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Ascension of Larks Review!

About the Book
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Free-spirited and fiercely independent, Maggie adores her life of travel and adventure. But she has a secret. She can’t let go of her first and only love, renowned architect Marco Firelli, now married to her best friend Lena.

When Marco drowns in a kayaking accident, Maggie rushes to the Firelli family’s summer home on San Juan Island. Once there she discovers that Marco was hiding something that could destroy his family. As fragile, perfectionistic Lena slowly falls apart, Maggie tries to provide stability for Marco and Lena’s three young children.

When Maggie is offered a once-in-a-lifetime chance to compete in the world’s most prestigious photography competition, she thinks she’s found the answer to their problems. Then Lena makes a choice with unexpected and devastating consequences, forcing Maggie to grapple with an agonizing decision. Does she sacrifice the golden opportunity of her career or abandon the Firellis just when they need her the most?

Gradually the island begins to work its magic. A century-old ritual to beckon loved ones home offers hope in the midst of sorrow. And a guilt-ridden yet compelling stranger hiding on the island may offer Maggie a second chance at love, but only if she can relinquish the past and move forward to find joy in unexpected places.

My Perspective

From the very beginning I was captivated with this story, and with Maggie. First of all, her professions as a photographer intrigued me. But I also found myself intrigued by her predicament. I mean, could you help the wife of the only man you ever loved after his death? How could you even be friends with her. It really showed you what type of person Maggie really was – a good one!

With so much turmoil and emotion inside, I felt Ms. Linden wrote Maggie’s character perfectly. She was not necessarily afraid of her feelings, she just didn’t always let them out into the open. This was the remarkable story not only of grieving her lost loved one, but the journey she had along the grieving process. She learned a lot in this process, not only about her friend, but about herself. And the reality of it all comes to a head near the end in an emotional yet beautiful way.

All the while there are two gentlemen in the mix that I felt did not get the attention they deserve. I would have liked to author to explore this interesting love triangle between Maggie, Daniel and Griffin. I think it would have added a little bit more to Maggie’s growth during this story, but perhaps that is yet another story to be told. Overall it was still a great read that I thoroughly enjoyed.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

About the Author

Rachel Linden

Rachel Linden is a novelist and international aid worker whose adventures living and traveling in over fifty countries around the world provide excellent grist for her writing. She enjoys creating stories about hope and courage with a hint of romance and a touch of whimsy.

Rachel holds an MA in Intercultural Studies from Wheaton College, a BA in Literature from Huntington University, and studied creative writing at Oxford University during college. Currently she splits her time between Seattle, Washington and Budapest, Hungary where she lives with her husband and two children on the banks of the Danube River.

When she’s not writing books, Rachel loves exploring the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest and the art and architecture of Europe. To learn more about Rachel Linden, visit her at www.rachellinden.com

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