Sunday, May 15, 2011
Beyond All Measure
Unless she can trust God's love to cast out her fears, Ada may lose the heart of a good man.
Ada Wentworth, a young Bostonian, journeys to Hickory Ridge, Tennessee, in the years following the Civil War. Alone and nearly penniless following a broken engagement, Ada accepts a position as a lady's companion to the elderly Lillian Willis, a pillar of the community and aunt to the local lumber mill owner, Wyatt Caldwell. Ada intends to use her millinery skills to establish a hat shop and secure her future.
Haunted by unanswered questions from her life in Boston, Ada is most drawn to two townsfolks: Wyatt, a Texan with big plans of his own, and Sophie, a mulatto girl who resides at the Hickory Ridge orphanage. Ada's friendship with Sophia attracts the attention of a group of locals seeking to displace the residents of Two Creeks, a "colored" settlement on the edge of town. As tensions rise, Ada is threatened but refuses to abandon her plan to help the girl.
When Lillian dies, Ada is left without employment or a place to call home. And since Wyatt's primary purpose for staying in Hickory Ridge was to watch over his aunt, he can now pursue his dream of owning Longhorns in his home state of Texas.
With their feelings for each other growing, Ada must decide whether she can trust God with her future and Wyatt with her heart.
Dorothy Love's Christian Fiction debut novel is a page turner. Set in the post Civil War era, we follow Ada as she moves from Boston to the back woods of Tennessee. A Northerner moving to the South so shortly after the end of the War faces unique challenges.
We follow Ada as she makes friends and plans for her future. Fighting the feelings of not wanting to be like her father and the heart break of why her fiancee broke off their engagement color her decisions as she attempts to start a business and a relationship.
Wonderful period fiction. Recommended.
Many thanks to BookSneeze for my complimentary copy of this book.