Ashes of Life
by Erica Lucke Dean and Laura M. Kolar
Married for just three months, Alex Barrett is stunned when her husband, David, dies in a tragic accident. And the absolute last thing the pregnant young widow wants is to take on responsibility for his teenage daughter, Maddie. Reeling from loss, Alex struggles to deal with her grief and her troubled stepdaughter, but one question haunts her: why was David with his ex-wife when he died?
All Maddie Barrett wanted was for her parents to get back together, but an icy road took that dream away. Afterward, Maddie is riddled with guilt that she can’t share with anyone. Feeling angry and alone, she lays all the blame on Alex.
Alex and Maddie must find a way to move past their pain—shared, yet separate. Thrown together in an untenable arrangement, they fight through a frozen landscape of sorrow and redemption while redefining love, forgiveness, and family.
★★★★★: Awesome!!! I really loved this book! (Highly recommended)
Forgiveness doesn’t come easy when you’ve been deceived, betrayed, abandoned and hurt. But what’s harsher and more difficult is forgetting the hurt that came with all the pain you’ve been through.
Pregnant Alex struggled as she reeled on the tragedy that took his husband’s life. But she also had to deal with the wild and angsty daughter he left behind, Maddie. Both lost and devastated, they had no choice but to live, move on, compromise. Of course, it was easier said than done. Especially when Maddie resented her the most, blaming Alex for breaking her family, having to live with her and remind her of her father’s sin.
From one unfortunate event to another, the reader (me) is left reeling and contemplating about life, family, healing, love and taking chances.
Ashes of Life had been one helluva story! There is power and magic in the book that ultimately pulled me in and had me rooting for the characters. Maddie and Alex were opposites, yet both possessed the most perfect imperfect personalities that made them real and easy to relate with. While this had been bone-crushingly sad, it was also awe-inspiringly beautiful, an addicting read that I could not put down until I got to the end.
The authors, Erica and Laura, are both talented and exceptional. Together they had sculpted a beautiful story every reader can relate to. This book may be a little heavy on the drama but is definitely worth reading and crying about.
P.S. The book cover is breathtaking! I love it so much, I’m actually gushing!
ERICA LUCKE DEAN
After walking away from her career as a business banker to pursue writing full-time, Erica Lucke Dean moved from the hustle and bustle of the big city to a small tourist town in the North Georgia Mountains, where she lives in a 90-year-old haunted farmhouse with her workaholic husband, her 180 lb lap dog, and at least one ghost.
When she’s not writing or tending to her collection of crazy chickens and diabolical ducks, she’s either reading bad fan fiction or singing karaoke in the local pub. Much like the main character in her first book, To Katie With Love, Erica is a magnet for disaster and has been known to trip on air while walking across flat surfaces.
How she’s managed to survive this long is one of life’s great mysteries.
LAURA M. KOLAR
Laura M. Kolar lives with her husband and daughter in a one-stop-light town in northern-lower Michigan. Though she didn’t discover her love of books until she turned thirty, as a self-declared hopeless romantic, she has spent the past few years reading and writing stories with mostly happy endings.
If she’s not at her day-job or with her family, you will find her sipping a cup of chai latte while sitting in her favorite rocking chair, hunched over her laptop writing or spending entirely too much time on Twitter.
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