From Ashes to Honor (First Responders #1)
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 ...more
This is where the book lost me - I saw why Mercy was interested in Austin, but I never really understood why Austin ...more
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
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
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
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
The shocking end met me with an astounding sucker punch, happily deflating my pre-conceived notions of the story. I can’t ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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
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
With a long list of industry awards, it isn't likely this prolific author will ever retire...not even to her cozy li'l cabin in the Allegheny ...more