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Carolina Gold by Dorothy Love
About the Book
From the description: Following her father’s death, Charlotte Fraser returns to Fairhaven, her family’s rice plantation in the South Carolina Low country. With no one else to rely upon, smart, independent Charlotte is determined to resume cultivating the superior strain of rice called Carolina Gold. But the war has left the plantation in ruins, her father’s former bondsmen are free, and workers and equipment are in short supply. To make ends meet, Charlotte reluctantly agrees to tutor the two young daughters of her widowed neighbor and heir to Willowood Plantation, Nicholas Betancourt. Just as her friendship with Nick deepens, he embarks upon a quest to prove his claim to Willowood and sends Charlotte on a dangerous journey that uncovers a long-held family secret, and threatens everything she holds dear. Inspired by the life of a 19th-century woman rice farmer, Carolina Gold pays tribute to the hauntingly beautiful Lowcountry and weaves together mystery, romance, and historical detail, bringing to life the story of one young woman’s struggle to restore her ruined world.
I love a good Christian historical, and this one is fantastic! I loved Charlotte’s character. She is brave, courageous, yet those great qualities don’t make her demanding, self-righteous, and stubborn as I find with a lot of other strong female characters. She is courageous and strong while being very likable. I was so inspired by her response to the adversity and difficult circumstances in her life. One of my favorite aspects of inspirational fiction is that the fictional story can inspire a deeper faith in real life if we let the characters touch us, and Charlotte’s did. I loved her loyalty, and her dedication and commitment to succeed and do what’s right. Overall, this was a lovely story, and one that I would heartily recommend.