Carolina Gold by Dorothy Love ~ Litfuse Blog Tour & Review

Carolina Gold

Lucie's Review:

Charlotte Fraser idolized her father as a child, but now he is gone and she alone is left to carry out his dream of growing Carolina Gold, which is a unique kind of rice. Fairhaven, their plantation was ransacked during the war and the reconstruction has taken its toll, and very little remains besides empty buildings and overgrown rice fields. On top of that Charlotte cannot even find the proper deeds to show that she has ownership of Fairhaven. But Charlotte is determined, and she has a plan.

Nicholas Betancourt, is a widower new to the area, with two young daughters, with legal troubles of his own as he tries to prove his rightful inheritance of the neighboring plantation.

Charlotte is an admirable heroine with a strong will and plenty of determination, not afraid of hard work, she will do whatever it takes to make her father's dream of Carolina Gold come true.

This book was slow to start, but by the end this book was well worth the read and I found it to be very well written and surprisingly thought provoking. Carolina Gold is a novel with many threads that intertwine, weaving a realistic panoramic picture of life in South Carolina low country after the War Between the States. This book accurately portrays the struggles and hardships that many women face after the war.

A book well worth the read!

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About the book:
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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About the author: 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.

To keep up with Dorothy Love, visit
www.dorothylovebooks.com, become a fan on Facebook (Dorothy Love Books) or follow her on Twitter (@writerDorothy). 
Don't miss Dorothy Love's latest historical novel, Carolina Gold. Fun news: The release of Carolina Gold coincides with Dorothy's birthday. Celebrate with her by entering the 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!)


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