From Sand and Ash (Amy Harmon)

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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.

All of the feels. I want to bottle them all up and stick them on my bookshelf.

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What a beautiful story. Some chapters were so intense I had to make sure I was still breathing because I was holding my breath so long waiting to see what was going to happen or unfold next. And it was tragic. God was it tragic. I couldn’t even imagine being there during the timeframe we are placed in while reading, I just couldn’t.

Now, I’m not one for details or maybe I should clarify, OVER-detailing in the books I read. I just feel like I don’t have enough time to read through all of that but FSaA didn’t feel like that to me. Sure, there were details but it was just enough detail to keep me there within the story with Eva and Angelo. It was just what I needed to keep me in tune with the books.

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Amy has kickass writing. She just does. I mean look, she wrote a historical fiction book and I wasn’t bored. That says something about an author, right? Plus it is Amy Harmon.

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The story line is able to provide the reader with the kind of slow burn we yearn for. It was almost as good as The Bronze Horseman’s slow burn but I’m still a sucker for my Shura and Tania. From Sand and Ash will be a story I remember for a long time and for that I’m eternally thankful.

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