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Love from the Ashes

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  380 ratings  ·  44 reviews
During the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire, privileged Grace Wyne and Irish immigrant Nathaniel Dempsey fall in love. They seek a new life together, but society, her family, and nature itself, wage war against them. Their forbidden love is a sure formula for disaster.
Published September 2010 by Smashwords (first published 2000)
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Agnew doesn’t have a firm grasp on historic fiction but she knows how to write a love scene. Perhaps I am still reeling from The Captive Queen but I felt the incident in the library was beautifully executed even if it did bear a certain resemblance to Atonement.

Grace is another story entirely. She starts strong but quickly loses her momentum. Her drive dissipates as soon as Nate enters her life. Grace
The year is 1906. Grace Wyne is determined to marry for love, and not for money and social position and she leaves her mother and Denver behind to spend time with her father and step-mother in San Francisco. Grace meets Irish immigrant Nathaniel (Nate) Dempsey when he applies for the job as her father's chauffeur and the two can barely keep their eyes (let alone their hands) off of each other. Surprisingly for the daughter of a wealthy Nob Hill businessman and a Denver socialite, Grace has almos ...more
Tara Chevrestt
I made it to the 50% point and realized that except for a bottle throwing episode and a barroom brawl, nothing of interest had happened. This chick is supposed to be a Suffragette and whereas she attends a few meetings, there is no real detail whatsoever about the Suffragettes or their meetings or cause. Grace shows up for the meeting on one page and by the next page, the meeting is over and she has spent the entire time thinking of her father's chaffeur and his taut muscles beneath his shirt an ...more
Verana Vacchiano
For a free ebook it was better than expected but still pretty yawn-worthy and cringey. A good 80 percent of the book was boring, even the sexualized moments between whatsherface and whatshisface. The only interesting parts were when the earthquake happened and destruction was abundant. Even with this I feel the panic of the earthquake could have been better written, and maybe the book would have grabbed at my emotional heartstrings if someone died. The romance between the lead characters is bori ...more
Gator Girl
just started...and this was one of those "freebies" from an ebook site. "OK" so far....just the heroine's reaction the first time she sees the hero is such a romance novel cliche: his gaze and his voice makes her "tingle" in the region south of her navel? (eye roll)

p.s. I like the paperback version's cover better.

P.S.S I just can't do it. Couldn't finish it. I lost count on how many times I rolled my eyes at the stupid cliches and the dialogue.
Despite the book's title and description, this book is about love formed before and around the time of the San Francisco fire, not after. The only thing that comes from the ashes is a destruction of socioeconomic prejudice that allows the characters to marry. This book would have been better without the sex.
Linda Andrews
After refusing yet another marriage proposal, Denver socialite Grace Wyne finds herself cast out of her mother's house and shuttled to her father's Nob Hill mansion in San Francisco. She's ecstatic at the turn of events, believing her father will understand her need for a marriage based on love. He does, but that doesn't mean he supports her suffragist endeavors.

After loosing most of his family to a house fire, Irish immigrant Nate Dempsey left his homeland to make his fortune in America. Althou
Angela Oliver
This is one of those "guilty pleasure" books. The ones that whilst they are not exactly the best written, and whilst the characters could have been better developed, you cannot help find yourself immersed in and enjoying. I was reading it more for the earthquake than the romance, however, and the fact that the earthquake did not occur until about 3/4s of the way through the story was a bit disappointing, but I did find that last bit rather gripping, although more could have been made of the trag ...more
4 Stars ~ When Grace's father divorced her mother and wed again, he moved to San Francisco leaving Grace with her mother in Denver. She's from a well to-do family and her mother pressures her to marry. But Grace had vowed that she'd only marry for love and so she repeatedly turns down her suitors. Feeling smothered by her mother's demands for her to marry Grace decides it's time for her to join her father in San Francisco. Nate's newly immigrated from Ireland and has been hired as a chauffeur fo ...more
It so depressing with good ending. Two people wanted to be free from a parent prejudiced upbringing background against a poor Irish man who fell in love to a wealthy Irish descent woman.

Nathaniel Dempsey will prove to Grace Wyne's parents that he's not after their fortune, but only wanted Grace's love. When a massive earthquake happened in San Francisco everything was wiped out including Mr. Alistair Wayne's mansion due to a huge fire descended upon after the terrible earthquake, and turned ever
Boring drab picture of pre-earthquake SF. Plot summary: Handsome men line up to propose to a beautiful rich girl, who instead gets the hots for a servant.

It was okay for a free book (kindle version). The "Irish" brogue was not believable and given that my partner is from Dublin I would know. Dialogue was silly. The girl and her stepmother were politically enlightened for no particular reason other than to give them a reason to leave the house while requiring an escort. Sex scenes were unbelieva
I enjoyed this story except for one thing that really ruined the whole book for me. I may be wrong, because no one else has mentioned this, but it seems like we lost a day somewhere. The party was April 16. She was dressed in her party dress when she went to see Nate, and just in case it was a different party, she referred to the night's events when she spoke to Nate. But then we magically jump to the morning of April 18 and the earthquake. Um, where did the 17th go? It's a stupid thing to ruin ...more
Shannon Adamson
Holy crap! I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!! I could not put it down all day, and the house showed for it. I am not really into historical romances much, but this one had my attention from the beginning. Probably because this took place during the San Francisco earthquake/fire of 1906, which really happened. And I believe the "social structure" that took place during the book really happened back then.

Man, nothing screams HOT male like an Irish male. Makes me want to visit Ireland, thank goodness my name i
The book was interesting but at the time I feel that I was too distracted to really give it a good review. I had to put it down and pick it up again too often. So please, if the note below gotten from Good Reads describing the book sounds interesting to you, get the book for your kindle too.

During the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire, privileged Grace Wyne and Irish immigrant Nathaniel Dempsey fall in love. They seek a new life together, but society, her family, and nature itself, wage war
An excellent historical romance centering around the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Grace is a rich man's daughter living in a huge house on Nob Hill. Nate is her father's Irish immigrant chauffeur. In the months leading up to the quake they find themselves falling into a forbidden love.
The story culminates in the days following the quake with a short epilogue taking place one year later.
A wonderful story.
I liked the setting. Turn of the century stories are so fun! The world was on the cusp of so many amazing technological and medical advancements but it was still very innocent. San Francisco is a city that is top of my bucket list. And, honestly, who can resist a man described as black Irish?!?!
Sibylla Matilde
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I love that this is set around San Francisco's 1906 earthquake! Cute story, illustrating an interesting part of American history: the suffragette movement as well as the start of the breaking down of the class system. I really enjoyed reading this one.
I liked the story and historical context. I gave it fewer stars becuase it focused on and was more explicit for my taste.

Lesson learned - next time I'll read a new authors bio before - if I had I would have skipped this book.
A sweet romance set in the early 1900's. While the story was well written I personally didn't find it very gripping. While I normally devour a book in a couple evenings this was more of a relaxing read that I finished over a couple weeks.
Okay for a romance novel. I'm still trying to get used to reading these "things". Love more of the murder mystery novels, so this is a huge change. Found that I had a tough time putting it down though.

Liked it.
Sweet romance between two individuals who were not of the same
class. I wish a little more history had been included,
but since this was also a romance, I guess it was okay.

If I could give this book 3 1/2 stars I would. I loved the story and the setting, but it was just a little slow paced. Overall enjoyable read. I look forward to reading more from her. :)
Jim Perry
Thought this was an historical novel about the San Francisco earthquake. Well, it was mostly a romance mistake...the earthquake was only a small part of it.
Two-haiku review:

She's rich, progressive
Falls for poor Irish chauffeur
San Francisco quake

I skimmed some of it
Too long to get to action
And repetitious
I couldn't stop laughing through this book, I really enjoy reading Love from the Ashes and frequently re-read it for the smile it puts on my face.
Jan 05, 2012 ~*Ro*~ rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
If I had actually paid money for this I am sure I would be more harsh with this review. It was nothing more than a 600+ page Harliquin.
This was a free kindle book. It was a good historical/trashy romance set around the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.
I really enjoyed this book.. it really talked about the fires that destroyed California during the early 1900's.
Liked both Heroine and Hero, High anticipation of relationship, 1906 San Francisco Earthquake.
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