Jenn’s Audiobook Review: Ashes of Life by Erica Lucke Dean & Laura M. Kolar

Posted April 3, 2016 by jenncobb in Audiobook Review, Books / 0 Comments

Jenn’s Audiobook Review: Ashes of Life by Erica Lucke Dean & Laura M. KolarAshes of Life by Erica Lucke Dean, Laura M. Kolar
Published by LLC on April 28th 2015
Genres: Romance
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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.

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Incredibly emotional story that will hold your heart tightly all the way. I loved it and will definitely have to read it again.

Alex Barett is a beautiful, young woman who just married the man she loves and is expecting their love child. Everything is a pure bliss until one moment changes her happiness to despair. Her husband dies in a car crash and if things could ever be worse than that, David’s ex-wife Sarah was with him in the car and they died together leaving their teen daughter Maddie behind.

David leaves everything to Alex and since Sarah also died with him Maddie is left without a legal guardian and is all alone just like Alex. Heartbroken Alex is suffering enormous pain and wallowing in her sorrow and is now to take care of her late husband’s daughter that can’t stand her at all. Maddie has hated Alex since the first day they got introduced so things doesn’t goes as smoothly for either one of them.

I have never heard of these two authors before and quite frankly I don’t have the best experiences with authors co-writing so I took this book on with huge caution. But I was so pleasantly surprised that their way of writing this story was just the way I like it. I was blown away with the story that might not be the most innovative one but it sure touched my heart deeply and I was really feeling the characters emotion on a very personal level.

I liked the story line, I liked how it was perfectly executed and I only have the words of praises to extend to both authors and the narrator Laurel Schroeder. This was also the first time listening to Laurel narrating a book and it will most definitely not be the last one. She did an excellent work here and made this listening so joyful for me and I connected with characters really well thanks to her.

I can recommend this book whole heartedly and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.




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