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Review by Suze
Alex marriage to David ended abruptly after three months because he died in a car accident together with his ex-wife. Alex is pregnant, she has just lost her husband and she also discovers that David has chosen her as the person who will take care of Maddie. Only Maddie doesn't like Alex, not at all. Maddie wanted her parents to get back together. She was already lashing out, but now that she has lost them both she's even angrier and Alex is the one she blames. Only, Alex is also the only one left to take care of Maddie. Will they be able to find a way to make things work or will things escalate until they aren't repairable any longer?
Ashes of Life is a beautiful story about loss, family, love and friendship. Maddie is sixteen years old and Alex is just over a decade older. I liked that they both have a voice. It's unusual to combine the points of view of a teenager and an adult. It worked very well for me. It was clear that they're both in a lot of pain, but they don't understand each other too well. They're struggling, while they need to find a way to keep going. They've lost so much and I felt bad for them. Even though there's more trouble ahead of Alex and Maddie the story never becomes too heavy. While there's a lot going on, there's hope and there's love.
Ashes of Life is fast-paced and the writing is really good. I read this book in one sitting because I couldn't put it down. The relationship between Maddie and Alex is interesting and I couldn't wait to find out what would happen to both of them. They have a lot of issues and there's plenty they need to talk about. There's a big cliffhanger, one that came as a surprise for me. I enjoyed that and I really liked the ending. I loved this amazing story and highly recommend it.