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.
ALL THE STARS!!!
Books are magical. They take you to another place, another time. You experience all the beautiful moments, ugly moments—moments that you wished never happened, but did.
When I started reading From Sand and Ash, I knew I was in for a heartbreaking story. Any story centering around the Holocaust was bound to bring many tears. And any story Amy writes is bound to leave you utterly speechless because her writing is brilliant, poetic, real and raw.
“Life is like a long note; it persists without variance, without wavering. There is no cessation in sound or pause in tempo. It continues on, and we must master it or it will master us.”
Amy Harmon took me to Italy where I lived through one of the most horrific times in world history. The amount of blood, sweat and tears along with the absorbent amount of research Amy poured into her work proves once again that she is a master at her craft.
Here I met Eva Roselli, a Jewish girl living with her family and Angelo, a boy forced to leave America to live with his grandparents who work for Eva’s family. Eva and Angelo meet when she is just eight years old and he is 12. The two form a friendship—a bond that can’t be broken.
You travel through time with Eva and Angelo. You witness a WWII and the hatred that prevailed as Hitler stole the lives of so many Jews. I SOBBED reading their story. My heart and my soul ached as I read.
But while evil spread and hatred rises, Amy did what she does best. She sprinkled From Sand and Ash with love and hope and kindness.
“They can humiliate us and dehumanize us. But they cannot take our thoughts. They cannot take our talents. They cannot take our knowledge, or our memories, or our minds.”
Once again, Amy makes us believe that above all else, love prevails and she shows us that true humanity does exist. Something Amy wrote about music equates to her writing for me.
“Music is a door, and the soul escapes through melody. Even if it’s only for a few minutes. And everyone who listens is freed. Everyone who listens is elevated.”
This is just how I feel with her words. They are a melody giving me a place where my soul can escape.
“Love is the only thing I believe in.”
From Sand and Ash took my breath away and one I will never forget. It is brilliant and by far one of the best books I’ve ever read. Trust me and preorder. You will fall in love.
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.
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