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Out of the Ashes Paperback – March 18, 2012
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2013 EPIC Award Winner for Best Paranormal Romance
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This time, David is a spy for the American army, and Sera is an archaeologist working in the ruins of Pompeii during WWII. As his cover, David is posing as an Italian laborer who goes to work on Sera's team. There's plenty of room for conflict when Sera reveals she hates Americans (not knowing David is one), and David has to fight to keep his secret while their relationship grows.
Out of the Ashes is an emotional story that tugs at the heart. Bumbling angels Herschel and Marsha provide fun touches of comic relief throughout, while the reader wonders how on earth they'll prevail this time. Surrounding it all is an unusual, fascinating setting and a sense of wonder as the characters unearth finds that hint at a previous life together that neither remember.
If you enjoy an emotionally-rich romance with a paranormal element that's not the same-ol, same-ol, Out of the Ashes is a must-read!
Author: Lori Dillion
Definitely a must read!! I could not put it down, but one must sleep. I loved the romance, the history and the characters. No annoying characters in this great story, Sera and David are great together. Marsha and Hershel are another great set of characters that without the story would not be the same. The plot was unique, I haven't read a story that span over so much time and it worked so well for the story, providing just enough information from their early times together. AD 79 lifetime was sweet and sad. I was yelling of unfairness of the events that happened. However, it turned out way better than I expected.
Even though the story is close to 360 some odd pages it's over to soon for me. I loved the ending and the small glimpse into their future. I always wonder what happens after but not with this one, I was very happy it was included.
Great job on the history aspect, I could see myself back in the ruins of Pompeii. Memories flooded me of my 2012 spring break trip to Pompeii, although I missed the cast that was discovered in the story, I do remember the others and all the locations that Ms. Dillion mentioned in the story. It was like walking down the cobble streets again, can't wait to go back one day.
I can't say enough how great this love story is, so maybe my actions will help out... I have decided that this is one that I will be purchasing the hardback, hopefully with the author's signature, maybe now that I have said all that. I really hope my small review has done the story justice, I highly recommend this very tender story to everyone. If you are any type of romantic, make a small spot in your heart for a beautiful love story that you will forever remember. You will not be disappointed.
Eventually, David and Serafina reach their last life together in 1940's pre-WWII Italy. At times, I felt like I was reading two very separate books. One being very witty and comical and the other being historical with a fairly tragic and serious atmosphere. Those two elements kept the story from flowing the way I would have liked. Not to mention the wordy narrative that added to the story's sluggish pace, and I found myself skipping to the dialogue on more than one occasion.
This book is well written, however and I liked the premise and the imaginative love story Ms. Dillon portrayed. The descriptive love scenes, once you finally get there, were worth it and by then, the reader had definitely earned them! The last few chapters of the book, which were probably my favorite, show David and Serafina settled into the kind of love that was meant for them all along. By then, I was sighing in relief at my satisfaction and even made sure the Kleenex box was close at hand in case I got something in my eye, since I almost never cry in books. Yep, I ended up needing it...