Book Review: Out of the Embers

First, before I delve into my book review, I want to dive into my past for a moment.

Have you ever felt that sickening sensation that someone is watching you?  Growing up, for more than a year, every time I rode my bike down one road not far from my house, I got the weird feeling that someone was watching me. It gave me the heebie-geebies…

On a separate issue, a few days ago, I posted a story about three family members who were adversely impacted by fire…

By now, you are probably asking yourself, why is she bringing up past memories and fires in the family tree in a book review? Here’s why…

Out of the Embers, written by Amanda Cabot, tells the story of Evelyn Radcliffe, a young woman living in the 1850s whose parents were murdered. For ten years, Evelyn has lived and then worked in a small east Texas orphanage.

Every week or so, Evelyn’s employer sends her into the nearby town for supplies and errands. Each time she enters the town, Evelyn feels like she is being watched, putting her on edge.

Then, one day, when the feeling of being watched becomes overwhelming, Evelyn hurries to the safety of her home to discover that the orphanage has been burnt to the ground and all of its occupants, save herself and an orphan girl who accompanied her to town, have perished in the flames.

Convinced this must be related to her parents’ murders and the “Watcher,” Evelyn and the young girl go on the run, eventually ending up in the town of Mesquite Springs in Texas’ Hill Country. The two young ladies make a new home there, but are they safe or is danger nipping at their heels?

Filled with mystery and suspense, Out of the Embers is a sweet romance with an edge. The first in a series, I eagerly anticipate reading more about the denizens of Mesquite Springs in the coming books.


I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Books, courtesy of a LibraryThing Early Reviewers. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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