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Will Rise from Ashes

4.60  ·  Rating details ·  25 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Living is more than mere survival.

Young widow AJ Sinclair has persevered through much heartache. Has she met her match when the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, leaving her separated from her youngest son and her brother? Tens of thousands are dead or missing in a swath of massive destruction. She and her nine-year-old autistic son, Will, embark on a risky road
Kindle Edition, 1st, 400 pages
Published April 17th 2019 by The Wild Rose Press
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N.N. Light
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
AJ is a recently widowed woman trying to put her life back together when a super volcano erupts in Yellowstone. Her brother and youngest son are in Yellowstone and she’s unable to determine if they are safe or not. She grabs her autistic son, Will, and makes the journey from Maine to find her loved ones. They meet and team up with Reid, who’s looking for his sister in the aftermath of this horrific natural disaster. As they slowly make the journey together, battling each challenge that comes the ...more
Olga Miret
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I write this review as a member of Rosie’s Book Review Team (authors, if you are looking for reviews, check here), and I freely chose to review an ARC copy of this novel.
This is an ambitious novel. The author has tried to combine a complex set of characters with a gripping plot. AJ, the protagonist of the novel, is a woman in crisis, dealing with grief, having to bring-up two young boys on her own (neither of them the ideal well-behaved easy-child that everybody dreams of, but I suspect do
Sharon M. Peterson
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
AJ Sinclair has been through a difficult year after losing her husband suddenly. After taking her two young sons to Yellowstone, tragedy strikes again when a supervolcano explodes, leaving many dead and AJ separated from her brother and her young son.

With only what her car can carry, she and her 9-year-old son, Will, set out from their home state of Maine to Colorado to track down her missing son. But it's not smooth sailing. While the country is falling apart in the aftermath of the volcano, A
L. Storms
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What's not to love about this book? I like women's fiction, but I particularly like it when it involves more than troubled relationships and Grant tackles women's fiction well. Her main character is a young widowed mother of two, whose heart we feel bleeding on every page. It's a lovely tribute to motherhood, parenting a special needs child, and finding oneself anew. It's a story about how to move into the future by learning to embrace the past. I adored everything about this book. (Particularly ...more
Heather Spitzberg
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I admit I was drawn to the Yellowstone volcanic explosion, but there is so much more to this story. It is not just a disaster/survival story. Nor just a mom struggling with loss story. Nor just a beautiful portrayal of a boy with neurodiversity story. The author blends these elements into a worthwhile read.

One note, don’t expect to jump right into lava and ash, there’s much good story before that of a journey toward the epicenter while most are traveling away that mirrors a mom’s for
Stacey Jackson
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As an avid reader and parent of a child with special needs, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and could not put it down. It's a fabulous fictional story, and it centers on a mother of a child with special needs and her journey, both physically and emotionally. It beautifully captures all the emotions, hopes, fears, and love that a parent has for a child with special needs. The author does an amazing job not only telling a wonderful and creative story but also accurately describing the challenges an ...more
InD'tale Magazine

A fascinating read which lingers in the mind and heart, begging to be reread as soon as it’s finished.

Read full review in the 2019 June issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Complimentary copy of this book was received through Voracious Readers Only

What a great page turner! I really enjoyed the story, the characters and the ending. Might need to stock up on my emergency supplies!!
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was given this book to review by Voracious readers. This story was fantastic. It had me hooked from the very first chapter. I felt like I was on the emotional roller coaster right along with A.J.

I could have used more ended too soon for my liking!
Sayword Eller
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book prior to its publication. A fan of apocalyptic and women's fiction, I was very excited to read Grant's book about a mother in search of her young son following the eruption of America's super volcano. To make her journey more challenging, she must navigate this post-eruption reality with her young autistic son, Will, in tow. Exploring complex issues such as anxiety, depression, mourning, and autism, this book creates rich and vivid characters with compelling storie ...more
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
On the way home from a family holiday at the Yellowstone national park, young widow, AJ Sinclair, leaves her youngest son, Finn, in the care of her brother to travel ahead home with her autistic son, Will. When the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts the very next day, communication falters, and AJ has no way of knowing if her brother and Finn made it out from the massive devastations.
Ever since her husband died in a drink-and-drive accident, AJ has suffered from anxiety and left her own drivi
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First time reading this author and this book is extremely well written. The author takes us on an emotional journey and shows real understanding of parenting an autistic child. A.J. the main female character has been through a lot of heartache and feels so alone as she attempts to move through her grief and raise her children. When a natural disaster occurs it’s the last thing, she needs but ends up being what helps to save her as she embarks on a perilous journey to find her other child. It’s t ...more
Charlotte O'Shay
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is so gripping I hardly know where to begin.
It’s moving women’s fiction, it’s a physical and emotional journey, it’s a love letter to parents with special needs children and the power of mother love in general.
AJ has suffered the loss of her husband and has barely begun to deal with that pain when one of her two sons goes missing along with her brother after a natural disaster that in 2019 seems more probable than not.
The story depicts a woman’s decision to travel with her special n
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was my first-time reading Ms. Grant, and I was delighted with her measured revelation of her characters’ journey through a catastrophic event in what could be our dystopian future.

This is the story of a recently widowed, thirty-something, mom of two boys who is on a quest to locate her younger son––missing with her brother––due to a volcanic eruption in Yellowstone. With man against nature, ash clouds do not mix well with telecommunication systems, aircraft engines or the water supply. She
Christine Grabowski
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: women-fiction
This book was about a mother, AJ, and her nine-year-old son who travel cross-country to find her brother and younger son after a natural disaster. AJ has suffered from depression and anxiety the past year, ever since her husband was killed in an accident leaving her to raise her two children alone. The trip to find her son ended up being a trip to find herself. The writing was beautiful, and the story was filled with well-developed characters. I particularly enjoyed AJ’s relationship with Will, ...more
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-books-read
This book was a bit of a surprise to me. I had not heard of this author, and disaster stories aren’t my usual type of book. The young character with autism first drew my attention, and I’m so glad it did! This is really not a story about natural disasters at all- that is just the vehicle used to get these characters moving, literally. This is really a story of a woman and her journey back from heartbreak. Thank you to Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. What a nic ...more
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’ve just finished Will Rise From Ashes and I found it to be a very satisfying novel on several levels. While the western half of the United States is reeling from a devastating natural disaster, AJ Sinclair, a young widow home in Maine, finds herself separated from her younger son who was with his uncle, very close to the epicenter. Communication is spotty at best and unable to confirm that her brother and son are safe, AJ takes her older autistic son on a mission across the country to find the ...more
Steph Lulofs
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this book during a two week period and it was hard to put down each time! It was full of suspense and emotions that really pulled me and made me want to learn more about the main characters past and how it made her the person that she was. Reading about her journey across the country, learning more about autism and anticipating how the story would end, made Will Rise From Ashes a page turner for me. Jean told a story that was riveting and left me wanting to read more stories about AJ and ...more
Janette Mcmahon
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
ARC copy: A dystopian novel that looks at the aftermath of the eruption of the Yellowstone volcano. As a parent what would you do if one of your children were in the circle of ashfall? This is a parent journey to find a child, coming to terms with loss, and trusting in humanity.
C.J. Zahner
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the second Grant novel I've read. Loved it! Grant writes from the heart when she creates AJ and Will Sinclair. You'll fall in love with them in the first chapter.
When forced out of her comfort zone to travel across the country in search of her second son, AJ Sinclair keeps a watchful eye on nine-year-old autistic son, Will. A widow traveling alone into an area devastated by a volcanic eruption, she struggles to overcome her own fears while pushing forward through ash and chaos to f
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful story. The writing is terrific and it has a nice plot. Not a blood and gore story like so many of the others. I highly recommend it to everyone who just loves reading an entertaining book. I also love the good ending.
Noreen Bennett
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a great book. Fell in love with all the characters especially Will. Gives you a glimpse into what families face when living with children with special needs.
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Jean is a scientist by training with a background in Marine Biology, Microbiology, and Immunology. She currently resides in New England and draws from her interests in history, science, the outdoors, and her family for writing inspiration.

She read some big names early on in the historical romance genre, and was awestruck by Scotland, history, and a bit of the mystical. These stories swept her awa