Beyond All Measure by Dorothy Love
Ada Wentworth may be young, but she's seen enough of life to know she can only rely on herself. Everyone including God it seems, has let her down. Having lost her family, her fiance, and her fortune, Ada journeys from Boston to Hickory Ridge, Tennessee, to take a position as a lady's companion. Though initially charmed by the pretty little Southern town tucked into the foothills of the great Smokies, Ada plans to stay only until she can earn enough to establish a millinery shop.
Her employer, Wyatt Caldwell, the local lumber mill owner, is easily the kindest, most attractive man Ada has met in Hickory Ridge. He believes Providence has brought her to town and into his life. But how, after so many betrayals, can she ever trust again? Besides, Wyatt has a dream of his own. A dream that will one day take him far from Hickory Ridge.
As the South struggles to heal in the aftermath of the Civil War, one woman must let go of her painful past in order to embrace God's plans for her. Can she trust Him, and Wyatt, with her future and her heart?
ReviewBeyond All Measure by Dorothy Love was an interesting post/civil war historical. This is the first book in A Hickory Ridge Romance, a series that has become dependable in the historical genre. The historical aspect was really the main focus of the book. Ada could be aggravating and stubborn, but it just added a good dose personality to a book full of a hard time in history. I liked Wyatt, and though he was a good hero, I didn't totally buy into his and Ada's love. I would have liked it if their relationship was delved into a little more. However, the history was the main focus of the book, and from that stand point, it was an excellent novel. Beyond All Measure gave a gripping look into the lives of two people living after the civil war, trying to build a better South and a better life.
*I received a copy of this book from the publishing house for review. All opinions expressed are mine and were not influenced by the author or publishing house.*