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Review of From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon

Posted on 1 December, 2016 by in Amy Harmon, Review / 2 comments

Review of From Sand and Ash by Amy HarmonFrom Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon
on December 1, 2016
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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.

Completely captivating and unputdownable – From Sand and Ash is a definite TOP FAVORITE of 2016!

A poignant and touching story of courage, sacrifice, faith, hope and love amidst the turmoil and devastation of WWII. I don’t normally read historical romance but I love Ms. Harmon’s writing and wanted to take a chance on this story and I am SO glad I did.

Ms. Harmon truly knows how to set the scenes, the imagery and created amazing characters I couldn’t get enough of. Everything you already know about WWII and the treatment of the Jewish population during this period of time will break your heart as you will be completely immersed in this story. Things we don’t know like how members of the Catholic Church hid Jewish families within the churches and convents will open your eyes to the courage and true heart of good people.

And within all of this, the love of two people who grew up like family but couldn’t be together because of the circumstances will touch your soul as you read this book and hope and pray that nothing will happen to them during these troubling times. Turning page after page, my emotions ran the gamut. I was completely sucked into this story and it was hard to walk away as life continued on around me; my mind kept coming back to this story and I truly felt I was a part of it too, living the moments through Ms. Harmon’s magnificent words.

Ms. Harmon eloquently tells this beautiful story of true heroism and faith and it is in a word – STUNNING.

I liken my reading experience similar to how I felt reading The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons. From Sand and Ash is another #epic historical read that I will never, ever forget. I know I am not telling you too much of the story but trust me when I say that this is a must read that you have to pick up today and experience for yourself. Amy Harmon is a masterful storyteller and an author I will read over and over again. From Sand and Ash is completely BRILLIANT! <3

 

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About Amy Harmon

Amy Harmon is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and New York Times Bestselling author. Amy knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story. Her books are now being published in twelve countries, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Levan, Utah.

Amy Harmon has written ten novels – the USA Today Bestsellers, Making Faces and Running Barefoot, as well as The Law of Moses, The Song of David, Infinity + One, Slow Dance in Purgatory, Prom Night in Purgatory, and the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue. Her newest release, The Bird and The Sword will be released in the spring of 2016. She will release From Sand and Ash in October of 2016, via Lake Union Publishing.

2 Responses to “Review of From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon”

  1. Carol W.

    Thank you for the review!! From Sand and Ash is one book that I want the paperbook so I can read it. Hopefully I’ve left enough hints with my family/friends that I will receive a copy for Christmas. If not, hopefully I gift card will help check it off my list, after Christmas. Again thank you!!! Congratulations Amy Harmon on your continues success and This release!

    • momsread

      This is a definite must have in paperback…this book just touched my heart and I can’t stop thinking about it. I hope you enjoy it and look forward to hearing your thoughts after you read it!

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