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  1. Carolina Gold
    Carolina Gold
    Dorothy Love
    Thomas Nelson / 2013 / Trade Paperback
    $14.39 Retail: $15.99 Save 10% ($1.60)
    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 24 Reviews
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  1. Jonesboro, Georgia
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Rich historical detail with courageous heroine
    January 8, 2014
    Carole Jarvis
    Jonesboro, Georgia
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Carolina Gold by Dorothy Love is an interesting book from a historical perspective first of all. Dorothy drew inspiration from a collection of pieces that a female rice farmer named Elizabeth Allston Pringle wrote for the New York Sun in the years following the Civil War. This is the first book I've read that took place during the Reconstruction years, and Dorothy's extensive research is evident as she fleshes out this young woman's struggle to restore her ruined family plantation in the character of Charlotte Fraser.

    Charlotte is a compelling character, easy to admire for her determination, courage, and ability to adapt to a difficult situation in spite of negativity from people like her cousin: "Anyone who tries to grow rice is a fool . . . wasting your beauty and youth on some vanished dream." I especially liked her compassion toward Daniel Graves, a young boy on his own and eager to learn. Nicholas Betancourt is an interesting character and good match for Charlotte, but he was absent for much of the book and therefore hard for me to connect with, much less feel the chemistry between them.

    The outstanding part is Dorothy's depiction of people, places and events in South Carolina's Lowcountry, as well as the reality of a changed South where the old way of doing things is no more. "No one realized that the future under Yankee occupation would become a tragedy all its own." Reconstruction brought destruction of property, former slaves wrestled with the implications of freedom, and masters found themselves impoverished and facing an uncertain future. As a fan of southern fiction, I enjoyed hauntingly beautiful scenes like the Waccamaw River, cypress swamps, Pawley's Island, and once glorious plantations, all vividly drawn.

    There's not a lot of action in this story, but its rich historical detail and glimpse into the South's struggles and a real woman's courage make it enjoyable. Carolina Gold is an eye-opener into a difficult period in southern history and a story that historical fans will enjoy. Recommended.

    Thanks to Litfuse Publicity for providing a review copy in exchange for my honest thoughts.
  2. NC
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Carolina Gold by Dorothy Love
    January 8, 2014
    Wanda
    NC
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    I have read a few books by Dorothy Love and I have never been disappointed. Although I completely loved the others this book was even a notch above the rest. For some reason I love stories revolving around war and it's devastation. I think it's because I love to read about how the characters deal with it emotionally, spiritually and physically. The main thing I loved about this book was Charlotte's strength and determination. She is a woman to look up to, a woman of substance. I enjoyed her character the most but each character endeared themselves to me in their own way. Nicholas was selfless. He worked tirelessly over the sick even after he had given up his life as a doctor and you could see the love he had for his daughters. I also loved Daniel Graves, the young boy Charlotte found sleeping in one of her former slave cabins. He had the most ambition to be so young. I couldn't read a part with him in it without smiling at his determination to make something of himself. I really hope there is a book about him later on. The characters were so enjoyable and true to life but even more enjoyable was the story itself. What are great characters without a great story? Dorothy Love delivers both. Her plot was so in depth describing the aftermath of the war and the ravages of yellow fever. It was so well written I lived through the characters and felt as if I were on a southern plantation fighting to save my livelihood one minute and mopping the burning forehead of a fever induced victim the next. If you want great romantic fiction with depth, spirituality, and amazing characters then I highly recommend you read Carolina Gold because Dorothy Love never disappoints!

    Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review. The opinions stated are mine alone and are honest a forthright. If I recommend a book it's because I truly enjoyed it. I received NO monetary compensation for this review.
  3. maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Southern Life After the Civil War
    January 5, 2014
    Tammi
    maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Carolina Gold by Dorothy Love is set in 1868; the Civil War is over, leaving in its wake people whose way of life has ended. Plantations have been destroyed, and the majority of the slaves they had depended on to do the work have left to begin a new life.

    Charlotte Frasier is one of the many who is starting again. Her father has died leaving her with their plantation, Fairhaven. Despite the obstacles she faces (lack of money, help, and supplies), Charlotte is determined to bring the land to its former glory, which, for her, means planting and harvesting a Carolina Gold rice crop.

    Needing to earn some extra money, Charlotte accepted a job to tutor her neighbor Nicholas Betancourt's two young daughters. Nicholas, a widower is also trying to save his plantation. When Charlotte learns that Nicholas may have a claim to her property, she begins a fervent search for her father's papers and the deed to the land.

    I liked Charlotte, she stood strong despite the obstacles that she faced. She lived during a time when it was quite improper for a southern lady of her stature to take on the kind of work that she did to survive.

    I loved that Charlotte's character was based on Elizabeth Allston Pringle who lived from 1845-1921. She lived on Chicora Wood plantation, which Fairhaven was also based on. I think historical fiction comes more fully to life when it is based on real people and events.
  4. Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    January 4, 2014
    debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Carolina Gold - eBook.
    The war is over, but at Fairhaven Plantation, Charlotte's struggle has just begun.

    Following her father's death, Charlotte Fraser returns to Fairhaven, her family's rice plantation in the South Carolina Lowcountry. With no one else to rely upon, smart, independent Charlotte is determined to resume cultivating the superior strain of rice called Carolina Gold. But the war has left the plantation in ruins, her father's former bondsmen are free, and workers and equipment are in short supply.

    To make ends meet, Charlotte reluctantly agrees to tutor the two young daughters of her widowed neighbor and heir to Willowood Plantation, Nicholas Betancourt. Just as her friendship with Nick deepens, he embarks upon a quest to prove his claim to Willowood and sends Charlotte on a dangerous journey that uncovers a long-held family secret, and threatens everything she holds dear.

    Inspired by the life of a 19th-century woman rice farmer, Carolina Gold pays tribute to the hauntingly beautiful Lowcountry and weaves together mystery, romance, and historical detail, bringing to life the story of one young woman's struggle to restore her ruined world.

    My Review:

    Charlotte is a remarkable young woman with perseverance that spans the annals of time. Her ability to keep going despite her circumstances is a true example of what the human spirit is capable of. What captured my attention the most about this story was how everyone pulled together to rebuild after the Civil War. and Love. I was blown away with the way the author portrayed the unity and harmony of the Fairhaven Plantation despite such trying times.

    Love relates in perfect detail the time period that this novel is set in. I learned many new facts about rice plantations, the time after the Civil War, and the concept of living near the beach during the summer. I enjoy novels that open up to worlds to me, that teach me about things I've never heard of, and take me places I can never visit. Love does an excellent job of doing all of these things, while also writing a romance as a beautiful backdrop to the story. The author never overwhelms us with the romantic side of things, and that makes this a novel an exemplary piece of fiction that belongs on every historical fiction fan's bookshelf.

    This book was provided by the publisher through Litfuse Nest for free in exchange for an honest review.
  5. Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    January 4, 2014
    debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The war is over, but at Fairhaven Plantation, Charlotte's struggle has just begun.

    Following her father's death, Charlotte Fraser returns to Fairhaven, her family's rice plantation in the South Carolina Lowcountry. With no one else to rely upon, smart, independent Charlotte is determined to resume cultivating the superior strain of rice called Carolina Gold. But the war has left the plantation in ruins, her father's former bondsmen are free, and workers and equipment are in short supply.

    To make ends meet, Charlotte reluctantly agrees to tutor the two young daughters of her widowed neighbor and heir to Willowood Plantation, Nicholas Betancourt. Just as her friendship with Nick deepens, he embarks upon a quest to prove his claim to Willowood and sends Charlotte on a dangerous journey that uncovers a long-held family secret, and threatens everything she holds dear.

    Inspired by the life of a 19th-century woman rice farmer, Carolina Gold pays tribute to the hauntingly beautiful Lowcountry and weaves together mystery, romance, and historical detail, bringing to life the story of one young woman's struggle to restore her ruined world.

    My Review:

    Charlotte is a remarkable young woman with perseverance that spans the annals of time. Her ability to keep going despite her circumstances is a true example of what the human spirit is capable of. What captured my attention the most about this story was how everyone pulled together to rebuild after the Civil War. and Love. I was blown away with the way the author portrayed the unity and harmony of the Fairhaven Plantation despite such trying times.

    Love relates in perfect detail the time period that this novel is set in. I learned many new facts about rice plantations, the time after the Civil War, and the concept of living near the beach during the summer. I enjoy novels that open up to worlds to me, that teach me about things I've never heard of, and take me places I can never visit. Love does an excellent job of doing all of these things, while also writing a romance as a beautiful backdrop to the story. The author never overwhelms us with the romantic side of things, and that makes this a novel an exemplary piece of fiction that belongs on every historical fiction fan's bookshelf.

    This book was provided by the publisher through Litfuse Nest for free in exchange for an honest review.
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