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Friday, September 2, 2011

From Ashes to Honor


Kindle version available here


Dr. Mercy Samara, a psychiatrist and NYPD officer Austin Finley, are two people broken and forever changed by the tragedy of September 11th.  

The aftermath of that horrible day combined with their grief and loss eventually costs both of them their jobs, and comes pretty close to taking their lives as well.
 
From Ashes to Honor is an emotional story of guilt, regret, loss, and healing.  It is the story of two mentally and emotionally broken people whose paths initially cross because of the horrible tragedy.   When Austin and Mercy meet up again, they are pursuing different careers but discover a spark and attraction to each other that wasn’t there before.  Finding a common bond in their grief and memories, they begin to explore the possibility of a deeper relationship this time around that quickly goes beyond the boundaries of friendship.

I have to say that Loree totally caught me off guard with the ending of this book!
 
First in the brand new “First Responders Series”, From Ashes to Honor coincides with the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
 
I have added Loree to my list of favorite authors for many reasons but the one that touched my heart the most is that Loree has committed to give 25% of her proceeds from these books to several very worthy organizations (Soldiers' Angels, Special Operations Warrior Foundation, Wounded Warriors, etc.). 

When you purchase Loree’s books, you are also benefiting worthwhile organizations that help those who are going through personal tragedies of their own.  You can read more about Loree’s giving here:  http://www.loreelough.com/rescue.html
 
In a recent interview Loree stated that in every one of her stories, a main character is a strong Christian while the other has fallen away or doesn’t believe in God at all.   Using this as a springboard, Loree weaves faith, trust and spiritual growth into every plot she writes.   While the message of faith is clear, her books aren’t overly “preachy”.    Her characters are real, vulnerable and flawed and have many challenges to overcome.

I enjoyed this book very much and am looking forward to reading more in this series.

Many thanks to Abingdon Press for providing a review copy of this book.

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From The Back of the Book:
If he had only answered that last phone call from the World Trade Center . . .

Minutes before two jumbo jets changed U.S. history, New York police officer Austin Finley ignored the call from his brother, who’d been bugging him for days. Trying to live with his one regret causes hatred and bitterness to consume Austin, and when counselor Mercy Samara recommends desk duty, Austin resigns. Haunted by her own memories of 9/11, Mercy takes a job as a school counselor in Baltimore. When Austin, now an EMT, responds to an emergency at Mercy’s school, both are stunned and wary.
Finally their common—and painful—memories turn suspicion into friendship, then romance. But hard questions linger: Can they truly move beyond their past harsh judgments and harsh words? Will their past finally bring them closer or—as the tenth anniversary of 9/11 draws near—drive them farther apart?

 

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