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From Ashes to Honor (First Responders #1)

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SOON TO BE AN AUDIO BOOK @ AUDIBLE! (NOTE: INCORRECTLY LISTED AS CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE; IT'S MAINSTREAM FICTION. :-) )

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 h
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Kindle Edition, 338 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Abingdon Press (first published August 26th 2011)
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Erin
Apr 02, 2016 Erin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: inspired-fiction
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 Baltimore. When Austin, now an EMT, responds to an emergency at Mercy’s school, both are stunned ...more
Iola
Jan 24, 2012 Iola rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kendra
Apr 20, 2012 Kendra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gifted, loree-lough
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
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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.)
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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
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Highland-dreamer
Mar 08, 2013 Highland-dreamer rated it did not like it
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Becky
Jun 26, 2012 Becky rated it liked it
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
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Desiree
Jan 15, 2012 Desiree rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 30, 2011 Sherry Ledet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 05, 2011 Jeanette rated it really liked it
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
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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
May 12, 2014 Steven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 08, 2012 Iris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved the book but, did not like how it ended.
Trea
I waited a day to post my review of this, while I read a bit in one of the author's other works: Love Finds You in Folly Beach, South Carolina, because I felt that my dislike of this book was a fluke. Sadly, this is not the case.

I felt that it was totally implausible for the two main characters to fall in love, because of Austin's intense hatred for anyone he deemed associated with the 9/11 attacks. I, therefore, also didn't buy the ending where they wind up together, due to a hasty acceptance o
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Laina
Feb 16, 2013 Laina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Feb 17, 2013 Michele rated it really liked it
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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Keisha
Aug 28, 2015 Keisha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
OK so...Loree writes a good story in this book but I am disappointed with the way it ended....SPOILER!!!!!
OK I thought it was a love story...if it was why didn't they wind up together.....and yes I do think he did the right thing about not marrying her with her not being a Christian....but I wondered why Loree didn't write it with the woman getting saved.....it was wrote good I laughed and cryed it was a good story I am just disappointed with the way it ened
Alana
Feb 01, 2015 Alana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book until the end. It bothers me to write that because I enjoyed the author's writing style and thought the plot was engaging. As a first responder, I was drawn to the story line. However, the ending threw the whole book out of context. I don't want to spoil the experience for other readers, but if the ending of a book is extremely important to you, you might not enjoy this ending.
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.
Rebecca
Aug 15, 2015 Rebecca rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Most of the book was very good, but the ending was horrible, and it really made me feel as though I had wasted my time reading the book. This is the second book by Loree Lough that was like this, so I am likely going to avoid this author in the future.
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
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Tammy Cable
Jul 17, 2015 Tammy Cable rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the 100th book Ive read this year and without a doubt it is not only the best one I've read this year but the best I've read in 10 years! Never have I read a book that has shown true love or greater faith in all my reading!
Daniel
Dec 28, 2015 Daniel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Awful, just awful. Mercy doesn't get it, and Austin doesn't realize that even if the love of his life doesn't share the love he has for his Savior, she can still be his soul mate and who knows how that would have ended.
Grace
Sep 27, 2013 Grace rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
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
Dee Renee  Chesnut
May 30, 2012 Dee Renee Chesnut rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dee Renee by: free from BN.com
Shelves: ebooks, 2012
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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
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