Tangled Ashes - eBook
Not the greatest of books
I was glad it was a free ebook. It did not keep my interest. In fact it was boring. The only interesting part was the facts about World War II. Would not recommend it.
April 16, 2013
UNUSUAL HISTORICAL SUBJECT! GREAT READ!,
This book is a fantastic historical version reminiscent of the idea Ã¢ÂÂif walls could talkÃ¢ÂÂ. There have been many times I have been in older homes and I wished they could tell their story!
I love the way it is written, alternating between the present day and the historical time period. In modern day time, Becker, a very troubled, angry, alcoholic is more or less tricked by his business partner into going to France and renovating an ancient castle. The owner is a jovial and very wealthy man, Mr. Fallon. His deadline for the main part of the castle is for a party for his pregnant wifeÃ¢ÂÂs 40th birthday. The renovation is extensive and the date set seems almost impossible.
Becker has become bitter and withdrawn throughout the years and is stretched to the limit with the jobs demands, a very nervous French designer he is forced to work with, and FallonÃ¢ÂÂs nanny and two children who spend each day there.
The historical time is in the 1940Ã¢ÂÂs during WW2 and HitlerÃ¢ÂÂs occupation in France at this very castle. Two young girls, Marie and Elise, are hired as housemaids by Heinrich Himmler who used the castle to house the Lebensborn Program. Both Himmler and program actually existed during WW2. I had read about and seen documentaries about this program. It was part of HitlerÃ¢ÂÂs plans for a Ã¢ÂÂperfect raceÃ¢ÂÂ. Young unmarried women became pregnant by German soldiers. They were cared for and pampered by the Third Reich until they delivered their babies. After delivery, they left and their babies stayed to be eventually adopted out to German couples and be raised as NaziÃ¢ÂÂs. Falling in love with a German stableman, Elise is influenced by the propaganda and becomes pregnant by him. After she becomes a resident in the chateau, she begins to realize what she has done and that she will lose her baby. The girlÃ¢ÂÂs lives and the discoveries Becker makes during the renovation being to interconnect.
There are many surprises, twists, and turns in the story. I was never bored, always wanting to read further. I found several spiritual lessons within the story about loyalty, facing our problems with faith, forgiveness, and caring in the face of rejection. This was a great book! It was my first book to read by Ms. Phoenix and I look forward to more. I received this book free from Handlebar Publishing in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade CommissionÃ¢ÂÂs 16 CFR, Part 255
October 31, 2012
A World War II/Contemporary Adventure Thriller
Michele Phoenix in her new book, Ã¢ÂÂTangled AshesÃ¢ÂÂ published by Tyndale House Publishers brings us into the life of Architect Marshall Becker.
From the Back Cover: After invading Lamorlaye, France, Nazi officials donÃ¢ÂÂt hesitate to take over the beautiful Meunier manor as their headquarters, hiring two young Frenchwomen, Marie and Elise, who clean and launder to help supplement their familiesÃ¢ÂÂ meager incomes. But the girls begin to grow suspicious when medical equipment arrives, followed by an influx of pregnant women. As the NazisÃ¢ÂÂ plans for the manor become clear, the girls must decide where their loyalties truly lie.
More than fifty years later . . .
Architect Marshall Becker arrives in Lamorlaye to begin the massive renovation of a Renaissance-era castle. The project that was meant to provide an escape for Becker instead becomes a gripping glimpse into the human drama that unfolded during the Nazi occupation and seems to live on in midnight disturbances and bizarre acts of vandalism.
Becker explores the castleÃ¢ÂÂs shadowy history as he seeks to cope with the demons from his own past. Only Jade, the feisty nanny of the ownerÃ¢ÂÂs children, is willing to stand up to him. But Becker soon discovers that every one of the chÃÂ¢teauÃ¢ÂÂs inhabitants seems to have something to hide and something to protectÃ¢ÂÂand something worth fighting for.
If you read my reviews you know that I like history. And I especially enjoy historical novels that center around World War II, something about the era I suspect. Michele Phoenix has weaved together a story that takes place in 1943 and in 2001. Each chapter alternates between then and now as Marshal Becker goes to France to renovate the exact castle that is the focus in 1943. Ã¢ÂÂTangled AshesÃ¢ÂÂ is a thriller with all kinds of excitement and danger. This is a book about secrets and how the secrets made in 1943 affect the generations now. Also Becker has secrets and they are causing him a great deal of problems. Ms. Phoenix shows us cleverly how God has to expose those secrets to bring about a healing process. Becker is an architect and not only are we rebuilding a decayed castle we are rebuilding lives. Michele Phoenix knows how to weave a captivating story with wonderful characters that breathe. I enjoyed reading this book and recommend it highly.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Handlebar. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade CommissionÃ¢ÂÂs 16 CFR, Part 255: Ã¢ÂÂGuides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.Ã¢ÂÂ
October 30, 2012
A few twists that had me reeling!
I LOVE reading and love getting new books. I strive to read only Christian fiction or other things like parenting books etc. But I wonÃ¢ÂÂt lie. Sometimes finding good Christian fiction can be a real challenge. I was therefore thrilled with Tangled Ashes. It is Christian fiction at its finest, or close to it. While it was a superbly clean book it did not really have much about God or the Bible, but what it did have was action, mystery, romance, drama and a few twists that had my reeling trying to catch up.
October 11, 2012