The Ash Family by Molly Dektar

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Available Here! – The Ash Family by Molly Dektar

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

This was my Book Club’s pick for October!  The story wasn’t quite what I was expecting, which is usually a good thing.  The book brought good discussion in our group as there were many interesting topics pertaining to the story.

Berie is the main character who isn’t sure the life she is currently living, is the one she actually wants to be living.  As if her thoughts produced an entity, she meets a somewhat seductive but mysterious guy while waiting at the bus station where she is supposed to be boarding to go to college.  They strike up a conversation, a bit too easily if you ask me since they were strangers to each other.  Here folks is where I realized first how naive Berie’s character was.

Mr. Mysterious convinces her in a very short time whilst standing at the bus station, that she should come with him and visit his family’s farm.  With the promise of this new more exciting life, Berie goes with him……..yes I know what you’re thinking, I thought the same thing.  What on earth is this girl doing.

Once they arrive to the Ash Family Farm, she finds that his family aren’t blood relation, but a community of sorts.  This ‘family’ has been living off the grid, using their own fertile lad to grow food and survive using their own sources.  Berie, now renamed Harmony, renounces her old life and settles into her new one on the farm. She begins to make friends. And then they start to disappear………

This is a strange story and the ending leaves you hanging, but you’ll find yourself shocked, not surprised shocked, but the kind that makes you want to say…WHAT IN THE WORLD IS SHE THINKING.

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The Girl in Red by Christina Henry

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Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

This was a great quick apocalyptic read, although I feel like it could have had more potential in the story.  This is the reason for the 4 out of 5 stars.  I’m a fan of Grimm Fairytales and this was a good little spin to the story.  The cover is great as well!

This is not the story of Red that you know.  It is not safe for anyone to be alone in the woods, there are predators of every species lurking in the shadows. But the woman in the red jacket has no choice.  At least not since the the Crisis came, decimated the population, and sent those who survived fleeing into quarantine camps that serve as breeding grounds for death, destruction, and disease.

This book was really good, the author did a good job leading up to the point of finding out what was actually happening to people.  The only thing is, we found out almost at the end.  I felt as if there should be a second book or something to take us a little more in the direction of that.  It was her journey ‘through the woods’ and then a chapter of what she is running from.

Give it a shot and let me know your thoughts!  This author has potential!

Available on Amazon – The Girl in Red by Christina Henry

The Red Dirt Hymnbook by Roxie Faulkner Kirk

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Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

This is Ruby Fae McKeever’s story told in her own words of how she came to be a 20 year old college drop-out who married the handsome son of a traveling preacher, but unfortunately ends up in a very controlling, abusive relationship.  Ruby Fae, J. W. and their daughter  are part of a traveling ministry team lead by J. W.’s father, old Rev. As they travel the country in a bus preaching and singing to the wayward souls, things aren’t going so well for Ruby and J.W. Very quickly J.W. turns abusive towards Ruby in the name of keeping his household in order. Ruby wants to go back home to the Oklahoma Red Dirt plains and her mom and dad. This is the heart breaking story of lengths she has to go to to make that happen for her and her daughter.

The only reason I have the book 4 out of 5 stars it was good writing, but there were parts of the story that lost me a couple times.  It was not quite my genre I would of picked up, but I do want to look into more from this author in the future.

Available on Amazon – The Red Dirt Hymnbook by Roxie Faulkner Kirk