Saturday, December 8, 2012

Finally over my reading slump!

Every Perfect Gift
by Dorothy Love
A Hickory Ridge Romance, Book 3
Christian Fiction / Historical / Romance
Available December 2012
Thomas Nelson
320 pages

About the Book
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, Sophie is determined to make a home, and a name, for herself in the growing town. A gifted writer, she plans to resurrect the local newspaper that so enchanted her as a girl.

Ethan Heyward’s idyllic childhood was shattered by a tragedy he has spent years trying to forget. An accomplished businessman and architect, he has built a majestic resort in the mountains above Hickory Ridge, drawing wealthy tourists from all over the country.

When Sophie interviews Ethan for the paper, he is impressed with her intelligence and astounded by her beauty. She’s equally intrigued but fears he will reject her if he learns about her shadowed past. Just as she summons the courage to tell him, Ethan’s own past unexpectedly and violently catches up with him, threatening not only his life but their budding romance.

My Thoughts
Well, thanks to Dorothy Love for helping me finally get over my month-long reading slump! Every Perfect Gift was the perfect conclusion to the Hickory Ridge Romance series. We met Sophie Caldwell in Beyond All Measure. She is now all grown up and returns to Hickory Ridge to re-open the local newspaper. When she meets Ethan Heyward, she wonders if he will be able to accept her and her less than idyllic childhood.

I loved getting to know Sophie as an adult! While in some respects, she's come into her own, she still struggles with the sting of rejection from the town where she grew up. It's really amazing to watch how she continues to grow and puts aside her own judgments and prejudices against the townspeople of Hickory Ridge. The romance between Ethan and her is sweet. At times it drove me crazy that they wouldn't just be open with each other, but I can understand not knowing if you can trust someone or not. Trust is earned after all!

The one thing that kept me from just loving this book was that at times it seemed like some of the story lines didn't really fit well together. The author seemed to focus on one story for a while and then hop over to another one. While they did mesh, it wasn't as seamless as I like.

Overall, though, the book was very enjoyable and—as I said before—helped me get over my reading slump that I've been in for about a month now! And while these books would definitely be more enjoyable to read in order, I think you would still be able to follow along just fine reading this one without the others in the series. I look forward to reading more by Dorothy Love—hopefully in the near future!  [4 stars]

I received a free copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity and Thomas Nelson in exchange for my fair and honest review.

About the Author
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. The Hickory Ridge novels mark her Christian fiction debut.

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