Ascension of Larks by Rachel Linden is a unique story of childhood friends who become lifelong family and face a tragedy that unravels all they have ever known to be true. Marco, Lena, and Maggie meet in college. Marco and Maggie are drawn to each other as artists with great passion to pursue their dreams. Marco and Lena marry and have a family while Maggie travels the world as a well-known photographer. When Maggie hears the news of Marcos sudden, unexpected death, she rushes back to Lena and her children to help pick up the pieces. Ascension of Larks is an exploration of love and what we sometimes have to give up in pursuit of our dreams. It does an amazing job at exploring grief in the adult characters as well as the children. This is a beautifully written book and I cannot wait to read more books from this author. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
The book was well written and had an original story but as for being a Christian book well as for me I would have to disagree. They have characters agreeing with smoking and drinking and then there is the relationship with Maggie and Marco. Then there are other things that happen in the book that just aren't Biblical. You do have a priest in the book though. I received this book from Thomas Nelson.
I was excited to read this new book by a new author set in the San Juan Islands off the Washington Coast. Though I have family living in Washington State, Ive never visited this area.
The first partprobably about the first quarterof the book was hard for me to get through. Authors are told over and over again to show, not tell but that can be taken to an extreme. In Ascension of Larks, Rachel Linden spends so much time describing everything in the first 25% of the book, it bogged the story down for me a bit.
Yes, I get that Maggie is an artist and her attention to detail is what makes her an excellent photographer and its part of her personality to notice these things. And others may enjoy that much detail but it slowed me down a bit.
With that said, it did get better. As Maggie settles into her new reality, the story turns from details about her surroundings to the emotional aspect of what shes experiencing. Personally, drawing me into a characters emotions is what makes a story great.
This book is not an easy book to read. It deals with lossloss of a family member and friend, loss of dreams, and loss of hope. Linden carries readers through Maggies grief process with delicacy while immersing them in the pain and heartache that comes along with it.
A good read overall, but the description of the book (book cover and about the book) are a little off. Everything listed happens but not like the description makes them sound. Both the photography competition and the mysterious man are a much smaller part of the story than I was expecting. And I cant help but think that if we had fewer details at the beginning of the book, we may have ended with Maggies HEA instead of her HFN (happy for now).
Im not sure if this is a standalone book or if well get to visit Maggie again in the future, but I hope so.
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