From Sand and Ash

Posted March 29, 2017 by Books & Alochol Girls in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

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From Sand and Ash
Amy Harmon
Lake Union Publishing
December 1,2016

Italy, 1943—Germany occupies much of the country, placing the Jewish population in grave danger during World War II.

As children, Eva Rosselli and Angelo Bianco were raised like family but divided by circumstance and religion. As the years go by, the two find themselves falling in love. But the church calls to Angelo and, despite his deep feelings for Eva, he chooses the priesthood.

Now, more than a decade later, Angelo is a Catholic priest and Eva is a woman with nowhere to turn. With the Gestapo closing in, Angelo hides Eva within the walls of a convent, where Eva discovers she is just one of many Jews being sheltered by the Catholic Church.

But Eva can’t quietly hide, waiting for deliverance, while Angelo risks everything to keep her safe. With the world at war and so many in need, Angelo and Eva face trial after trial, choice after agonizing choice, until fate and fortune finally collide, leaving them with the most difficult decision of all.

I’ve only read a few of Amy’s books, but she never ceases to amaze me. Her books are so deep and powerful, they make my soul ache. While there is always a touch of romance, there is always so much more. From Sand and Ash is no different. Harmon literally transports you back in time to one of the most horrifying time periods in our world. You are made to feel every injustice as it happens. Not only to Eva and Angelo, but also to the rest of Europe. While the love story is surely front and center, the holocaust is more than just a setting for the plot. I found myself holding my breath for long periods of time, as I feared not only for the main characters, but also everyone around them. The author makes you feel as though you know them, as if they are close friends and you are completely invested in their outcome. And while this is certainly, fiction, the people in this story could be any person that lived through this time.  I cried several times during this story and I had an ache my chest throughout the whole book. Harmon has a way with words that makes even the most tragic things beautiful. The story flows so effortlessly that it is impossible to put down, even though some parts are truly tragic. This is not only a love story, it is a story of hope and survival. Absolutely one of the most beautiful, moving books I have ever read. 10 stars and a bottle of Italy’s finest wine! Enjoy!

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