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 his 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.
For the Love of Ash is such an emotional and uplifting story. Ms. Lavati has written a book that has very strong characters and it is well paced. I love it when you can tell that the author researched and created this story methodically. The details and build up were perfectly written. I was completely entertained and engrossed in this book and did not want to stop reading. I laughed, cried and screamed throughout this book, the struggles of these 3 characters are heart felt and believable.
Maggie is a character that I was so proud and inspired by. She and her 9 year old bother, Asher lost both their parents in a car accident. Maggie did not want to lose her brother so she stepped up to the plate to become his guardian. Let me explain my love for this young woman, it cannot be easy to be a sister one day and become a mother the next. She puts his needs before herself, takes care of him and makes sure he has a stable, strong and loving environment. She has times when she feels that she is not good at parenting but she never gives up and rises to the occasion. It is not easy for a young woman to take care of a young boy, the house, bills and herself but she never once complained. Asher was her life. Maggie no longer dates, her main goal is Asher and giving him a better life. Let me say it is not easy for her especially when she has a crazy grandma on her back, constantly trying to tear her down.
Luke is character that at first comes off as conceded and cocky, but that changes. He recently become the PE teacher at Asher’s school and is his teacher. Luke is also attending college and has a class with Maggie. As soon as they meet Luke sees something in Maggie that he wants. Luke’s character is nothing at all what I thought. Luke and his siblings live in a very violent home, he wants to protect them from their abusive fathers so instead of being on his own he stays home. I found that such an admirable and selfless quality. Luke has so many inner issues. He and his siblings have an amazing relationship, they support each other and help out when they need it.
Luke’s and Maggie’s relationship is a slow build up. Maggie is very cautious with her heart and what man will enter Asher’s life. Luke was relentless, he sees Maggie as a strong, funny and independent beautiful woman and wants to be a part of her and Asher’s life. For me the friendship and build up made me fall in love with them as a couple. It did not feel rushed or forced, it just felt natural. I really loved Luke’s relationship and connection with Asher.
For the Love of Ash is not your classic romance novel, it is much more. The book deals with issues such as child abuse, anger management, how to become a parent when you are young yourself, how to deal with the loss of parents and how much a person can and will sacrifice for love and family. Real life issues affect them and they have to find a way to navigate through them al. We all know how life has its way of surprising you. The books most redeeming points for me was the development of these great characters and how they genuinely matured and adjusted throughout the book. Another bonus for me was the epilogue, it was brilliantly written and gave readers everything that they would want to know later on in these characters lives.