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Posted February 27, 2012
All the characters in Fire and Ash are well developed and loveable, and Sadie and Quinn make a great couple. I commend the author for doing such a wonderful job of blending in just the right amount of romance, suspense & inspiration. This one is going in my all time favorites collection!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 31, 2011
Sadie McGregor lost her parents and brother in a fire, and subsequently lived with her uncle's family, Joe and Hannah McGregor, from age seven. It was Joe's influence along with the death of her family that influenced her to become a firefighter.and later a fire investigator. The fire that took her family has haunted her for years and puts her trust in God in jeopardy. In fact, she's bitter and guilt-ridden.
Sadie was called to the Emerald Point, Missouri, fire due to staff coverages. It's also her hometown. The fire scene included a fatality, Larrissa Ingram, a college student from a well-respected family.
Initially misidentified by Police Chief Quinn Harrington at the scene, the sparks of romance hit the Police Chief upon introduction to Sadie. Though strong-willed and opinionated, she is an accurate fire investigator-and that special someone whom Quinn hadn't met since the loss of his wife. However, her first impression of Quinn was that he was a klutz. Sadie's wit and ability to banter back and forth with Quinn makes for a fun read amidst the tragedy.
As a forensics show enthusiast, I found that Anne Patrick, in her book, Fire and Ash, goes into great, minute detail of the fire investigation, that puts you on the scent of a perpetrator. Her unique ability to incorporate multiple plots to throw you off course makes the pages fly by to connect the dots. The suspense builds as Sadie's life is endangered. Someone wants her quieted, but who?
The scenes are what I would expect in a fire investigation-dangerous, thorough and highly accurate. The personal interaction with those involved with the investigation are incorporated well and very real. The suspense and physical danger, along with the smoking romance, add the great touches to this novel to keep you intrigued. Though I found the romance a bit hasty, I am well aware that many people can and do find their life mate in a very short time period.
The relationship between Sadie and her uncle and aunt's family was touching, personal and delightful. Faith and trust in God flow through the pages, but their relationship with Him comes natural in their lives, except for Sadie.
This is definitely a book I'd recommend for those who thrive on mystery and suspense, with a simmering of romance!
This book was provided by Anne Patrick in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was exchanged for my review.
Posted April 18, 2011
Fire and Ash by Anne Patrick published in July 2010 by Desert Breeze Publishing, Inc. is an award-winning inspirational with a message of faith along with suspense that weaves research about fires realistically. Sadie McGregor teams up with Police Chief Quinn Harrington to investigate a fire that took the life of a local college student in her hometown, Emerald Point, Missouri. Sadie lost her own family to a fire when she was only seven and has lived with the guilt of causing it. Now, she sifts through the ashes of her own life and tries to make sense of it, since she believes in God, but she doesn't feel she deserves His love and forgiveness. Quinn hopes his own belief and faith message will help her change her mind, because he knows only God can heal her heart and fill that void, but will it happen in time to save their relationship? From politicians to judges, the community is rocked when Sadie puts her own life on the line to find who murdered the girl and tried to cover it up with a fire. Several young men were interested in Sadie. Can Quinn compete? Can he control his jealousy when it comes to her former boyfriends, especially when one is a rich, handsome politician and one owns a mansion. How can he, a small-town police chief, even compete? Learn about how fires are investigated while you enjoy the twists and turns of this novel and see if you can figure out who the killer is. You might find yourself holding your own breath, but not from smoke and fire. Classic cars are an extra, a bug and a mustang.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 20, 2011
Posted October 13, 2010
It has been a long time since I've read a book where the research has blended in so seamlessly with the story. That's not because other books are badly written, but because this one is so well written. The author has presented technical knowledge about the structure of fires in such a way the reader absorbs it almost without conscious thought as it lends information and depth to the story.
It's no surprise that Sadie McGregor is a conscientious, feisty, loyal and friendly lady. Her yellow VW 'Bug' emphasizes her unique personality, her individuality. The reason for her choice of career as a fire inspector soon becomes clear as the author adds more and darker layers to her heroine. And when she returns to her home-town to unearth the mystery of a fatal fire she is surrounded by many friends pleased to see her, or are they?
Police Chief Quinn Harrington can't believe his eyes the first time he sees Sadie at the fire site. And his confusion deepens the more he gets to know her. While he works beside her to unravel the facts surrounding the fatality he discovers he's got to face a few of his own demons. And one of them is Sadie's disenchantment with God. Will the God, who has seen him through some dark times, answer his prayer that Sadie will, once more turn to God for strength and celebration?
There are plenty of secondary characters who all have their part to play in revealing the plot. Their parts may vary in duration, but each one is fully formed and three-dimensional.
Almost every emotion imaginable is depicted in this story, and as the flowering relationship between Sadie and Quinn blossoms into love evil is stalking them everywhere they go.
This is a beautiful, yet hard-hitting story, fluently written, presenting characters you fall in love with, and ensures you'll keep it on your shelf permanently and re-read often, which is why I have given it a Best Book rating.
Originally posted at The Long And Short of It Romance Reviews
Posted August 22, 2010
Fire Investigator Sadie McGregor is called to her hometown of Emerald Point, Missouri to investigate a suspicious fire which claimed the life of a local college student. By appearance the fire looks accidental. What Sadie and the handsome new police chief discover will not only affect those close to them, but will rock the entire community and may cost one of them their life.
Ms Patrick has done it again!!! I was completely blown away by this book. It's original, well-written, with the perfect blend of romance and suspense. Sadie and Quinn are the perfect characters! I loved getting to know them and Sadie's family, the McGregor's. Not only will Fire and Ash keep you on the edge of your seat, it is guaranteed to tug at your heart strings. Ms Patrick's has a unique writing style that I absolutely love! She is able to draw you in with characters that are well developed, with plot lines that are sure to keep you turning the pages, and ending that will undoubtedly drive you to pick up more of her books.
Posted December 6, 2011
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Posted May 17, 2011
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