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Monday, July 13, 2015

Ashes of Life by Erica Lucke Dean & Laura M Kolar



Genre:
Contemporary Fiction
Publication.Date  April 28th 2015
Pages:268
Published By:  Red Adept Publishing
AuthorErica Lucke Dean & Laura M Kolar

Ashes of Life Goodreads
My review copy:From the author in exchange for an honest review

Where to get:
http://www.amazon.com/Edge-TS-Krupa/dp/0692441050/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1433698292&sr=1-2&linkCode=sl1&tag=roysocmed01-20&linkId=UR7G7WAOMTCVTUST http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/april-snow-lynn-steward/1121987198?ean=9780991500765&itm=1&usri=9780991500765&cm_mmc=AFFILIATES-_-Linkshare-_-GwEz7vxblVU-_-10:1&r=1,%201 http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781416563686



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


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?

Maddie is a troubled teen that just lost both of her parents and all she really wants to do is forget life for awhile. She tries her hardest to sink into depression, drugs and sex with boys that don't care about her. The worst is when she finds that she is now stuck with Alex her fathers new wife. She can't imagine anything worse. 

I have been following this author since my early days of reading and social media. Most of her work is in romance but this one just blew me away. I was literally riveted by this story. The sadness of moving on from loss, the realization that the ones you love aren't always the person you think they are and the discovery of new relationships that can sometimes mend the pain. 

Both the authors of this book are multitalented in their story telling. This book was emotional, devastating and exquisite and at the same time. The way the authors wrote about Maddie as being a spoiled teenage brat in the beginning but evolved her character through out the story was such a great addition to the story. I loved how overwhelmed Alex was feeling at the beginning of the story as well. She was not the typical widower but she was made to seem real to the reader as she was flawed, self conscious and very good at hiding within herself when she felt uncomfortable. Overall an amazing job by both these authors.

A beautifully told story that deserves your attention. I recommend this read to anyone who loves literary fiction and wants to support some Indie authors that write beautifully!! An enthusiastic five starts from this reader.


About the author:

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 main character in 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.

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