May 06

From The Embers by Aly Martinez Review



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In the aftermath of tragedy, it’s strange the things you remember.

The deafening boom as the house exploded.

The paralyzing fear as I searched for my wife.

The blinding smoke burning my eyes as I carried her out.

But carved into my soul for the rest of my days would be the earth-shattering realization that the woman in my arms wasn’t my wife.

Bree and I were the only survivors—not that either of us were truly living after that night. As a single dad with nowhere else to go, I moved into her guest house. And somehow, through the guilt and grief, we forged an unlikely team.

It took years, but I watched the gradual return of her smile—slow and life-altering.

The two of us could sit outside for hours, talking about nothing, and it filled the massive hole in my chest with new life.

I may have carried her out of that fire, but the truth was, Bree saved me.

As we healed, the secrets and lies of the past smoldered in the ashes, threatening to ignite again.

Our love was born from the embers, and together we would go up in flames.

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I’m sitting here after finishing From the Embers, head still spinning, as I wrap my mind around what I just read. Let me start by just saying that if you’ve read Aly Martinez’s work before, well, then you know. YOU. KNOW. This author is amazing, and her ability to tell a difficult love story is impressive. But this book? Well, this book is some seriously next level writing. This is unlike anything you’ve ever read before, from Martinez or anyone else for that matter.

At its core, this is a contemporary romance, but Martinez weaves in the threads of second-chances, enemies becoming lovers and suspense, and the result was a wonderfully addictive story that had me hanging on every word. I don’t want to give a single one of those words away, though, so I’m just going to warn you to brace. From the Embers is essentially about overcoming a devastating loss and the resulting redemption and rebirth following it. But Martinez puts her readers through the wringer of twists and turns through unimaginable betrayal, unfathomable deception and the kind of deceit that can only be described as unhinged.

Through a complex and complicated web of lies, Martinez delivered a raw and emotional story that was shocking, shattering—catastrophic. But through all that pain, a reawakening eventually dawned for this couple. This was perhaps one of the most hard fought, well earned, full-circle kind of love stories I’ve ever read. Martinez pulled me into this story from the first page, and she owned me by commanding all of my time and attention with a completely engrossing story that pulled every on heart string as I felt all these feels. My heart raced, ached and broke, over and over, for this couple, and just when I thought there couldn’t possibly be more to their story, my goodness, there was.

From the Embers was passionate, poignant and positively unputdownable. This is one of the most all-consuming romances I’ve ever read, and without question it’s now not only a top favorite of the year but also an all-time top favorite. Martinez’s writing here was absolutely brilliant, and she masterfully told a captivating and memorable story. Five smooches from me for From the Embers by Aly Martinez.

~Danielle Palumbo




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