Blog Tour- Every Perfect Gift +Giveaway

By Dorothy Love
Published on December 4, 2012
Published by Thomas Nelson
Source: Publisher for review
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 she experienced as a child because of her mixed parentage has left deep scars that she hopes can be healed by succeeding in this new venture.

Ethan Heyward was uprooted from his home as a boy following an unspeakable tragedy. Horace Blakely, a millionaire businessman, took Ethan under his wing and eventually put him in charge of the construction and opening of Blue Smoke resort in Hickory Ridge. They meet when Sophie arrives at Blue Smoke to interview Ethan for her newspaper. As their attraction deepens, each hides a secret that, if revealed, could end their relationship
When I received this book- I didn't realize that I had read the first book in the series.  I was mainly attracted to the fact that the cover was beautiful and a winter scene.  I was hoping for some sort of story that tied in the holidays because it is would line up with this time of year perfectly.  When I looked at the back cover, I realized I had read the first book in this series and loved it!

This book picks up with a character from the first, Sophie, the orphan that Ada and Wyatt adopt at the end of the first book.  Sophie is grown now and is returning to Hickory Hollow to restart the local newspaper and to fufill her dreams of becoming a newspaper woman.  Sophie is as opinionated and spunky as she was in the first book, but it is obvious that she has grown as a character since we have last read about her. 

I enjoyed this book.  I will admit- historical Christian fiction that takes places in a newspaper setting seems to be a dime a dozen lately.  I wasn't incredibly thrilled with the fact that that was her occupation.  It did, however, fit with the character and the theme of the entire series.  It would have been odd for the little girl in book one who was obsessed with stories and writing to do anything other than that for her occupation.  The romance in this story wasn't pushed, there was no instant love, and it took until the very last page for the couple to "get together".

I enjoyed reading more about race relations in this book- much like the first book.  I thought it was an interesting take on the time period- one that many authors choose to avoid.  I enjoy this author and I am really looking forward to more of her books in the future (she has a new series coming out next year)

 Dorothy Love is celebrating the new book in her Hickory Ridge Romance series, Every Perfect Gift with a "Home for the Holidays" 12 Days of Gifts contest.

Celebrate the holidays with Dorothy Love and her protagonist, Sophie Caldwell, as they count down the days to Dorothy's author chat party with 12 Days of Gifts! Dorothy will be giving away copies of Every Perfect Gift and other holiday essentials, as well as key items from the book that Sophie would have worn during or used to celebrate the holidays (a beautiful, red shawl, Victorian ornaments, stockings). It's all happening on Dorothy's Facebook page. She'll post a new giveaway each day.

So bring on the Christmas cheer with Dorothy and the "Home for the Holidays" 12 Days of Gifts. Then join Dorothy on the evening of December 13 for her author chat party! During the party, Dorothy will announce the 12 winners from the Home for the Holidays giveaway and host an author chat about Every Perfect Gift and favorite Christmas traditions. Oh, and she'll be giving away lots of fun prizes. RSVP today.
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