Through Fire (a Portland, ME, novel, #3)

Through Fire (a Portland, ME, novel, #3)

by Freya Barker

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BN ID: 2940152854688
Publisher: Freya Barker
Publication date: 07/19/2016
Series: a Portland, ME, novel , #3
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 392,517
File size: 491 KB

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Through Fire (a Portland, ME, novel, #3) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous 18 days ago
Ruby is a former prostitute on the run. After spending six months in a safe house she has got a job at a bar called The Skipper and has moved into an apartment owned by one of her colleagues. Tim is a regular at the bar and a friend of Viv's husband Ike. He barely even registers Ruby until one day she is left in charge of the kitchen (despite not being able to cook) and he comes to her rescue. As the truth about Ruby's past and the murder she witnessed come to light it isn't only Ruby that is put in danger. This reminded me very much of Scarlett Cole's writing, albeit with more mature (older) characters. Ruby's past is horrific and I can't even comprehend how such things can happen in real life (although I know they do), she fears for her life and has no-one to turn to. Yet the family she makes at The Skipper help her to start making a life, a life that could even include love. Yet another winner from Freya Barker.
belllla More than 1 year ago
3.5stars Through Fire is my first book in these series and I must say I had a hard time to finish these book. The whole story just didn’t speak to me. I don’t know other characters or their story from before. The story is about abuse and other sensitive subject that was hard to read. I didn’t like the characters much but they were well developed. The attraction between Tim and Ruby worked and they had good solid relationship. The end was beautiful and they deserved their HEA after all that they were trough. Although in all interesting story I have read worst. *ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Bouscher99 More than 1 year ago
I’ve loved all the stories that this author writes and the plot in this one is right on par but, for some reason, it just didn’t hold my attention very well. There isn’t anything that I would say I don’t like but I can’t pinpoint anything that I absolutely love either. The writing is great, the characters are likeable and the plot is solid but I found myself skimming. As with the other books in the Portland, ME series, this one is raw and real. Ruby’s life has been a nightmare for about 30 years. When she ends up at The Skipper, she wasn’t expecting to find a family to go along with the job. And she definitely didn’t count on finding Tim but when he decides he wants something, he’s persistent until he succeeds. Tim and Ruby battle the demons that follow her to Portland together and they develop a solid, loving relationship but honestly, I didn’t feel this one as much as I did the relationships in the first 2 books of the series. This author has spoiled me with all the feels in her stories but the only feels I got with this one were toward the end of the book, which will definitely make you feel all warm and fuzzy. Not my favorite of the series but I still look forward to seeing what Barker has up her sleeve next.
MaryJoMI More than 1 year ago
What would you do if your hope was taken away? How would you survive? Ruby is a survivor and for 20+ years found herself living in hell. When the opportunity presents itself to finally get away, she runs. She is working to build a new life, taken in by Pam at a shelter. With Pam’s guidance she gets a job at a local pub and the owner, Viv, rents her an apartment. For the first time in her life she is able to make her own decisions yet, she still lives with a fear that they will come for her. Tim is captivated by Ruby when she starts at the pub but he works to ignore her. When one night she is operating the kitchen and struggling, Tim steps in to help cook and a friendship is born. Will Tim be able to break through Ruby’s fear and find something more than friendship? When the men Ruby is running from return, will Tim be able to help. This is a true journey of survival, finding a way to overcome the worst circumstances and finding the strength to build something new. I loved the slow build to this romance. Tim is a wonderful guy and he sees so much joy in Ruby while realizing she carries so much hurt and fear. We also get to experience an incredible cast of supporting characters as Ruby faces her greatest fears but realizing she is no longer alone. Truly a great read that had me on the full roller-coaster of emotions.
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
Favorite Quotes: Whatever shape or size you come in doesn’t change all the beauty that’s you. Sometimes I don’t like Pam, particularly when her arguments start to make sense. But most of the time I appreciate her brutal honesty – I just prefer it directed at someone else. I will spend the rest of my life erasing every single mark, every single touch, every single gaze any other man has ever left on you, until all you can remember is me. …the strongest bonds are forged by fire. You have my heart, Ruby, and I’d gladly walk through the fires of hell, if it meant I could walk with you. My Review: Freya Barker excels at writing compelling, relevant, and life-affirming stories that give me pause while also summoning a desire to hold my loved ones close, give thanks for what I have, and to let go of the nominal complaints of my daily life. Her emotive and thoughtful stories have never failed to squeeze my cold heart or remind me that there are far worse things occurring in this world than my petty nonsense. Through Fire, like all her other works, was expertly crafted, well plotted and detailed, deeply moving, highly intriguing, and totally consuming. Ms. Barker has a special gift for providing endearingly flawed characters that feel inadequate and weak in themselves, yet are undeniably strong in that they were capable of coming out of the worst types of devastation and tragedy that would have ruined even the best of us. In addition to that awe-inspiring ability, she also magically conjures the perfect swoon-worthy partner to support, heal, and complete their recovery and transformation from fractured to whole. And along the way – she tosses in lots of sensual sizzle, a tender romance, and a bickering pair or two for periodic comedic relief. Impressive and highly addicting – to say the least!
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Wow! Intense, emotional and at times heartbreaking this is a book you will not be able to put down once you pick it up. I should also add that it is heartwarming and provides some smiles in spite of dealing with a disturbing issue the world needs to address – seeing it through Ruby’s eyes is difficult but definitely worth doing. The Skipper is a pub that has seen at least three women in need come through the doors – and – it has managed to provide support, friendship and love while seeing these women through difficult times. In this book Ruby Soto, an employee that came to her job through a women’s shelter, finds herself trying to handle the kitchen without the skill set to do so. Tim Veldman steps in to help out and as he does so sees Ruby in a new light. With an offer to teach her to cook, something she mentions she has always wanted to learn how to do, the basis for a friendship is laid. Ruby’s past must be dealt with before she can be truly free. And, with 30 of her 44 years on earth horrific and out of her control that is not an easy task to accomplish. It requires the support of Tim, his brother, the FBI, Pam from the shelter and those she works with at the pub. I loved the Veldman family dynamics – the parents of Tim and Mark were oh so special! Tim and his brother, Mark, were keepers and had their own set of difficulties to contend with. Ruby was a survivor with so much to give in spite of all she has endured. The Skipper team is one that I want to hear more about and hope that Dino and Matt will get stories, too. The plot at times was a bit predictable and I have doubts that the Nina subplot is realistic but otherwise this was brilliant. Thank you to NetGalley and the author for the copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. 4.5 Stars
MBurton More than 1 year ago
Beautiful. That's the one word that immediately comes to mind everytime I finish a Freya Barker novel. I have never read an author who writes about the abuse woman suffer in such a real and raw way and still be so beautifully written. I usually steer clear of tragic stories. I much prefer the fun and happy love stories. There are few authors that I change that rule for and Freya Barker is on the top of that list. I dive head first at any opportunity to read her stories knowing she will make me cry and want to fight for the injustice of the evil these women endure in their lives. I don't know how she does it, but I feel so much lighter after reading one of her books. She takes these tragic lives and has them fight their way to the top and gives them the Hero they deserve that replaces all the pain they had to endure. I honestly can't say enough about her books. ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.