Sometimes peace is won through battle. Haunted by the memories he can’t escape, Ralph Williams wants to be left alone to lick his wounds. He doesn’t understand why he’s forced into the company of the one woman he least desires. Can God bring him healing through such uncomfortable circumstances? Frank Harper thought he had left the war and its turmoil behind, but the home to which he has returned is anything but peaceful. When racial tensions arise in Maple Grove, Frank finds himself on a battlefield once more. He’s desperate for peace, but at what cost? When George Chandler heads off to wed his beloved bride, things don’t go as expected. Just as George starts to get comfortable with what he believes is God’s new plan for his life, history threatens to repeat itself. Will he fight for the woman he’s come to love, or will he let her go? The War Between the States has destroyed more than just a nation. In four years, it has damaged bodies and wounded souls until the people think that nothing is left. Will they find the healing they so desperately need from the God that loves them?
**I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**
Picking up after the war has ended, Out of the Ashes continues the story of the Harper family as they pick up the pieces and learn to move on and find healing during the reconstruction.
A.M. Heath does such an exquisite job of capturing characters that feel true-to-life. Through good times and bad, these characters shine, and this book may contain some of my favorites from the series so far. This book introduces a few new main characters that are wonderful additions to the cast started in the previous books. Both the old characters and these new ones have a lot of growth and healing that we are invited to see take place.
True to the previous books, you will find just as much spiritual truths whispered in this book as in the previous books. The book is uplifting all while also showing the devastation of the war and how the effects on the individual person.
This is a novel (and series) that I can highly recommend, though these books certainly are best read in order.
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