By: Dorothy Love
Every Perfect Gift is the third and final book in the Hickory Ridge series. This story takes place during 1886 in Hickory Ridge, Tennessee. Sophie Caldwell returns to her hometown after years of living in Texas with her guardians, Wyatt and Ada. Sophie has a true gift for writing and returns to Hickory Ridge to breathe life into the local newspaper, the Hickory Ridge Gazette. When Sophie interviews Ethan Heyward regarding the building of the prestigious Blue Smoke resort she becomes smitten with him. The feeling is mutual as Ethan cannot seem to get Sophie off of his mind. As the story continues we learn that both Ethan and Sophie have secrets from their pasts that plagued them. Both are unsure if these secrets will hinder their future together.
This was the first book that I have read by Dorothy Love and I really enjoyed it. Although it was the third book in the series, I believe it is a stand-alone read as I have not read the other two books. However, the other two books may have helped me further in my understanding of some of the characters. I would recommend there are many lessons learned. This book illustrates how one person can change a person’s life in many different ways, both for the good and the bad. Also, it shows that so often what we fear the most never comes past. Finally, we learn that many times we pray for something that once received is not really what we want at all. It may be worth noting that there is a short reading group guide at the end of the book for those who may be interested.
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