Carmen has always been a fighter. She has fought to escape the control of her dominating father, carried the dark secret of an abusive family member, and been beaten by a boyfriend who would rather see her dead than let her go. Her mother can’t protect her, and Carmen knows that she is the only one who can save herself.
All that changes when she meets Tony. From their first conversation, they know that they’ve found something special in one another. But when a confrontation with a family friend sends Tony to prison, Carmen is forced to make a difficult choice. Should she give up the love of her life, or risk everything to save her marriage?
Through one tragedy after another, Carmen is forced to rely on her own inner strength to keep herself and her family from falling apart forever.
In this uplifting narrative, Carmen and Tony face betrayal, loss, and hardship. I Have a Purpose celebrates the lessons pain can teach us and the joy that true love can bring to our lives, no matter what the circumstances may be.
It is no coincidence that this book has gotten nothing but phenomenal reviews. It is a truly inspirational book. I really hope that this author takes the time to write another. I honestly couldn't put it down. "I Have A Purpose" shows you that you never really know what a person is going through. Every person goes through their hardships, this book can guide you on how to continue pushing through. Absolutely loved it, definitely a must read. - Jennifer Class
THE END...a page turner. I confess I haven't read a book in a while that enticed my desire to read more. I didn't want to put it down and selfishly wanted quiet time so I could complete it. I laughed out loud, I cried and I cheered. The emotional roller coaster moved fast. The book is well written and I felt like I was holding on tight ~Mishea Carmen Ashe "you've raised the bar." You can now add author to your many titles. I'm extremely proud of you as you continue your journey. You give me affirmations that no matter the obstacle, jump the hurdle and keep running. Love you. Mrs. J is smiling #inspiration - Mishea Johnson
Inspirational, Motivational, Determination, Loyalty, Strength, Faith, and Love. Life has hit me hard and I felt like giving up, but as I was reading this book I was filled with so much emotion to fight and don't give up. This book is an excellent read and I'm grateful for what the author has shared with us all. Her journey into this world as a Fighter and how life was trying to break her down, she persevered. Thank you for showing me that I'm here for a purpose.. - Amazon Customer
Thank You. I loved it. You gave me strength and the will to not give up but stand up dust my knees off and keep fighting, never give up regardless of what people say or do never give up. - Tracy Chism
Couldn't put it down read it in two days. It''s truly a must read....You won't be disappointed.... - Richie Cabassa
Carmen I received the book yesterday and finished it yesterday too!! I couldn't put it down!! Enjoyed it so much! Thank you for sharing!! Love you - Tosha C.
Strength, Courage & LOVE is what I took from your story. Thank you for sharing. What an AMAZING read. God Bless you Carmen and thank you for touching my Family. - Erika J.
This book was as AMAZING as the author. My good friend Carmen Ashe has outdone herself. I read this book cover to cover in one sitting. It is inspiring and her testimony will encourage and uplift others as it did for me. WELL DONE my friend!! Looking forward to the sequel!!! - Denise Wiggins
A great read! I'm not a reader and completed in two days! Thanks to the author for her strength to share her life with the world. I put the book down realizing no matter my circumstance there's a purpose and I have to push to fulfill mines all while staying true to myself. Thank you Carmen!! - Tishawna Robinson
I loved, loved, loved this book! A page turner! I laughed and cried!I read this book in one day!I literally could not put it down! - Monica Edwards
"I HAVE A PURPOSE" is a must read! Carmen Ashe is a credit to my gender...a very talented author...a strong willed human being with a lot of determination in her blood! This book is a great reminder that we can rise above so many hardships in our lives and become stronger and wiser from them. Thank you Carmen for sharing your journey thus far. I certainly hope this is one of many books to come!! - Nancy Ryan
An inspiring story that made me realize the strength of the human spirit is only limited by negativity. Carmen endured not one but many injustices and was able to draw strength from friends, family and her inner being to live a purpose filled life. I have had the pleasure of meeting Carmen through my inspiring sister Sara, both extremely strong women of faith. - Lucy Benke
My boss gave me this book,Wow its truly inspirational.I couldn't stop reading it. I laughed, I cried all at the same time. Its a must read. Carmen your truly a warrior.......Thanks for the read... - Samantha Y.
I received my copy as a birthday gift. Once I started reading I could not put it down. I read it on a plane ride to visit relatives. It brought me back to family situations that I carried on my shoulders for many years. It makes it clear that others face the same challenges. Thank you for recharging my love for reading. Keep writing. I want to read more. - Emily Sanchez-Meertens
Through all of her troubles, Carmen was able to overcome her personal tragedies and find her purpose-This story is very relatable in today's society- BRAVO! - Frances Bach
An outstanding narrative about a woman's struggle against all odds. I would recommend this book to all those who are going through difficult times. You will be inspired by the author's journey and how she found her purpose. -PF
My friend, better yet my sister, Carmen Ashe has put her pen to paper and has written her story of love, pain, realness and overcoming adversity. Hopefully other people will be inspired by the authenticity and message of Carmen's story. - CF
A truly wonderful book by a wonderful person. Carmen, you are wise beyond your years and your miles, and the book shows it. We all have our struggles in life, but you have had more than your share; yet, through it all, you retained your humanity and perspective, and have shown us all how we can learn from life's ups and downs and embrace the good things while putting the bad things in their proper place. We wish you well on the rest of your journey. - Dee & Bob
As I laid in my hospital bed on bed rest filled with nervousness, hoping my son would take his time and not be in a rush to meet his loving parents, I began reading this book not knowing that I would up reflecting and relating to Carmen and eventually be filled with the inspiration that I needed as a reminder to myself that I too am a fighter and not only do I have a purpose, but my unborn son has a purpose. Like Carmen, I toyed with the idea of writing a book one day and maybe I will. Initially I purchased two copies, one for me and one as a gift, but after reading this book, there's no way I can keep such an inspiring story to myself. I purchased another ten copies to give away to the young women in my life that I love and let them know that they're not alone in this world. Not everyone has someone to talk to and if a real life story such as "I Have A Purpose" can change their life and help them find their way, then I'm all for it. Thank you to the author for sharing your story with us and I look forward to your next book in the future. God bless!! - Nyika 'I Have A Purpose' is a true story that details the life of author Carmen Ashe. In her book debut Ashe eloquently shares her life's trials and tribulations. An emotional read, she takes the reader on an heartfelt journey into her relationship with her husband and the love of her life, Tony. She also exposes the complexities of the relationships she experienced with both of her parents, as well as, her siblings ...From tragedy to triumph, Carmen shares it all. This book contains everything from betrayal, abuse and loss, to love, courage and determination. With transparent storytelling it is very well written for a debut author. I was genuinely touched by this book. There were chapters I could totally relate to (for the sake of not giving any spoilers, I will not go into specifics). Also, there were twists and turns I did not expect, which made for a great page turner. Overall, this is a good book that delivers an uplifting message of hope and strength. - Tara Hicks
OMG!! Carmen Ashe made her debut as the author of I Have A Purpose and nailed it. Wow! This is her personal story of betrayal and loyalty, death and life, and true love. Her transparency and matter of fact writing style draws readers in and allows them to relate to her strength, choices, actions and breaking point. As Carmen details rising from her ashes, she gives hope to her readers and empowers them to be victorious when life appears to be against them. BRAVA! - T.C. Spellen
This book is definitely a must read!! The author grabs you from the beginning and keeps you through the end. I could not and would not put this book down. Very inspirational your strength and willpower to never give up was relentless. Great job Carmen!! Looking forward to reading more from you. Best wishes for continued success! - Tonya Lindsey