Saturday, February 17, 2018

Tangled Ashes

GIVEAWAY
PHOENIX, MCIHELE
TANGLED ASHES

After invading Lamorlaye, France, Nazi officials don't hesitate to take over the beautiful Meunier manor as their headquarters, hitting two young Frenchwoman, Marie and Elise, who clean and launder to help supplement their families' meager incomes. But the girls begin to grow suspicious when medical equipment arrives, followed by an influx of pregnant women. As the Nazis' plans for the manor become clear, the girls must decide where their loyalties truly lie.

More than fifty years later...

Architect Marshall Becker arrives in Lamorlaye to begin the massive renovations of a Renaissance-era castle. The project was meant to provide an escape for Becker instead becomes a gripping glimpse into the human drama that unfolded during the Nazi occupation and seems to live on in midnight disturbances and bizarre acts of vandalism.

Becker explores the castle's shadowy history as he seeks to cope with the demons from his own past. Only Jade, the feisty nanny of the owner's children, is willing to stand up to him. But Becker soon discovers that every one of the chateau's inhabitants seems to have something to hide and something to protect -- and something worth fighting for.

My Review:

Published in 2012
My thanks to my public library for providing me with all these excellent Retro Reads

An unexpected treasure of a read with a dual timeline! Present day tangles with 1940s in occupied France and provides a story rife with complicated layers and complex characters. Phoenix does an amazing job of weaving past and present together and the way the two timelines collide towards the end is page-turning perfection!

This is the kind of novel that explores hard topics and poses difficult questions. About life. And faith. Beck, in particular, is a lost soul, dragged down by despair. I didn't like him much at the beginning and he still irked me as the story progressed but I could also understand how he'd gotten to this point in his life as the author peels back some of those layers to reveal pain and hurt and betrayal.

A moving account of people caught up in real life struggles and the God who has the power to bring hope and healing if they are willing accept His offered hand.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Tangled Ashes, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to a comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and. to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday February 18, 2018. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck.

25 comments:

  1. 1940's is not something I've read much about in fiction so this would be an interesting read I think :-)

    "A moving account of people caught up in real life struggles and the God who has the power to bring hope and healing if they are willing accept His offered hand.
    You have me convinced this is a good one not to miss no matter what year it came out!

    P.S. She's also the author who wrote The Space Between Words which was happily discovered during one of our reader's choice weeks :-)

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Yes -- great book-to-book connection, Trixi (as I used to say in the school library biz.) Thanks to Reader's Choice Week I discovered The Space Between Words which intrigued me so much that I searched my library for other books by this author. And I found a few. Woot. Good luck!

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  2. Sounds great! KAV, thank you for the chance.

    psalm103and138atgmaildotcom

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  3. I find the title and cover of this book captivating. This would be a book I would enjoy reading. Thank you for the opportunity, Kav!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. It's a captivating storyline for sure. Quite different from the usual Christian fiction too. Good luck, Melanie.

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  4. I love to read stories from the 1940's and the dual timeline will make this especially good.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. It's a favourite era of mine too. And dual timelines...well, just...eeeeppp! Good luck, rubynreba.

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  5. Looks like an interesting Retro book
    Thanks for the chance
    iamabho AT gmail DOT com

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    1. Michele Phoenix writes interesting and challenging stories. Good luck, Linda.

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    2. Sounds like it She's new to me also
      Thanks

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  6. When I saw your Retro Saturday was a Michele Phoenix book, I was really excited to learn more! I didn't know about her other books, only The Space Between Words, but this one sounds really good too :D

    samanthabis23 at gmail dot com

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    1. I hadn't heard of her before The Space Between Words either but then I went digging and voila...there are more books! Good luck, Samantha.

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  7. The cover of this book is beautiful and the story sounds intriguing. This is a new-to-me author, and I would love to win a copy of her book. Thanks for the giveaway. 😍
    gobersATembarqmailDOTcom

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  8. I love your retro picks. Thank you for the chance, Kav.
    leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Aren't they fun?! I'm so glad my library has a great collection of them. Good luck, Lucy.

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  9. Not familiar with this one, but you make it intriguing! Becky lelandandbecky [AT] reagan [DOT] com

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    1. That's because it is! Good luck, Becky.

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  10. I’ve read Of Stillness and Storm and found her writing intriguing and thought-provoking. Would love to read this one (and need to read The Space Between Words, of course).

    mindyhoungATmsnDOTcom

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    1. Yes -- thought-provoking is a good way to describe it. She makes a reader think...even if it's uncomfortable at times. Good luck, Mindy.

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  11. I've read only a couple of books about France during WWII.
    Dianna

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  12. Love this time period. This looks good with the dual time. Thanks Kav. paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

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  13. We already have this book in the church library so will have to bow out of the giveaway.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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