|Print List Price:||$14.60|
Save $10.61 (73%)
Whispers from the Ashes Kindle Edition
|New from||Used from|
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Customers who bought this item also bought
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
I bought this book out of a personal interest in the setting. I now live not far from where everything takes place. But I was not prepared for the beauty of the story itself. I've got tears flowing even as I write this review. If you love a story written in the simplicity of small town life, that takes you much deeper than than fast paced drama and high speed chases, you'll love this book. Thank you Patricia Hester for a novel so easy and compelling to read, so full and rich in detail.
I loved the sense of actually 'being there'. The feeling that I could see not only through Molly's eyes but through the eyes of other characters as well. To feel what lies in their hearts and motivates actions, and how those actions can and DO affect the lives of so many others. The author brought this out on so many levels. The story just weaves back and forth in a very casual way, beautiful for its ease and simplicity. I'm moved particulary by the close interactions of Molly and her family, especially her father. Being the father of two daughters myself it was very easy to relate. And yet there was so much more.
Another facet of the story that affected me, and affects us all in one way or another is the end result of heavy-handed industrialization on a community. In years past in this area it was coal, today it's natural gas and hydraulic fracking. The previous one scarred the land, the present one permanently contaminates our ground water. Both leave us ruined from within to the benefit of a few wealthy company owners and the public servants they buy to do their bidding. This part of the story moves like a tide beneath everything else that happens. And it's so true to life. Our precious life-giving resources are dying all over again.
I very highly recommend this book.
This is indeed a jewel of a book and I highly recommend it! Buy it today and go on one beautifully blended journey. Enjoy!
Patricia Hester has an amazing writing talent. I especially admired the writer's ability to have the insidious mine fire symbolically mirror the slowly developing story as Molly learns more horrible family secrets.
Whispers From the Ashes is one of those books were the characters ARE the story and the plot is a murky as the lives of the characters. This book is a narrative about a family struggling to live under very difficult circumstances, including a mine fire eating underneath their town. This book is also a mystery, with family tragedies and scary secrets, that prove to be as insidious as the fire below their home.
Personally though, this book was outside the usual genres I read, so the gritty aspects of this hard-scrabble mining family really did disturb me. If books with violence, especially sexual violence against children bother you, this might be a book you want to skip despite the talented writing.
Ms Hester has told a poignant heartrending tale. The book is very well written, using beautiful poetic descriptions. Although the story is often sad and depressing, it accurately depicts a previous era and the hardscrabble existence common to coal miners' families during that time, when profit was king and workers were expendable. Rich with flawed characters, I sometimes had trouble keeping them all straight, but you eventually realize this is common in these small isolated communities, where everyone is related by blood or tied to each other by their shared circumstances. A fabulous book, deserving far more than the five stars I'm allowed to give.