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Saturday, September 3, 2011

From Ashes to Honor - Giveaway and Review

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

Minutes before two jumbo jets changed U.S. history, NYPD officer Austin Finley ignored the call from his brother. Mercy Samara, who cost Austin his job after 9/11, leaves the city to work as a school counselor in Baltimore. When Mercy and Austin cross paths again, will their common - and painful - memories finally bring them closer or drive them further apart? (excerpt back cover).

In the latest novel from Loree Lough, From Ashes to Honor, works through the lives of Dr. Mercy Samara and former NYPD officer, Austin Finley, who are brought together following the events of 9/11. Mercy is a clinical psychologist whose goal is determine if Austin is fit enough to return to work as a NYPD officer after multiple incidents involving his out of control temper. Despite all his sessions with Mercy, he won't come to terms with what happened that fateful day and how it affecting him in his work and therefore, remains in denial.

Mercy struggling with her own issues involving 9/11 and the fact that most people stereotyped her as another Muslim terrorist following the attacks, while trying to help first responders like Austin deal with the underlying trauma of that day. When she can't sign the release authorizing Austin to return to anything other than desk duty, there paths will take them to new places but will once again intersect.

This time, Austin has turned his talents to becoming an EMT and Mercy has moved to Baltimore to take up something less stressful than working with first responders in the aftermath of 9/11, she now works as a high school guidance counselor. When a football player is injured and the paramedics are called, Mercy and Austin come face to face once more.

I received this book compliments of Abingdon Press for my honest review and couldn't wait to dive into this one once it arrived. This story takes the reader into an emotional ride into the lives of Mercy and Austin but also into the lives of the supporting characters as well, Griff, Flora and Bud, and even the strained relationship with Leo, Mercy's half brother. What we get an opportunity to see is how the rebuilding of what people went through following 9/11 is an ongoing, life changing process that will never be forgotten. It's not something that will ever be forgotten, especially in the lives of Mercy and Austin.

This book is a perfect tribute to those first responders of the 9/11 tragedy that forever changed all of us. It united us all in a common goal, a goal to take care of one another, and see past our differences. This would make a great gift for anyone involved in first response or who loves anything dealing with 9/11. I rate this book a perfect 5 out of 5 stars.

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Thanks to Loree Lough and Abingdon Press, they have generous provided a giveaway copy for one lucky follower of my blog. Here are your guidelines to enter:

1. You must be a follower of my blog, Reviews From The Heart.

2. You must be a resident of the US or have a US shipping address. Please No P.O. Boxes.

3. I must have a way to contact you, so be sure to include your email address along with your comment. You can use the words (at) and (dot) instead of the symbols.

4. Please leave a comment telling me why you would love to win a copy of this book. The giveaway will end on 9/11. I will notify the winner by email at that time.


  1. I think this is an appropriate book to read as the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches. As the years go by the horror of that day subsides a little. It would be good to be reminded of what people lost that day and the brave responders who risked their lives for others. I would love to win this book.

  2. I'm a follower.

    I would like to win it as I, as morbid as it may sound, like to read about historical events, including 9/11. I just saw a close-up picture of a young man jumping, and it grieved me. The photographer thought it a great pic, but did he realize that someone would recognize him and be grieving over and over. It hit me hard, because it was such a close-up.

    Linda at:
    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

  3. I have read many 9-11 books! This was sounds wonderful and always touching due to the nature of this tragic event. Love and hugs to you and your this weekend. Anne

  4. Please count me in for the giveaway, I am an old GFC follower. I love reading anything by Loree Lough and this one sounds very timely since we are approaching the tenth anniversary of this tragedy.

  5. Sounds like a wonderful storyline. Also it reminds me that how peoples lives were affected on a long term basis.

    Please enter me.

  6. I would like to win a copy of this book to have the opportunity to learn more about 9/11 and to be able to teach my children.

    GFC Follower

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  7. would love to read this novel...especially since the 10th anniversary of 9/11 is almost here...i'm a follower, too :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  8. I would love to read this book. It sounds like it reaches tot the soul emotionally. I am being choosey, don't want to read too much 9/11 stuff or I will get low like I did when I saw the towers come down again and again on that day on TV. But this book sounds very good. I have a girl friend who visited the towers with her daughter one day before it happened. She must think about it a whole lot.


  9. Besides my one grandson having his birthday on 9/11 I so would be honored to have the opportunity to read this book. The day most of us will never ever forget. thanks for this giveaway.

    amhengst at verizon dot net

  10. I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book.

  11. very good to fin your blog, joined

    mine is at


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