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Beauty for Ashes

(Hickory Ridge Romance #2)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  623 ratings  ·  98 reviews
She’s a beautiful young widow. He’s a Southern gentleman with a thirst for adventure. Both need a place to call home.

After losing her husband in the Civil War, Carrie Daly is scared she will never have the family she longs for. Eligible bachelors are scarce in Hickory Ridge, Tennessee, but Carrie has found love. Not the weak-in-the-knees kind, but something practical. Stil
Paperback, 336 pages
Published February 27th 2012 by Thomas Nelson
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Aug 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
The pathos in the story is pretty amazing. There are things that happen that sort of rise up and grip you by the throat and make you feel so deeply for the characters. I loved Carrie from the beginning; it seemed so plain that she and Nate weren't truly in love. I loved how the story unfolded and the influence of the small town.
The romance was perfect, exactly my taste...getting to know each other wisely, not having lustful angst or stupid misunderstandings. It didn't overpower the story, so it
Tammy G.
Feb 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
I loved Beyond All Measure the first book in this series. Even though this is a series the books are stand alone. The books are centered around a town, Hickory Ridge, Tennessee.
Beauty for Ashes is somewhat like Little House On the Prairie for adults. God's provision and grace are two of the key elements in this read.
Carrie is a likable person and being a widow in a Hickory Ridge where single men are scarce makes it hard for Carrie. Since women were expected to marry and it would ha
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the 2nd book in the series and it is just as good as the first if not better! You are swept away into the lives of those in the small town of Hickory Ridge,Tennessee. This book follows the life of Carrie a widow trying to make it on her own in the midst of the Depression and the affections shown to her by a very unlikely suitor. I love how the author intertwines the lives of those I grew to love in the first book into this book.The message is clear in this one....God can create beauty fr ...more
Patricia Kemp Blackmon
Nov 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Carrie Daly does not like to hear the statement " Sorry you lost your husband." She will let you know real quick that she did not loose her husband he was killed during the Civil War. She has grieved his death for many years and honored him by not remarrying in hopes of keeping his memory alive.

Carrie's friend Ada Wentworth helped Carrie realize that she wanted to have a family of her own especially children.

She has had a friendship with Nate Chastain, the town's bookstore owner but friendship
Feb 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Carrie is a widow with an understanding between her and the local bookseller. When she's ready to marry him she'll set a date. She's been living with her brother since her husband died. The book begins with her brother getting married and a new man coming to town.

I had a hard time getting into this book. It felt like I had read it before. I could predict how the issues with her brother were going to work out, I knew which man she would choose and what would happen to the other one. I could even
May 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian, romance
Dorothy Love has done what so many other inspirational authors find impossible to do. She has written a romantic novel with Christian values that is not sappy or filled with unnecessary details, nor is it overly preachy. She does not fall into the trap of using clichéd characters or situations. Instead, she has given us a novel with a well-plotted storyline and believable characters who come alive as you read about them. In this second installment in the Hickory Ridge Romance series, we meet Gri ...more
Nov 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Beauty for Ashes was a wonderful read! I really enjoyed reading Carrie's story and was a little surprised (but happy!) by the way things turned out. Having read the first book, Beyond All Measure, before this one, I had assumed Carrie would end up marrying a certain guy, but reading the book's description made me think I might have assumed incorrectly.

I rea
Jul 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Last year's inspirational debut by author Dorothy Love was a good edition to my romance library but Beyond All Measure doesn't compare to Beauty for Ashes, book two in the Hickory Ridge Romance series. From the very beginning I was hooked! Carrie Daly had my sympathies dealing with a bossy sister-in-law and her two bratty boys. I have to say this is the first book of the year that made me want to throw it across the room. Very rarely do I get angry with characters but Mary...well Mary was quite ...more
Beauty for Ashes was a charming historical. It wasn't as romantic as I would have liked, but I enjoyed the mystery regarding Griff's past and the issue of Carrie feeling stuck taking care of people she never asked to be responsible for. She was a great heroine and I could see how Griff fell in love with her.

I love stories where the adventurous hero is tamed into desiring a domestic life because of the sweetness of a good woman. Carrie was definitely that. Griff was a great hero, too. He probabl
Chris Unwin
Mar 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Second in the series and just as enjoyable as the first. It can be a stand alone but a far nicer series when read in order.
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
This wasn't awful, but it wasn't all that good, either. There was very little to make me buy the romance storyline; it was instalove with only a few brief interactions to give it any hint of depth. The townspeople don't seem to behave rationally in their treatment of her ("We're your bosom friends--until you do something we question; then we won't bother to find out the truth, we'll just judge you and shun you.") or their treatment of Griff (whom they dislike for no particular reason--while Rosa ...more
Jan St Clair
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hickory Ridge is a place to call in love

I absolutely love this series! These books capture you and make you feel like you see this place, smell the air and earth as its seasons change, hear the singing of the birds and the sound of horse hooves in the dirt, and feel the love and sorrow of the people who live there. Your heart rejoices and cries along with the people as this little towns stories continue. Book 3 here i come!!
Feb 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Carrie and Griff
I liked the book that came before this, but it had been a while since I read it. It was a little confusing at first because I couldn’t remember all the characters. The romance didn’t give me tingles for some reason, but it was intriguing and I wanted to know what happened with the characters.
Jun 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Ah, don't you love a good, predictable, silly, clean romance novel? This was a sweet story - a bit bittersweet at the end - some of the characters got less than stellar endings, in my opinion. You really have to be in the mood for one of these books, or you might find yourself giving your eye-rolling a work-out.
Dianne Sidebottom
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Grif and Carrie's story. Hagar's biblical story for Carrie and prodigal son for Grif. There were times I wanted to know the ending (cheat but I didn't) because the end could have a different finish.
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes the second book in a series is not as good as the first. Not the class in this series. This series is very believably in both plot and characters. Would love to see this as a movie!
Victor Gentile
Mar 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Dorothy Love in her new book, “Beauty for Ashes” Book Two in the Hickory Ridge Romance series published by Thomas Nelson takes us to Hickory Ridge, Tennessee in 1876.

From the back cover: She’s a beautiful young widow. He’s a Southern gentleman with a thirst for adventure. Both need a place to call home.

After losing her husband in the Civil War, Carrie Daly is scared she will never have the family she longs for. Eligible bachelors are scarce in Hickory Ridge, Tennessee, but Carrie has found love.
Margaret Chind
With this book for me it first starts with the cover, instant love - absolutely gorgeous. Then it goes to my interview with Dorothy ( which makes me super excited for this novel and for the next. Lastly it comes to actually reading this one. Similar on the lines of how I felt about Ann Shorey and Amanda Cabot as well as Maggie Brendan - This story (and perhaps the whole series) is full of hard and troubling events of the historical time, but also full of ...more
Jenny Q
May 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: amazon-vine
Carrie Daly's life over the past ten years has not been particularly exciting, but it has been stable and satisfying. But two events are about to turn her neat and ordered world upside down: her brother’s marriage and the arrival of Griff Rutledge, a handsome stranger with a reputation as a scoundrel who’s come to train a horse for a race intended to draw tourists and their money into town. Ever since Carrie’s husband died fighting in the Civil War, Carrie has lived with her brother Henry, helpi ...more
Laurie Sacrey
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
simpler reading about later 1800 hundreds, but keeping up with a family and friends. sweet and christian , Dorothy Love is just a good author. when you need a feel good, christian book for sure.
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Beauty for Ashes by Dorothy Love is the second book in the Hickory Ridge Romance series and the first book that I have read by Dorothy Love, although, it will not be the last. As I am already looking forward to the next book in this series, as well as, others from this author.

At first I was a little lost in the story because I hadn't read the first book in the series--Beyond All Measure--but I soon became familiar enough with the characters, and became engrossed in the story.

It had been Carrie a
Orbs n Rings
Mar 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
A beautiful story of family, life, love, forgivness and Gods precious gift of a true soul mate.

I have fallen in love with this authors writing style. In Beauty for Ashes; Dorothy Love writes about forbidden innocent romance and this book has left me yearning in wanting to read more about Carrie, Nate and Griff. Call me naive but many times in this story I was completely unaware of what may happen next. Beauty for Ashes is a story about family, life, love and the struggles that go along with it i
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Once again Dorothy Love has managed to draw me in as a reader and create such timeless characters that I am immediately rooting for them the entire way through the novel. In the second book in the Hickory Ridge Romance Series, Beauty for Ashes picks up with the life of Carrie Daly who is making preparations to attend her brother Henry's wedding. While retrieving her dress from the dressmakers, she finds herself in immediate danger from a runaway horse who is spooked from the whistle of the train ...more
Virginia Campbell
"Beauty for Ashes", by Dorothy Love, paints a vividly poignant portrait of survivorship in the Post-Civil War South. The War Between the States has been the subject of countless books, movies, and documentaries, and even now, more than a century and a half later, the war is a subject of great interest for many. Men and women on both sides of the conflict made sacrifices - some ultimate - for their cause. These sacrifices have fueled literature for decades and will no doubt continue to do so. I a ...more
Feb 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, historical
I love historical fiction. There is something magical about reading of a world that seems so far removed from our modern world. Beauty for Ashes is a beautiful story of finding love despite obstacles.

When we meet the heroine, Carrie Daly, she is getting fitted for an extravagant dress that is made clear is for a wedding. Immediately I thought it was for her wedding and that something dramatic would take place to stop the wedding (otherwise, how can you have a story?). But in reality the wedding
Last year I read Beyond All Measure and enjoyed how faith was incorporated into the book while also mostly liking the historical setting of just post-Civil War. So I eagerly snapped up this next book, a companion novel set in the same small town but focusing on different characters. I feel like it could be read as a standalone but since I've read the first book, I'm not the best source.

It has been four more years, long and lonely ones for the widow Carrie Daly whose elder brother has recently de
Feb 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
If possible, I think Dorothy Love's sophomore novel is better than her first!  It's been a long time since I stayed up past midnight to finish a book to it's very last page.  :o)  Another bonus?  That cover...isn't it gorgeous?!  The covers for all three books in this series really deserve a hand of applause for their beauty.  I could stare at them for the longest time... *sigh*  And yet another bonus?  It's set in my home state of Tennessee, and I couldn't help but appreciate all the references ...more
Rachelle Sperling
Jan 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Overall, I enjoyed reading Beauty for Ashes. I wasn’t aware that the book was the second in a series and while I didn’t have any trouble with the storyline it was clear that the narrative would have been richer if I had read the first novel, Beyond All Measure.

The thing I enjoyed most was the character development. Carrie was sweet, but not perfect. She had a temper at times. She said unkind things. She battled with selfishness and self-centeredness (as every person does). I appreciated how the
Ruth Hill
Mar 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
I was practically determined to not give this a 5-star rating--I have been giving so many lately. I also was not sure that I truly liked the characters or the story. But Dorothy Love has come out with a winner in this book! I have never read any book by her, but she is definitely towards the top of my list now.

I did not realize that this book was part of a series, but I had no problem following it even though I did not read the first in the series. I was able to jump right into the action and ge
Mar 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
While a pretty cover always draws me in (and this cover is beautiful) it takes a good story to keep me interested and that's just what I found in "Beauty For Ashes."
The setting for this book is Hickory Ridge, Tennessee and the year is 1876. Carrie Daly finds herself living with her brother Henry in the family home in HIckory Ridge after her husband is killed during the civil war. Henry was the only family she had left and while life wasn't exciting, they had it better than most.Things were ok in
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Before 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.

Other books in the series

Hickory Ridge Romance (3 books)
  • Beyond All Measure (Hickory Ridge, #1)
  • Every Perfect Gift (Hickory Ridge, #3)