Sunday, July 26, 2015

Book Review of Ashes of Life by Erica Lucke Dean

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. 

I loved this book! It made me FEEL EVERYTHING. Have you ever wondered what would happen to your life if the most important person in your life died? How would you go on? What if you were left to care for their grieving child? How would you heal? What if you were that teenager that lost both of their parents in a tragic accident? It's one of those worst case scenario situations that we never really think will happen to us. But what if it did?

These were the thoughts brought on by this book.

The character development in this story was AMAZING. It was a little difficult to read through certain parts because of the suffering that the characters were going through and the way they tried to cope, but it made it all the better when the characters developed and grew. In reality, those types of situations are difficult and a lot of people try to cope the way they did in the story.

It was so hard to put this book down. I felt everything along with Alex and Maddie. I highly recommend this book to anyone that really wants to connect to a emotional journey.

After walking away from her career as a business banker to pursue writing full-time, Erica 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 180lb lap dog, and at least one ghost.

When she’s not busy writing or tending to her collection of crazy chickens, diabolical ducks, and a quintet of piglets, hell bent on having her for dinner, she’s either reading bad fan fiction or singing karaoke in the local pub. Much like the characters in her books, 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.


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