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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