10 December 2018

Tour & Giveaway: From Ash and Stone by Julie Daines

From Ash and Stone by Julie Daines.
Audience/Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance, Medievel.
Publication: December 1st 2018 by Covenant Communications, Inc..
Lady Margaret Grey of Hartfell wants for nothing. The daughter of a knight, she has a loving family, wealth, and even a secret romance with the blacksmith's son. But all that is torn from her one fateful night when her home is attacked and her family killed. She is left with nothing but bitterness, an unwavering mistrust of men, and a strange and mysterious curse that allows her to feel the thoughts of anyone who touches her.

Now, after six years away, Margaret is returning home for one reason: revenge. She hopes that by avenging her family's deaths, she will somehow be freed from her curse. But it won't be easy. The identities of the raiders are still unknown, she has little left to her name, and traveling alone in the Northumbrian hills during the border wars is dangerous. Matters are further complicated by handsome Angus Robson, a Scotsman whose charm threatens to distract her from her plans. But the raiders are closer than she knows, and Margaret soon realizes that what she believed to be a curse may be the key to finding those she seeks. One touch will reveal the truth.

Reviewed by Kelly.

I love love LOVE From Ash and Stone! If you are looking for a book that will make you cry, will make you sigh, will give you hope and healing then this is the book for you!! I certainly cried! I sighed at the end! And I felt hope in what the main character learned and it is never too late to change your heart even at the last minute! I felt the healing of the main character and in Angus as well!

I can’t say how much I loved this book. Angus is a good man in some bad times and he loves fiercely. Osanna is such a good friend who doesn’t know if she is a witch or not, even though she consults her bones on every topic daily! Gillis, Angus’s brother, is a mute and carries a deep secret with Angus that could ruin more of the spotty relationship they have with their father. And of course Margaret Grey, who once had a wonderful family and blames herself for their deaths because she snuck off to meet a boy when she was a teenager while her family’s home was burned and her family killed. There was nothing she could have done except die with them but she doesn’t see it that way. She was also assaulted by one of the Reiver’s that night. He bashed her head a few times and from that point on she could see other’s thoughts if she touched their skin. So of course her life is a sad and lonely one, in which she becomes hardened, stone, and avoids human touch. That is a very sad life indeed! SO her life is only to avenge their death and expects to die in the process. She is not afraid to die, maybe a little of the dying process but not of death itself. And so these people and the villains of the story make this book a great learning and healing process! Get your tissues out, you will need them. That is unless your heart too is made of stone!

The ending is perfect. It shows that life in these times isn’t ever really a happy ever after but close enough!

Most of the time, I don’t share quotes because they are what the characters have learned from and they are spoilers. But knowing that for the most part, the characters have learned things and these are what I like to share.

“We each walk our own way, and your fate is not my fate. Each step I take is my own choice and takes me down my own path. We all, each of us, lead ourselves to our own journey’s end.”

Ugh, well darn the other quotes, again, I can not share because they would be spoilers! There are some really good ones too!!!

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Julie Daines was born in Concord, Massachusetts, and was raised in Utah. She spent eighteen months living in London, where she studied and fell in love with English literature, sticky toffee pudding, and the mysterious guy who ran the kebab store around the corner.

She loves reading, writing, and watching movies—anything that transports her to another world. She picks Captain Wentworth over Mr. Darcy, firmly believes in second breakfast, and never leaves home without her verveine.

Julie is an award-winning and best-selling author, and her novel, Unraveled, was a contender for the ALA’s Schneider Family Book Award.

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