The Back of the Book: 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. (From Beyond All Measure (A Hickory Ridge Romance) at Amazon.co.uk.)
NotJustLaura’s Review: I requested a digital copy of this book from BookSneeze in exchange for my honest review.
From the opening lines I found myself drawn deeply into the intrigue of this historical romance. The strongest feature of Ms Love’s writing is her characterisation – in reading Beyond All Measure I feel I’ve met a new group of friends. The story itself is focussed on a gentle message of forgiveness asking whether Ada forgive the past to move into her future. The plot is fairly simple but held my interest easily as I was so invested in the characters. I think the best thing about reading this book was learning right at the end that it’s the first in a series!