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Ashes of Waterloo Paperback – August 12, 2015
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Ashes of Waterloo is an awesome book, filled with historical information, and an outstanding cast of characters, major and minor both. This is the first time I have read anything by Olivia Andem, and honestly I did not know if I would be able to read it as the first two pages were filled with an extensive cast of characters and I was afraid it would be too much to keep track of. I was wrong! I started the book and could not put it down and I read it through the night, it was that good!
From the very first page I became engrossed in the story, when Lisette the main character is checking over her step father's property to make sure everything is in order, while awaiting the family's return. She is the eldest daughter of her mother and her brother Henri is the oldest son, however he does not live at home anymore, just comes and goes. Lisette on the other hand still lives at home and is in charge of a vast amount of work daily, including the care for her 4 younger siblings. On this day, she is going to her family cottage when a french soldier rides up into her yard, and he has no good intentions on his mind, he attempts to rape Lisette but at the last moment her brother Henri and his friend Andrew rides into the yard with his friend and puts a stop to it. Lisette had scratched the man's face with a sword, so he was forever marked from it and he vowed revenge as he rode out of the yard, after being beaten by her brother. When her Mom and stepfather come home and she attempts to explain, her stepfather told her they must leave for good, she and Henri, and never come back.Read more ›
*Received for an honest review from the publisher via Net Gallery*
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
“In silent harmony, they strolled over the hallowed ground in silence, glancing at one another often, reliving the fateful hours they spent here.”
Olivia Andem delightfully constructed a plot of a fictional romance engulfed in a historical war that will prove timeless on the shelf, next to the likes of “Les Miserables”. Andem provided a strong female role of Lisette whom has risen from the ashes many times over, refusing to give up and fight for the future she knows she deserves.
**** 4 Stars
Ashes of Waterloo
by Olivia Andem
Published August 2015 by Manor Gate Press
Genre: Fiction, History, Modern Literature
*Disclaimer: This eBook was received from San Francisco Book Review and Manor Gate Press for an honest review. The review was originally published in the December 2015 issue of San Francisco Book Review.