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Sometimes peace is won through battle. Haunted by the memories he can't escape, Ralph Williams wants to be left alone to lick his wounds. He doesn't understand why he's forced into the company of the one woman he least desires. Can God bring him healing through such uncomfortable circumstances?Frank Harper thought he had left the war and its turmoil behind, but the home toSometimes peace is won through battle. Haunted by the memories he can't escape, Ralph Williams wants to be left alone to lick his wounds. He doesn't understand why he's forced into the company of the one woman he least desires. Can God bring him healing through such uncomfortable circumstances?Frank Harper thought he had left the war and its turmoil behind, but the home to which he has returned is anything but peaceful. When racial tensions arise in Maple Grove, Frank finds himself on a battlefield once more. He's desperate for peace, but at what cost?When George Chandler heads off to wed his beloved bride, things don’t go as expected. Just as George starts to get comfortable with what he believes is God’s new plan for his life, history threatens to repeat itself. Will he fight for the woman he’s come to love, or will he let her go?The War Between the States has destroyed more than just a nation. In four years, it has damaged bodies and wounded souls until the people think that nothing is left. Will they find the healing they so desperately need from the God that loves them?...

Title : Out of the Ashes
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ISBN : 9781546309703
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Number of Pages : 579 Pages
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Out of the Ashes Reviews

  • Amanda Tero
    2019-05-11 09:44

    This was one of my most-anticipated 2017 reads. It's a post-Civil War book (my current history fascination), the continuation of two books I greatly enjoyed, and by an author I knew I could trust. Those three all sum up to make a pretty solid read, in my humble opinion. ;)What I loved most... continuing the stories of all of the characters in the former two Ancient Words books was amazing. I loved these characters, wanted to know what had become of them, and was sufficiently satisfied. Ralph's story was probably my favorite. But I really think that he was just my favorite character overall.The Christian element was very strong and woven throughout the story very well. I love it when I'm reading a story and suddenly the characters turn the conversation into something Biblical. Loved that! This one definitely gets a five-star on the spiritual content.Romance... well, I know A.M. Heath. She's a romantic at heart. However, I found that her writing wasn't too overly-focused on the emotional side of romance. There was a lot about real love not just emotional love. There were some scenes that, because a couple was married, things were mentioned that is better for an older audience. But overall, I didn't find that lines were crossed in what is appropriate.I would say that the main down-side of this story was that it took me a little while to get into it and to remember all of the characters--the latter I will blame on my poor memory. It's been 1 1/2 years since I've read books 1-2, and sometimes I finish a book and can't even remember the MC's name. So, I'll just leave it at... if it's been a while since you've read books 1-2, you may want to refresh your memory a little. Also, don't read this as a stand-alone. It means so much more read as a series.*I received this book from the author and happily provided my honest review*

  • Kim Hampton
    2019-05-08 13:36

    I have loved this whole series, and this, the third book, definitely wasn't an exception. The first two books focused on the Harpers and the Chandlers. This book focused on Ralph Williams, although a large part was also devoted to George Chandler. Reading it was like coming back to visit an old, treasured friend. I have fallen in love with the characters and it was great to catch up with them and find out what was going on in their lives. This book is not the last in the Ancient Words series, although the future books will skip ahead in the past. We did find out what happened to the Harpers, Chandlers and Williams' about 15 years after the war was over, although I won't spoil it and tell you how it ended. If you like Christian and/or historical fiction, this is definitely the book for you.

  • Sharon Paavola
    2019-04-25 09:35

    This powerful ending to the Ancient World Series held my heart. The Civil War has ended but the raw emotions and damaged towns and countryside remain in upheaval. Men from both sides struggle in finding their place back home and making peace with what they saw on the battlefield. Southern women falsely hope that life will return to normal but those desires are dashed. Slavery is over but it seems the former slaves are still in a prison. Who will help them? As individuals look to the Bible for comfort and guidance they are confused. Nothing is as it used to be. A. M. Heath takes on these subjects and helps the reader see the bitter realities of the war torn country. Will healing begin? Will hatred turn to understanding? Will the living find hope without the ones that didn’t come home? This moving novel is well worth reading.I received a copy from the author. All thoughts are my own. I was not compensated for this review.

  • Debbie Lockledge
    2019-05-09 12:36

    The 3rd book in the Ancient Words Series by A. M. Heath, this was an amazing book every bit as good as Books 1 & 2. Set immediately after the end of the Civil War when tensions between North & South are still high, it follows multiple relationships simultaneously, seamlessly flowing back & forth between each setting. This is definitely a series where the books need to be read in order to best understand the characters, their history & how that drives a lot of who they have become by this 3rd book. I give this book & the series my highest recommendation.

  • Deana Dick
    2019-05-04 08:41

    If you get a chance and you need to make sure you do, this book is a must read. It flows easily with wonderful and unforgettable characters. I have loved each book in this series and this one I have to say is my favorite. The Civil War has become a very interesting topic for me and the author is well versed in the history of this epic part of many of our ancestors. The book starts after the war has ended and we get to see where the characters from previous books in the series are in their journey. The war changed many lives and I found the book to capture history in its aftermath of a war that devastated many . I can't imagine what the slaves endured during this time period. I became so involved in the story that at times I felt tears stream down my face. The living conditions were horrendous at times, but I loved how the characters became involved and helped the people overcome obstacles. There are characters that grip your heart and you find yourself wanting to help them. The element of faith in the book was very well written and danced across the pages with compassion. The author puts just the right words of faith at the perfect time to build the strength of a character to continue through their trials. Sometimes in a book I will pick out a particular character that really stood out. In this book, I loved each character for different reasons. They were all very vital to the story and each character enhanced the other in ways that were subtle or very emotional. The romance in the book helped to lighten the story up at time when there were heavy emotional things going on that were hard to deal with.This series has been a pleasure to read. Through pain, loss, forgiveness and compassion the series comes to an end that has impacted my life. I want to thank the author for writing a series about a topic that is emotional and filled with heartache at times. In the end, the series will leave you with a vision of the Civil War and the people who endured so much, but through God's grace , overcame much to survive and move forward with a bright future. I received a copy of this book from the author. The review is my own opinion.

  • Alicia Ruggieri
    2019-04-23 08:50

    Out of all three {thus far – two more are coming!} Ancient Words novels, this one was my favorite – which is saying something, since I really liked the other two, as well. In this third book in the series, A.M. Heath brings satisfactory closure to the storylines of characters who left my heart aching for them in the last book, In the Shadow of Thy Wings.There are so many things to adore about Out of the Ashes, but just a few of them are:~ The seamless way the history is woven into the fictional story.~ The clear yet unforced Christian themes thoroughly woven throughout, not just “tacked on” ~ I love how A.M. does this in every novel, and this one is no exception: The title comes from the overall theme that God does and will bring beauty out of ashes (Isaiah 61:3).~ The well-developed supporting characters ~ each one rich and full in motive and background.~ The multiple storylines that ended up intertwining at the end and throughout.A.M. Heath is gifted at bringing flawed characters to life… By the end of these first three books, I felt as if I truly knew the characters, as if they had really lived. (Actually, when I came across a nonfiction history book about the area they lived in recently, I immediately thought, That’s where the Harpers lived! as if they might appear in the pages of the book!) If you love historical fiction, especially Civil War fiction, this series is a wonderful one to read. It is also great for high-school age kids, in my opinion. While there is a good amount of “romance” in the storyline of some (not all) of the characters, it is carefully and organically included and steeped in the context of the story. The Ancient Words series effectively and creatively blows the dust off the historical account of the Civil War. At the same time, it convincingly helps us to see God’s hand at work in the midst of individual tragedy during that time.From what I understand, Out of the Ashes brings the main historical section of the Ancient Words quintet to a close, and the first three can (at this point, in my opinion) be read as their own series ~ though I am, of course, anticipating the release of the final two books eventually! 🙂Recommended for:Young adult (14+) and adult readers, both men and women. The Ancient Words series would be a great literary complement to history classes and homeschooling. This series also makes wonderful gift for unbelievers who love historical fiction – The Gospel is very clear throughout all 3 books, yet, as I’ve noted above, not “heavy-handed.”*I received a complementary copy of this novel from the author and was under no obligation to provide a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  • Carolyn Neinas
    2019-04-24 13:32

    Out of the Ashes has become one of my favorite books. I was sad to see this series end, but I loved every word of it. AM Heath has given us a wonderful 3 book series with this as the final book. I was thrilled with the way each and every character's circumstances was resolved. It is a definite must read for anyone who likes historical christian fiction!

  • Pamela
    2019-04-30 12:41

    Out of the Ashes by A.M Heath. Out of the Ashes is the third book in the Ancient Words Series and one of the best books I've read in along time! I would advise you to read the first two books in this series to learn about who these men are. Out of the Ashes is about Ralph and Frank, who are home from the Civil War and George is traveling home from the war. Three heroes in one book plus three heroines equals fantastic!! I intentionally started reading this book very slow because it was so good and I smiled so much. I caught myself rereading pages or paragraphs over and over. Toward the end I just couldn't read it fast enough because I just had to find out what was going to happen to the three main characters in this wonderfully written book. All three men are great heroes!!! You can't help but laugh or cry while reading Out of the Ashes A.M.Heath is a rising star as an author of Inspirational Fiction Romance genre. If you like to read about the Civil War and some romance...this book is for you. I received a copy from the author. All thoughts are my own. I was not compensated for this review.

  • Karen Hadley
    2019-05-08 08:27

    This is a wonderful series and I really loved book #3. I think it is my favorite.The healing that comes to a family and friends over the loss of a dearly loved one is amazing. New beginnings. love and devotion will keep youturning the page.

  • Darla Damron
    2019-04-27 14:50

    I love picking up the story of George, Ralph and Frank. And seeing what adventures is ahead in their future. They each depend on God to get through their trials and to help them to forgive the past. Love this book and can't wait to read the next one by A.M. Heath!

  • Laura W
    2019-04-24 13:44

    I received a copy from the author. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.1.  The setting.  I really wanted to address this first because it's one of my favorite parts of this series.  This is a historical fiction novel set during the Civil War and the settings are in both the North and South which makes the dynamic of the novel really interesting.  I loved how the author chose to jump between places and she does such a good job of creating the right kind of atmosphere for each place.  And, of course, I love all the descriptions of the pretty dresses.2.  The theme.  This book is focused a lot on the differences that inspired the Civil War (if you're not super familiar with US history, it's the time when the northern continental US wanted slavery abolished (think Abraham Lincoln) and the south wanted it to remain in place because much of their local economy (and group thought) relied on it).  The differences, set in the different settings, made for such an interesting read.  Families are split in half ideologically and somehow have to overcome their differences.  The first two books are set during the war but this one takes place after the war has ended, leaving a lot of uncomfortable emotions in it's wake.  I never really explored the impacts of the 'end of slavery' so to speak and how uncomfortable and quite honestly, horrible, those first years were for all parties involved.  Obviously this sounds like a rather heavy topic (and it is) so the author mixed in quite a bit of romance as well which I thoroughly enjoyed.3.  The romance.  As I said above, the romance provides a welcome reprieve from the heaviness of the more serious themes.  There are several going on at once and at first, I was having trouble keeping up with them all but it's also been a hot minute since I read the second book in the series.  Nevertheless, I enjoyed each of the romances.4.  The characters.  I think the author did a rather lovely job with the characters as well.  In developing the theme, she had to also increase the complexity of the characters which really made them shine.  I was very disappointed in the last book because a certain favorite character of mine didn't make it but overall the book was enjoyable without them.The Final Verdict:An adorable novel with splashes of darkness; perfect for reading on a sunny porch.4 stars

  • Debbie
    2019-05-18 13:46

    I am so excited to say that I have finished reading "Out Of The Ashes" by Anita Health, the third book in the "Ancient Words Series" and I loved it. I strongly recommend reading book1 and 2 in this series before reading "Out Of The Ashes". "Out Of TheAshes"by A. M, Health is a book about how George, Ralph, Frank and others survive the aftereffects of war. This book has facts of history woven into a GREAT STORY.There are lessons that the characters learn in this book that readers need to apply to our lives, lessons about forgiveness and loving our enemies and how sometimes doing nothing to help others is just as bad as the things others are doing to those less fortune.I got to the last chapter and was thinking I don't want this series to end and I was happy to read in the back of the book that another is coming! Yeah!While reading the books I was thinking these books would make a great movie or movies because they are as great as the classic "Gone With The Wind" and one scene made me think of "The Gift Of The Magi" by O.Henry, no one cut off their hair but the gifts were just as special.If I was asked to pick a favorite character from "Out Of The Ashes" it would be all of them but the few ladies from the church, yes I can dislike church ladies in books, you know all readers do, and Melissa's parents who made her feel she was worth nothing if she didn't marry and help them financially. I think the characters will remain in my heart and head for a long time, because I could feel their pain and happiness as I read the story because AM Health told a fantastic story and made me fall in love with these characters while telling history. These stories made me cry ( not so much "Out Of The Ashes") and rejoice. There was a few times in this book I was thinking ,no, don't let be that way. I am going to close the review now before I give a spoiler alert. I SAY READ THESE BOOKS AND YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT. I was given a complimentary copy by the author. These opinions are my own. Definitely worth more than the 5 stars I am giving it.

  • Dana Kamstra
    2019-05-22 12:52

    Picking up after the war has ended, Out of the Ashes continues the story of the Harper family as they pick up the pieces and learn to move on and find healing during the reconstruction.A.M. Heath does such an exquisite job of capturing characters that feel true-to-life. Through good times and bad, these characters shine, and this book may contain some of my favorites from the series so far. This book introduces a few new main characters that are wonderful additions to the cast started in the previous books. Both the old characters and these new ones have a lot of growth and healing that we are invited to see take place. True to the previous books, you will find just as much spiritual truths whispered in this book as in the previous books. The book is uplifting all while also showing the devastation of the war and how the effects on the individual person. This is a novel (and series) that I can highly recommend, though these books certainly are best read in order. **I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**

  • Brenda
    2019-05-09 12:49

    I really enjoyed the Ancient Word Series. The first two books were more about the war and Out of the Ashes was after the war. I really began to enjoy these characters in the first two books, so I looked forward to finding out more about them in this third book. George Chandler and Ralph Williams story was interesting and kept me wondering how it would all end. The torments after the war on the men that fought was not easy to deal with. They came home without some of their friends and family who died in the war. Can they find peace in the midst of unrest in the country even after the war? Ralph & George had to fight the emotions of their lost love that they thought they could marry when the war was over. Can they ever love again? The author does a wonderful job dealing with these issues. If you enjoy Historical Fiction I recommend this whole series. I received a copy from the author. I was not compensated for this review. All thoughts are my own.

  • Becky Dempsey
    2019-05-01 10:42

    "Out of the Ashes" is the third book in the "Ancient Words" series and to best understand it, you need to read the books in order. "Out of the Ashes" tells the story of the characters' lives after the Civil War is over and how they move on with their lives. It is told in third person from the view points of (in order of first appearance): Frank Harper, George Chandler, Melissa Lowe, Olen Harper, Ralph Williams, and Rose Forrister. This book was well written. I liked the Biblical truths found in the story. Aside from Olen , all of the "view point" characters had quite significant growth throughout the story (he had his growth in an earlier book). I really enjoyed the wrap up of the Civil War era portion of the series and look forward to the present day portion and how A. M. Heath will tie the two parts together.I got a free copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and given voluntarily

  • Virginia Winfield
    2019-05-01 14:50

    This was a very good after the Civil War book. This showed what it was like for people after the war ended. It shows how the soldiers felt and the women that were left behind felt. I enjoyed the many characters. I enjoyed the small stories that were told throughout the book. I sometimes felt there were almost too many main characters and sometimes had trouble remembering who was who. I would recommend not reading this when you are tired. I look forward to reading the next in the series. I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

  • Gail
    2019-04-24 11:48

    Review coming soon

  • Marilyn
    2019-05-21 11:28

    Out of the Ashes brought to life the struggles the beloved characters in A.M. Heath’s Ancient Words series faced following the Civil War. A.M. Heath vivid, descriptive writing of her three dimensional characters was easy to read and follow. I was right in the midst of all the action and conversations with primary and secondary characters. The characters’ difficulties were similar whether in the north or south, as both were striving to recover from the devastation of the war with all the losses—lives, buildings, fields, woods, animals, etc. I loved the Gospel’s interwoven message that brought peace, new hope, love and second chances with forgiveness shown to others. A.M. Heath has become one of my favorite historical authors. I look forward to reading more books by Heath when they are released. Historical fiction readers will want to read Ancient Words series in order to follow the story of each character. There are moments of laughter, heartbreak and tears flowing of sorrow and joy.

  • Krista Noorman
    2019-05-06 08:40

    This third book in the epic Ancient Words Series follows the beloved characters from the first two books and introduces some new characters as well, all amidst the aftermath of the Civil War. I've been so impressed since Book 1 with the amount of research that was put into these books, taking us onto the battle fields of the war and into the homes of those waiting to hear if their loved ones made it out alive. In Out of the Ashes, we journey with the survivors as they return to their homes, back to normal life, some making pitstops along the way, encountering unexpected and unwanted situations, all on the path God meant for them to travel. Without giving spoilers, I will just say that I was most looking forward to Ralph's story and I loved how that all played out. If you are a fan of historical fiction, this is a series that you don't want to miss. It will tug at your heartstrings and bring tears to your eyes many times as it did mine.I received an advanced copy of this book from the author.

  • MarshaBernabe
    2019-05-17 09:45

    This is a fabulous conclusion to this series! I am thrilled with how the author treated the end of the war. Serious issues very relavent to the time are addressed in a very realistic manner. I look forward to reading more by this author! I received a copy for free, but my opinions are all my own.