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Ascension of Larks de Rachel Linden
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Ascension of Larks (edició 2017)

de Rachel Linden (Autor)

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"Winsome kids and family friends add depth and warmth to the well-developed cast of characters. Readers will eagerly await future offerings from this promising new author."--Publishers Weekly, STARRED review "Linden's debut novel is a bittersweet tale of enduring friendship, family ties, and the complexities of love that will engage readers of thoughtful women's fiction."--Library Journal, STARRED review, Debut of the Month When globetrotting photographer Magdalena Henry loses the only man she's ever loved, she risks her stellar career to care for his widow and young children on a remote island in the Pacific Northwest. Free-spirited and fiercely independent, Maggie adores her life of travel and adventure. But she has a secret. She can't let go of her first and only love, renowned architect Marco Firelli, now married to her best friend Lena. When Marco drowns in a kayaking accident, Maggie rushes to the Firelli family's summer home on San Juan Island. Once there she discovers that Marco was hiding something that could destroy his family. As fragile, perfectionistic Lena slowly falls apart, Maggie tries to provide stability for Marco and Lena's three young children. When Maggie is offered a once-in-a-lifetime chance to compete in the world's most prestigious photography competition, she thinks she's found the answer to their problems. Then Lena makes a choice with unexpected and devastating consequences, forcing Maggie to grapple with an agonizing decision. Does she sacrifice the golden opportunity of her career or abandon the Firellis just when they need her the most? Gradually the island begins to work its magic. A century-old ritual to beckon loved ones home offers hope in the midst of sorrow. And a guilt-ridden yet compelling stranger hiding on the island may offer Maggie a second chance at love, but only if she can relinquish the past and move forward to find joy in unexpected places.… (més)
Membre:PamelaBarrett
Títol:Ascension of Larks
Autors:Rachel Linden (Autor)
Informació:Thomas Nelson (2017), 336 pages
Col·leccions:La teva biblioteca
Valoració:*****
Etiquetes:San Juan Island, Pacific Northwest, photography, love story, mystery, family, grief and loss, friendship

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Ascension of Larks de Rachel Linden

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This book is ... having an identity crisis? When I received it (a giveaway), I was surprised to see that it was published by Thomas Nelson (known for Christian fiction, among other things) as I didn't remember it being described in the overtly religious way that Christian fiction usually is.

Other "surprises" (primarily because of the Christian fiction genre labeling; I wouldn't care otherwise):
- Multiple mentions of breasts
- Casual reference to living together before marriage
- Seeming lack of (or indifference to) genuine religious faith from everyone except the Anglican priest
- Weird love triangle

General criticisms:
- Repeated emphasis on Magdalena's impoverished background, single mother ostracized from the church, and financial struggles, yet she ends up at a prestigious college and with a career in the arts
- You know how in writing workshops, one of the frequent suggestions is "show, don't tell" in reference to character development and story arc? This book is frontloaded with info dump (admittedly, one of the characters is dead so there's a lot of telling in regard to his background, but still).
- I feel bad for the kids, but at the same time -- this family has a fancy summer house, retirement accounts, funds to buy a replacement car after an accident -- 250k is not THAT much if you're looking at that lifestyle.
- However, whose insurance is paying for Lena's hospital stay??? ( )
  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
Good as a CD read by Lauren Woodward. A little on the formulaic side simply because there were just SO many problems that kept appearing and needed to be worked through before you could get to an ending!! I half-way made some assumptions along the way that were correct as to how the author could reach a reasonable ending, and I was right. ( )
  nyiper | Dec 14, 2017 |
Maggie Henry is a successful photographer but less accomplished at relationships. She is single and travels the world taking pictures in remote parts of the world. Maggie has not had time to develop friends due to her hectic schedule but remains in contact with her married college friends, Lena and Marco. Deep down she has repressed a longtime crush on Marco for almost a decade.

Maggie learns that Marco has drowned in a kayaking accident and rushes to Lena’s home to comfort her friend. She is forced to confront the divergent paths that each of their lives have taken since college. Lena was married with three kids living in the suburbs while Maggie remained alone to enhance her career. Maggie has always been jealous that Marco chose Lena over herself while she was studying abroad. As she evaluates her current surroundings she begins to examine who has had the happier life. During her stay, secrets about Marco are quickly uncovered and she must decide what role she will take to help Lena and her family.

This book is about long term friendships and how they evolve over time. It is about changing perspectives and not getting stuck in our old identities. Rachel Linden’s next book, Becoming The Talbot Sisters, will be released in May 2018. ( )
  leopolds | Aug 9, 2017 |
Ascension of Larks by author Rachel Linden is a beautifully constructed novel. Complex characters and plotting kept me interested and engaged. The setting of San Juan Island in Washington brought a richness and perhaps a bit of magic to the narrative. The themes of loss and aloneness will speak to most readers. This is a novel I loved, and I recommend it. The only drawback is the mix of spiritual elements that, while pointing to restoration and healing, for me, only presented a confusing message.

Maggie Henry travels to the only home she knows — the summer getaway of best friends Lena and Marco. But it is tragedy that brings her there. In the depths of grief, Maggie must navigate more and more loss as she attempts to help a hurting family. As the weeks go on, Maggie is confronted with the truth of her life and the road to healing she must take.

Ascension of Larks can be termed women’s fiction. The point of view is from main character Maggie. The story is told in a series of present day events interspersed with memories. All of the characters are well-developed and believable in their actions, motives, emotions, and flaws. No one is perfect, but all are perfectly human. Healing for photographer Maggie comes in the realization that she has been living life looking through the viewfinder of her camera. “It made her feel better to have her camera in her hands. Life made more sense when she could see it through a viewfinder.” (page 101) Maggie has unconsciously kept herself away from pain and messiness, choosing to document life rather than feel it. But life is messy and it does hurt, and aloofness from the world only isolates. Linden is a very talented writer and has created a book that is a joy to read.

Because of all the above, I would normally have given Ascension of Larks a highly recommended rating. But . . . the spiritual messages of the book are a mix of Christianity and manmade ritual seeking to make sense of the world. As a child, Maggie was hurt by rigid and legalistic church practices and attitudes that are definitely not Christ-like, so she is at once a sceptic and a seeker. The one character in the book that articulates God’s grace, does so in a round about fashion. I think this, combined with the other mystical elements, obscures the real truth. All of that would be okay if this book was marketed to a general market audience, but this is Christian fiction. As such, I think that it should have had a more definitive message. Obviously, these are just my subjective thoughts (make sure to visit other blogs on the tour for more thoughts and insights). The novel certainly made me think, and would make for great discussion for a book club.

Recommended.

Audience: adults.

Great for Book Clubs.

(Thanks to TLC Book Tours for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.) ( )
  vintagebeckie | Jul 31, 2017 |
In the beginning, there was some warming up to both the story and the characters. Yet, after I got over that small hurdle I was able to really enjoy the story as well as the characters. There was a bit of a message as well "All shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well."

To be honest, it was not only Lena and her three children, Gabby, Luca, and Jonah that needed assistance; Maggie did as well. She just did not know it at first. Yet, by the end of the story, everyone had grown stronger. I can't forget to mention Lena's Aunt Ellen. She was a bit of the glue that helped bind everyone together as well.

Daniel was the mystery wild card in the story. However, as his story was slowly revealed, I came to like him as well. He brought great knowledge as his profession in poetry. He may not have fully found his peace but it was coming. This book will stick with you even after you have finished the last page with engaging characters and a well written story. ( )
  Cherylk | Jul 20, 2017 |
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"Winsome kids and family friends add depth and warmth to the well-developed cast of characters. Readers will eagerly await future offerings from this promising new author."--Publishers Weekly, STARRED review "Linden's debut novel is a bittersweet tale of enduring friendship, family ties, and the complexities of love that will engage readers of thoughtful women's fiction."--Library Journal, STARRED review, Debut of the Month When globetrotting photographer Magdalena Henry loses the only man she's ever loved, she risks her stellar career to care for his widow and young children on a remote island in the Pacific Northwest. Free-spirited and fiercely independent, Maggie adores her life of travel and adventure. But she has a secret. She can't let go of her first and only love, renowned architect Marco Firelli, now married to her best friend Lena. When Marco drowns in a kayaking accident, Maggie rushes to the Firelli family's summer home on San Juan Island. Once there she discovers that Marco was hiding something that could destroy his family. As fragile, perfectionistic Lena slowly falls apart, Maggie tries to provide stability for Marco and Lena's three young children. When Maggie is offered a once-in-a-lifetime chance to compete in the world's most prestigious photography competition, she thinks she's found the answer to their problems. Then Lena makes a choice with unexpected and devastating consequences, forcing Maggie to grapple with an agonizing decision. Does she sacrifice the golden opportunity of her career or abandon the Firellis just when they need her the most? Gradually the island begins to work its magic. A century-old ritual to beckon loved ones home offers hope in the midst of sorrow. And a guilt-ridden yet compelling stranger hiding on the island may offer Maggie a second chance at love, but only if she can relinquish the past and move forward to find joy in unexpected places.

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