Oct 12, 2011

From Ashes to Honor by Loree Lough

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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An exceptional story is one that draws the reader right into the lives of the characters. From Ashes to Honor appealed to me from the first page, and I couldn't wait to find out how the relationship between Austin and Mercy would work out (or not).

Mercy's story really drew me in.  Nobody should have to deal with so much pain and loss, but she did her best to keep on going, one step at a time.  Austin had more than his fair share of hard times as well, and their common grief and memories inevitably brought them together.  But their relationship was far from easy.

My biggest regret in reading this book is that I finished the last page, and I wanted the story to continue. I have already jumped into book two in the "First Responder Series" titled Honor Redeemed. I can't wait to find out what happens next in the lives of Mercy and Austin and their friends.

(The publish date for Honor Redeemed is Feb 2012, and I am so glad to have an early ebook review copy!)

Disclosure: Ebook purchased through Amazon. I was not compensated for my thoughts.

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