I have never read a book by Amy Harmon I didn’t love, except for her fantasy novels. But that’s simply because I’m not a fan of the fantasy genre. And I LOVED this book. If you’re  fan of historical fiction & romance, this book will take you on a journey through  harrowing a story of love and faith shrouded in death and despair.

From Sand & Ash

“Fear is strange.
It settles on chests and seeps through skin, through layers of tissue, muscle, and bone and collects in a soul-sized black hole, sucking the joy out of life, the pleasure, the beauty.
But not the hope.

Somehow, the hope is the only thing resistant to the fear, and it is that hope that makes the next breath possible, the next step, the next tiny act of rebellion, even if that rebellion is simply staying alive.”

About From Sand & Ash

Amy Harmon is a master story teller. She weaves words together in such a way that you can taste, see, smell and feel the story unfold. And once again, she has done it with this sweeping saga of Eva and Angelo’s love story set amidst the horror of war. 

Italy, 1943β€”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.

A sweeping, epic story of love, war, and the resilience of the human spirit.

Amy weaves together a story that showcases the best and worst of our humanity. Set amidst the horrors and atrocities of the second world war. The story is ruthless in it’s telling and will have your heart and your mind warring and soaring between shock and relief, hope and horror, faith and despair. 

While I have always been morbidly fascinated by the horrors of war and particularly the second world war and I’ve watched numerous documentaries about it, this book made me feel those horrors,. That despair, that fear, that hopelessness in so many ways. The story, the war, it was so very real to me while reading this book.

The story is SO much more than a romance. It’s about good versus evil, about tenacity and the will to live, about rebellion and submission, about bearing up under unbearable circumstances.

It is both beautiful and torturous, hopeful and horrifying. You will NOT be able to put it down.

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