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Publisher's Summary

She watched as her mother's body was removed from the ashes of her home...

Unbearable loss, dangerous secrets, and a life-threatening illness endangered her only hope for a future...

But through it all, she found her faith.

When 15-year-old Shelly Edwards' mother is murdered by her alcoholic father, she loses her home, her family, and the only life she's ever known.

Abandoned, broken from abuse and assault, facing poverty, and gripped with fear for her life, Shelly struggles to dismantle decades of lies.

But into the deepening darkness that follows, God sends heavenly gifts, leading Shelly to a newfound faith. There, she finds a peace she's never thought possible.

When Shelly eventually meets the man she will marry, she thinks her life will finally be everything she's ever dreamed of, but the lingering wounds of her past - and new, devastating medical complications - shake her faith. After all she's endured, can she rise from the ashes and trust God once more?

You'll be transformed by Shelly's riveting memoir about how love, forgiveness, courage, determination - and the guidance of angels - can overcome even the greatest anguish.

©2022 The Edgeworth Group, LLC (P)2022 The Edgeworth Group, LLC

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Beautifully written, inspiring story

This book had so many different facets to it. Shelly went through a lot of really difficult things in her childhood, and her adult life, and the way that she walks us through the story, but does it in such a sensitive way to help us still have hope and to feel inspired, it’s amazing. This is a memoir every adult needs to read. And I loved the narrators performance! This is the first one of her books that I’ve listen to and she is phenomenal. I’m gonna look for more books by this narrator too.

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Inspiring!

WOW! Intense, moving, heart-breaking, inspiring! this was well written and takes you on an emotional journey.

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Soggy Slog

I cannot believe the number of five-star ratings ladled out for this seemingly endless soap opera. Author Jorgensen's early home life was undoubtedly a horror show but much of the ill fortune that subsequently befalls her is self-inflicted. Why would she willingly enter the home of a man who had sexually abused her on two previous occasions? And where is her back bone? She accepts the ill treatment inflicted on her by family and casual acquaintance alike, apparently unwilling to offer the slightest resistance to thievery or bullying.

Her writing style is contrived and comes off sounding like an adolescent effort at English composition, with frequent servings of purple prose thrown in for good measure. She should devote more attention to grammar than to literary devices so she doesn't find herself using "me" when "I" is the correct form, or forcing an adjective to do the work of an adverb. These are not gross errors but they lend an air of clumsiness to her writing.

Narration is ok if you can get past Pilcher's little girl voice quality.

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Inspiring and heart wrenching

Such an amazing story of lies, betrayal, loss, awakening, healing and overcoming. A powerful testament of the strength that can be born of pain, resilience, and faith. Shelly’s story inspired me to find my own healing. It reminded me that someone always has it worse and that there is always a light available in dark places.

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Beautiful Ashes a MUST READ

This was the most beautiful book I have ever read. A story of tragedy and how faith can get us through the most difficult times. The narrator was phenomenal. Shelly is the very picture of strength and love. I love you Shelly and am so proud of the woman you turned out to be.

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This book is riveting and artfully written. It is at time heartbreaking, but beautifully redemptive and inspiring. I highly recommend it.

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An engaging and exceptional true story

An amazing true life story. It is well written and fully engages the reader. Excellent narration. At times heart breaking, it ultimately uplifts and inspires! Thank you for sharing this incredible adventure!

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Heartbreaking, shocking and inspiring

This book was so hard to put down. The heartbreak of her family falling apart, the shocking revelation of her childhood experiences and the inspiring fight to stop the blame and break through knowing none of what has happened his her fault. I have not been through half of what Shelly has endured but I feel her words have encouraged me to forgive, let it go. What a great memoir!

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Amazing Book! So relevant to society today!!

I can only compare the books, “Glass Castles” by Jeanette Walls or “Educated” by Tara Westover to “Beautiful Ashes” by Shelly Edwards Jorgensen! Shelly is the most amazing woman, able to overcome anything that has come her way. To read this story is to open your heart and mind to the brutal realities of this world and learn from it. You will find yourself applying the lessons taught by Shelly into your own life and find additional strength, conviction and faith to make it through anything. A true classic on how to handle adversity and come out smiling on the other side!

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A heartbreaking and truly inspiring story!

I recommend this to anyone who is looking for inspiration to overcome their own battles. Beautifully written, heartbreaking and uplifting! I was captivated throughout the author’s journey.