FROM SAND AND ASH
Publication date: December 1, 2016 by Lake Union Publishing
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance
Recommended for ages: +16
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.
A sweeping, epic story of love, war, and the resilience of the human spirit.
"Amy Harmon is a fresh and creative voice in fiction. I marvel at her ability to weave together a story that grips hold of my heart and my imagination."
-- Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"I was mesmerized. It felt completely and utterly authentic, painstakingly balanced between history and fiction and faith. I barely took a breath."
-- Katy Regnery, New York Times bestselling author
"I just finished and I can't stop crying. It was phenomenal. The writing was brilliant, the love story was epic, and the depiction of the events was gut wrenching. I had to stop a few times to catch my breath."
-- Jennifer Mirabelli, Schmexy Girl Book Blog
"Amy Harmon's love stories never cease to touch my heart, but From Sand and Ash touched my soul. Just a gorgeous masterpiece of a book."
-- Mia Sheridan, New York Times bestselling author
"It is, in a word, STUNNING. I liken my reading experience to how I felt reading The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons. From Sand and Ash is another epic historical read that I will never, ever forget."
-- Christine Estevez, Shh Mom's Reading
"Beautiful and luscious. Tragic and harrowing. War. Love. Faith. Gorgeous prose around historical details. A Panzer tank through your heart, leaving dirt and rubble through which poppies bloom."
-- Suanne Laqueur, Award-winning author of An Exaltation of Larks