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Every Perfect Gift (Hickory Ridge Romance #3)

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Sophie has spent a lifetime guarding her heart and a long-held secret. It will take all of her courage to speak the truth and embrace the future God has planned for her.

The year is 1886, and Sophie Robillard returns to Hickory Ridge, Tennessee, after living in Texas for 15 years as the ward of Ada and Wyatt Caldwell. Now that the town's population has exploded, her intenti
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Published December 3rd 2012 by Thomas Nelson
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Sherri Smith
Apr 19, 2013 Sherri Smith rated it it was ok
Upon reading other reviews, I discovered that this book is part of a trilogy. Which will probably explain why I felt very disconnected while reading it. The descriptions and details were great, but I never felt myself really falling in love with the characters. I spent much of my time, flipping thru the pages trying to find the “meat” of the book.

I believe, I am probably in the minority, but as I mentioned before, I had a truly difficult time getting into this book. The cover art drew me in, but
SUMMARY: Sophie has spent a lifetime guarding her heart and a long-held secret. It will take all of her courage to speak the truth and embrace the future God has planned for her.

The year is 1886, and Sophie Robillard returns to Hickory Ridge, Tennessee, after living in Texas for 15 years as the ward of Ada and Wyatt Caldwell. Now that the town's population has exploded, her intention is to reopen the long-defunct newspaper office that so captivated her when she was still an orphan. The rejection
Dec 13, 2012 Ruth rated it liked it
2.5 Stars. Sophie Caldwell returns to Hickory Ridge, Tennessee, with a burning desire to prove herself to the town full of painful childhood memories. Her lack of antecedents haunted her dreams while her darker complexion earned taunts and accusations of a mixed-race heritage. When longed-for guardians swept into Sophie's life and took her with them to Texas, Sophie was finally able to escape the rumors swirling around her past and developed a forward-thinking interest in newspaper industry -- a ...more
Vera Godley
Dec 09, 2012 Vera Godley rated it it was amazing
The cover of Every Perfect Gift absolutely drew me. I could hardly wait to start reading. The scene, the gown, the lady are all absolutely stunning.

Hickory Ridge, Tennessee, is the former home of Sophie Robillard. Her former life in Hickory Ridge was rife with loneliness, discord, abandonment, mistrust as she, an orphaned child of mixed parentage (although several generations past), coped. Finally, loving guardians Ada and Wyatt Caldwell took her under their wings and they moved to Texas where s
Gina Burgess
Apr 11, 2014 Gina Burgess rated it liked it
In the 1880s, women were discovering their talents outside the home. The very first woman millionaire emerged in the 1880s and she was a Negro selling beauty care products to Negro women. In this story, Sophie comes home to face some demons fighting an uphill battle against prejudice. She is a journalist (man's world), owns the newspaper in her home town which for some reason isn't running. Also for some reason, she decides that she must go home where the people did not accept her because she wa ...more
Dec 04, 2012 Patty rated it really liked it
Sophie Caldwell is a child of the orphanage of Hickory Ridge and while she was taken away from the taunts and bullying by a wonderful, loving set of adoptive parents she feels compelled to come back to town. A new luxury resort is being built and she has purchased the old town newspaper and plans to revise it. This is the third and last book in the Hickory Ridge series and many of the characters will be familiar to readers of the first two books. I did not read them but I did not feel as I was a ...more
Dec 12, 2012 Melanie rated it really liked it
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Every Perfect Gift was a great addition to the Hickory Ridge series! I'm a little sad that this is the final book, but except for wishing some things had ended differently, it was a good conclusion.

I loved both of the main characters (Ethan and Sophie) and how previous characters (including Ada and Carrie) appeared in Every Perfect Gift - it was great to get updates on their lives
Aug 18, 2013 Brittany rated it it was amazing
Dorothy Love has done a great job with Every Perfect Gift, the third and final book of her hickory Ridge Romance series. When I requested this book for review, I was not aware that it was the third in the series. So, I will admit to being a little nervous at starting the story. Would I have any idea what was going on? Could I understand the background stories to adequately do justice to reading and reviewing this book? The answer to both questions is a resounding yes! Not only does this book do ...more
Margaret Metz
Feb 20, 2013 Margaret Metz rated it liked it
This warrants a 3 1/2 stars. I loved the way this book tied into the past and characters we're familiar with. There is a lot of explanation about those relationships but they are side plots that don't interfere with the main story.

Sophie is a bit of a puzzle to me. In some regards she seems a strong and determined woman. She moves away from home to own and run a newspaper. That was a brave and atypical move for a woman in that era. She has constant doubts though. She doesn't think people will ac
Lisa Johnson
Dec 12, 2012 Lisa Johnson rated it liked it
Title: Every Perfect Gift
Author: Dorothy Love
Pages: 312
Year: 2012
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Ethan Heyward is a 31-year-old, single man with a secret. When asked about his past, he is very reluctant to say more than that he is from Georgia. He doesn’t talk about his family or friends. He is overseeing the building of a 5-star resort in Hickory Ridge, Tennessee. He handles payroll, ordering construction supplies, hiring, firing, and disagreements between his employees. His job is to make sure the r
Jan 10, 2013 Moira rated it it was ok
Every Perfect Gift is the third entry in Dorothy Love's Hickory Ridge Romance series, but my first experience with her work. Although third in a series, the novel seems to work well standing on its own. However, it was quite a predictable read and I had hoped for something a bit different. While overall Every Perfect Gift didn't capture my heart as much as I had hoped when I initially picked it up, the author has a knack for getting small town life to leap off the pages. Her setting is one of t ...more
Janka H.
Mar 03, 2016 Janka H. rated it it was amazing
Lovely historical fiction about how it is to live with hidden scars and how it is to heal them. This is a third book in series, but it can be read as a standalone novel.

Sophie Robillard Caldwell is returning to her hometown - well, the hometown which has rarely felt like home for terrified orphan girl, mocked by both other children and citizens for supposedly mixed origin. But Sophie is no child anymore, but a determined young woman who has decided to run a town' s newspaper and voicing the citi
Nov 23, 2014 Martha rated it really liked it
This is the third and final book in this series. I didn’t have access to the second book in the series, but I am going to be looking for it! Sophie is all grown up from the child she was in the first book, and she is going back to her roots. She faced a lot of prejudice in the town before, so she knew she had a battle to fight.

I struggled to understand a couple of things after reading the book though. I couldn’t understand why she was never formally adopted, and I didn’t understand her mother ap
May 15, 2015 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored my time in Hickory Ridge!!! This whole series was just phenomenal...I'm sad to see it come to an end. Definitely a favorite of mine forever. Highly recommended!!!
Dorothy allows her reader to see the action by her detailed descriptions.

Although part of a series, I was able to jump into this book without reading any others.

Although church, faith and God were mentioned throughout the book, I would not consider it "Christian." Faith was more a routine, expected obligation, not a life-changing choice.

I failed to understand why she struggled to answer the "big question" for 75 pages...her misgivings didn't seem enough. The ending dragged on.

It was a quick rea
Feb 02, 2016 K P rated it liked it
The third book, Every Perfect Gift, brings the Hickory Ridge series to a dramatic close.

Sophie Caldwell returns to Hickory Ridge, Tennessee, after years away. The formerly sleepy town has been transformed in the years she has been gone.

Soon after her arrival in town, Sophie meets Ethan Heyward, the manager at the expensive new resort in town.

Sophie and Ethan are drawn to each other, but they both have secrets that are keeping them apart.

A intriguing tale is told as their mysteries are finally re
Feb 01, 2014 Melinda rated it liked it
*I received this book for free from the Goodreads First Reads program.

Sophie Caldwell come back to Hickory Ridge, Tennessee, where she spent her young childhood, after spending many years away. Her years in Hickory Ridge were not happy ones, as she had no family, lived in the orphanage, and was treated very badly by the headmistress of the orphanage, as well as most of the other children and the town, because she was suspected of being of mixed race. Why would Sophie want to come back to this to
Andrea Guy
Every Perfect Gift is the third book in the Hickory Ridge Trilogy. The story is as beautiful as the cover and I fell in love with the cover instantly. I mean look at that dress. ~sigh~ Don't we all wish we looked like that model?

If you read the first book in the series you got to know Sophie a bit there. But don't worry if you pick up this book and not the other two, you'll be fine, these are great stand alone novels as well.

Sophie has returned to Hickory Ridge from Texas to start up the old new
4.5/5-great conclusion

Source: Received a free copy for review from the publisher via Booksneeze.

Well, I read the first two books in this series so I was certainly invested in returning. Our heroine this time is orphan Sophie Robillard, who was adopted by Ada and Wyatt at the end of the first book. She has now grown into a fine young woman who struggles with her lack of knowledge about her blood relations and the subsequent torments she endured. Her ambition is to return to Hickory Ridge and revi
Dec 05, 2012 Carrie rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Every Perfect Gift is the third book in Dorothy Love’s Hickory Ridge series. You can read my review of book 2 here. This book focuses on the story of Sophie Caldwell, an orphan adopted by characters featured in the first book of this series. Sophie has been away from Hickory Ridge and returns to run the town paper. She hopes to create a happy, and successful life for herself after enduring a miserable childhood living in the town orphanage.

Unlike many of the woman of this time period, Sophie has
Victor Gentile
Dec 04, 2012 Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing
Dorothy Love in her new book, “Every Perfect Gift book coverEvery Perfect Gift” Book Three in the Hickory Ridge Romance series published by Thomas Nelson takes us into the lives of Sophie Caldwell and Ethan Heyward in Hickory Ridge, Tennessee in 1886.

From the back cover: Ethan and Sophie long to share a future together. But the secrets they’re not sharing could tear them apart.

Sophie Caldwell has returned to Hickory Ridge, Tennessee, after years away. Despite the heartaches of her childhood, Sop
Dec 11, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it
Author: Dorothy Love
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
December 2012
ISBN: 978-1595549020
Genre: Historical romance

Sophie Caldwell owns and operates The Gazette, an odd job for a woman to try and do alone in the late 1800’s. She’s an orphan, but managed to get education in excess of what the orphanage provided, and so she is schooled as a young lady of means. However, she still feels inadequate due to her orphan status.

Ethan Heyward had an idyllic childhood that was shattered by a t
Dec 09, 2012 Marianne rated it it was amazing
Christmas time in Hickory Ridge with Sophia Caldwell is a great place to be. Although this is totally a stand alone story, we met Sophia in Beauty for Ashes, and it was great to revisit her, as she too returns to Hickory Ridge after growing up in Texas.
The story is told so effortlessly that without noticing, you are involved with the lives of the people in the village. I am eager to go visit to see the Blue Smoke resort that was built in the late 1800s and the office of the newspaper The Gazett
Maureen Timerman
Nov 30, 2012 Maureen Timerman rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
This is the third and final book in this series, I have read them all and enjoyed! We have met Sophie before, and love that now we have her story. We are reunited with some of the friends we had come to love, and meet some new and many endearing ones.
Sophie Robillard Caldwell is now all grown up and is facing her fears. Having grown up in Hickory Ridge, TN in their orphanage, she wants to now reopen the local newspaper. Her life in this town was not a very happy one, but she is holding her head
Jan 09, 2013 Sara rated it really liked it
After finishing the previous book in the Hickory Ridge series, Beauty for Ashes, I was looking forward to reading this next offering. There were a few things left hanging in the previous book that left me wanting to continue with the story of this small Tennessee town.
As I have said in my previous reviews of the books in this series, I grew up in a small town in Tennessee that would be in the same area as what is described in this book. The setting and the scenery and the people came alive for m
I have loved every Hickory Ridge novel by Dorothy Love, and this one was the perfect ending! We finally get to read Sophie's story, the little girl we fell in love with in Beyond All Measure. The mystery of Sophie's heritage had interested me from the beginning as I'd never read about such a thing before, or thought of the very likely possibility of there being children like Sophie back then. I liked how Dorothy Love brought it all together in this book, guiding us through Sophie's determination ...more
Nicole Flothe
Nov 27, 2012 Nicole Flothe rated it it was amazing
I recently finished reading Every Perfect Gift by Dorothy Love. It was a sweet novel that took place back in the late 1800s. The story was about a girl named Sophie that was once from a small town called Hickory Ridge. She returned as an adult with a deep desire to revive the long-defunct Hickory Ridge Gazette. The notion of unfinished business awaited her in Hickory Ridge, it had captured her head and her heart. She lived for many years at an orphanage, where she was treated as inferior. If she ...more
Virginia Campbell
Author Dorothy Love brings her appealing "Hickory Ridge Romance" series to a close with Book 3: "Every Perfect Gift". After many years away from Hickory Ridge, Tennessee, Sophie Caldwell has returned to take over the running of the local newspaper. During the years that Sophie spent in Dallas, Texas under the loving and watchful care of her guardians, Wyatt and Ada Caldwell, many changes have taken place in Hickory Ridge. Sophie is eager to revive the "Hickory Ridge Gazette", keeping in mind the ...more
Jan 31, 2013 Virginia rated it it was amazing
Dorothy Love has done it again. She has written a historical romance novel that I like!

Every Perfect Gift is the next book in the "A Hickory Ridge Romance" series. This book is the story of Sophie Caldwell and Ethan Heyward.

Sophie is unsure of her lineage and is the adopted daughter of Wyatt and Ada Caldwell. She has returned to Hickory Ridge to reopen the Gazette newspaper office. Sparks fly when she prints an editorial about a ruckus at the Blue Smoke Lodge. As is typical of romance novels,
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
The problem with secrets is that they are hard to hide and even more difficult to keep hidden. That's just what Sophie Caldwell and Ethan Heyward are figuring out. Both have moved to Hickory Ridge to try and find new beginnings despite their past. For Sophie Caldwell, she has returned to try her hand at running the local paper, The Hickory Ridge Gazette. She had worked for several newspaper companies in the past and with some luck and an open mind she is hoping that people will be willing to ove ...more
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