Title: Carolina Gold
Author: Dorothy Love
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Returning to the plantation after the war and after waiting for her father’s lawyer to read his will, Charlotte is now on her way back to her home in the Deep South to see what remains, if anything, of the home in which she once lived. While she knows there has been destruction of personal items or the items have been stolen, Charlotte has promised her father she will again try to raise the rice crop and live on the land.
The paragraph above states the setting of the fictional tale that is actually based on a real historical figure named Elizabeth Waties Allston Pringle. Can you imagine what this woman witnessed in her lifetime? How about thinking of what her life was like before and after the Civil War? Charlotte is based loosely on the real life experiences of Elizabeth, and the author, with some minor adaptations, places her novel near where the real plantation where Elizabeth lived. After you read the fictional tale, the author shares how she came to learn about this unique woman and her life.
There are characters that portray what southern people must have felt during Reconstruction along with what many veterans suffered during a horrific war. They had to learn to live in a new society that was still forming. With so few eligible men to marry, we see a jealous female antagonist see that she indeed ends up with the one man she sets her eyes on no matter who gets hurt in reaching her goal. Yellow fever is an epidemic that costs many lives in New Orleans in 1868. With the destruction so complete, few can prove they own the land on which they return to.
Dorothy Love writes a moving masterpiece that keeps the reader reading until they see how the unknown ending is revealed. I simply cannot express how much the real woman Elizabeth, along with others who lived in the south before, during and after the war, had to learn how to start all over. Readers see how a woman who has her faith shredded by heartbreak learns to trust God again in a time when each day brings new trials, triumphs or tragedy. What a tenacity people displayed to endure and then to thrive each day. Perhaps like our female lead character they did so by looking to God and putting one foot in front of the other time and time again. A historical novel rich with history, faith, perseverance and romance! Don’t pass up reading this book!
My rating is 5 stars.
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