- File Size: 2909 KB
- Print Length: 234 pages
- Publisher: E.M. Abel (March 1, 2016)
- Publication Date: March 1, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01A5MPC1O
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #420,948 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Penelope didn’t have the easiest life growing up, but she decided early on to learn from her mother’s mistakes. She decided she wasn’t going to rely on a man or look for love, her greatest purpose was to accomplish her goals first. She wanted the security she never had before, but she wanted that security to come from herself.
The story is told in present tense but there are moments of reflection where we get to see her past. The first is seeing Penelope meet Derek. Derek is a sexy Marine who pursues Penelope with everything he has until she gives in. You see these swoon-worthy moments, but know things didn’t work out as planned. It’s ten years later and Penelope discovers Derek has been cheating on her.
First, there is nothing in the world like cheating. It affects people on so many levels and makes them doubt everything they knew. It affects their self-esteem, self-worth and question the trust they thought they had. Penelope’s failing marriage also reminds her of how she gave up her whole life for Derek. Her whole adult life was dedicated to being what he wanted and in the end, it wasn’t enough.
Seeing Penelope struggle and hurt broke my heart. I completely felt for this woman and as the story progressed grew to love her. As I was reading I was her biggest fan. I loved her perseverance, determination, and fire. I love how she had her moments of sadness and pity, how she mourned the loss of the life she thought she would have, but I really loved seeing her move on. Penelope is one of my favorite characters because it would be easier to give up, but she refused. She is a fighter and I admire that so much in characters and people in general.
Liquid & Ash is so much more than a love story to me. It’s more of a story of loving yourself and being the person you are supposed to be. Love shouldn’t make you give up who you are, true love supports your dreams. I love that Penelope was true to herself and I love that she found what she was looking for, peace.
I cannot recommend this story enough because I think this story is just more. It’s more than a sad story, it’s more than a love story, it’s more than a story about loss. It’s a story that reminds you to be true to yourself, to love without condition and love people where they are. This story is an emotional, gut-wrenching read, but the part that truly blows my mind is how absolutely beautifully it is written. Liquid & Ash is one of my all-time favorite reads!
Liquid & Ash is Penny's journey to finding love and contentment not in another person but within herself. Penny has spent most of her life sacrificing her wants and needs for the wants and needs of others around her. Starting university she was finally hoping to really do something for herself but life seemed to have other plans. Meeting Derek led her to a life she at one time tried her best to avoid. A decade later her choices as a young college student have led her living precisely the opposite life she'd hoped for.
Penny's story starts in the present and it's apparent that her marriage is in shambles. Surrounded by deception and ruined promises, Penny is barely a participant in her own life. Interspersed within Penny's ongoing dilemma is her and Derek's story. Told in flashbacks we get glimpses into their happy lives together as we piece together the destruction of their love story. After all their dirty laundry is aired, Penny is introduced to Brandon. A beautiful but guarded bar tender, the sparks between them are obvious from the start even with the odd beginning to their relationship.
As time progresses Penny begins to pick up the pieces of her life and tries to put herself back together without the help of anyone. She's determined never to have anyone dictate her life again. But making choices for the future are more difficult that she anticipated especially when she finds that there may be more between her and Brandon than she first thought.
I really enjoyed the overall story and its theme of starting over and being strong for yourself and learning that you can do more for yourself than you ever thought possible. Penny's journey seemed real and authentic to me. It was hard reading at times because it was so real but E.M. Abel did a fantastic job of creating the perfect mood. What I found hard to connect to was the relationship between Brandon and Penny. I honestly don't feel like I know Brandon that well and I really didn't feel their connection beyond the obvious sexual attraction until later in the story. I think it would have helped if I could have been in Brandon's head a bit more and have had a bit more of an epilogue. While I may not have been as enraptured with the love story part of this book, I was entirely hooked into Penny's journey and for that, I really enjoyed this book.
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I would of given more stars but I found the ending to hurried and I mean the last two pages.
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