If he had only answered that last phone call from the World Trade Center . . .
Minutes before two jumbo jets changed U.S. history, New York police officer Austin Finley ignored the call from his brother, who’d been bugging him for days. Trying to live with his one regret causes hatred and bitterness to consume Austin, and when counselor Mercy Samara recommends desk duty, Austin resigns. Haunted by her own memories of 9/11, Mercy takes a job as a school counselor in Baltimore. When Austin, now an EMT, responds to an emergency at Mercy’s school, both are stunned and wary.
Finally their common—and painful—memories turn suspicion into friendship, then romance.
But hard questions linger: Can they truly move beyond their past harsh judgments and harsh words? Will their past finally bring them closer or—as the tenth anniversary of 9/11 draws near—drive them farther apart?
About The Author:
Award-winning author Loree Lough lives near Baltimore with her husband. In addition to 79 books in print, five additional titles will be released by year-end 2012. Her articles have appeared in major newspapers and magazines, and she is a regular columnist for Christian Fiction Online. Loree voices opinions on writing at www.theloughdown.blogspot.com and enjoys interviewing fellow authors at http://www.loreelough.com
From Ashes To Honor is the first novel in the upcoming First Responders Series. It is very well written and I feel that Lough did complete justice to such a sensitive subject as 9/11. The characters are engaging, each with very descriptive personalities, and the author does a wonderful job at showing us why each character is the way they are, by bringing up their individual histories. You will laugh, cry and generally feel like you are right in the drama of this book, as it unfolds. I can't wait to see what the rest of the series is like.
BUY IT: You can purchase From Ashes To Honor at your favorite bookseller from Abingdon Press when released in September 2011
***I received a complimentary electronic copy of this book, courtesy of Abingdon Press and NetGalley, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***