Sunday, February 17, 2013

From Ashes to Honor: Book #1 in the First Responders Series by Loree Lough

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. I really enjoyed this book, and had it all figured out in my head and then when the book was over, I was stunned and maybe even a little disappointed but that's just because it wasn't the typical romance novel ending and seemed rather abrupt. But it is a good read. There is a conflict of faith, romance, as well as the fact that the main character is dealing with surviving the 9-11 attacks.