“Following her father’s death, Charlotte Fraser returns to Fairhaven, her family’s rice plantation in the South Carolina Lowcountry. With no one else to rely upon, the smart, independent Charlotte is determined to resume cultivating the superior strain of rice called Carolina Gold. But the war has left the plantation in ruins, her father’s former bondsmen are free, and workers and equipment are in short supply.
To make ends meet, Charlotte reluctantly agrees to tutor the two young daughters of her widowed neighbor and heir to Willowood Plantation, Nicholas Betancourt. Just as her friendship with Nick deepens, he embarks upon a quest to prove his claim to Willowood and sends Charlotte on a dangerous journey that uncovers a long-held family secret–one that threatens everything she holds dear.
Inspired by the life of a 19th century woman rice farmer, Carolina Gold pays tribute to the hauntingly beautiful Lowcountry and weaves together mystery, romance, and historical detail, bringing to life the story of one young woman’s struggle to restore her ruined world.”
Carolina Gold is a beautifully written novel set in the late 1800s after the civil war. Charlotte is determined to make her life the way it was when she was a child, but that just can’t happen after the bondsmen are free and her plantation is more falling than standing. Other plantations have given up rice cultivating permanently, sold their land or abandoned it, and they are telling her she is better off in the “social life” in Georgetown, but she will not give up.
The story of Charlotte is very intriguing and is full of mystery and romance. I really liked how the story is based upon a real woman and I recommend this novel to anyone! The details of history were also pretty neat to read about.
“I received this book from Book Sneeze/ Thomas Nelson for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are my own.”