From Dust and Ashes

First off I want apologize for not getting a review up in over a week. I’ve been suck with this awful cold and my allergies just woke up from hibernation. The two don’t mix. Thankfully, though, my cold has started to subside and a box of Zyrtec is controlling my allergies. So I’m back!
Today I’m going to review From Dust and Ashes by Tricia Goyer.
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Helene’s husband has just abandoned her and their daughter, Anika. Now she has to raise Anika and her unborn child by herself until he comes back, if he comes back, along with a mountain guilt over sitting back and watch her husband, and many others, slaughter Jews.
At the close of the war, Helene makes a choice. She will help in anyway possible. She brings food to the survivors and is drawn to a young woman named Michaela and her friend Lelia and a certain American GI named Peter, who is also drawn to two friends.
As she cares for the emaciated girls, with the help of her father and Peter, she starts to let go of the guilt of not helping sooner and starts embracing the faith these two girls project.
When she finds out her husband is dead, she feels free and starts to find love again despite the odds.
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This book starts the story from the first page. It draws you in and doesn’t let you go. Within pages it’s describing the concentration camps and the people in them. Tricia Goyer holds no punches when she tells about the condition of… well… everything.
At several spots in this book there were times when I got sick to my stomach because of the description laced throughout. Some would say that’s a bad thing, feeling nauseous during a story, but I think it shows a well someone writes.
The romance in this book is in the forefront the entire time. But unlike books that I’ve read before the romance wasn’t pushed or forced into the storyline. It’s also more toned down than some books out there and normally that would be a downfall but in this one, it fit much better.
If you haven’t guessed already, this book is Christian and, unlike other Christian books, it has a healthy medium. By that I mean that it’s incorporated in and throughout the storyline, but it’s not what some people call “preachy”. The story about liberation, both from the Nazi captors and the demons within, is the main reasons the characters have faith and why other characters choose it.
Overall, this book is fantastic for WWII lovers, people who love romance, or just anyone curious as to what happened to the SS wives and their families. But I would not recommend this for younger children because of the description and the mention of horrible acts. I give this book a four point three out of five.
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This review is actually one of my smaller ones. I guess my brain isn’t quite back…
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-Danyelle

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