Title: For The Love of Ash
Author: Taylor Lavati
Expected publication: March 9th 2015
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Rating: 4 out of 5 Wine Glasses
Maggie Larken is a reformed party girl. After her parent’s death, she’s left to raise Asher, her nine-year-old brother.
Luke Wilson has done everything his parents have ever asked of him. A new teacher, Luke constantly questions where is life is headed.
When Luke and Maggie meet, neither is in the market for a relationship. But sometimes life has other plans. Both navigate new waters as they try to decide where their priorities should lie, while also seizing what they want.
In this heartbreakingly real tale of love, Maggie and Luke discover what being a family truly means.
*This book is a standalone and NOT part of a series. This book contains mature content.
When reading description of this book I thought to myself, this would be a cute, quick story. I am so glad that I decided to read For The Love of Ash.
Maggie, a twenty-three year old women, ends up with custody of her nine year old brother after the death of their parents. She is determined to give her brother a good, loving home. Something that they did not have with their parents. She has to deal with her condescending grandmother Margo though who has court-ordered monthly visits and constantly makes Maggie feel like a failure.
Luke comes from a very well off family with five siblings and an abusive father. He recently accepted a job at an elementary school where he wants to make a difference, with dreams of teaching overseas one day. The first day of school, his first day teaching gym, the counselor has asked him to keep an eye out for one of his students whose guardian is concerned about his adjustment to everything...
Luke and Maggie meet when they each return to college. Luke must retake a class at the local college around work schedule. The first day of class, he sits behind Maggie and she intrigues him. He tries to talk to her, but she blows him off. They are thrown together though when they're partnered together in class and Maggie soon learns that Luke is Asher’s teacher.
I really enjoyed the story of Maggie coming into herself. Of Luke realizing he is a good person, and not like his father. All of Luke’s siblings play a part in the story and I loved the fact that no matter what they were always there for each other. I hate spoilers, so I won't give any! I would have given the story 5 wine glasses, but I felt that the issues with Margo could have been better resolved, or told to us. She was in and out of the story, which was fine, but after her last scene, that was it.
I definitely recommend For The Love of Ash. It is a longer book, not in a bad way; I did not skim. The story is also a stand-alone with a solid ending, no waiting forever for the next part, and no cliffhangers! ☺