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Review: Ashes of Life + Giveaway

Review: Ashes of Life + GiveawayAshes of Life by Erica Lucke Dean, Laura M. Kolar
Published by Red Adept Publishing on Apr 28, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, YA
Format: eBook from Publisher
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

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 received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Before I start my review, I’d just like to apologize to the authors and publisher for missing my original posting date. Thanks for being accommodating with a new date.

This book is amazing. I went into it thinking it was going to be really sad, but this turned out to be a beautiful romance. Yes, there were some sad and troubling parts, but the overall feel was hope and love. This caught me off guard, but was the best kind of surprise.

This was a powerful story about love, and the power of family, and really highlighted that family is something you work for and create. It’s not always easy, but it’s always worth the effort.

When I describe this as a romance, I don’t just mean the romance in a sexual relationship. The relationship and bond that Alex and Maddie start to form is a different type of romance, and it’s one that is even more powerful and satisfying than the ones that the women form with the men in the story. Of course, those were also good, and it feels almost wrong to love Grey so much since he’s only a teen, but he’s such a sweetheart.

This was a very uplifting story, and it made me feel good reading it. It was something I really needed, and I’m so happy to have read it.

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  2 Responses to “Review: Ashes of Life + Giveaway”

  1. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and review my book! I appreciate it.

  2. nice review

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