Review ~ Soaring ~ Kristen Ashley

Posted 22 January, 2020 by Brandee @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Reviews / 3 Comments

Review ~ Soaring ~ Kristen AshleySoaring by Kristen Ashley
Series: Magdalene #2
Published by Selfpublished on March 16, 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 603
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Purchase
5 Stars

American heiress Amelia Hathaway needs to start anew.

Her husband cheated on her, and when everything she wanted in life slipped through her fingers, she fell apart. When she did, she took another heart wrenching hit as she lost the respect of her children.

When her ex took her family from California to live in the small town of Magdalene in Maine, Amelia decided it was time to sort herself out. In order to do that and win her children back, she moves to Cliff Blue, an architectural masterpiece on the rocky coast of Magdalene.

Her boxes aren’t even unpacked when she meets Mickey Donovan, a man who lives across the street, a man so beautiful Amelia takes one look at Mickey and knows she wants everything from him.

The problem is, she finds out swiftly that he’s friendly, he’s kind, but he doesn’t want everything back.

Amelia struggles to right past wrongs in her life at the same time find out who she wants to be. She also struggles with her attraction to the handsome firefighter who lives across the street.

But Amelia will face a surprise when her friendly neighbor becomes not-so-friendly. As Amelia and Mickey go head to head, Amelia must focus on winning back the hearts of her children.

She soon discovers she also must focus on winning the heart of a handsome firefighter who understands down to his soul the beautiful heiress who lives across the street is used to a life he cannot provide.

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Kristen Ashley never disappoints me and Soaring was no different. This story had it all…engaging characters (even the kids!), character growth, realistic family issues…and I loved it all.


  • Seasoned Characters
    I have to admit to loving the fact that KA writes seasoned characters. Both Amelia and Mickey are closing in on 50 and I like experiencing life with and through characters that have lived as much life as I have.
  • Second Chance Romance
    If you haven’t yet figured out that I’m a sucker for this trope, you will. Yep, I’m a sucker for it. I adore that Amelia and Mickey have lived the lives they’ve lived, lost at love, but are growing, changing, and getting a second chance at love.
  • Kids
    Both Amelia and Mickey have children. And these kids have experienced parents behaving badly. I admire KA immensely for the way she incorporates kids into her books in realistic ways. They add so much depth to the story because they aren’t simple plot devices. She conveys the trials and tribulations of not only being a kid or teen but also those of being from divorced families.


Soaring was a brilliant addition to the Magdalene series. I’m eager to hit the final book in this trilogy even if I’m loathe to say goodbye to these characters and Magdalene, Maine.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

Brandee @ (un)Conventional Bookworms

About Brandee @ (un)Conventional Bookworms

Brandee is a mom of 3 and a soon-to-be empty nester. She is also an avid reader, a genre omnivore, and a compulsive one-clicker - but she's in recovery. Besides being a reader, she's also a writer and hopes to divide the vast quantities of spare time she'll soon have between reading and finally publishing her first book.

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3 responses to “Review ~ Soaring ~ Kristen Ashley

  1. Your second point about second chance romance, especially from this story, was really what made me want to dive into this story. I absolutely loved everything about Soaring.

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