From The Ashes is Ethel's latest published novel. The book was written with the young adult in mind, although it has been parised by older adults because it hits close to the heart of those who have adopted children or know of those who have.
Rebecca gazed somberly toward the spot where her house had once stood. And again she could hear the terrible chanting and smell the rancid odor of burning, oil-soaked torches. Suddenly, her senses began to reel as memory brought back all the old terror of that long ago night. Again she could hear the screams coming from inside the house, and the outraged shouts that came from the outside. The same intense panic that had seized her that dreadful night was holing now in its unyielding grip.
Today, just as she had all those years ago when something was bothering her, Rebecca looked up at the second-story window of the old house next door. In the past, she would have seen Macky leaning our, head and shoulders, waving to her, letting her know that he was there, ready and willing to slay dragons for her. And with that mental image in mind, Rebecca walked away from the ashes of her past with a new determination to find all the pieces, put them back together, and get on with her future.