Beauty for Ashes


She’s a beautiful young widow. He’s a charming Charlestonian with a taste for adventure. Both need a place to call home.

Fall in love with Carrie and Griff as they each struggle to make peace with the past and find new hope for the future.

For Carrie Daly, life seems to consist mostly of mourning and ashes. Widowed when her young husband died at the battle of Shiloh, Carrie has spent the intervening years living quietly on her family’s farm with Henry, her older brother. But then Henry marries Mary Stanhope, a difficult widow with two rowdy sons in tow. Feeling that there is no longer a place for her on the farm, Carrie moves to the genteel but shabby Verandah Ladies Hotel and takes a job at Nate Chastain’s book shop, intending to make a new life for herself.

But a chance meeting with Griff Rutledge, a newcomer to Hickory Ridge, changes everything.

It will take a leap of faith on both their parts to redeem the hurts of the past and claim God’s promise of beauty for ashes.


“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…”   4 Stars! Romantic Times Reviews


“The writing is beautiful as well as the setting, and filled with characters that will steal your heart.”

“Sometimes when I read a book the characters become so real they feel like best freinds. BEAUTY FOR ASHES was that kind of book for me.”

“Dorothy has a winner in this book.”

“If you like romance, you’ll love Carrie and Griff’s story.”

“Dorothy Love is an expert in the art of dramatic suspense…she keeps the reader on the edge of her seat. The perfect pacing and the cries of Carrie’s heart draw the reader completely into the story.”

“I could not put it down! I wanted to know what was going to happen next.”

“BEAUTY FOR ASHES is a beautifully and well-crafted story.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed my brief visit and can’t wait to visit again.”