Book Review

Ascension of Larks by Rachel Linden

“Linden’s debut novel is a bittersweet tale of enduring friendship, family ties and the complexities of love that will engage readers of thoughtful women’s fiction.”

Library Journal, starred review


Ascension of Larks had me reading late into the night. (Who needs sleep anyway, right?)

The cast of characters in this book are all memorable and will burrow their way right into your heart. These compelling characters are from different backgrounds, ethnicities, and countries, yet a sequence of events pulls them all together like a magnet. At the top of the list is Maggie, or her full name Magdalena Henry. In her travels as a photographer, she has made a name for herself. We first meet her in the Nicaraguan coffee fields. Her journey through love, loss, and tragedy is raw, real and heart-wrenching, in search of hope and fulfillment she has to face and walk away from some things.

There is much symbolism and imagery in this book, bringing to life the sometimes intangible struggles. What really came through for me was the question of the price of ambition.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, my opinion is my own.

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Rachel Linden is a novelist and international aid worker whose adventures living and traveling in over fifty countries around the world provide excellent grist for her writing. She enjoys creating stories about hope and courage with a hint of romance and a touch of whimsy.

Rachel holds an MA in Intercultural Studies from Wheaton College, a BA in Literature from Huntington University, and studied creative writing at Oxford University during college. Currently, she splits her time between Seattle, Washington, and Budapest, Hungary where she lives with her husband and two children on the banks of the Danube River.

When she’s not writing books, Rachel loves exploring the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest and the art and architecture of Europe. To learn more about Rachel Linden, visit her at on her website:


Melony Teague is a Freelance Writer and Columnist who lives in Richmond Hill, Ontario. The Biographer for Portraits of Giving (2014-2016), Aurora Sports Hall of Fame (2015 -2017) and teaches seniors in her community how to write their personal story.