1. Out of the Ashes #2
    Tracie Peterson, Kimberley Woodhouse
    Bethany House / 2018 / Trade Paperback
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  1. BeccaRae
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Loved it!
    September 1, 2019
    BeccaRae
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    One of the perks of jumping into a series after the books have all been released is that you get to read them all right away. I was glad that even though the books are intended to also be able to be read as standalones, many of the characters of the first book were present in this one and I was glad to be revisited by them. Towards the beginning I wasn't sure if I was going to fall into this one as deeply as the first book, but oh boy did it grip my attention once it had it!

    Without sharing the labels this novel touched on some more difficult topics like PTSD and domestic violence. It's safe to say there were some pretty intense emotions that the characters were wrestling with as they desperately sought peace and healing. God wasn't forced upon them but seeds were sown that eventually started to take root and it wasn't until they looked up that things started to improve around them. I appreciated that it wasn't made into a miraculous "I'm a Christian now so all my pain and struggles have disappeared" type of healing. Faith in Jesus restores our relationship with the Father but it doesn't immediately fix all of our earthly struggles. Hedoeswork in us and through us, but there are things he may not heal us from in this lifetime. It reminds me of the passage in 2 Corinthians 12 when Paul asks God for healing from a thorn in his flesh. God's response is"My graceis sufficient for you, for my poweris made perfect in weakness." Whatever his ailment was, his weakness continually reminded him of his need for Christ. Hecouldn't do it all on his own, but he also wasn't meant to. Y'all, I think this is a message we could all use a reminder of every now and then.

    I truly adored the cast of characters in this book. I especially loved the witty banter between them that proved they were more than just co-workers and friends, but a sort of family. Their care and concern for one another was refreshing to see. The growth that was able to happen in them through the fellowship and spiritual encouragement of one another was also a wonderful thing to witness. I already know I'm going to have a difficult time letting these characters go once I finish the next and final book in the series.

    Historical fiction fans? Read this series! I highly recommend it. I will be digging into the next book as soon as I finish this review :)
  2. Robin Willson
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    God's plans are best
    April 5, 2019
    Robin Willson
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    We all seem to know, or know of someone, who has been through a time of hardship and/or sorrow who thinks there could not be a caring God to have let these things happen. What then needs to be learned is that He is there, a caring Father, to see us through it and trust in Him for all of our care. We have to learn that yes we are unworthy, but Jesus took our place and died for us. And that we need to be glad of that and allow ourselves to be set free. To reach out and know that the love is there for us to take. In this story there are two young people who were forced to part, each have their own hardship, but then later come back together. Learning to cope and trust doesn't come easy, but in this place they are guided and taught, letting each love again.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher and NetGalley book review bloggers program. 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 Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  3. Linda Henderson
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    encellent
    February 27, 2019
    Linda Henderson
    this 2nd book was just as great as the 1st and again showing God at work in peoples lives
  4. Kara
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Out ofmthe Ashes
    July 17, 2018
    Kara
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Out of the Ashes, by Tracie Peterson and Kimberly Woodhouse, is the second book in the Heart of Alaska series. Set at the historic Curry Hotel in 1925 Alaska, it tells the story of two people attempting to overcome the violence in their pasts.

    Jean-Michel Langelier accepts an invitation to visit Alaska and the Curry Hotel after the death of his father. Traveling with his sister Collette, he looks forward to reconnecting with his former love, Katherine Demarchis. Katherine, a young widow, travels to the Curry Hotel with her grandmother, who insists it will help her recover from the cruel and dangerous husband she was forced to marry. Both are forced to face their pasts and must decide if they are willing g to allow God to be a part of the future.

    This was a marvelous book. I especially liked Maria Harrison, with her bold attempt at leading her granddaughter through a dark time and into a relationship with God. Of course, Mrs. Johnson remains a lovely character in the series, with her direct and loving ways.

    I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading historical fiction.

    Kara

  5. Anna Mae
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Out of the Ashes by Tracie Peterson and Kimberly Woodhouse
    June 29, 2018
    Anna Mae
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Tracie and Kimberley make a great team! Obvious in their books is the way God works in peoples' lives to bring a good outcome and/or bring them to salvation. They find living for God brings blessing and peace.

    Alaska is awesome and Mt. McKinley (then called Mt. Denali) is majestic and wild and events took place over a century ago made it more fascinating. I love the way they weave true historical facts with fiction making events seem like they actually took place.

    If you enjoy a book that is inspirational as well as entertaining, this tale is for you. Oh yes, and if you haven't read #1 in the series, pick up "In the Shadow of Denali."
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