Monday, November 26, 2012

Beauty for Ashes - Book Review

This is my first Dorothy Love novel and I'm most certain and I will be reading more by her. It is not very often that I read Christian romances. Usually the storytelling isn't very gripping. They often are sweet and feel-good stories, but not one to keep me up at night for the next page; however, this one is. The author's writing is clear, concise and moving. Beauty for Ashes is a very moving story and I very much enjoyed reading it. The story itself is just delightful. Carrie's brother Henry has just married Mary, and Carrie feels trapped by Mary and her sons' intrusion to the family farm. The women fight like cats until Carrie moves out... only to move back in when Mary becomes pregnant and Henry leaves to find work in Chicago. Mary treats Carrie as a servant, as though she is there to do her bidding. When Carrie decides to do something else and tells Mary that she should take a part in caring for her family, Mary tells Carrie not to be so lazy! I kept waiting for the time in the book when Mary would see the error in how she was treating Carrie and was slightly disappointed that it didn't happen the way I wanted it to. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's sweet, honest, and a joy to read. ***I received a complimentary copy of this book to review. I was asked to give my honest opinion of the book - which I have done.***