Can the Majesty of Alaska Foster Hope and Healing for Those Who Need it Most?
After the death of their father, Collette and Jean-Michel Langelier are no longer tied to post-war France. While his sister dreams of adventure, Jean-Michel is hoping to finally escape reminders of the horrors he faced in the war. When Jean-Michel receives an unexpected invitation for them to visit Alaska and the Curry Hotel, it seems an opportunity for a change he needs.
Katherine Demarchis is a young widow who does not grieve the dangerous husband she was forced to marry. Now she just wants to retreat to a quiet life, content to be alone. First, though, she’s agreed to accompany her grandmother on a final trip, but never expects to see a man from her past.
Katherine and Jean-Michel once shared a deep love that was torn apart by forces beyond their control. Reunited now, have the years changed them too deeply to rediscover what they had? And when Jean-Michel’s nightmares return with terrifying consequences, will faith be enough to heal what’s been broken for so long?
“Closing her eyes, Cassidy let it all wash over her. It was here in the shadow of Denali that she felt God’s presence so strongly. She could almost hear Him speak in the rustling trees and the rippling streams. His power in the majesty and glory of the panoramic beauty spread out before her.”
From the very beginning of the book, in the Note from the Authors we read these words, “As we go back to Curry, Alaska, in the 1920’s and the Curry Hotel, we journey with some very broken people.”
Although Out of the Ashes may be read as a stand-alone, I recommend starting with the first novel in The Heart of Alaska series, In the Shadow of Denali. The first book tells the story of Allen and Cassidy, characters whose story continues in Out of the Ashes. However, this story also introduces some new characters, Collette and Jean-Michel Langelier and Katherine Demarchis. Bringing out such subjects as domestic abuse and PTSD, this book is a genuine tear-jerker. The pain and burdens these characters carried and struggled to overcome deeply touched my heart. Journey with these characters to the majesty and beauty of the Alaskan mountains where a discovery of faith and freedom open their hurting hearts once again to love.
There are several other view-point characters in this novel, Thomas, the clumsy young man, Allen and Cassidy have taken underwing, and Mrs. Margaret Johnson, the leathery cook.
And finally, there is Mrs. Harrison, Katherine’s grandmother, a woman who will do absolutely anything to see her granddaughter smile again, even if it means traveling across the world on what could well be her final trip.
I also had a fun connection with the story as Katherine and her grandmother visit Mammoth Cave, Kentucky, a location to which I (at the time of reading) lived within thirty-minutes of. This stop at Mammoth Cave also plays an intricate part of Katherine’s story, but I won’t say anymore…
Out of the Ashes is a remarkable story of faith and finding release from the burdens of sin and the redemptive work of Jesus Christ. And while healing cannot come without salvation, this book does well to show that some scars remain for a time and full freedom is found through seeking God every day and allowing his mercy, love, and grace to be renewed every morning.
About the Authors:
Kimberley Woodhouse is the best-selling and award-winning author of more than a dozen books. She is a wife, mother, author, and musician with a quick wit and positive outlook despite difficult circumstances. A popular speaker, she’s shared at more than 2,000 venues across the country. She lives and writes in Colorado with her husband of twenty-five years and their two amazing kids. kimberleywoodhouse.com
Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than one hundred books. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Montana. Visit Tracie’s web site at: http://www.traciepeterson.com
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