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From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon

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Amy Harmon
Fiction, Historical Romance
December 1st 2016

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.

Maria’s Review

➦I kept putting this book away because I knew it was going to be an emotional read and, even thought some of the tear jerkers I’ve read over the years have permanently made it onto my shelf of favorites, I won’t deny that they don’t stress me out or psychologically drain me. 

➦This is a beautiful and heartbreaking historical romance set in Italy during the time of the Holocaust… a story about two childhood friends trying to survive and save so many others… a story about a Catholic priest loving a Jewish woman and risking it all to keep her safe. 

➦Every time I read about the Holocaust I get angry and depressed. I’ve been to Israel and I’ve sat in front of a Holocaust survivor who told her story and I cried, along with so many others in the audience. It’s mind boggling and ugly. But this book was able to show that among that ugliness there were people who had HOPE and love for other people -people who they didn’t know yet risked their own lives to save. I’ll leave you with a video of a man who saved hundreds of children from death in concentration camps.

P.S. Amy Harmon’s writing is, as usual, spectacular and hypnotizing. My only complaint is with the narration of the audiobook. I understood that everyone was speaking with an Italian accent to make it seem more authentic but I just found it distracting. I wouldn’t probably hear an accent in my head while reading the book so I don’t think it was necessary. But that might be just me.