Out of the Ashes

Out of the Ashes

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Overview

After the death of their father, Collette and Jean-Michel Langelier are no longer tied to post-war France. While his sister dreams of adventure, Jean-Michel is hoping to finally escape reminders of the horrors he faced in the war. When Jean-Michel receives an unexpected invitation for them to visit Alaska and the Curry Hotel, it seems an opportunity for a change he needs.

Katherine Demarchis is a young widow who does not grieve the dangerous husband she was forced to marry. Now she just wants to retreat to a quiet life, content to be alone. First, though, she's agreed to accompany her grandmother on a final trip, but never expects to see a man from her past.

Katherine and Jean-Michel once shared a deep love that was torn apart by forces beyond their control. Reunited now, have the years changed them too deeply to rediscover what they had? And when Jean-Michel's nightmares return with terrifying consequences, will faith be enough to heal what's been broken for so long?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764219245
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/02/2018
Series: Heart of Alaska Series , #2
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 98,310
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Tracie Peterson is the award-winning author of more than 100 novels, both historical and contemporary. Her avid research resonates in her many bestselling series. Tracie and her family make their home in Montana. Visit www.traciepeterson.com to learn more.

Kimberley Woodhouse
is a multi-published author and a popular speaker and teacher who has shared the theme of "Joy Through Trials" with hundreds of thousands of people across the country. Kim is a pastor's wife and is passionate about music and Bible study. She lives and writes in Colorado. Visit www.kimandkaylawoodhouse.com for more information.

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Out of the Ashes 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
TheBeccaFiles 12 months ago
One of the perks of jumping into a series after the books have all been released is that you get to read them all right away. I was glad that even though the books are intended to also be able to be read as standalones, many of the characters of the first book were present in this one and I was glad to be revisited by them. Towards the beginning I wasn't sure if I was going to fall into this one as deeply as the first book, but oh boy did it grip my attention once it had it! Without sharing the labels this novel touched on some more difficult topics like PTSD and domestic violence. It's safe to say there were some pretty intense emotions that the characters were wrestling with as they desperately sought peace and healing. God wasn't forced upon them but seeds were sown that eventually started to take root and it wasn't until they looked up that things started to improve around them. I appreciated that it wasn't made into a miraculous "I'm a Christian now so all my pain and struggles have disappeared" type of healing. Faith in Jesus restores our relationship with the Father but it doesn't immediately fix all of our earthly struggles. He does work in us and through us, but there are things he may not heal us from in this lifetime. It reminds me of the passage in 2 Corinthians 12 when Paul asks God for healing from a thorn in his flesh. God's response is “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Whatever his ailment was, his weakness continually reminded him of his need for Christ. He couldn't do it all on his own, but he also wasn't meant to. Y'all, I think this is a message we could all use a reminder of every now and then. I truly adored the cast of characters in this book. I especially loved the witty banter between them that proved they were more than just co-workers and friends, but a sort of family. Their care and concern for one another was refreshing to see. The growth that was able to happen in them through the fellowship and spiritual encouragement of one another was also a wonderful thing to witness.  I already know I'm going to have a difficult time letting these characters go once I finish the next and final book in the series. Historical fiction fans? Read this series! I highly recommend it. I will be digging into the next book as soon as I finish this review :)
RobinWillson More than 1 year ago
We all seem to know, or know of someone, who has been through a time of hardship and/or sorrow who thinks there could not be a caring God to have let these things happen. What then needs to be learned is that He is there, a caring Father, to see us through it and trust in Him for all of our care. We have to learn that yes we are unworthy, but Jesus took our place and died for us. And that we need to be glad of that and allow ourselves to be set free. To reach out and know that the love is there for us to take. In this story there are two young people who were forced to part, each have their own hardship, but then later come back together. Learning to cope and trust doesn't come easy, but in this place they are guided and taught, letting each love again. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher and NetGalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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lsnlj More than 1 year ago
This is book two in The Heart of Alaska series, however it is a stand alone book. This is the first one in the series I have read and had no trouble understanding what was going on, yet I did wonder if it was part of a series, it just really reads like one. This book is written different than most. Yes, it centers on two main characters, yet there are many characters who play important parts in this book. Which probably help when developing a strong series. You really learn about a lot of different people all working or staying at the Curry Hotel in Alaska. Each chapter may be written with a different characters perspective, yet you know exactly whom is speaking and or thinking. The author does a great job at her descriptions, dialogue, history and plot. There is a lot going on in this hotel. You will find heartache, forgiveness, finding God, sickness, romance and much more. I look forward to reading more from this series.
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
Tracie Peterson and Kimberly Woodhouse knows how to tell a good story, and OUT OF THE ASHES is a good story. I know when I pick up a book by this dynamic duo that it will be engaging and hold my interest until the end. I fell in love with Jean-Michel is the prologue and felt so bad for what he was experiencing. I imagine the man (if he were real) would truly suffer from PTSD. It was that bad. And while he may not remember at the time of the events, when he does it gets pretty frightening when people might not want what he knows made public knowledge. Katherine -- I felt bad for her too. I have not married an abusive man so I cannot imagine the terror she must've felt not knowing what would set him off. I hated that he isolated her from her family and friends, but I have known men who've done that and it really drives a wedge between them for years to come. Maybe permanently. I wanted these two to find happiness, and I really cheered for them. I also loved the vivid descriptions of Alaska penned on the pages of this book. Bravo. I received a copy of this book free. All opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved out of the ashes book 2 of heart of alaska series, very good story. Kya
hadassahmae More than 1 year ago
Published by: Bethany House By: Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse I am growing in my love for historical fiction, and it is books like this one that make me want to read more and more. Out of the Ashes tells the stories of a mix of individuals, some of them with real hurts to overcome. This book is set in Alaska in the 1920's and it is an interesting read. What I liked: I really liked reading about each one of the characters. All of them were interesting to me. I enjoyed following up on characters from book one in The Heart of Alaska series. The messages in this book - of letting go of the past and moving on - are good ones. The whole book, overall, was interesting and enjoyable. What I didn’t like: There is nothing in particular that I didn't like about this book. My conclusion: Overall, I enjoyed this book. I give Out of the Ashes 5 out of 5 stars. I received this book free to review from Bethany House. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
NDowning More than 1 year ago
This was a nice second story in the The Heart of Alaska series. I enjoy Tracie and Kim’s writing. I did read (and review) the first book, and it was enjoyable to read more of the stories of the characters from the first book as well as meet new characters. The authors paint a lovely picture with words, and one can almost see the wonderful scenery of Alaska. The only things that I didn’t care for in the story were the struggles that the main characters had. Without giving a spoiler, they just seemed a little too much and drawn out a bit. Also there was a tiny hint of a mystery that in the end seemed to fall flat. But other than those two small issues, I liked the book. I would give it a 4 out of 5 stars. Bethany House provided me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
luvnjesus More than 1 year ago
Journey of healing, love and redemption. “Out Of The Ashes” by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse is the second book in the Heart Of Alaska series following In The Shadow of Denali. If you enjoyed the first book in the series, you will absolutely love this one. Jean-Michel and Katherine Demarchis were once in love, but Katherine’s dad tore them apart and forced her to marry a senator who turned into a very abusive demon. After the accidental death of her parents and the death of her husband, Katherine is left alone with her elderly grandmother whose sole purpose is to lead Katherine to God and eventually back to first love Jean-Michel. They are both haunted by their past, can they both rediscover the the true love and bond they once had? Her grandmother carefully plans a trip with good intentions to Curry, Alaska. Than she reaches out to Jean-Michel who is living in France and raising his 19 year old sister, Collette, who only thins of herself. They also lost their parents. The letter arrives at just about the same time Collette is begging her brother to take a trip to America. However, the letter contained only one ticket to Alaska. His sister found the letter and the ticket and Jean-Michel finally realizes he would need to take Collette with him to curve her excitment for adventure. I really enjoyed reading “Out Of The Ashes,” because it is a reminder that without God nothing is possible. We all need to have faith and trust that God will get us through even the toughest of times. Strongly recommend the book. I received a copy of the book from the publishers. All opinions are my own.
NanaNor More than 1 year ago
If you love historical fiction and Alaska, this book is for you! Out of the Ashes is book two in the Heart of Alaska series, following the authors first book in the series In The Shadow of Denali. I have thoroughly enjoyed Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse's books and this one was just as great as the first in this series. I love Alaska and once again found myself wanting to go back and see the beauty of the state. Here is a short description of the story from the author: "After the death of their father, Collette and Jean-Michel Langelier are no longer tied to post-war France. While his sister dreams of adventure, Jean-Michel is hoping to finally escape reminders of the horrors he faced in the war. When Jean-Michel receives an unexpected invitation for them to visit Alaska and the Curry Hotel, it seems an opportunity for a change he needs. Katherine Demarchis is a young widow who does not grieve the dangerous husband she was forced to marry. Now she just wants to retreat to a quiet life, content to be alone. First, though, she’s agreed to accompany her grandmother on a final trip, but never expects to see a man from her past. Katherine and Jean-Michel once shared a deep love that was torn apart by forces beyond their control. Reunited now, have the years changed them too deeply to rediscover what they had? And when Jean-Michel’s nightmares return with terrifying consequences, will faith be enough to heal what’s been broken for so long?" What I enjoyed so much about this story is that both Katherine and Jean-Michel carry deep wounds and must choose the path of healing. They both must find their way to a faith, in a loving God and in each other. I didn't want to put this book down and rate it a 10 star. My only hope it that they continue to write more in this series. Disclaimer: I received this book free from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing. No review, positive or otherwise was required; all opinions are my own.
HelenM0 More than 1 year ago
Out of the Ashes is book two in The Heart of Alaska series written by Tracie Peterson and Kimberly Woodhouse. This is a great story that follows the first book in the series. We return to The Curry Hotel and the characters of the first book. Collette and Jean-Michel Langelier, from France, have recently lost their father. Their father has left them both letters, one instructing them to travel. Jean-Michel was injured in the Syrian Revolt and does not want to travel. He receives a letter from the aunt of an ex-girlfriend, asking him to travel to Mt. Denali, Alaska to help her heal from her past. Katherine and Jean-Michel met each other years ago. When her father found out how serious their relationship was, he moved the family back to the United States and forced Kimberly to marry. Her husband was an abusive man who left her suffering emotionally, even after his death. With her grandmother's insistence, they travel around the United States and end up in Alaska. When Katherine feels strong enough to spend time with Jean-Michel, they work toward helping each other heal from their past injuries and try to move forward. I really enjoyed this story. I enjoyed the happenings in the hotel kitchen with the head cook. I've also enjoyed how Thomas has matured since the beginning of the first story. One of the things that stands out for me in this story is how eager Cassidy is to share her faith and help others in their Christian walk. I also enjoyed how Collette has gone from a young lady concerned about only herself to a person who helps others and puts them before herself. I truly feel anyone who enjoys reading historical fiction will enjoy this story. It is a well written, good clean story that inspires the reader. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This is my honest review.
HelenM0 More than 1 year ago
Out of the Ashes is book two in The Heart of Alaska series written by Tracie Peterson and Kimberly Woodhouse. This is a great story that follows the first book in the series. We return to The Curry Hotel and the characters of the first book. Collette and Jean-Michel Langelier, from France, have recently lost their father. Their father has left them both letters, one instructing them to travel. Jean-Michel was injured in the Syrian Revolt and does not want to travel. He receives a letter from the aunt of an ex-girlfriend, asking him to travel to Mt. Denali, Alaska to help her heal from her past. Katherine and Jean-Michel met each other years ago. When her father found out how serious their relationship was, he moved the family back to the United States and forced Kimberly to marry. Her husband was an abusive man who left her suffering emotionally, even after his death. With her grandmother's insistence, they travel around the United States and end up in Alaska. When Katherine feels strong enough to spend time with Jean-Michel, they work toward helping each other heal from their past injuries and try to move forward. I really enjoyed this story. I enjoyed the happenings in the hotel kitchen with the head cook. I've also enjoyed how Thomas has matured since the beginning of the first story. One of the things that stands out for me in this story is how eager Cassidy is to share her faith and help others in their Christian walk. I also enjoyed how Collette has gone from a young lady concerned about only herself to a person who helps others and puts them before herself. I truly feel anyone who enjoys reading historical fiction will enjoy this story. It is a well written, good clean story that inspires the reader. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This is my honest review.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Out of the Ashes is book two from the Heart of Alaska series. I have not read the first book in the series and did not feel as though I was lost or missing anything. So, I believe this one can be read as a stand alone. But I would like to read In the Shadow of Denali in the near future to see what had happened prior to this one. Out of the Ashes has several stories going on at the same time. I found the book interesting, but it could be a little confusing at times trying to keep up with all of the characters. The story has a good amount of faith and that I enjoyed. I did not find too overwhelming and made me really think. I give this book 4 stars and recommend it for those who love to read sweet, clean, and inspiring historical reads. I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
HollyMag321 More than 1 year ago
The authors bring us back to to Curry Alaska with a story even stronger the first one, In the Shadow of Denali. We see again the familiar characters of John, Cassidy, Allan, Thomas, and Mrs. Johnson. Joining them Jean-Michel, Katherine, Mrs. Harris, and Collette. Katherine and Jean-Michel were once young and deeply in love. But their love wasn’t meant to be. In the years that followed they both suffered tremendous hurt and devastation. They both come to Curry with a lot of brokenness. The supporting characters were amazing. I loved the antics of Collette as well as the growth we see in her. I do hope the authors feature her more in a future story. This story touched pretty much every emotion. There were times to laugh, cry, be angry, but most of all, to experience hope. This story brings to live the truth of God’s love, His forgiveness, and His healing power. If you enjoyed the first book in the series you will love this one. If you didn’t read the first one you can pick this one up with no problems. The authors did a great job of enough back information to not be lost, but not so much that you couldn’t go back and read the first book. Definitely would buy this for my friends that enjoy historical fiction. 5 Star Rating on Goodreads Disclaimer: I did receive a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley.com, I was not required to give a review and the opinions here are my own.
LucyMR1 More than 1 year ago
This is book two in “The Heart of Alaska “ series and although I didn’t read book one I was able to follow fine as a stand-alone. I found the historical aspect of Curry and the hotel Curry fascinating and enjoyable. The story flowed nicely with so many characters and seeing some of the characters who are tormented by past hurts find faith made my heart soar. Watching Collette develop and grow as a person makes me look forward to seeing her in the next book. Very enjoyable read and I hope to go back and read book one so I know more background on Cassidy, Allan, and Thomas. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher Bethany House. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
Natonito More than 1 year ago
Having read a couple of books by the author before [1], I am convinced that this author's romances are not really my cup of tea.  Yet again we have a historical scene where the protagonists are in a remote place.  Again the main characters struggle with PTSD, even if there is no name for it yet, and again there is a high degree of preachiness in the character's interaction with others.  There is love and marriage and death, an encouragement of maturity on the part of a silly younger sibling that will likely find a suitor in a later book of the series, and even a first marriage that goes disastrously bad and leaves a young woman conveniently a widow.  These are all elements I have read in the author's work previously--there are even interactions with Alaskan natives, although these are less fraught with danger than the interactions in the previous books I read by the author.  Clearly this author works within a narrow range of writing historical romances about people tormented with PTSD [2], something I find deeply unsettling and uncomfortable. This book offers an unusual cast of characters who by chance and design get stuck at the same Alaskan hotel near Mt. McKinley (or Denali, if you prefer).  And what is our cast of characters in this preachy melodrama?  We have a French young man Jean Michel who is guilty about having avoided World War I but afflicted with leg wounds and PTSD from his experiences in the Druze revolt in the early 1920's in Syria and his flirtatious younger sister Collette, who have just lost their father and are grieving.  We have Katherine, a woman that Jean Michel had loved and lost five years ago, who is overcoming the abuse suffered at the hands of her late Senator husband, who is brought to this hotel because of her scheming and (spoiler alert) dying grandmother, who has heart failure and wanted to bring the former lovers back together.  We have a Scot-Irish cook and her Scottish assistant, with whom she quarrels continually until he nearly dies and then they get along conveniently.  There is a woman who serves as an assistant cook who married a couple of years ago and is having a pregnancy that leaves her confined to her bed.  We have a boiler explosion, close encounters of the bear kind, a quarantine because of a flu outbreak, and a French soldier not in his right mind who feels it necessary to deliver a message to try to bring him out of his own torment over what happened in Syria.  Much of this is accompanied by a great deal of heavy-handed preaching on the part of the book's characters about the need for a Savoir and solo gracia. In looking at this book, I get the feeling that the authors are writing this book and the dozens like it in the author's oeuvre for themselves as well as for others.  But who else is reading this book.  These are not the sort of romances that are likely to gain crossover appeal with many guys.  These books seem to be written to reasonably intelligent Christian young women who suffer from PTSD and want to know if love will come their way, and the book promises that it will with a ruggedly handsome military man who suffers from PTSD as well so that two broken people can be healed by the grace of God.  That is all well and good, except that life is seldom as convenient as this book would have it, where the circle of people is very small.  There is a fine line between a work that is meant to demonstrate divine providence and a book that simply offers unrealistic convenience, and this