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First Responders #01: From Ashes to Honor (#01 in First Resonders Series)

Loree Lough

First Responders #01: From Ashes to Honor (#01 in First Resonders Series)

Loree Lough

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If he had only answered that last phone call from the World TradeCenter . . . Minutes before two jumbo jetschanged U.S. history, New York police officer Austin Finley ignored the call fromhis brother, who d been bugging him for days. Trying to live with his one regretcauses hatred and bitterness to consume Austin, and when counselor Mercy Samararecommends desk duty, Austin resigns. Haunted by her own memories of 9/11, Mercytakes a job as a school counselor in Baltimore. When Austin, now an EMT, responds toan emergency at Mercy 's school, both are stunned and wary. Finally their common and painful memories turn suspicion into friendship, thenromance. But hard questions linger: Can they truly movebeyond their past harsh judgments and harsh words? Will their past finally bringthem closer or as the tenth anniversary of 9/11 draws near drive them fartherapart?

- Publisher If he had only answered that last phone call from the World Trade Center . . .

Minutes before two jumbo jets changed U.S. history, New York police officer Austin Finley ignored the call from his brother, who'd been bugging him for days. Trying to live with his one regret causes hatred and bitterness to consume Austin, and when counselor Mercy Samara recommends desk duty, Austin resigns. Haunted by her own memories of 9/11, Mercy takes a job as a school counselor in Baltimore. When Austin, now an EMT, responds to an emergency at Mercy's school, both are stunned and wary.

Finally their common-and painful-memories turn suspicion into friendship, then romance.

But hard questions linger: Can they truly move beyond their past harsh judgments and harsh words? Will their past finally bring them closer or-as the tenth anniversary of 9/11 draws near-drive them farther apart?

"Loree Lough proves once again her superb storytelling skills in From Ashes to Honor, peopled by characters so lifelike they seem to jump from the pages."
-Cathy Bryant, author of the award-winning Texas Roads and A Path Less Traveled

"Loree Lough's characters allow us to re-explore what happened ten years ago and examine our feelings, perhaps like never before."
-Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield, Founder, Christ 4responders and Chaplain, Katy, Texas Fire & EMS


- Publisher

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If he had only answered that last phone call from the World TradeCenter . . . Minutes before two jumbo jetschanged U.S. history, New York police officer Austin Finley ignored the call fromhis brother, who d been bugging him for days. Trying to live with his one regretcauses hatred and bitterness to consume Austin, and when counselor Mercy Samararecommends desk duty, Austin resigns. Haunted by her own memories of 9/11, Mercytakes a job as a school counselor in Baltimore. When Austin, now an EMT, responds toan emergency at Mercy 's school, both are stunned and wary. Finally their common and painful memories turn suspicion into friendship, thenromance. But hard questions linger: Can they truly movebeyond their past harsh judgments and harsh words? Will their past finally bringthem closer or as the tenth anniversary of 9/11 draws near drive them fartherapart?
- Publisher

If he had only answered that last phone call from the World Trade Center . . .

Minutes before two jumbo jets changed U.S. history, New York police officer Austin Finley ignored the call from his brother, who'd been bugging him for days. Trying to live with his one regret causes hatred and bitterness to consume Austin, and when counselor Mercy Samara recommends desk duty, Austin resigns. Haunted by her own memories of 9/11, Mercy takes a job as a school counselor in Baltimore. When Austin, now an EMT, responds to an emergency at Mercy's school, both are stunned and wary.

Finally their common-and painful-memories turn suspicion into friendship, then romance.

But hard questions linger: Can they truly move beyond their past harsh judgments and harsh words? Will their past finally bring them closer or-as the tenth anniversary of 9/11 draws near-drive them farther apart?

"Loree Lough proves once again her superb storytelling skills in From Ashes to Honor, peopled by characters so lifelike they seem to jump from the pages."
-Cathy Bryant, author of the award-winning Texas Roads and A Path Less Traveled

"Loree Lough's characters allow us to re-explore what happened ten years ago and examine our feelings, perhaps like never before."
-Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield, Founder, Christ 4responders and Chaplain, Katy, Texas Fire & EMS

- Publisher

Meet the Author

Loree Lough

LOREE LOUGH is an award-winning author ofmore than seventy-five books, including Love FindsYou in North Pole, Alaska. She lives with herhusband, Larry, in Maryland. Read more atwww.loreelough.com.

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Not a Romance
1 stars By Iola, Jan 25 2012
From Ashes to Honor is the story of Austin, a New York cop who lost his twin brother on 9/11, and Mercy, the police psychologist who declared him unfit for police work.  They accidentally meet in Baltimore a few years later, having both changed careers, and find that despite their history, there is a mutual attraction. But Austin is a committed Christian, and Mercy is an unbeliever. 

This is where the book lost me - I saw why Mercy was interested in Austin, but I never really understood why Austin was attracted to Mercy, nor why he was developing a romantic relationship with her knowing that she did not share his faith and knowing how important that should be. 

Loree Lough is an excellent writer with engaging plots and (mostly) likeable characters, and From Ashes to Honor was looking to be a solid four star plus read, until the end. It just finished. No happy ever after, no resolution of the main conflict, nothing. From Ashes To Honor is therefore not a romance novel. It is Christian fiction and clearly follows the development of a relationship, but it is not a romance novel. 

Thanks to Abingdon Press and NetGalley for providing free ebooks for review.
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  • Catalogue Code 331452
  • Product Code 9781426707698
  • ISBN 142670769X
  • EAN 9781426707698
  • Pages 400
  • Department General Books
  • Category Fiction
  • Sub-Category Romance
  • Publisher Abingdon Press
  • Publication Date Sep 2011
  • Dimensions 217 x 141 x 22 mm
  • Weight 0.390kg

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