Unless she can trust God’s love to cast out her fears, Ada may lose the heart of a good man.
Ada Wentworth, a young Bostonian, journeys to Hickory Ridge, Tennessee, in the years following the Civil War. Alone and nearly penniless following a broken engagement, Ada accepts a position as a lady’s companion to the elderly Lillian Willis, a pillar of the community and aunt to the local lumber mill owner, Wyatt Caldwell. Ada intends to use her millinery skills to establish a hat shop and secure her future.
Haunted by unanswered questions from her life in Boston, Ada is most drawn to two townsfolks: Wyatt, a Texan with big plans of his own, and Sophie, a mulatto girl who resides at the Hickory Ridge orphanage. Ada’s friendship with Sophia attracts the attention of a group of locals seeking to displace the residents of Two Creeks, a “colored” settlement on the edge of town. As tensions rise, Ada is threatened but refuses to abandon her plan to help the girl.
When Lillian dies, Ada is left without employment or a place to call home. And since Wyatt’s primary purpose for staying in Hickory Ridge was to watch over his aunt, he can now pursue his dream of owning Longhorns in his home state of Texas.
With their feelings for each other growing, Ada must decide whether she can trust God with her future and Wyatt with her heart.
Sigh. Don’t you just love that cover? Well, you’ll love every minute of “Beyond All Measure” as well.
Amazing writing, fascinating characters and nail-biting tension throughout create a book you’re not likely to forget anytime soon.
I’ve read books upon books that take place after the Civil War, when the nation is slowly healing after being torn in two. Beyond All Measure offers realistic emotions and unique angles that plagued the people of the North and South.
Ada is a fresh character that is true to the time, but with an extra little something that makes her strong and likable. Wyatt is a man after my own heart, between his strive for success and his family devotion.
A great read for those who enjoy historical fiction, or any story about life and love.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this as an e-book from Thomas Nelson through their Book Sneeze Blogger program in exchange for my honest review.
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