The discovery of a new author makes me excited. A newcomer to the Christian fiction market, Dorothy Love taps into her southern roots for this first series. Those of you who have read the other books will be delighted that a character from Beyond all Measure rises to meet the expectations in this as a worthy heroine.
STORY: Sophie Caldwell is desperate to find her place. An orphan taken in by Wyatt and Ada Caldwell, Sophie feels a tug to leave Texas and return to Hickory Ridge to follow her dreams of becoming a newspaper reporter. She re-opens the local office and sets about running a successful business hoping that time has changed citizens prejudices. Her first interviewee is Ethan Heyward, a man with scars of his own. Hired to oversee and design a new, high-class resort in Hickory Ridge, Ethan becomes intrigued with Sophie’s determination, but as the two learn more about each other, being honest may be the one thing that tears them apart.‘EVERY PERFECT GIFT,’ by Dorothy Love. #BookReviews #Reader #FWarchives Click To Tweet
Good old-fashioned southern fiction may not come more polished or better than Love’s story of heartbreak and mutual forgiveness. The story is well written and compels us to hope Sophie discovers the truth even in the slower passages. Detailing adds to the style, especially the scenes at the new resort which is described as “awash in gold” and lit by “crystal chandeliers.” Characters are fun even though my pet peeve trope is what the story (in part) revolves around. Sophie and Ethan aren’t bad together but their relationship isn’t all that interesting in comparison. One of the sweetest quirks of the novel is Sophie’s exclamations!
Revolving around finding ones identity is a universal plot that is easy to write – and read about. Who among us hasn’t struggled with that? We’ve all wondered who we are at times, whether small or big. Every Perfect Gift tells that story beautifully. It’s poignant and ends happily.
IN CONCLUSION: Not a ‘bad’ story, Every Perfect Gift isn’t something I see myself reading a second time through; the cover tells a prettier story than the novel itself. The characters are endearing but the style didn’t suit my reading preferences.
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