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Love from the Ashes

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  493 Ratings  ·  47 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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Sep 26, 2010 rated it liked it
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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 wasn't my favorite leading lady. She starts strong but quickly loses her momentum. Her drive dissipates as soon as Nate enters her lif
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
Verana Vacchiano
Oct 08, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 08, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
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.
Sep 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
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.
I wanted to like this book. The set-up is excellent, but the story doesn’t deliver. The tale is set in San Franciso around the massive earthquake. Our heroine’s a spunky, would-be suffragette from a wealthy family. The hero’s an Irish Immigrant making his way in the USA battling the discrimination many Irish faced at the time.

Unfortunately, the story telling is so pedantic I just couldn’t move forward. Too many words – so many colorless descriptions, when I want action. Stilted dialogue. A hero
Feb 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
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
Linda Andrews
Nov 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
May 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Annette Mardis
Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
History melds with a stirring story of forbidden love

Although the book is set in the early 1900s, Grace Wyne has a lot in common with women of a later era. Her independence defies convention, but she's determined to marry for love and not be constrained by her wealthy family's elevated status in society.

Nathaniel Dempsey may be a poor Irish immigrant, but he's rich in dreams and self-confidence. He and Grace are a combustible pair, and it's fun watching them try to deny their obvious attraction
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
Nov 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Nov 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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
Nov 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
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
Feb 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Feb 17, 2014 rated it liked it
A story about two people from different sides of the world and class who find they can't stay away from each other. This is a sweet love story set in the backdrop of one of the most traumatic natural disaster to hit America in modern times. I love that Grace could care less about someones standing in society. Yes she is wealthy but isn't against being seen amongst the real working class. She also wants to learn and have her life matter. She wants to make a difference and she doesn't care if anyo ...more
Apr 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-books
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 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.
Apr 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 07, 2012 rated it liked it
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.
Oct 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
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.
Sibylla Matilde
Mar 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Jan 10, 2012 rated it liked it
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?!?!
Aug 17, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 02, 2012 rated it liked it
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.
Sep 28, 2011 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Also in Nook Archive.
Aug 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: featured-books, star
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.
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.

Cheryl Meyers
Sep 10, 2011 rated it liked it
good read. Great Earthquake in San Francisco and love across the classes.
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