The first installment of the Beauty for Ashes tetralogy, “Hidden Secrets”, chronicles the childhood and young adult life of narrator and protagonist Ruth Samuelsson. Ruth spent the first twelve years of her life in a physically and emotionally abusive household. On her twelfth birthday, a catastrophic event occurred that changed the entire course of her life and stripped her of her faith. Even though she can’t remember the details of that night, the “who done it” continuously plays in her head. Ruth is determined to figure out the particulars of what happened that night.
Ruth narrates, ”Hidden Secrets”, as a woman who is recounting the ups and downs and ins and outs of her life. She starts with details of her childhood and moves us through her college years. Along the way the reader meets three additional main characters that will carry throughout the series, Tony and Jessica Baker, and Dr. Fannie Meyers. The novella has mystery, intrigue, and there is also a love story. It crescendos into a cliffhanger, enticing the reader to book two, “Darkest Before Dawn.”
The second installment of the Beauty for Ashes tetralogy, “Darkest Before Dawn”, relates the story of protagonists Priscilla Rhodes, a thirteen year-old and Dr. Fannie Meyers, a psychiatrist. Priscilla is an orphan who is ordered by the court to live with a relative. Once she is taken into the relative’s home, Priscilla becomes a victim of unfortunate circumstances, which have a profound affect on her life. Dr. Fannie Meyers is a young psychiatrist making her mark in the medical industry. She is assigned to work through Priscilla’s problems with her. In addition to the characters presented in the first book and Priscilla, “Darkest Before Dawn,” introduces and/ or tells the stories of Dr. Naomi Allen, Mark and Connie Baker, Phil Heinz, Trinity Pace, and Joe Hollins.
In the third installment, “By Any Means”, each character continues to face major situations and crises. As they realize many of their issues stem from generational curses and demonic attacks from our enemy, Satan, they form strategic plans to combat the schemes that are forged by him. They fight with the weapons God has provided. They fight…by any means necessary.
In the fourth and final book, “Triumph”, each character confronts the past in a once and for all show down. They find love, life, and forgiveness, finally realizing their beauty for ashes.