Attorney Landon Kingsley never fails to meet expectations or fulfill responsibilities, living a well-ordered life in his hometown of Kingsport, Tennessee. Recently engaged to the beautiful nursing student, April May, Landon's new fiancée is everything he could want in a wife. She is devoted to her faith and family and truly loves him.
April's cousin, Ella Casey, has returned to Kingsport after ten years of pursuing stardom as a country music singer in Nashville. Ella's failed career and affair with a married music producer scandalizes her in the eyes of the town, but her legal troubles drive her to Landon for help. Landon finds himself increasingly attracted to Ella and more discontent than ever with the path he has chosen for his life. Amid a firestorm of family and town gossip, Landon is tormented by his past and the complicated decision of whether to listen to God's voice or follow his own desires.
A retelling of Edith Wharton's classic novel The Age of Innocence, Song from the Ashes explores the struggle with contentment in marriage and the dilemma between striving for personal happiness versus acceptance of God's perfect plan.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Song From The Ashes is a compelling story about one man's struggle with the dilemma to do the right thing, when he is faced with choices in his life. Author Megan Whitson Lee weaves a wonderful modern adaptation of the classic Edith Wharton novel, The Age of Innocence. Set in Kingston, Tennessee, the reader follows the riveting story of thirty-seven year old attorney Landon Kingsley, who marries twenty-five year old April May. It is a marriage that is seen as ideal by their families and local townspeople. Landon had a checkered past filled with chasing many women, but after he finds his faith, he turns a new leaf and meets April, a wonderful Christian girl who has all the qualities that he is looking for in a wife. Just when Landon has chosen April to be his bride, April's thirty-five year old cousin Ella Casey returns home after her country music career in Nashville has failed, and Landon finds himself unexpectedly attracted to Ella. Landon struggles with the dilemma to stay in his marriage to April or leave for a chance to be with Ella. Temptation, responsibility, and faith play a huge role in what happens between Landon, April, and Ella ... but a heartbreaking twist and life's hardest challenge is the deciding factor that will change everything in their lives. Song From The Ashes is a powerful story that delves into the depth of faith and the struggle to make the right choices and decisions in life. Author Megan Whitson Lee weaves a tale that takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster ride as Landon, April, and Ella's story unfolds. You can't help but feel compassion and understanding for the dilemmas that the characters find themselves in. Life has a way of making a person face the challenges in their life, and find the strength and faith to make the right decisions. In Song From The Ashes, the author weaves a seamless tale that flows smoothly and intertwines the perspectives of all three characters into a captivating story that is both heart wrenching and redemptive.
I have to admit that I was a little worried about reading this book at first given that the main characters have a strong Christian faith, which is quite important to the plot. I am not remotely religious yet I found this book a compelling read. It is in essence the story of a man who is torn between what he should do and what he wants to do. A battle between the head and the heart. A story of desire, betrayal and guilt. Landon, the main character in the book has finally turned his life around. He has given up his womanising ways and has found a sense of belonging within his local church. He has met a lovely, albeit younger girl called April and knows that the time is right to propose and finally settle down. However, he feels that all decisions about his and April's future are being driven by others and he has little say in his wedding plans or indeed his future life. His life is no longer in his control. Throw into the mix a beautiful and enchanting singer named Ella who also happens to be the cousin of his fiancee. Landon knows that he should walk away from Ella who is a free spirit and all that she represents but finds it increasingly difficult. I really liked this book and initially I felt April to be a woman who needed to have a bit more of a back-bone but I could not have been more wrong about a character as she eventually evolves into a strong and smart woman. There are a couple of surprising outcomes for the central characters that I did not envisage. I'd recommend this book. (JB JOHNSTON FROM BROOK COTTAGE BOOKS)
Very interesting book with a twist at the end.