Will Rise from Ashes Book Cover Will Rise from Ashes
Jean M. Grant
Contemporary, Suspense, Mystery, Thriller, Women's Fiction
The Wild Rose Press, Inc.
April 17, 2019
290

Living is more than mere survival.

Young widow AJ Sinclair has persevered through much heartache. Has she met her match when the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, leaving her separated from her youngest son and her brother? Tens of thousands are dead or missing in a swath of massive destruction. She and her nine-year-old autistic son, Will, embark on a risky road trip from Maine to the epicenter to find her family. She can't lose another loved one.

Along the way, they meet Reid Gregory, who travels his own road to perdition looking for his sister. Drawn together by AJ's fear of driving and Reid's military and local expertise, their journey to Colorado is fraught with the chaotic aftermath of the eruption. AJ's anxiety and faith in humanity are put to the test as she heals her past, accepts her family's present, and embraces uncertainty as Will and Reid show her a world she had almost forgotten.

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Reviewed by Linda Tonis

Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team

Audrey Jane Sinclair has had more than her share of grief, the death of her husband by a drunk driver a year ago, a nine year old son who is on the high functioning fringe of the autism spectrum, the death of her mother and a very active seven year old, but just when you think it can’t get any worse life has a way of doing just that.

A year ago the family had planned a trip to Yellowstone now her brother Brandon took on her husband’s role and she and the boys went on their dream trip. When there were delays at the airport and when Will her nine year old began acting up her brother recommended she and Will leave and he and Finn would follow on the next available flight out. It seemed like a very good idea at the time until there was a super volcano explosion at Yellowstone turning everything upside down. She and Will made it home but there is no word on Brandon or Finn, phones are not working, ash is falling and earthquakes are hitting Denver. Thousands and thousands of people are dead, many many people are missing including Brandon and Finn.

AJ was not willing to just sit around and wait for word on her son so she and Will packed the car and headed out in the direction she hoped they would be travelling. Traffic, gas shortages, chaos in the streets and dangerous air and water were just some of the problems facing AJ on her trip to finding her son and brother. Along the way a flat tire would stop her dead in her tracks and as much as she tried she couldn’t change it. Fortunately a man hitchhiking came along and saved the day and would be instrumental in saving so much more.

Reid Gregory is on the road travelling by bike heading in the same direction as AJ looking for his sister and although picking up a stranger and travelling with him was not the smartest idea she ever had, she was still a woman on her own with an autistic son so a little help was not something she was willing to refuse. Reid is a man like AJ with secrets and a past that he has been running from for years, can a tragedy be the beginning of something good for two lost people.

A beautiful story of two people not just trying to find missing loved ones but trying to find themselves along the way. Will is such an amazing little boy, loving, smart and aware of his autism and who tries very heard to color within the lines, so to speak. It was Will who at times brought light to a very dark time.

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