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Out of the Ashes (Ancient Words Series) (Volume 3) Paperback – July 7, 2017
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1. The setting. I really wanted to address this first because it's one of my favorite parts of this series. This is a historical fiction novel set during the Civil War and the settings are in both the North and South which makes the dynamic of the novel really interesting. I loved how the author chose to jump between places and she does such a good job of creating the right kind of atmosphere for each place. And, of course, I love all the descriptions of the pretty dresses.
2. The theme. This book is focused a lot on the differences that inspired the Civil War (if you're not super familiar with US history, it's the time when the northern continental US wanted slavery abolished (think Abraham Lincoln) and the south wanted it to remain in place because much of their local economy (and group thought) relied on it). The differences, set in the different settings, made for such an interesting read. Families are split in half ideologically and somehow have to overcome their differences. The first two books are set during the war but this one takes place after the war has ended, leaving a lot of uncomfortable emotions in it's wake. I never really explored the impacts of the 'end of slavery' so to speak and how uncomfortable and quite honestly, horrible, those first years were for all parties involved. Obviously this sounds like a rather heavy topic (and it is) so the author mixed in quite a bit of romance as well which I thoroughly enjoyed.
3. The romance. As I said above, the romance provides a welcome reprieve from the heaviness of the more serious themes. There are several going on at once and at first, I was having trouble keeping up with them all but it's also been a hot minute since I read the second book in the series. Nevertheless, I enjoyed each of the romances.
4. The characters. I think the author did a rather lovely job with the characters as well. In developing the theme, she had to also increase the complexity of the characters which really made them shine. I was very disappointed in the last book because a certain favorite character of mine didn't make it but overall the book was enjoyable without them.
The Final Verdict:
An adorable novel with splashes of darkness; perfect for reading on a sunny porch.
I got a free copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and given voluntarily
I can't imagine what the slaves endured during this time period. I became so involved in the story that at times I felt tears stream down my face. The living conditions were horrendous at times, but I loved how the characters became involved and helped the people overcome obstacles. There are characters that grip your heart and you find yourself wanting to help them. The element of faith in the book was very well written and danced across the pages with compassion. The author puts just the right words of faith at the perfect time to build the strength of a character to continue through their trials.
Sometimes in a book I will pick out a particular character that really stood out. In this book, I loved each character for different reasons. They were all very vital to the story and each character enhanced the other in ways that were subtle or very emotional. The romance in the book helped to lighten the story up at time when there were heavy emotional things going on that were hard to deal with.
This series has been a pleasure to read. Through pain, loss, forgiveness and compassion the series comes to an end that has impacted my life. I want to thank the author for writing a series about a topic that is emotional and filled with heartache at times. In the end, the series will leave you with a vision of the Civil War and the people who endured so much, but through God's grace , overcame much to survive and move forward with a bright future.
I received a copy of this book from the author. The review is my own opinion.
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