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Publisher's Summary

Married for just three months, Alex Barrett is stunned when her husband, David, dies in a tragic accident. And the absolute last thing the pregnant young widow wants is to take on responsibility for his teenage daughter, Maddie. Reeling from loss, Alex struggles to deal with her grief and her troubled stepdaughter, but one question haunts her: why was David with his ex-wife when he died?
All Maddie Barrett wanted was for her parents to get back together, but an icy road took that dream away. Afterward, Maddie is riddled with guilt that she can't share with anyone. Feeling angry and alone, she lays all the blame on Alex.
Alex and Maddie must find a way to move past their pain - shared, yet separate. Thrown together in an untenable arrangement, they fight through a frozen landscape of sorrow and redemption while redefining love, forgiveness, and family.
©2015 Erica Lucke Dean and Laura M. Kolar (P)2016 Red Adept Publishing, LLC
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4 out of 5 stars
By HR L. on 02-29-16

Life Carries On - Stories of Love

What did you love best about Ashes of Life?

My favorite was Maddie's side of the story, her struggles with grief and navigating a teenage life in general. Another thing I loved was the writing style. The book was well written, uncluttered, enjoyable and easy to follow.

Would you recommend Ashes of Life to your friends? Why or why not?

Definitely yes, to anyone who is a romantic at heart and enjoys romance novels. That would be because to me it's a book of love stories more than anything else.

What does Laurel Schroeder bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Laurel instilled life and uniqueness into each of the characters, making the story come alive. The speed and tone of narration were just right and kept my attention.

Who was the most memorable character of Ashes of Life and why?

The most memorable character was Maddie - one of the two main characters and narrators of the story. Maddie is a teenager who has just suffered a great loss and needs to find a way to deal with the grief, as well as all the changes that the loss has caused. On top of everything she needs to go back to dealing with the tribulations of regular life. I found it impossible to stay indifferent to her suffering even when she was making mistakes. The other character I liked a lot was Alex's best friend Natalie who was warm, quirky and funny.

Any additional comments?

As a romance novel, this book was really good and had everything it needed in just the right amounts.

As a story of grief, however, I found it lacking in depth and seriousness. The story moved too fast, especially for Alex. It felt like she was not allowed enough time to grieve and deal with her losses. She was pushed and hurried both from the outside by the authors and from within the novel by certain characters. It would have helped a lot if the events of the story were spread throughout a longer period of time, perhaps a year or two, rather than just a couple of months.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Carlissa on 05-30-16

Wonderful narration

When I got requested this audiobook from Audiobookblast, it was listed as "Literary Fiction" and the description sounded like something I would like (and I did like most of it), but there was just too much romance for my taste (I'm not a fan of romance novels).

The narrator, Laurel Schroeder, was excellent and this is what kept me going with this book.

I wish to thank the authors, the narrator, and Audiobookblast for the opportunity to listen and review this book.

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