Charlotte Fraser is all alone in the world. Her mother died when Charlotte was just 12 years old and her father has only recently passed, leaving her to shoulder a load. Against the better judgment of others Charlotte is determined to get the family rice plantation up and running in Reconstruction Era South Carolina. The obstacles are many, the solutions few. To bring in the very much needed cash Charlotte takes up writing while agreeing to educate her widower neighbor’s two daughters, all the while attempting to run a plantation. It doesn’t exactly bring her tears of joy, however, when she learns her neighbor, Nicholas Betancourt, might be the true owner of her property. Charlotte has her job cut out for her and it isn’t going to be easy to come to terms with what lays ahead.
First off Carolina Gold was a downright decent book. What a novelty! High five, Dorothy Love! The story itself wasn’t action-packed, but then if you’re not like me that may be all right with you. But speaking for myself, I like a healthy dose of adventure in stories. It was refreshing to see former Confederates in Reconstruction Era South having difficulties coping with the Union soldiers and carpetbaggers. Off the top of my head, the last few novels I read set in this period usually showed Southerners very chummy with Northerners (that’s not to say they weren’t; I recall some children’s stories from the 70s and 80s usually followed characters with an anti-North stances, but more recently characters have been given rather progressive/modern viewpoints). As for the writing it was first-rate. I look forward to seeing other books by this author.
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