Reviewed by Amanda Schafer
When Ada Wentworth arrives in Hickory Ridge, she is expecting to meet a young lady…the same lady she will be replacing as a companion for an elderly woman in town. However, at the train station, she is met by Wyatt Caldwell. The young lady she is to replace has left abruptly and Ada has to adjust to her new surroundings on her own. Lillian Willis, the elderly woman, is quick-witted and has a sharp tongue. She doesn’t take much gruff from anyone and dishes plenty of it out on Ada.
Folks in town don’t take too well to Ada since she is from Boston and they are still reeling from the after-effects of the Civil War. There is still a fair amount of unrest between blacks and whites, and many people get upset when Ada is seen visiting and helping local black people. The KKK has been terrorizing certain members of the community and now they seem to be after Ada as well.
Slowly, Ada and Wyatt begin to acknowledge that they have feelings for one another. While Wyatt is ready to move forward with his feelings and his intentions, Ada is still scarred by her past. Can she move beyond the feelings of rejection that came from her fiancé when he left her without a word? Should she return to Boston to escape the KKK threats? Will Wyatt stick around and wait for Ada to give in to her true feelings?
I was interested to learn that Beyond All Measure fell into the Christian Fiction genre since it was more of a very basic “clean” reading book. There were a few scenes where the characters were at church or were at a church-type of gathering, but individually there was not an over-abundance of talk about God. The characters had real feelings of temptation and anger and Dorothy Love dealt with these feelings in a very real fashion: she let the characters naturally come to terms with what they were experiencing. They weren’t just magically a different person from one page to the next. They evolved throughout the book and were changed by their circumstances and others around them, even if God got the credit in the end.
Beyond All Measure is the first of Dorothy Love’s books that I’ve read. I was immediately drawn into the book by the quick conversations and easy-reading descriptions. The story was very smoothly written and I could visualize every scene…especially the dramatic ones! I can’t wait to read more by Love and watch her writing develop.
Amanda lives in Missouri with her engineering husband, two sons, and one daughter. In between homeschooling and keeping up with church activities she loves to read Christian Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and any Chick-Lit. She never goes anywhere without a book to read!
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