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From Ashes to Honor

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Lives are forever changed that day but healing can begin!

If he had only answered that last phone call from the World Trade Center...

Minutes before two jumbo jets changed U.S. history, NYPD officer Austin Finley ignored the call from his brother. Mercy Samara, who cost Austin his job after 9/11, leaves the city to work as ...
If he had only answered that last phone call from the World Trade Center...

Minutes before two jumbo jets changed U.S. history, NYPD officer Austin Finley ignored the call from his brother. Mercy Samara, who cost Austin his job after 9/11, leaves the city to work as a school counselor in Baltimore. When Mercy and Austin cross paths again, will their common - and painful - memories finally bring them closer or drive them further apart? (excerpt back cover).

In the latest novel from Loree Lough, From Ashes to Honor, works through the lives of Dr. Mercy Samara and former NYPD officer, Austin Finley, who are brought together following the events of 9/11. Mercy is a clinical psychologist whose goal is determine if Austin is fit enough to return to work as a NYPD officer after multiple incidents involving his out of control temper. Despite all his sessions with Mercy, he won't come to terms with what happened that fateful day and how it affecting him in his work and therefore, remains in denial.

Mercy struggling with her own issues involving 9/11 and the fact that most people stereotyped her as another Muslim terrorist following the attacks, while trying to help first responders like Austin deal with the underlying trauma of that day. When she can't sign the release authorizing Austin to return to anything other than desk duty, there paths will take them to new places but will once again intersect.

This time, Austin has turned his talents to becoming an EMT and Mercy has moved to Baltimore to take up something less stressful than working with first responders in the aftermath of 9/11, she now works as a high school guidance counselor. When a football player is injured and the paramedics are called, Mercy and Austin come face to face once more.

I received this book compliments of Abingdon Press for my honest review and couldn't wait to dive into this one once it arrived. This story takes the reader into an emotional ride into the lives of Mercy and Austin but also into the lives of the supporting characters as well, Griff, Flora and Bud, and even the strained relationship with Leo, Mercy's half brother. What we get an opportunity to see is how the rebuilding of what people went through following 9/11 is an ongoing, life changing process that will never be forgotten. It's not something that will ever be forgotten, especially in the lives of Mercy and Austin.

This book is a perfect tribute to those first responders of the 9/11 tragedy that forever changed all of us. It united us all in a common goal, a goal to take care of one another, and see past our differences. This would make a great gift for anyone involved in first response or who loves anything dealing with 9/11. I rate this book a perfect 5 out of 5 stars.

posted by Heart2Heart on August 31, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Needs work

I really liked the story line of this book and I appreciated that it didn't gloss over things too much. However I felt the writing and especially the editing were lacking. Parts of the story were repetitive while others were never explained. The story had such promise, ...
I really liked the story line of this book and I appreciated that it didn't gloss over things too much. However I felt the writing and especially the editing were lacking. Parts of the story were repetitive while others were never explained. The story had such promise, but I feel like the book needed a bit more ploshing and fine tuning.

posted by JulesWrite527 on June 21, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2012

    This book was decent. Not the 'best' book ever, but it was good.

    This book was decent. Not the 'best' book ever, but it was good...Until the ending. Yes, I understand there is a sequel, but the book just stopped. No resolution to anything. One minute Austin is thinking about having to make a tough decision and then the chapter ends and the next chapter is the epilogue that doesn't clear anything up at all. It's almost like the author didn't feel like writing anymore and gave up.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2012

    Great

    Great theme and storyline but the ending sucked

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2012

    Good, quick read

    Easy, light-hearted read. I thought the characters were very like-able. I enjoyed the begginning of the story, but not so much for the ending. It just seemed rushed....could have been a little more detailed?

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2013

    Good story

    Religion, love and struggles with life's stresses. Not thrilled with ending. Not sure if i will continue the series. 285 pages

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 11, 2013

    I loved this book and would have given it 5 stars if the ending

    I loved this book and would have given it 5 stars if the ending would have been different. I understand it's a series, but I would have loved for there to have been a little bit of closure before moving on to the next book. Other than that, I think this was a wonderful book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2013

    ok

    Not great

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2012

    Not a typical story

    I expected this book to be more intense and instead I would say it was a light read. It started out very interesting but about half way in it became boring w/lots of details. The ending was incredibly abrupt...wrapped up in two pages...I don't disagree with the main characters decision but I would have liked more put into the end. This is a Christian Fiction book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2013

    Cloud 9

    She sits*

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 24, 2012

    A read that will touch your heart

    A story of how the 9-1-1 affected those who served in rescue and recover. Of those who attempted to counsel them and how this affected their lives. We are all survivors of this horrible time and although we did not suffer and die, 9-1-1 impacted us in ways that will forever scar us. The write brings home the anguish and suffering of all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2011

    GOOD STORY LINE

    THIS AUTHOR HAS A GOOD STORY LINE AND VERY CAPTIVATING. My only concern is the ending felt like she was pressed for time and just ended it to make the deadline. So be prepared for that disapointment.

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    Posted November 13, 2011

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