4 Star Review: From Dust (Portland ME #1) by Freya Barker

Saturday, 9 January 2016
From Dust (Portland ME, #1)From Dust by Freya Barker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow, what an emotionally charged read!

This is my first Freya Barker book and I have to say, I loved it. The writing was eloquent and the emotion palpable. What Syd experienced at the hands of her family following the horrific accident which led her to where she is today was cruel and wretched. Despite living rough and finding herself cold and starving though, Syd finds hope of a safer future thanks to Viv, a kind-hearted woman who takes her in, offers her food, a job and a place to rest her head, in safe surroundings. Finding herself inside a pub/restaurant, it’s not long before the owner sees her and inexplicably finds himself wanting to help and protect her.


Gunner is every reader's dream. He’s a protective father who despite his ex-wife’s attempts to cause as much pain as possible to him and his children, fights to keep them in his care but it’s Syd who saves the day. Yes, the woman who needed saving from life itself becomes his saving grace as she fights for what’s right where he and his children are concerned.

As the story progresses, we find out exactly what Syd experienced to lead her to be living rough. Despite her daily struggles, she finds love and protection from Gunner and his staff, as well as his children. Their romantic connection starts out tentatively but grows into something which can’t be broken. As expected though, Syd’s old life catches up with her but with Gunner at her side, she fights to once again be rid of her past the cruel threats directed at her by her family.

This book really packed a punch. It is a hard read with a sensitive subject but it is all handled tastefully yet powerfully by the author as we live through the horrors experienced by Syd. With her background though you wouldn’t expect that more danger could find its way into her life but Gunner’s problems also become hers as once again she finds herself fighting to survive more pain and heartbreak.

If you’re looking for a gritty and emotional read then this story is definitely one to pull you in.

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