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From the Embers

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This was incredibly compelling from the first page; the kind of book that held my attention from the start and NEVER let go. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. The first pages were explosive and heart-hurting, ripping apart two families in one moment of tragedy. The characters leave their mark on you in such a way that by simply turning the pages, you develop this ache in your chest. It’s a heavy book that gets lighter as it goes on, and I loved the uplifting, heartfelt vibes towards the end.

I’m trying not to give too much away, so let me know if you need trigger warnings, which might spoil the easily spoilable plot. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC before this released, but that meant that I went in completely blind – the blurb was super vague, no one else had reviewed it yet, and I’d only read lighter books by Martinez in the past. Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, charcuterie boards, and her mildly neurotic golden retriever. There were some hilarious moments involving Eason and Bree's children, especially Asher, that had me laughing out loud. Eason and Bree both must learn to live without their spouse and raise their children as single parents.

I have not enjoyed reading anything, I have left books unfinished (unheard of for me), I have gone weeks without reading a single word of any novel.

So, I was wondering if I should keep reading or not, but then I remembered the high average rating and kept reading, waiting for the captivating pick up. Rob, yes Rob, Bree’s “DEAD” ex-husband came back from the dead and kidnapped Luna, Eason’s daughter. When tragedy strikes and they loose their spouses, they only have each other to go on and so they form a united front for the kids even though they’re totally devastated and grieving. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.I would’ve been perfectly happy ending the book with the warm glow I was basking in prior to that moment, but I’ve gotta hand it to the author – I didn’t see it coming. It’s important to mention that as Bree and Eason finally find themselves starting to heal from the fire and Rob and Jessica’s deaths. I went in with a certain expectation, and then the "big reveal" just sapped all the angst//tension//interest from the story. While she does ALL the complaining, she refuses to get a job and or help with the finances that come with raising their daughter. I downloaded this, started reading it last night and didn't stop reading till the book was finished and I freaking LOVED every single word that I inhaled.

Not only that but I feel by totally discussing this authors’ work in bullet points would be demeaning, as she has such great imaginative creativity, I could not do it literal justice. With nothing but determination and a new found bond between them, Eason and Bree decide to pick up the pieces of their lives and try to move forward.

Through the ups and downs of co parenting and running a business and a household all those butterfly feels came out to play as Eason stole the show. The story follows Eason and Bree, two people who have been a part of each other’s lives for years, though neither one would really consider themselves friends. As they take hurting steps towards some kind of normalcy, Aly pours salt on their wounds and the howl that left Bree and Eason tears up the sky.

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