From Sand and Ash

From Sand and Ash

Book - 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.
Publisher: Seattle : Lake Union Publishing, 2016
ISBN: 9781503939325
1503939324
Characteristics: 375 pages ; 21 cm

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AL_STEFENI Nov 21, 2017

From Sand and Ash is the first book by Amy Harmon that I have read. Amy's characters and scenery are both so descriptive. I enjoyed learning about the history in this book and also the enduring love between the characters.

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lgraf
Jul 04, 2017

What an amazing story of a time in history that should never be forgotten! It's a beautiful love story as well as a heart-wrenching tale of the atrocities committed during WWII in Italy.
I highly recommend it!!!

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trosado
Mar 22, 2017

This was a heart-wrenching read, while at the same time a beautiful love story. Some might worry that an historical fiction story filled with true facts could be predictable. Although I know plenty about WWII and the Holocaust, amazingly, I was never quite sure how this story would culminate. Amy Harmon doesn't spare us the ugliness of this time, but there is always a glimmer of hope. As a reader, I felt all of it - sadness, hope, anger (especially,) despair, longing and an exquisite romantic love. I couldn't help but feel everything when experiencing the author's lyrical prose, authentic dialogue, and extraordinary analogies and metaphors. You live this story as you read it and that makes it truly special. Amy Harmon succeeds in creating a story that helps remind us of a time we should never forget, while revealing the ugliness and also calling attention to the beautiful.

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