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REVIEW: Ashes of Waterloo #RF/TAF

REVIEWED BY Tracy A. Fischer for READERS’ FAVORITE

“There’s very little that I love more, in terms of reading material, than a great work of historical fiction. That being said, I also have been getting just a bit burned out by some of the books I’ve read in the genre lately. So many of them don’t seem to be well researched and the story lines and the plots seem to be formulaic and very similar to each other. Well, I didn’t have to worry about these issues when I picked up Ashes of Waterloo, the new book by author Olivia Andem. Follow the story of soldier’s daughter Lisette as she and her family are preparing for the arrival of Napoleon’s soldiers in their village. The lovely young woman comes to the attention of a British soldier, Darbin, just as the battle of Waterloo intensifies, and Lisette finds herself in the unenviable position of having the three men that she loves the most in harm’s way. Will they, or even Lisette herself, survive the war to be able to live together in peace?

Ashes of Waterloo is a well-researched, well-written book of historical fiction that will keep the reader turning the pages from the very beginning. I so enjoyed the book, and also really enjoyed discovering a new and talented author in this genre. Author Olivia Andem is incredibly skilled at creating characters that the reader will care about long after the story has ended, as well as drawing scenarios and scenes that seem so authentic that the reader will feel as if they are back in Napoleonic times. This book would be enjoyed by any reader who loves historical fiction, romance, or just a great read. I highly recommend Ashes of Waterloo and am very much looking forward to reading the next book written by Olivia Andem, and hope she’s hard at work on it right now! ”   9/7/15