Atoning for Ashes- A Book Review

Atoning for Ashes

By Kaitlin Covel

About the Book:

Josie Chadwick dreams of marrying for love in Cornwall, England, but with her father’s debt threatening to destroy all she holds dear, her romantic options are dwindling. When her elder sister Delia is disowned, Josie finds herself heiress of Chadwick Park, torn between dreams and duty. After sacrificing her heart to atone for Delia’s sin, Josie clings to the hope she will learn to love a distant husband, whom she fears is incapable of requiting her affection.

Charles Radcliffe’s heart has been scarred and hardened by rejection. He fears hurting his new bride, but his fears of betrayal and rejection are stronger, making it impossible for him to trust her love―let alone the love of her God.

As Josie and Charles face their new life together, ominous events warn of dark family secrets that could shatter them both. More than a loveless marriage is at stake if they cannot stand as one. Will they learn to trust God and each other before it’s too late?

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My Thoughts:

Atoning for Ashes is the debut novel of Author Kaitlin Covel and what a debut it is! This book is well-researched, well-written, and well-plotted (if that’s actually a word!) Rich with historical details, this book will take you on a journey to Regency England that reminds me of the works of the Bronte sisters (Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights). Ms. Covel has an excellent mastery of the English language and a poetic writing voice. The sentences themselves are full of poetic imagery that will tickle the senses and delight the mind.

Atoning for Ashes is intense! The story itself stays highly emotionally-charged with very little reprieve. The book is written for a mature audience as it deals with such difficult topics as alcoholism, attempted rape, spousal abuse, fornication, and adultery. It is a beautiful picture of grace, forgiveness and the “beauty from ashes” that is found in a relationship with Jesus Christ. This book is great for those looking for something more gritty or realistic than maybe your typical historical romance.

One of my favorite elements of the story is the scripture interwoven through the dialogue and narrative. God’s word flows from the hearts of the characters, especially the beloved governess who acts as Josie’s mentor as she tries to navigate her way through a loveless marriage.

Atoning for Ashes is full of twists and turns. What starts out as a typical historical romance quickly and smoothly becomes a historical romantic suspense and mystery as the past unfolds into a tangle web of lies, deceit, and treachery. Atoning for Ashes will keep you on your toes from start to finish.

The thing I didn’t like were more personal preference than anything wrong with the book. It was the story element involving a “ghost” and usage of the word “hell” as an explicative.

I received an ARC from the author. A review was not required. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

About the Author:

Kaitlin Covel has a thirst for adventure much like the heroines of her stories and resides in her beloved state of Maine. She is an old-fashioned romantic, and if she could time travel to any historical period, it would be the Regency Era. Kaitlin is a certified Nutritional Therapist Technician, but writing is her passion. Her debut novel, Atoning for Ashes, releases on February 14th, 2019 from Deep River Books.

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