Book Recommendation: FROM SAND AND ASH

 

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“I was rebelling even then, pushing back against the fear, though I didn’t recognize it. Rebellion was always my biggest ally, though I sometimes hated her. She looked like me and hurt like me, but she wouldn’t let me give up. And when fear took my reasons for fighting, rebellion gave them back. 

My father told me once that we are on earth to learn. God wants us to receive everything that life was meant to teach. Then we take what we’ve learned, and it becomes our offering to God and to mankind. But we have to live in order to learn. And sometimes we have to fight in order to live.” ~Amy Harmon, FROM SAND AND ASH

Publisher Synopsis:

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.

My Recommendation:

FROM SAND AND ASH is a tender, agonizing, and redemptive story of love and war.  From its first page, author Amy Harmon spellbinds the reader, and makes us ask over and over again: What would I do?

The plot is fast-paced and suspenseful, the relationships are intense, and the exploration of the spiritual lives of Eva and Angelo make for full-bodied, well fleshed out characters. Passionate and powerful men and women lie at the novel’s heart, and the story is told with great honesty and detail.

This is a book that will make you lose sleep, and the characters will stay with you long after you close its pages. If you loved The Thorn Birds or The Nightingale, I highly recommend FROM SAND AND ASH.

Have you read any other novels by Harmon? If so, I’d love to hear what I should read next.

 

 

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7 thoughts on “Book Recommendation: FROM SAND AND ASH

  1. schmelzb says:

    I love waking up to your recommendations, Erika. I have often shared them with my various book clubs. Now I have to tell you about my latest book crush. Amazon is holding my order for 4 copies of THE LAST CHINESE CHEF. Nicole Mones made me hunger for the delicious gourmet Chinese food described in each chapter. And the subtle mystery and friendship she introduced will keep you reading all night. Let me know what you think of this author’s delightful novel that will surprise you with the cultural heritage of Chinese feasts.

  2. lomaurice says:

    Wow, what a great recommendation! Thanks.

  3. Tonya says:

    I thought of The Thorn Birds as I read this, so definitely added to top of my TBR! Thanks, Erika!

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