Ashes of the Sun (The Gathering of the Sun part 1) by A. Meredith Walters
Series: The Gathering Of The Sun #1
on June 23rd, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Coming of Age
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I was raised to believe in things you can't see.
It is the foundation of everything. I am taught to accept the unacceptable. To embrace the terrifying.
To give everything to my family.
To my church.
To my god.
Because I have a purpose. I have been trained for my calling for as long as I can remember. As an acolyte for the Gathering of the Sun, I am taught that my life isn't my own. I worship. I serve. And when the time comes, I will greet my fate with open arms and a sin free heart.
People call us a cult.
We are judged. We are ridiculed and reviled. Pastor Carter tells me they will be lost when the end comes. So we hide ourselves away from their sick and dangerous world. And my soul is safe because I follow the path.
I am the perfect disciple. I am confident in my devotion.
Until doubt arrives wearing the face of a boy I never expected to love.
Bastian doesn't follow the path. His destiny is his own. He paints me a picture of a beautiful world. His words contradict everything I have been told.
He invites me to live when I have been prepared to die.
He gives me something new to believe in.
Love becomes the ultimate crisis of faith and now I am torn between two futures.
One that saves my soul.
And one that saves my heart.
*This book contains scenes that may trigger sensitive readers. Deals with topics including abuse and mental illness.*
“My eyes fluttered closed. I tilted my head up. And when he kissed me it was everything all at once. It was joy and passion. It was fear and devastation. It was the pulling apart of my entire existence. It ended parts of me I hadn’t realized were broken.”
I have a fascination with religious cult books, well the romance ones. It might have to do with the fight they have to break free from all they have ever known to find happiness. Maybe it is just that it is so out of the box for me that I get sucked into their world and root for them to overcome it all. Whatever it is, I really enjoy these books.
“I feel as though I’ve waited my whole life to love you, Sara Bishop. My path—my journey—was finding my way to you.”
Sara kinda broke my heart. She got so brainwashed and fooled into so many things when she was a child. Some of the things involving her mother in the first half of the book became a little redundant but after that the book really picked up for me. Bastian arrived only to help watch over his brother David who joined after a horrible experience. I loved how he knew who he was and didn’t let the Gathering change that. He made Sara wake up and feel something. This is where the book really picked up for me. I loved these two together. Their chemistry was off the charts from beginning to end.
“Why was I protecting him? Because of him, I was losing my way. Because of him I was waking up.”
There was a few things I would have liked to have played out more, some scenes I wish didn’t FTB but overall the book was exceptional. The writing was on point the character development was flawless and the store consumed me. I look forward to the second book and I am so glad she went with having this story be in two book instead of rushing it and fitting it into one book. I don’t say that very often but I really feel it was what is best for this story.
“I won’t save you. But I’ll help you save yourself.”
Tears Of The Storm (book 2) releases this month!
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“Bastian’s stories didn’t mention horrible things. They made him happy. They made me smile. I wanted to know more about his version of the outside. What it was like beyond the gate. And I shouldn’t.”