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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Ashes to Ashes is a work of fiction in the interpersonal drama, literary, and cultural fiction subgenres. It is suitable for the adult reading audience and was penned by author Aleks Lyons. We are invited on a captivating journey into the internal world of a young artist, Lexi, against a backdrop filled with eccentricity, ambition, and tender humanity. Lexi, a talented painter living on a secluded ranch, is devastated by the news of her brother's murder, a loss that leaves her deeply shaken. In her time of grief, she moves in with Ashley Baron, a single and successful woman who owns a fledgling haute couture house. As the story unfolds, it explores themes of love, loyalty, and the essence of being an artist against the backdrop of love, sex, betrayal, and tragedy.
Author Aleks Lyons takes readers on a sumptuous journey through the 1980s fashion and glamour scene, revealing the dark secrets that haunt Ashley and the emotional revelations that Lexi must face in order to heal. It paints a rich picture of characters and events that resonate with the complexities of human emotions, and every line of the novel is well-considered and delivered with a true artistry of prose, narrative, and description. The character development and exploration of emotions were beautifully done, as Lyons lovingly crafts a narrative that delves into the intricate layers of human relationships and personal struggles. Lexi's journey of self-discovery and healing, intertwined with the glamorous world of fashion, is a compelling exploration of what it means to be an artist and to confront one's inner demons. The book is both heartwarming and thought-provoking, leaving a lasting impression on the reader. Overall, I would not hesitate to recommend Ashes to Ashes to anyone seeking emotive literary fiction at its best.