“Carolina Gold” by Dorothy Love, book review
Charlotte returns to the family rice plantation after her father dies. The war has taken its toll on the people as well as the land, but she is determined to restore both by again growing the strain of rice her father grew called Carolina Gold. There are many obstacles in her path: lack of money, resources and labor, but she has not choice but to push forward. Charlotte is able to obtain a small loan to purchase rice seed and with the help of former slaves, now freedmen, she gets the crop in the ground. But other problems arise. She meets defeat at every turn.
To make a little money in hopes of covering the cost of rice seed, she agrees to tutor the neighbor girls. Together they work through grief and turn to hope.
I enjoyed this book. The characters just seemed real and the problems, while big, were dealt with in a realistic way. It was interesting to read about how people learned to live in the new south, without slavery, and the problems that stood in the way. This book will especially be interesting to folks who like stories about the south and especially South Carolina.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Thomas Nelson. All opinions expressed are my own.