Ashes to Asheville, By Sarah Dooley. Children’s fiction.
After Mama Lacy’s death, Fella was forced to move in with her grandmother, Mrs. Madison. The move brought Fella all sorts of comforts she wasn’t used to at home, but it also meant saying goodbye to her sister Zoey (a.k.a. Zany) and her other mother, Mama Shannon. Though Mama Shannon fought hard to keep Fella, it was no use. The marriage act is still a few years away and the courts thought Fella would be better off with a blood relation. Already heartbroken, Fella soon finds herself alone in Mrs. Madison’s house, grieving both the death of her mother and the loss of her entire family.
Then one night, Zany shows up at Mrs. Madison’s house determined to fulfill Mama Lacy’s dying wish: to have her ashes spread over the lawn of the last place they were all happy as a family. Of course, this means stealing Mama Lacy’s ashes and driving hundreds of miles in the middle of night to Asheville, North Carolina. Their adventure takes one disastrous turn after another, but their impulsive journey helps them rediscover the bonds that truly make them sisters.
This was one of those books that I just couldn’t put down, the story takes place over the course of an overnight road trip that’s full of mishaps, and a jumble of emotion, and I was gripped right to the end.
The sense of loss felt by Fella and Zany is palpable, they didn’t just lose one of their mums, they lost their family and at times it was utterly heartbreaking to read. Ashes to Asheville is not heavy doom and gloom though, there are splashes of humour and nicely touching moments. The ending is just right! Just how I hoped it would be.
I thoroughly enjoyed Ashes to Asheville and would definitely recommend it, its children’s fiction, on Amazon it says 10-12 age group, I would say 12 up though.
I’m giving ashes to Asheville five stars because I became so absorbed in the story and it definitely hit the spot emotionally. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley fir review purposes, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.