From Ashes to Honor (First Responders, #1)
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From Ashes to Honor (First Responders #1)

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If he had only answered that last phone call from the World Trade Center . . .

Minutes before two jumbo jets changed U.S. history, New York police officer Austin Finley ignored the call from his brother, who’d been bugging him for days. Trying to live with his one regret causes hatred and bitterness to consume Austin, and when counselor Mercy Samara recommends desk duty, A...more
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Published September 1st 2011 by Abingdon Press (first published August 26th 2011)
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Erin
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Cover Blurb: Minutes before two jumbo jets changed U.S. history, New York police officer Austin Finley ignored the call from his brother, who’d been bugging him for days. Trying to live with his one regret causes hatred and bitterness to consume Austin, and when counselor Mercy Samara recommends desk duty, Austin resigns. Haunted by her own memories of 9/11, Mercy takes a job as a school counselor in...more
Iola
From Ashes to Honor is the story of Austin, a New York cop who lost his twin brother on 9/11, and Mercy, the police psychologist who declared him unfit for police work. They accidentally meet in Baltimore a few years later, having both changed careers, and find that despite their history, there is a mutual attraction. But Austin is a committed Christian, and Mercy is an unbeliever.

This is where the book lost me - I saw why Mercy was interested in Austin, but I never really understood why Austin...more
Kendra
Loree Lough's novel, From Ashes to Honor, is so full of emotion that you will need a box of tissues!! It's so real, so genuine, and so full of truth that you won't be able to put it down. Loree Lough has touched a tender cord where romance and the events of 9/11 are intertwined. The feeling she intermingles into the story is what every person needs to learn.
Cafelilybookreviews
Dr. Mercy Samara, a psychiatrist and NYPD officer Austin Finley, are two people broken and forever changed by the tragedy of September 11th.


The aftermath of that horrible day combined with their grief and loss eventually costs both of them their jobs, and comes pretty close to taking their lives as well.
From Ashes to Honor is an emotional story of guilt, regret, loss, and healing. It is the story of two mentally and emotionally broken people whose paths initially cross because of the horrible...more
Tracey Cramer-Kelly
I was attracted to this book for several reasons.

First, I love main characters who are soldiers and/or EMS-type personnel, and the idea of following “first responders” of the 9/11 crises intrigued me.

Second, since I often create and write the stories of soldiers with PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), I’m logically attracted to characters in that situation, as was the case in this novel. (Austin was on scene during 9/11 and Mercy counseled 9/11 survivors; both carry emotional scars from it.)...more
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
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, Fro...more
Highland-dreamer
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Becky
Hmmmm! I really struggled with this rating. I settled on a 3-star because this book was really not what I expected and I didn’t “love it”. Even after reading the word “romance,” I still expected this to be more about the characters struggles with moving on after their 9/11 experiences and less about the romance.

However, the author did a great job illustrating how the choices we make following our experiences either strengthen or weaken our beliefs. One of the characters actually deserves a 5-sta...more
Desiree
Overall, I really enjoyed the book. It's definitely one that stuck with me, I had a difficult time putting it down. However, there were a couple of things that I didn't like. The ending was very abrupt. I felt like it needed more. I also didn't like how it seemed to jump forward in time, skipping over things. That said, I really enjoyed getting to know the characters. I felt that the author was adept at getting the reader to care about the people in the book. I know I did! I look forward to read...more
Sherry Ledet
Such a very good book. The characters are so really you might think you know them. Austin was a NY police officer on 9-11 who lost his twin in the towers. Mercy was a physicitris hired by the city of NY to help first responders deal with PTSD. They meet again in Baltamore 9 years later and become more then friends, but their past trama's haunt them. The ending was a very big suppirse.
Jeanette
I really did love this story and the author kept you interested in the all of the characters lives throughout. With a personal attachment to what happened on 9/11 in NYC I was really rooting for the two main characters - Dr. Mercy Samara, a psychiatrist, and Austin Finley, a NYPD officer. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is because I didn't like the abrupt ending.
Elizabeth Olmedo
From Ashes to Honor is a story of endurance and of rising from the ruins. Loree Lough delivers characters that are both flawed and loveable. The reader can easily relate with them. She tackles the gritty and age-old quandary of mixed-faith relationships. Lough’s thought-provoking novel forces the reader to examine his/her own priorities and commitments, both to God and others.

The shocking end met me with an astounding sucker punch, happily deflating my pre-conceived notions of the story. I can’t...more
Janet Marie Dowell
I finished today!! What a awesome book! The characters are so life like you feel like you are part of the story! Loree is a master storyteller! You will not want to put it down! I was hooked from the first sentence!
Happy Reading!!
Steven
This book is a heartfelt story that will pull you into a world where events can have powerful consequences down the line. The world changing tragedy of 9/11 put a different spin on everyone’s life. Austin Finley and Mercy Samara find themselves drawn apart and then brought back together, years after when other events blossom to life. Loree Lough is one of those gifted authors who can bring you deep into the hearts and souls of her characters making them become friends in just a few pages. Love c...more
Iris
Loved the book but, did not like how it ended.
Laina
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Rebekah Gyger

I have never liked it when people leave summaries of books in the review because I find that it spoils the story, so I will leave that part out and jump straight to my review.


First why it is not five stars: The middle of the book is a bit slow and hard to read through. A few of the characters repeat the same turn of phrase and use it out of character. I was hoping for some more about the main characters experience in 9/11. And towards the end I found quit a few grammar mistakes which annoyed me

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Kristina Smith
One way I determine if I liked a book is if I want to research the author to see if s/he has written anything else. I felt this way about this book. I immediately searched my Kindle app to see if I'd downloaded other books in this series - and I had! Yaay, me! I have tenuous ties to NYC, but had long moved away before that fateful day in September, 2001. I was blessed and did not lose any close friends, family members, classmates or acquaintances on that day, but have had up-close experience wit...more
Michele
If he had only answered that last phone call from the World Trade Center . . .



Minutes before two jumbo jets changed U.S. history, New York police officer Austin Finley ignored the call from his brother, who’d been bugging him for days. Trying to live with his one regret causes hatred and bitterness to consume Austin, and when counselor Mercy Samara recommends desk duty, Austin resigns. Haunted by her own memories of 9/11, Mercy takes a job as a school counselor in Baltimore. When Austin, now an
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Mary Beth
In spite of many errors and especially missing words, I enjoyed this story, for the most part. One would think a psychiatrist would be better at communication skills, which left me annoyed with Mercy much of the time. The non-ending was also annoying, but I did enjoy Austin's journey to faith after 9/11.
Dena
This is set during and after 9/11. A cop who lost his twin in one of the WTC buildings is dealing with grief, and anger while trying to figure out how to live. Then there is the cop psychologist who is dealing with her own failings but now has to deal with everyone else's issues. How can these two people who live totally separate lives try to be together.

Nothing is ever easy and that is true for this type of story. To live with loss is harder than to be numb. Like with drinking, drugs and just c...more
Grace
Because of anger and fears after the loss of his brother and working as a cop during 9/11 Austin is assigned to see the department psychiatrist. When she declares him unstable and he is assigned to a desk job he leaves NYC and moves to Baltimore. After dealing with deaths of her own Mercy also moves to Baltimore to start her life over and work as a high school guidance counselor. When they bump into each other after seven years will Austin unleash on her the anger he's felt towards her for ruini...more
Hikerdee
May 30, 2012 Hikerdee rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Hikerdee by: free from BN.com
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Lillie
The story of 9/11 survivors, a policeman turned EMT and a psychiatrist turned guidance counselor, touches reader's emotions. In spite of errors (especially missing words), I enjoyed the story until I got to the end, and it just stopped. At first I thought I had accidentally skipped the last few pages and ended up on the review screen in error, but when I went back, the non-ending was still the ending. I have the sequel, so I guess I will get to a real ending then...unless there are more books in...more
Teri Reynolds
I give it 2 stars only because I can't give it 1-1/2. I liked it OK; it kept me turning pages and was fairly well-written, but... The last page, the last few words made me so angry the entire reading experience suddenly became very bitter. I was interested in seeing how these characters reacted in the aftermath of 9/11 and the destruction of their normal world, caused by religious zealots/terrorists. But religious zealots of another sort are glorified, even as they are apparently judgmental and...more
Janie  R.
An amazing story of courage and faith! There was one character that denied faith till' the end of the story. I liked how the author made all the characters come alive,and you got to know them. They all dealt with pain and loss,but managed to survive.
There were these two characters-an older man and his wife,and they always had an optimistic outlook,and a great sense of humor.They always made me laugh,they said the funniest things.
I really enjoyed reading this book(1) and look forward to reading...more
Jennifer
I really wanted to like this book, but found that I could not. There were so many errors that I was constantly distracted from the story. Found myself wondering if anyone proofed the book - lots of sentences that were missing words or had extra words. My main problem was the timeline of events. If you follow the natural progression of events, then the tenth anniversary of 9/11 happened in 2010 (though the date heading says it IS 2011). Otherwise there is a year-and-a-half gap in the story. I fou...more
Amanda Schafer
Ugh! I was actually looking forward to a tribute book, of sorts, regarding 9/11 and the first responders. This dealt with that in a way but the overall story was just blah. Not really a page turner.

Then to get to the ending....yeah. Not nice!! I do NOT like books that end on a bad note like that. There's enough sadness in real life that when I read for pleasure I want a happy ending. What a disappointing book...a disappointing ending...and fairly disappointing writing. :-(
ChrisGA
This is interesting exploration of two people trying to come to grips with the grief and sense of alienation that comes in the face of tragedy and loss. Mercy turns away from God and keeps her hurt inside. Austin found comfort and support in his new-found faith that enabled him to keep moving ahead. Their relationship with each other and God is the meat of the book. The ending was unexpected and too abrupt for me. I couldn't believe the story ended that way.
Kathy
started this book on 9/9/11, it caught my interest immediately with many memories from 9/11. I enjoyed reading about Augtin Finley, a NYPD officer and his tragic story from the day the towers fell and Dr. Mercy Samara, a psychiatrist working with the first responders. Their lives go in different directions then they rediscover each other in Maryland. I would have liked to give this more stars, but it ended so abruptly, i was a bit disappointed....
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