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.
In Beyond All Measure, Dorothy Love does an excellent job of portraying this time period in history. Ada Wentworth is a Yankee now in the South after the Civil War. She encounters unexpected hatred but refuses to let that stop her from showing kindness to those who need it most.
Despite a difficult transition into this new town, Ada is blessed with treasured friendships that give her strength and support when she needs it. Wyatt and Ada are attracted to one another but Ada struggles with a past that makes trust hard. A few unexpected twist and turns are also thrown in that make some intense moments.
Overall, I enjoyed Beyond All Measure. I did feel that the ending fell a bit flat and was a bit disappointed. I was surprised that aspects of Ada’s past wasn’t developed a bit more as it a crucial point in her struggle to trust the Lord in her relationship with Wyatt. For those who enjoy historical fiction, this would be an excellent read when you just need a few hours to get away.
Beyond All Measure is available from Thomas Nelson Publishing. Click below to read an excerpt.
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