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Publisher's Summary

Living is more than mere survival...

Young widow AJ Sinclair has persevered through much heartache. Has she met her match when the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, leaving her separated from her youngest son and her brother? 

Tens of thousands are dead or missing in a swath of massive destruction. She and her nine-year-old autistic son Will embark on a risky road trip from Maine to the epicenter to find her family. She can't lose another loved one.

Along the way, they meet Reid Gregory, who travels his own road to perdition looking for his sister. Drawn together by AJ's fear of driving and Reid's military and local expertise, their journey to Colorado is fraught with the chaotic aftermath of the eruption.

AJ's anxiety and faith in humanity are put to the test as she heals her past, accepts her family's present, and embraces uncertainty as Will and Reid show her a world she had almost forgotten.

©2019 Jean M. Grant (P)2020 Jean M. Grant

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  • Donna (Girl Who Reads)
  • 23-07-2021

A great character-driven story

As a story of women's fiction, Will Rise from Ashes is an enjoyable read. As an audiobook, it is one that is easy to follow even when my attention wasn't fully focused on the book - I could browse and post on social media and format blog posts easily while listening.

The narrators did a good job, though Andrew Perkins doesn't sound like a 9-year-old child. He sounds more like a teenager, though that may be more of a result of the writing than the voice. It did give me a little trouble remembering how old Will was supposed to be (I kept thinking he was 11 years old). I think it was a good idea to have two narrators as neither provides much differentiation to characters within their respective chapters. They do provide subtle differences in the characters' voices so it wasn't difficult to know who was talking.

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  • kelly showker
  • 10-04-2021

Great premise and characters!

I loved the premise of this book! I could see myself as the woman, going through the National catastrophe while also caring for an autistic child! Great book and I also enjoyed the male and female narrators as well as some steam in the story!

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  • The Book Junkie Reads . . .
  • 04-04-2021

what would you do to make home...

The narrators did a fabulous job. I commend them both. I loved the cadance, pitch and tone. Cues were taken and carried out from the words written on the pages.

There was something very realistic about this story. From the mouth that AJ had on her. To the connection she had with her son. All the way to the chance encounter with Reid and all the barriers encountered. There were highs and lows all felt with each of the scenes. The was a connecting thread that allowed for it all to flow together.

I believe if given a chance a connection can be made with this story and the various disasters happening in today's world. There are the moments when you can compare to the tornado that devastated a community and a mother trying to make it to the school her children are at while no car or any type of transportation aside her two legs. The lengths should would go through to make it to her children.

Reid and AJ find so much more than just the trust of a strange or protective nature. They find a meaning in the endless devastation taking place in their world. I can see myself revisiting AJ and Reid in the future.

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I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jean M. Grant. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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  • Anthony Avina
  • 29-03-2021

Emotional and Engaging: A MUST READ!

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.

A truly remarkable read, this apocalyptic, disaster-driven drama immediately draws the reader in with shocking events that would terrify and challenge any of us. The author does an excellent job of blending in-depth character growth with realism in the face of a tragic event such as the eruption of a supervolcano with a writing style that immediately conjures up a strong sense of imagery, bringing the action of this narrative to life in a brilliant way.

What stands out in this audiobook is that the story doesn’t necessarily focus as much on any sense of mystery, as the main plot of the story involves an already erupted volcano, but instead on the characters as they face this disaster together and must work to find one another. The author delves into themes of grief, loss, trust, and family as the main protagonist, AJ, deals with the loss of a loved one and the challenge of raising two sons, one of which is autistic, and must find the rest of her family in the face of disaster. Along the way, AJ’s struggle to trust anyone again comes to life through Reid, as a hint of possible romance and survival come through early on in their meeting one another.

An engaging, emotional, and thoughtful audiobook, author Jean M. Grant’s “Will Rise From Ashes” is a must-read (listen) audiobook. The narrators really capture the emotional core of these characters and their world, while the writing itself brings to life the chaos and upheaval such a powerful event would have on our nation and world as a whole. With a cast of memorable characters, this is not a book you want to miss. Be sure to grab your copy today!

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  • Lelia T
  • 16-03-2021

Volcano!

During the pandemic, many readers and tv/movie viewers have avoided anything heavy or dangerous-sounding, preferring pure escapism. Not me. I’ve spent the last year immersed in apocalyptic and disaster entertainment and am still wallowing in such things. Of course, it helps that I already had an obsessive love of this kind of stuff and I’m always looking for more so, when this opportunity came along, I couldn’t sign up fast enough.

As it turns out, this is a blend of disaster fiction, family issues and a potential love story and Ms. Grant does it all very well. I’ve never been in AJ’s shoes but I connected with her almost immediately and I truly understood her determination to get to her younger son and her brother who may or may not have been caught by the eruption in Yellowstone.

Side note—this is not the massive eruption we know will happen someday so don’t get your knickers in a twist at how “easy” this blast and AJ’s, Will’s and Reid’s journeys seem to be; this is more a story of coping and recovery.

And Will, my goodness, what a nifty little kid, autistic difficulties and all. He and Reid, a fellow traveler in search of the sister he needs badly to find, are perfect companions on the road in many ways. What the trio will find when the trip ends might be heartbreak, horror, maybe even redemption and, for me, the journey was very satisfying if not quite the awful event I was hoping for.

The story is told by AJ with occasional commentary by Will and the two narrators, Caroline Hewitt and Andrew V. Perkins do a fine job. I would gladly listen to one or both again.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 23-02-2021

I was captivated by this unique story.

A natural disaster. A family separated. A mother's love.
AJ is a mother divided. When she allows herself to be separated from one son, how can she leave another behind to go find him? She can't. so despite her own fears, sorrow, and anxiety, she and Will, her autistic son load up tha car and go looking the youngest.
During this cross country trek, they meet both the best and worst in a society falling apart.
A well developed and unique story captivated me.
I loved the two sided narration between AJ an Will.

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  • Pat
  • 06-10-2020

Very Disappointed

I received a free copy of this book & am very disappointed. The story might be good but I could not stand all the swearing coming from the mother's mouth even after she says she knows she needs to stop. So I only got through the first 3 chapters. Skipping to the end only confirmed by assumption- the swearing had not stopped. I loved the voices of the narrators but that is all I liked about this book. Now I need to find out how to delete it from my library.

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  • Michele
  • 04-10-2020

Good Listen

I enjoyed this audio book. The story is well written and the narrator did a good job. The story flows well and tells the story of natural disaster and the steps a mother takes to retrieve her child on the other side of the country. The poor woman has many obstacles to over come and a special needs child to haul around the country. There are of course the people who try to take advantage of a bad situation but they are handled by local law enforcement. She is a widow and meets a man who is able to help her with her issues and maybe she can love again. The separate and he follows to make sure she is okay and saves her from a man and woman who want to steal her vehicle and supplies. It is a great story and performance.

I received a free copy of this audio book from Story Origin for an honest review.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-09-2020

Parallel to the Pandemic - will we rise too!

Although the disaster is much more physical in nature than Covid-19, the fear and panic that is faced, the strength and grit that is found, are similar to what we all seem to face these days.

The Narrator, Caroline Hewitt, did a brilliant job at moving from a determined but anxious mother to a questioning child to a strong, silent, calm man as well as many characters in between. I felt as if I was traveling in the car with those three main characters as the conversation and thoughts were shared.

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  • Michael Erdahl
  • 17-05-2020

Unique and Compelling Story

You can feel the author's heart and soul in "Will Rise from Ashes." From the detailed, post-apocalyptic world brought on by a volcanic eruption, to the unconditional love a mother feels for her children, the story rings true.


The characters themselves are expertly developed. AJ's strength in the face of endless trials challenging her and her children, Reid's compassion, and Will's optimism and curiosity are implemented so masterfully that you never question why they charge into a disaster zone to rescue AJ's youngest son.


I highly recommend "Will Rise from Ashes" to anyone looking for a compelling, unique read with emotion and depth.

Both narrators delivered a quality performance which made listening a pleasure.




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