Nicole Says… Read This Book by Rachel Linden

By Nicole McManus


Ascension of Larks

By Rachel Linden

Maggie Henry is used to traveling to remote villages all around the world and documenting people’s daily lives. She learned the hard way that she can help change people’s lives by photographing their hardships. However, when Maggie receives word that her best friend’s husband, Marco, has passed unexpectedly, she races to their island home to help care for their young children. When Maggie is offered the opportunity of a lifetime that would equal an incredible boost to her career, Maggie must decide between helping her friend’s family or following her dream. Add in the fact that Maggie has been in love with her friend’s husband since they were schoolmates, and there is a mysterious new man on the island who is responsible for the accident that took Marco’s life – Maggie is forced to come to terms with the past and find her own path to peace and happiness.

Rachel Linden provides a stunning storyline with her debut novel. Her characters are relatable, and their struggles force readers to experience the same emotions. The novel starts in a desolate village that the author brings to life, opening readers’ eyes to another world. She explains the irony of one person trying to tackle an uphill battle versus that of an entire community coming together to conquer the mountain. Maggie’s personal struggles of coming to terms with her past, in order to open her heart, as well as choosing between helping her friends or following her dreams, is a significant lesson each of us has to learn.

I was enchanted by the title of this book. It was in my stack of to-read books, but it kept calling my name. When I picked it up, I wasn’t prepared for the overload of details and feelings. This book was like a painting, each page sprawling out in front of me, encompassing me in a universe full of emotions. I look forward to reading the author’s next book.

About this writer

  • Nicole McManus

    Nicole McManus loves to read, to the point that she is sure she was born with a book in her hands. She writes book reviews in the hopes of helping others find the magic found through reading. Contact her at

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