Beauty for Ashes by Dorothy Love | Kindle Fire and a Sapphire Ring Giveaway, Facebook Party and Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour for Dorothy Love’s latest offering in her Hickory Ridge Romance series. Beauty for Ashes offers up a historic story that resonates in today’s sometimes-frightening circumstances. With a God who is the same yesterday and today, we can learn and be inspired by Carrie and Griff’s story.

To celebrate, Dorothy has teamed up with her publisher, Thomas Nelson, for a Beauty for Ashes Giveaway and Facebook Party (3/20) – all the details below!

{More about Beauty for Ashes}

She’s a beautiful young widow. He’s a Southern gentleman with a thirst for adventure. Both need a place to call home.

After losing her husband in the Civil War, Carrie Daly is scared she will never have the family she longs for. Eligible bachelors are scarce in Hickory Ridge, Tennessee, but Carrie has found love. Not the weak-in-the-knees kind, but something practical. Still, she isn’t quite ready to set a wedding date with Nate Chastain.

Griff Rutledge is a former member of Charleston society, but has been estranged from his family for years. He’s determined to remain unattached, never settling in one place for too long. But when asked to train a Thoroughbred for an upcoming race in Hickory Ridge, he decides to stay awhile.

Despite objections from the townsfolk, and her fear that true happiness has eluded her, Carrie is drawn to Griff’s kindness and charm. It will take a leap of faith for them to open their hearts and claim God’s promise to give beauty for ashes.

Dorothy Love

{More About Dorothy Love}

A native of west Tennessee, Dorothy Love makes her home in the Texas hill country with her husband and their golden retriever. An award-winning author of numerous young adult novels, Dorothy made her adult debut with the Hickory Ridge novels. When she isn’t busy writing or researching her next book, Love enjoys hiking, traveling, and hanging out with her husband Ron and their rambunctious golden retriever. The Loves make their home in the Texas hill country.

Find out more about Dorothy at

{Kindle Fire Giveaway & 3/20 Facebook Party}

We’re thrilled to announce the fun giveaway Dorothy is hosting! First, she’ll be giving away a Kindle Fire (3/1-3/20), then on the evening of the 20th she’s inviting everyone to her Facebook Author Page for a fun Author Chat party! Don’t miss a minute of the fun … sigh.

One beautiful winner will receive:

  • A Brand new Kindle Fire with Wi-Fi
  • Beauty for Ashes by Dorothy Love
  • Beyond All Measure by Dorothy Love
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends 3/20/12. Winner will be announced at Dorothy’s Facebook Author Chat Party on 3/20. Come for an evening of chat, trivia, and a sneak peek at the next book in Dorothy’s Hickory Ridge series – bring your friends! She’ll also be giving away some GREAT prizes: gift certificates, books and a stunning sapphire ring!

So grab your copy of Beauty for Ashes  and join Dorothy and friends on the evening of March 20th for an evening of fun.

Don’t miss Dorothy’s delightful giveaway and party. RSVP TODAY and tell your friends via FACEBOOK orTWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 20th!


Romantic Times says, “Love’s amazing historical has all the elements her readers expect from her stories: romance, mystery and characters who want more out of their lives but are struggling to change their situation.”



Holly at 2 Kids and Tired Books I loved Carrie and her strength and spunk and determination.

Mary’s Cup of Tea I could not put it down. I wanted to know what was going to happen so I would stay up til 3 or 4 in the morning trying to finish it but my eyes got heavy and had to put it down.

Patricia at It’s Time To Read Mamaw I highly recommend this book!


Amy at A Nest in the Rocks Daly became so real during the reading of this book that I could see myself inviting her over for a baking marathon, and how often can you say that you’re friends with the characters?

Beckie at By The Book Dorothy Love’s characters are very real. Her descriptions bring the small town of Hickory Ridge to life. And if you like romance, you will love Carrie and Griff’s story.

Jessica at A New Leaf Carrie is a really lovable character – she yearns to be independent but she loves her family.


Maggie at Tethered Mommy Love is very skilled at leaving us guessing about what will happen next as well as surprising us over and over again.  I may have had ideas of what may have been coming next but I was never sure.

Brenda at WV Stitcher The author hit a home run with this story on so many levels.

Sharon’s at Garden of Book Reviews Love’s mastery of storytelling shines through her descriptions of the people and the world around them.

Renee at Black ‘n Gold Girl’s Book Spot From the very beginning I was hooked!

Jenny at Come meet Ausjenny This book had me laughing and cheering for the Carrie and Griff.


Alicia at Surrendering All of Me Beauty For Ashes was a beautifully and well crafted story.

Margaret at Creative Madness Mama With this book for me it first starts with the cover, instant love – absolutely gorgeous.

Tammi at Our Homeschooling Pilgrimage The story shows how people can grow and change when God is placed first in their lives. I found that some of the lessons Carrie was learning are some of the same that God is teaching me. Touching my heart even more.

Sarah at Growing for Christ I thoroughly enjoyed my brief visit to Tennessee in this book and can’t wait to visit again!


Theresa at Just One More Paragraph Dorothy Love has the gift to create both a believable plot and very realistic characters.

Diane at That’s What I’m Here For.. A sweet story that shows what life can be like when we stop seeing ourselves as a victim and see ourselves through God’s eyes as a victor.


Jess at From Me to You … Video, Photography, & Book Reviews This is a charming inspirational romance novel!!

Kianna’s Korner
 Dorothy is a phenomenal author in that she immediately portrays a scenario that intrigued me. The happenings and where abouts of a young widow and a mysterious southerner sparked curiosity. She also painted a very vivid image of the town that I immediately felt embedded onto the wooden plank side walks of Hickory ridge.


Laurie’s School Days From the first few pages, Dorothy Love managed to evoke such strong emotions in me through her characters.

Lena at A Christian Writer’s World Author Interview and book giveaway.

Vic’s Media Room I am looking forward to the next book.

Gina at Gypsy Mama Logs There are so many twists and turns in this story, that you can never really guess what will happen next.

Karla at Quiet Quilter This book is one of pure Southern delight.


Jill at Book Review Travels Beauty for Ashes is a beautiful story about how someone’s life can be turned around from ashes to beauty.

Babs Book Bistro I enjoyed this christian historical romance.

Ruth at My Devotional Thoughts Dorothy Love has come out with a winner in this book!

Wendy at Minding Spot With refreshing characters set in a small town after the Civil War, Love has built a great community.

Janet at Along the Way Sometimes when I read a book, the characters become so real that they feel like best friends. Beauty for Ashes was that kind of book for me.

Michelle at Healing Hearts blog I am really enjoying this story and the author’s voice.


Ann Marie at It’s just my life… I was really drawn to Carrie for her strength and determination not to mention a certain amount of spunk. She reminded me a lot of myself.

Laura at Harvest Lane Cottage I think you’d enjoy this one, especially if you don’t want to have to skip pages with a blush.


Crystal at Cinnamon Hollow My heart ached for Carrie throughout this entire story. I cried with her, rejoiced with her and grew with her. There are MANY life lessons to be learned in this book. Carrie’s faith and endurance were tested and it was very easy to put yourself in her shoes and think about how you would handle the same situations. As a Christian, we are taught to forgive. I think Carrie’s forgiveness and ability to put others first is a testament to how we should all live. She definitely has more strength than I do and the lessons learned from reading Beauty for Ashes will remain with me and strengthen me. It is wonderful when a story can teach you so much! This was a great story and another I didn’t want to put down.

Brooke at I blog 4 books I truly enjoyed this book and look forward to seeing what will happen next in Hickory Ridge!

Pamela at Daysong Reflections With excellent characters, a great setting, a captivating story, and a touching romance, “Beauty for Ashes” has just about everything a lover of historical romance would require.

Vera at Luxury Reading I did enjoy the book and will read the next book in the series to see what happens next.


Marg at Simply Shop and Save Because I enjoyed this lighthearted, well written romance very much, I look forward to the continuation of the story of Hickory Ridge.

Kemi at Homemaking Organized Blog Another winner. I enjoyed this story. And man! That relationship between Carrie and her sister in law! When you want to smack a character you know you have a good book. Carrie was a very generous hearted woman. Much bigger than I could have been. I found this book to be well rounded. I wasn’t just looking for interaction between Carrie and Griff. There was a story with everyone. I like that in a book. So then I don’t get bored when the other characters are on scene. Even the kids were interesting.

Holly at Shelf Life One of the things I sincerely appreciate is Griff Rutledge. As a Charleston native, Dorothy Love’s character is a pure and true Charleston gentlemen (yes, to us there is Charleston, then the rest of the world). I love how she even used a prominent Charleston last name–and many more were mentioned in the novel. Her knowledge of the Charleston area astounded and impressed me immensely.

Lori at Morning Glories and Moonflowers You will fall in love with Carrie Daly!


Christy at Southern Sassy Things If possible, I think Dorothy Love’s sophomore novel is better than her first!  It’s been a long  time since I stayed up past midnight to finish a book to it’s very last page .

Jennifer at For Such a Time as This I really, really liked this book.

Alena at Little Bit Of Wonderful Dorothy Love has written a brilliant story of love, tears, trust, and redemption that I highly recommend to anyone in search of a story worth remembering!


Kelli at The Zen of Motherhood Beauty for Ashes is a fun, sweet read.

Kat at Reviews From The Heart If you’ve never read any of Dorothy Love’s book, please pick up this series. She will take you back to Hickory Ridge, Tennessee for a definite adventure in western historical fiction with some great romance thrown in for a treat! The best part of this book is that it can be read as a stand alone, but trust me, you’ll want to pick up Beyond All Measure to capture the whole story of the residents of Hickory Ridge!

Relz Review Character Spotlight


Maureen’s Musings Love that the Lord seems to have a hand in the lives of these Characters, and as in real life not always as we wish. I recommend this for a fast enjoyable read!

Michelle at Life in Review The writing is beautiful, as well as the setting, and it’s filled with characters that will steal your heart.

Jennifer at Just Wedeminute I loved that this book was like a roller coaster ride with some ups and downs and some wild twist and unexpected turns.  It left me feeling breathless and excited at the end.

Megan at Hardcover Feedback Beauty for Ashes is a very moving story and I very much enjoyed reading it.  

Jendi’s Journal Interesting!


Suzanne at Cows and Lasers and Everything in Between This is a beautifully written story with a message to follow God’s plan for your life and one I would recommend.

Amber at Living at the Whitehead’s Zoo The story of Carrie Dally and Griff Rutledge is quite a charming tale . You’ll find yourself cheering them on through the ups and downs as their relationship unfolds.

Charlene at Quintessentially Quilly I loved Beauty For Ashes so much that after I finished it, I went back and read it again!

Alayna at Joyful Beginnings Begin With Joy In the Morn’ I enjoyed the story-line, place, and characters. You can truly picture yourself living in this time-period, which I find both fascinating and fun, while reading a novel.

Caroline at Happy Four Dorothy pens a beautiful historical fiction story of a beautiful widow (Carrie) giving everything over to God and how in dire circumstances something beautiful comes along at the most unexpected time.


Danielle at The Happy Wife I recommend this book to any one who struggles with trying to balance what they believe is right and what is expected of them.  Those who have ever struggled to love a family member or been estranged from their family would also enjoy this book.  If you like a good romance story, you will not be disappointed either.

Lori at Frog’s Lilypad I really enjoyed the book. The book doesn’t disappoint! The detail and suspense makes it hard not to put the book down.