot forward in making a name for himself in Hickory Ridge as the new manager of Blue Smoke, a glamorous resort geared to bring money and the wealthy to stay for vacations in the small town. He is hoping it will bring the vital blood back into the town that seems barely able to hang on. He finds himself enchanted by the beauty and strength of Sophie Caldwell and seems drawn to her in a most unusual way. However when she happens upon a riot during the construction of the resort, she feels compelled to report the truth even though it is simply the opinion of one local worker. Will Sophie's search for the truth uncover more than just the growing popularity of the resort or will she be pulled into a much bigger story that Ethan is trying to keep undercover and hidden.
In the novel Every Perfect Gift by Dorothy Love, the reader is taken back into the town of Hickory Ridge, Tennessee to find strong grit and determination despite overcoming difficult circumstances for both our main characters. They both compliment one another with their secrets and only have to discover that sooner or later, in evidently the truth will always come out. They are both given ample opportunity to share their secrets with one another but soon make more excuses and lies to keep their secrets buried and hidden. Sophie is your historical version of a women's rights advocate even though it still 1886 and the need for women to become accepted as much more than a wife and provider is still many years away from becoming a reality. I love her determination to dig deep when other women may have packed up and went running for the safety and comfort of home. It is that strength that I believe will lead Ethan to find romance and love in Sophie while allowing her the freedom to continue in her passions as a newspaper reporter/owner of the Gazette. How it turns out? Well, you'll have to pick up a copy of this one to find out.
I received Every Perfect Gift by Dorothy Love compliments of Thomas Nelson Publishers and Litfuse Publicity for my honest review. This is the third book in the Hickory Ridge Romance Series and I can only hope for more by this talented author. This story is charming, heart-warming and truly captivating for the die hard Christian Historical Romance fan. You will not be disappointed. This one can be read as a stand alone but once you read this one, you'll want to go back and check out Beyond All Measure, Book 1, and Beauty for Ashes, the second in this series. For me, I easily rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars and each one is completely different but worth reading. ”