Release Date: March 12, 2013
Publisher: Battered Suitcase Press
Summary: From These Ashes chronicles the journey of two siblings looking for “home,” while searching for themselves, each other, their heritage and their destiny.
This is the best book I’ve ever hated reading. It ripped my heart completely out of my chest. I defy any reader to come away from this story without an intense emotional connection to the characters, and an equally intense empathy for their circumstances.
Ritter’s writing is beautiful, expressive and flawless. She paints urban and rural settings with equal skill, allowing readers to immerse themselves in the story.
This is a book you can’t afford to miss, but be sure to have a box of tissues with you when you crack it open!
This tale of suffering, separation, redemption and healing is not just engaging—it is riveting… It is realistic, at times brutal, at times wistful, but always effective as it moves between the worlds of dysfunction and a vision of an ideal existence.
Tamela Ritter has written an important and touching book. It deserves reading by a wide audience…
This book was an emotional page-turner. I cried, I got angry and I wanted to get even…throughout the book to the very end. I enjoyed how each character’s story—although similar, but so very different—was told from their point of view. Ritter is indeed an astonishing storyteller.
It’s a heartbreaking and beautiful story. It ends with hope, but not glib answers and a neat bow.
“From These Ashes,” by Tamela Ritter, is one of those unique stories that you will remember for a long time. Ritter is a master storyteller as she weaves this tale of searching, and wandering through family issues… I continue to ponder some of the issues raised in this powerful story of sibling connection and family. It is a book unlike any other!