1. Ascension of Larks
    Ascension of Larks
    Rachel Linden
    Thomas Nelson / 2017 / Trade Paperback
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  1. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Beautiful yet haunting
    August 25, 2017
    Just Commonly
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    ". . . a skylark. Their call was a song for travelers and weary pilgrims, for those who had lost their way or were longing for a place to rest."

    "Wherever you go in life. . . remember I loved you enough to let you go. "

    Complex and engaging, Ascension of Larks by Rachel Linden is a promising debut novel. There's an element of imagery that is somewhat poetic as it was wistfully haunting. A story that dives into the psyche of our characters that readers can't help but be drawn to. Be careful though, you might not like what you read about the characters, but you can be sure it evokes some type of reaction.

    "He kept his vigil through the darkness until he heard the first trill of a lark from the meadow nearby, signaling the dawn. Only then did he rise. . . his job for the day was done."

    Vivid in its language, I was drawn into Maggie's thoughts, and finding along with her what it is that she wants. Ascension of Larks is very much about loss, as it is about finding the answers for hope. It's about ascending beyond that grief to see clearly what there is. I wouldn't call this a Christian fiction, as many areas border on the mystical aspect that many might find uncomfortable. Despite that, I was enthralled with the story early on. Though I did find the end a tad bit rushed to tie up loose ends, I still felt it closed as it should.

    "We can't always live behind a camera, my dear. Life has to be touched and tasted and smelled in all its bloody, messy glory. Remember that. You have to live in the world, not just observe it."

    ". . . a skylark. Their call was a song for travelers and weary pilgrims, for those who had lost their way or were longing for a place to rest."" . . . he gave his life to save yours. That's the biggest gift anyone can give another person. So don't treat it lightly, don't throw it away. If you do, you'll waste the life he gave for you."

    In all, I enjoyed Ascension of Larks for the complexity of its characters, as well as the message of loss, grief and hope.

    Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

    Please note, all quotes are taken from ARC (essentially an uncorrected proof). Please do not share quote or if do, please make note that it is taken from an ARC.
  2. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    Did this story pan out?
    August 23, 2017
    Jamie
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    What to say about this book? All in all it wasnt a bad read, but I didnt connect with it. I would put it down, come back to it, then put it down again. I know part of the reason is Im not a fan of best friends being in love with their best friends husbands and normally I wouldnt pick it up, but since he died in a tragic accident, I was intrigued.

    Outside of not connecting with the characters, there were some things that were introduced a bit too late in the story. If brought about earlier, they could have helped with story connection, character development and arc. I did appreciate learning about the island, the unique lives of the characters, and the children, I just wish I became invested more.

    I do love this cover though and Im also interested to see whats next from Linden.

    While this question has nothing to do with the book, how have yall been? How was your summer?

    (Thank you to BookLook Bloggers for a copy of the book. All views expressed are my own.)
  3. Gastonia, North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Soulful Melody of Life and Death!
    August 22, 2017
    Rebecca Maney
    Gastonia, North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    " . . . .remember I loved you enough to let you go."

    How fitting, and yet how prophetic, because in the end it is Magdalena who learns the value of letting go.

    Flying home from Managua, Nicaragua in response to the trembling voice of her best friend, internationally recognized photographer Maggie Henry cannot fully understand what life will be like for either of them without Marco Firelli. Maggie, Marco and Lena had been inseparable during college, but the unremitting connection between Marco and Maggie was severed the day that he married her best friend.

    Having drowned while trying to rescue a man from a kayaking accident, Marco left his affairs in less than ideal order; internal conflict and financial burdens lurking below the surface, driving his overwhelmed widow into despair. Giving up a golden opportunity to enter a prestigious photography contest, Maggie grapples with the overwhelming need for a miracle, while sacrificing her own aspirations to make sure Marco's family is well tended. How unlikely, that another broken soul with an uncanny knowledge of the tragedy, should turn the tide for Magdalena.

    "Ascension of Larks" plays a soulful melody, dark at times and pleasantly optimistic at others. Beautifully written, the story bleeds for eternal hope, but falls a bit short in the source, for there is only One who promises to be the "resurrection and the life".

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher. The opinions stated are entirely my own.
  4. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Decisions
    August 16, 2017
    Musicgirl66
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    Maggie, a photographer, traveled the world. Marco, an architect, married Maggie's good friend Lena. Together Marco and Lena have three children. A tragedy brings Maggie to San Juan Island. Torn between the only family and hone she has, Maggie must decide whether to stay and help or return to Chicago for the chance of a lifetime. There are several mysteries or secrets involved in this book that kept my interest. the ending leaves hope for the future for all involved.
  5. S D CA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    ASCENSION OF LARKS
    August 16, 2017
    Ellen/oceanside
    S D CA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    ASCENSION OF LARKS by Rachel Linden

    Maggie successful as a photographer, but zero when it comes to relationships, or many friends. Carefree life, enjoying the moment of capturing that perfect picture. Death comes from someone she knew, he moved on and married. Interestingly she goes and helps her other friend Lena, whom he chose to marry. Was it helpful for Lena and children, and about reflexing on what Maggie had in life. Very interesting and readers will this story of relationship and paths chosen in one's life.

    Given book by Thomas Nelson Publisher for my voluntary review and my honest opinion.
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