History With Heart

Dorothy Love is the author of the Hickory Ridge series,  historical novels set in the beautiful Smoky Mountains region of  her native Tennessee.  Her well-researched, heartwarming stories of small town Southern life, faith, friends, and family reflect the emotions, concerns, and values of women everywhere.

Growing up in McNairy County, Tennessee, Doro attended  Bethel Springs Presbyterian Church and  the local grade school where she spent every spare moment writing stories to share with her classmates. As a college student in Texas majoring in teaching and English literature,  she co-edited her university newspaper. After earning a masters degree and a Ph.D, she authored dozens of magazine articles before breaking into book publishing with a number of award-winning novels for preteens and young adults. The Hickory Ridge series (Thomas Nelson Fiction)  marks her adult fiction debut.

When she isn’t busy writing or researching her next book, Doro loves hiking and hanging out with her husband Ron and their two golden retrievers, Major and Jake. Lifelong avid travelers, the Loves have explored the cities and the back country of New Zealand, photographed the Cuna Indians of the San Blas Islands, traversed the Panama Canal, explored Bermuda on motor scooters, and combed the best beaches in Hawaii and the Atlantic and Pacific coasts.

For more than twenty years they have collected antique maps depicting their many ports of call, chiefly those  maps by 19th century mapmaker and engraver John Rapkin. Published by John Tallis of London, Rapkin’s maps in the 1851 edition of Tallis’ Illustrated Atlas are among the most visually appealing of the Victorian age.    The Loves make  their home in the Texas hill country.

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MBA: In your own words tell our readers a little about “Beyond All Measure”?

        It’s an historical romance set in Hickory Ridge,  a fictional town in the Great Smoky mountains in the years following the Civil War. My protagonist Ada Wentworth, journeys from Boston to HIckory Ridge to take a job as a lady’s companion after her father’s death and a broken engagement. Feeling abandoned by everyone, including God, she plans to save her money and eventually open a millinery shop back east. But then she meets Wyatt Caldwell, the Texas-born nephew of her employer. Ada is deeply
attracted to Wyatt, but old hurts and fears from her past make it almost impossible for her to trust him. What if he abandons her, too?  Unless she can trust God’s love to cast out her fears, she stands to lose the love of a lifetime.


MBA:  How did you choose your setting for “Beyond All Measure”?

        I spent my childhood in Tennessee and always loved the beauty of the Smokies. Eastern Tennessee is an interesting place to set a novel, because much of the area was
pro-Union during the war, and this makes for good dramatic tension as the good
folks of Hickory ridge try to rebuild their world. The Cades Cove area of the Great Smokies National Park is the model for Hickory Ridge. I’ve put a couple of photos of  “Ada’s” house on  my website.


MBA: Do you feel a deep connection to your characters and why?

    I think it’s impossible to write an authentic novel without feeling that connection to the characters. Ive moved around many times in my life, from one end of the country to the other and often felt like the outsider trying to fit in. I moved from the rural South to
Ohio during high school and it was a difficult transition.  I connected with Ada’s feelings of alienation, trying to fit into life in Hickory Ridge—a “Yankee” on Southern soil. I knew just how she felt!

MBA: What do you feel is or was the greatest roadblock in your writing and how did you overcome it?

     When I was first starting out, I juggled a full time job, graduate school,  and
taking care of a house and husband. Finding time was a huge roadblock. I  know
some writers who can whip open a laptop and turn out a thousand words while
waiting for the kids at soccer practice, but I am not one of them. I need peace
and quiet, and time!  I finally got the opportunity to write full time and that
made a world of difference.


MBA: What is on the horizon for you or what is your next project?

    I’m just now correcting the galleys for the second Hickory Ridge novel, called BEAUTY FOR ASHES which is due out next February. And I’m working on the third, EVERY PERFECT GIFT.


MBA: Tell our readers a little about you that most people might not know?

    For those who have visited my website it won’t come as a surprise that I love to travel, especially to beaches! My husband and I have made a number of trips to Hawaii, to Bermuda,  and Florida. Anywhere there is ocean and white sand. One of our favorites is
Kiawah Island, South Carolina.  Our most exotic trip,  so far, was a three week
soujoourn through New Zealand. I’d love to go back there someday.


MBA: What is the accomplishment you are most proud of and why?

        I earned my PhD in just over two years while working full time, when my graduate adviser said it couldn’t be done. I’ve published 15 books for all age groups against the odds that every writer faces trying to break into the markets. Faced with too many
demands on my time and energy, I pushed through it all and achieved my goals. It
feels good to realize your dreams.





  • Publisher:Thomas Nelson (May 31, 2011)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:1595549005
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595549006
  • Source: Received from the author for review

Product Description

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.

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Thanks to Dorothy we are able to offer  1 lucky commenter a signed print copy of  “Beyond All Measure” by Dorothy Love. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. No P.O. Boxes please.

This giveaway will run from today August 31 until September 7,2011.



BEYOND ALL MEASURE by Dorothy Love is an exciting inspirational historical fiction set in 1871 Hickory Ridge, Tennessee. This is this author’s debut into Christian fiction. It is the first in the “A Hickory Ridge Romance”. It is written with depth and details.The plot is intriguing,easy to follow,exciting with the charm of the old South.The characters are enchanting,charming,engaging and will capture your heart. It has romance,faith,healing,the struggles of the aftermath of  the Civil War,trust,community,dreams,forgiveness,painful past,betrayal,the charm of a small community,misunderstandings, fear,hate,h,and finding love after the sacrifices of war. Ada Wentworth,is penniless,and has lost that she holds dear.She must find a job and travels to Hickory RidgeTennessee from Boston to become a Lady’s companion. Ada stills has dreams of her own. Wyatt Caldwell,local lumber mill owner,kind,ex-war veteran,a,his Aunt Lillian is who Ada is  a Lady’s companion,and he believes Ada coming to town was Providence,but he has dreams of his own. While Ada and Wyatt fights their attraction,they must learn to trust each other and let go of the past. This is my first time reading this author but it will not be my last. While this is a Christian historical fiction is not “preachy”.It does have the underline message of faith,hope and God’s plan for our life. A must read for any historical,romance,inspirational,post civil war,and Old South readers. A keeper. This book was received for review from the author.Details can be found at Thomas Nelson.