Family Heirlooms Series, Book 5: Shards of Ashley by Karen Wiesner (Inspirational Romance)

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Karen Wiesner
Jun 9, 2015
Awards & Honors:
2012 First Coast Romance Writers Published Beacon Contest 3rd Place winner
Coffee Time Reviewer's Recommend Award winner
Long and Short Reviews Book of the Week nominee
5 cups from Coffee Time Romance & More
5 stars from MyBookAddictionReviews
5 stars from Huntress Reviews
4 1/2 books from Long and Short Reviews

5 Cups! “Jay Samuels grew up in a loving Christian home. His father is a pastor, and he soon will be one too after his time is finished in the military where he is currently a military chaplain. He has grown up loving Ashley. Even though they have been distant in their relationship, he is at the point where he wants more and is hoping not to lose her completely. Ashley Savage grew up in an abusive home that led her to run away and fall into a world of drugs and more abuse. But she forced herself to move on with the help of a boss who gave her a chance when no one else would. But her way of coping, pushing all away, might not have been right. Life is changing for Ashley and Jay. She must deal with the past and reach out to God, Jay, and his family, and trust. Jay must take a step back and see the truth for what it is, not just what he wants it to be. As the past rears its ugly head, they each must face their demons in order to move forward. What a powerful story! Ms. Wiesner has taken issues that normally would not be talked about in the same sentences let alone written about. She has written a story so worthy of your time with characters who are so flawed and real one cannot help but feel what they are feeling as well. With real issues, a Christian theme and a bit of romance, what more could you ask for in a good book?” ~Matilda for Coffee Time Romance & More

5 Stars! “Can be read as a stand-alone with returning characters from the previous books in the series. A good book. It teaches us no matter what our past has been or the horror within, healing comes after suffering. God loves us and will forgive us. A really good story!” ~My Book Addiction Reviews

4 ½ Books and Book of the Week Nominee! “Don't do what I did, and start this fast paced page turner at 10 pm. Not unless you're more of a night owl than I am and are prepared to stay up until after midnight reading. This is a well written, fast moving romance about a very damaged heroine who has, understandably, decided God has not been listening to her. The author does an excellent job of portraying both the heroine's initial belief that God doesn't answer her prayers and therefore is a fraud, and her realization that He will listen, if only she will come out of her shell, stop keeping silent about the horrors of her past and reach out. I was particularly moved by Jay's response to realizing that he took her parents' pious mouthings at face value, and that he failed to be there for Ashley in the way she needed him to be. The reaction of the church elders when he confronts them with their blindness is believable. I wanted to shake the elders and give Jay a hug. But the author raises an interesting problem here: how ready should we be to question someone else's professions of faith? Do we embrace them with open arms, even if we have doubts, hoping that they will see the light, or do we hold them at arms’ length, questioning their faith? I found Ashley largely sympathetic, and the characters and the situations portrayed in the book are ones that I continue to turn over in my mind. If you enjoy inspirational romance about serious spiritual dilemmas, you're sure to enjoy this fine book.” ~Geranium for Long and Short Reviews

4 Stars! “SHARDS OF ASHLEY is an intricate story. Ashley is very rigid in the beginning but Jay has a way of soothing when outside her comfort zones. It is a rocky road for the two as trouble from Ashley’s side of the family ignites but Jay stands by her side, even when she is trying to push him away. Beautifully written.”

“The heroine’s troubled emotions in this novel only lead her to more heartache. It is a rather dark read as her emotions can rub off on the reader, as she continually makes the mistake of not letting Jay, the hero, into her mind, and helping her with her troubles.” ~Love Romance Passion

“An emotional addition to Wiesner’s Family Heirloom Series, this book shows the redemptive quality of love and forgiveness. The author does a good job of showing that Christians are human and make mistakes.” ~Susan Mobley for RT Book Reviews

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