Ascension of Larks

About Ascension of Larks
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (June 20, 2017)
When globetrotting photographer Magdalena Henry loses the only man she’s ever loved, she risks her stellar career to care for his widow and young children on a remote island in the Pacific Northwest.

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 Review

In the beginning, there was some warming up to both the story and the characters. Yet, after I got over that small hurdle I was able to really enjoy the story as well as the characters. There was a bit of a message as well "All shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well."

To be honest, it was not only Lena and her three children, Gabby, Luca, and Jonah that needed assistance; Maggie did as well. She just did not know it at first. Yet, by the end of the story, everyone had grown stronger. I can't forget to mention Lena's Aunt Ellen. She was a bit of the glue that helped bind everyone together as well.

Daniel was the mystery wild card in the story. However, as his story was slowly revealed, I came to like him as well. He brought great knowledge as his profession in poetry. He may not have fully found his peace but it was coming. This book will stick with you even after you have finished the last page with engaging characters and a well written story.

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About Rachel Linden

Rachel Linden is a novelist and international aid worker whose adventures living and traveling in fifty countries around the world provide excellent grist for her stories. She 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, Rachel splits her time between Seattle, Washington and Budapest, Hungary where she lives with her husband and two children. Rachel enjoys creating stories about hope and courage with a hint of romance and a touch of whimsy.

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