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Amongst the Flames: A Contemporary Christian Romance

Embers and Ashes, Book 1
Narrated by: Chris Abell
Series: Embers and Ashes, Book 1
Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
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Summary

"A burning building doesn't scare me at all compared to the thought of losing you."

Firefighter Cole Taylor is the man everyone looks up to at Firehouse 9 in downtown Spokane. He's been at the department for 10 years and has no fear when it comes to dangerous situations.

Megan Taylor, Cole's wife, is a stay-at-home mother of their two boys. She was everything Cole ever wanted in a woman and the perfect wife any man could ask for, until one day when she decides to leave Cole.

Cole has fought hundreds of fires in his lifetime, but he had never tasted fear until he came to fighting a fire in his own home. Amongst the Flames is a Christian firefighter romance that tackles real-life situations and problems that exist in Christian marriages today. It brings with it passion, love, and spiritual depth that will leave you feeling inspired. This contemporary Christian romance novel is one book that you'll want to hear over and over again.

©2015 T.K. Chapin (P)2015 T.K. Chapin

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Good biblical teaching in a modern day story

I enjoyed the story however I found it rather 'cheesy' and predictable!
My own marriage is somewhat troubled which is why I chose this book and I pray that God has spoken to me through this book even though our stories are different. This is how God speaks in His mysterious way.
I found the narrators voice a little difficult to little to. A bit strained and the male and female voices very similar.
However overall I am glad to have listened and I hope my heart will take note of Gods teaching and anyone else who listens to it. Marriage is hard and we need all the help we can get. 😇🙏🏻

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  • 🌸DARA
  • 12-01-17

Faith, Love and Lots of Forgiveness

This is the kind of book that, unfortunately, will "hit home" for many people in their relationships. I say unfortunately because this story shows how relationships can seem fine on the outside but are lacking on the inside. Megan and Cole had this type of marriage.

Megan is a wife who doesn't feel validated, cherished, or appreciated. I personally didn't understand the motives and many issues that Megan expressed (and didn't express) about her marriage but I do believe there are some women who will relate. Cole wasn't perfect but he made a decision to save his marriage no matter what. He put his faith in the Lord and surrounded himself with believing friends who helped him on his journey. Cole had to learn to forgive and love even when it was difficult. A good lesson for everyone!

The narrator did a nice job with this book. He has a soothing and clear voice that worked great for this genre. ;-)

My heartfelt thanks to the author, publisher or narrator for gifting me review copy in exchange for my review. :-)

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  • pixledust
  • 07-12-16

Good Christian Story about Fighting for Marriage.

What made the experience of listening to Amongst the Flames: A Contemporary Christian Romance the most enjoyable?

The narrator has a perfect voice for the main character. Also this is an uplifting story about overcoming obstacles in your life, particularly your marriage, through the Lord. It is written in a no frills, plain spoken style with a dramatic narrative. It is particularly good for the Christian fiction genre.

What did you like best about this story?

It was a realistic portrayal of some of the common problems in marriage (minus the male fantasy about his father-in-law dying so conveniently). It portrays the male mindset fairly well (according to my husband who listened to it with me while redoing the bathroom floor). It is a hopeful story that contains good advice.

Have you listened to any of Chris Abell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but he gave a wonderful performance. He brought both the fire fighters and Megan and Amanda to life. He switched between the characters flawlessly. Good sound quality. Nice job.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There are several moving scenes in this book. When Megan leaves with the children, when he storms out of his father-in-law's house, the reconciliation talk he has with his father-in-law, when Cole finds out his wife was bar hopping, when Cole takes a turn with bedtime chores for the first time, and when Cole finds his wife's diary are all emotional scenes.

My husband's favorite scenes were when Cole realized that he really only sought God in times of crisis (the dusty bible scene) and when Cole realizes how much his wife is putting into raising their children.

Any additional comments?

I received this book for free from the author, narrator or publisher in exchange for an honest review. This is a great book.

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  • FXmomma
  • 13-10-19

Enjoyed the story.

I enjoyed listening to this book. The overall storyline was enjoyable. My one complaint is that the dialogue of the book felt forced. I understand that it is a book however, the conversations felt staged and not natural.

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  • Indydog
  • 21-08-19

Love and forgiveness

This is a story of a man who rediscovered his faith after his wife leaves him. The thing I loved about this story is that the male protagonist realizes that he has been commanded to love his wife as Christ loved the Church!
There were times I didn’t like his wife, but she slowly began to put Christ first. This book also takes the stand: in order for a marriage to succeed, Christ needs to be at the center of that marriage!!
Love, forgiveness, and Christ are what is needed.

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  • Advocate
  • 02-11-18

great in sight<br />

at first I was like not sure I like this , then I was like ,I could learn something of I listen and Attention to what the story saying I could learn something, that could help my marriage and I did

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-07-18

Where was the wife’s repentance?

Why didn’t they seek counseling? Meghan’s character was obnoxious. She broke trust and then got mad because her husband didn’t automagically trust her. M’am? I need you to have several seats.

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  • Peggy Purser Freeman
  • 26-05-18

Wish I Would Have Read It Sooner

Once a few years ago, I had an opportunity to read a T.K. Chapin book. I was swamped at the time and regret that I let that chance go by. Amongst the Flames is very well written. I love this main character and wish I could introduce a young fireman like Cole Taylor to my daughters. Well, like the man he becomes. The book is layered with spiritual life-lessons, however never becomes preachy. I love the male voice and excellent plot wrapped in grace.

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  • Beth Cunningham
  • 25-05-17

So so

I liked the premise of this book, but it was a little sappy in parts.

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  • jean doe
  • 11-12-16

Love and Firefighters..

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The story was about main characters and their relationship with each other.

They had allowed other things to become more important than their marriage commitment.

The story covers the ups and downs between the couple and the author lists a few Scripture verses.

Overall, a well written and thought out story line.


Chris Abell did really well with the narration.

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"This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review."

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  • What are you reading?
  • 01-12-16

Wonderful book

I loved this story line. It is so clear to see the author is passionate about his love for God and his family. I will listen to this over and over. And I will ask my husband to as well. Life changing and eye opening.

I received this book from Audiobook Boom in exchange for an honest review

I cannot express how good this story is.