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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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  • Posted November 22, 2011

    FIRST IN A GREAT NEW INSPIRATIONAL SERIES - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    Mercy and Austin are two people broken by the horrors of 9-11. But Austin has faith; Mercy doesn't. Austin doesn't believe in happenstance, in coincidence, in fate. But he believes in Mercy. Mercy, on the other hand, has lost her ability to believe in much of anything at all. Together, they try to find their way. The operative word here is 'try'. This ain't your typical romance, and perhaps that's one of the reasons this book worked so well for me. Ms. Lough's writing is seamless, her timing impeccable. Although some say the ending of this book left them 'wanting more', in my view that's exactly what it was supposed to do. I, too, am wanting more and cannot wait until the next book in the First Responders series comes out. This was simply an excellent, excellent book.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 31, 2011

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    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 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.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 25, 2012

    An amazing story of courage and faith. I liked the way the autho

    An amazing story of courage and faith. I liked the way the author made
    the characters come alive,and you got to know them well. There was one
    character who always denied any faith till' the end of the story. They
    all dealt with pain and loss, but managed to survive. There were these
    two characters in the story- an older couple who even, when told that
    the wife had Cancer, they always remained optimistic. They had a great
    sense of humor, that always brighten the atmosphere. They always made me
    laugh,they said the funniest things! I really enjoyed reading this
    book and look forward to book 2- Honor Redeemed, in the First Responders
    series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2013

    Good book!

    Enjoyed this read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2013

    Winter

    Smiles happily.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2012

    A Great Read!

    A very good book.

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