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January 3, 2014

CAROLINA GOLD by Dorothy Love

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"The war is over, but her struggle has just begun."

A Lowcountry Novel
Dorothy Love

Carolina Gold
Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 10th 2013 
Thomas Nelson
ISBN 140168761X
 (ISBN13: 9781401687618)
edition language, English

(from Goodreads)
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.

I simply loved CAROLINA GOLD.  It was a well written, good clean read.  I didn't want to put it down.  The story starts with Charlotte Fraser. Charlotte's father recently died and she was only 12 years old when her mother died.  Charlotte has no one, she is alone.  The family's rice plantation, Fairhaven, is in ruins. So she is bound and determined to go to South Carolina which is in the Reconstruction Era. She is determined to start cultivating the superior strain of rice called CAROLINA GOLD.  Many problems to face with so few answers.  Charlotte takes up writing for the local newspaper.  She has very little cash and this helps some.   Her neighbor, Nicholas Betancourt who is  heir to Willowood Plantation has two little girls.  He is a widower and has asked Charlotte to tutor them since there is no school close by.  She agrees.  With trying to run Fairhaven, write for the newspaper and tutor two little girls, she has her hands full. Just when she was getting close to Nick,   she learns that Mr. Betancourt  may just be the rightful owner of Fairhaven. This sends Charlotte on a dangerous journey to uncover a hidden family secret. The book is inspired by a 19th century woman rice farmer. The book is a tribute to the beautiful Lowcountry.  Ms. Love gives you romance, mystery and a lot of historical detail.  What will happen to Fairhaven?  Will Charlotte give up and leave the Lowcountry?  What will happen to her relationship with Nick? Will Charlotte be able to restore her ruined world? Or, is all gone? At the end, I was wanting more, much more.  A sequel would be so nice. 

I would give this book 5 KEYS. (Keys for the strongbox)

I received a complimentary copy of CAROLINA GOLD by Dorothy Love from Thomas Nelson and Litfuse Publishing for my unbiased view.

A WOMAN RICE PLANTER is the story of Elizabeth Allston Pringle and her plantation on the PeeDee River called Chicora Wood once in Plantersville, South Carolina. Chicora Wood was the inspiration for CAROLINA GOLD. (from Ms. Love's site)

Dorothy LoveBefore returning to her writing roots in historical fiction, Dorothy Love published twelve novels for young adults. Her work has garnered numerous honors from the American Library Association, the Friends of American Writers, the International Reading Association, the New York Public Library, and many others.
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.


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