Charlotte returns to the family rice plantation after her father dies. The war has taken its toll on the people as well as the land, but she is determined to restore both by again growing the strain of rice her father grew called Carolina Gold. There are many obstacles in her path: lack of money, resources and labor, but she has not choice but to push forward. Charlotte is able to obtain a small loan to purchase rice seed and with the help of former slaves, now freedmen, she gets the crop in the ground. But other problems arise. She meets defeat at every turn.
To make a little money in hopes of covering the cost of rice seed, she agrees to tutor the neighbor girls. Together they work through grief and turn to hope.
I enjoyed this book. The characters just seemed real and the problems, while big, were dealt with in a realistic way. It was interesting to read about how people learned to live in the new south, without slavery, and the problems that stood in the way. This book will especially be interesting to folks who like stories about the south and especially South Carolina.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Thomas Nelson. All opinions expressed are my own.
In "Carolina Gold" by Dorothy Love we meet Charlotte Fraser. The year is 1868 and Charlotte has returned to the South Carolina Lowcountry with hopes of restoring her father's rice plantation, Fairhaven. The war has turned the south upside down and the planters have to adapt to a new way of life. Charlotte is determined that Fairhaven will once again be the great plantation it was before the war. Soon after returning home Charlotte meets her new neighbor Nicholas Betancourt. Nicholas is the heir to Willowood Plantation and he is on a mission to prove ownership of the plantation. Nicholas has two young daughters and he asks Charlotte to tutor them; she needs the money so she reluctantly agrees. What she did not plan on was developing feelings for their father. When Nicholas leaves for New Orleans on a quest for ownership papers to his plantation his daughters are given over to Charlotte. She and the girls do not hear from him and soon fear the worst. Charlotte journeys to New Orleans in hopes of finding Nicholas. While there she remembers something her father told her that could be disaster for any relationship she has with Nicholas.
This was another great book by Dorothy Love. This is a story of a young woman who does not want to be a burden to anyone and is determined to stand on her own two feet even when everything is against her. This story also shows us that when we are faced with hard decisions and we turn to God and rely on Him, He will see us through. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from www.booksneeze.com.
Carolina Gold by Dorothy Love is the story of Charlotte and Nicholas. Charlotte has to start all over and Nicholas is the man that will help her begin anew. She is a determined woman looking to keep the life she knows and loves continuing. She needs her life, the life she cherished but unfortunately life changes and sometimes it takes a different path than one we envision. I thoroughly enjoyed the descriptive transformation we go through while reading the journey of Charlotte and Nicholas. I sometimes wish I can live a life in a book and this is the book I would love to do that. This is a must read, a have to read.
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.