From Sand and Ash
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 th...more
Amy Harmon is one of those authors that can’t write a bad book. She always blows me away with the uniqueness of her stories and the beautiful way they’re written. All of them have a special place in my heart in a different way, yet none of them have touched me quite like From Sand and Ash did. This is by far her best work yet. This book is unforgettable. Truly one of the most stunning, beautiful, powerful and heart wrenching books I have ever read. I don’t normally read historical ...more
Beautiful, heartbreaking and inspirational. Loved it! Amy Harmon is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. Each of her books that I've read has been incredibly emotional and touching.
'From Sand and Ash' is a gripping account of true love in WWII-era Italy. This story held my attention from start to finish. I fell in love with the characters and the visually rich setting. This book was so beautifully crafted that the scenes were nearly tan ...more
"Fear is strange.
It settles on chests and seeps through skin, through layers of tissue, muscle, and bone and collects in a soul-sized black hole, sucking the joy out of life, the pleasure, the beauty.
But not the hope.
Somehow, the hope is the only thing resistant to the fear, and it is that hope that makes the next breath possible, the next step, the next tiny act of rebellion, even if that rebellion is simply staying alive."
"There was no on...more
”From sand and ash, new life. With every song and with every prayer, with every small rebellion…”
Before I begin gushing over this story I must start with a line from the author’s note…
”I did my best to represent the Jewish and Catholic religions and people with love and respect.”
Amy Harmon beautifully represented these two faiths during this World War II based romance. The extent of her research, and the unique way she incorporated real people and events into this fi ...more
beyond the fantastic narration, lovable characters, and beautiful storytelling, what i love most about this is the setting. italy is often forgotten when it comes to WWII historical fiction and it was such a wonderful experience to read about the place in which i currently live. its given me a much deeper appreciation for the e ...more
Gritty, heart wrenching, tragic, but so very beautiful and passionate-
I’ve been meaning to read this book for several years- yes- years. It’s been languishing on my Kindle as first one obstacle, then another got in the way of my reading it. I knew it was a book I’d want to digest slowly and take my time with, so despite the delay, I think this was the best time to absorb such a rich, engrossing tale.
“My father told me once that we ...more
Historical fiction is my most favourite genre and this book was one of the absolute best historical fiction novels I have ever read! I took my time with this book, saving it for when I had longer chunks of uninterrupted time to read and truly savour the writing and story. This is my first Amy Harmon book - I have found a new favourite author - I feel ...more
From Sand and Ash is shrouded in historical events that are deplorable. Evil at its worse without the need to exaggerate in any way. Set in Italy during the German occupation of 1943 and onwards, it shows the danger and evil faced by Jewish people at the hands of the Gestapo, the horror of war, dictatorship and the atrocities of the past juxtaposed with the awe-inspiring human capacity of survival; to hope, to love, to have faith, to overcome the worse kind of evil. The story is ac ...more
➦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 lovi ...more
I'm back. And I'm not writing a review. I wrote the author a sobbing, sloppy letter instead. If you're reading this trying to decide if you should 1 click, just do it. Nothing I could say would do it justice anyway.
"I love you. I have always loved you, and I will always love you."
The love story between the two main characters was well done and I was not sure how the author was going to end it. Several times I really feared th ...more
POV: Third Person
Eva Rosselli was an accomplished violinist from Florence. Coming from a wealthy family, she had good childhood with love and support from people around her. But as the war bled closer, things started to change when her Jewish family became the target of hate.
Angelo Bianco grew up with the Rosselli family and considered one of their own. He was inseparable from Eva until he decided to give himself to God and joined the prie ...more
❝ How can you compromise with people who don't want you to exist? They want us to disappear. I can't adapt to death.❞
FAVORITE BOOK OF THE YEAR! BY FAR, WITHOUT DOUBT!
Beautiful, heart-wrenching, exquisite and incredibly powerful, From Sand and Ash is the best work this author has created.
Amy Harmon is unforgiving as she retells history. She doesn't sugar coat it for her readers, she doesn't hide the pain, tragedy, and atrocities. She immerses the reader in the pain and horror and the ...more
I ate it. 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. Sorry, I'm mixing my war metaphors. I wish I could articulate more but I kind of have a thousand-yard ...more
Title: From Sand and Ash
Author: Amy Harmon
Release date: December 1, 2016
Yet again, Amy Harmon has written something so substantial, so moving, that I can't collect the proper thoughts to convey my feelings for this amazing expression of love. Based on the fact that this book takes place in occupied Italy during WW2, I knew that it would be painfully hard to read at points, if not throughout the entirety.
The harsh realities of the lives of the people in Italy du ...more
“In him I have found a slice of the divine, a morsel of peace, and when his lips are on mine, his hands on my skin, there is reason to believe that life is more than pain, more than fear, more than sorrow. I am hopeful for the first time in years. And strangely enough, I find myself convinced that God loves his children – all his children – that ...more
❝"I have always been yours, Angelo," she said, echoing the very words he'd thought while he prayed. She was his. "But you have never been mine."❞
Wow. I am SPEECHLESS. This book was just so painfully beautiful. I am literally at a loss for words on how to translate my feelings for this book. I'm a huge sucker for historical romances and rarely do I find one that actually hits me right in feels and has me swooning all at the same time. Amy Harmon has such a talent for ripping ...more
From Sand and Ash blew me away. You know when you pick up a book and after you read a few pages you can tell that it's going to be an epic read?! That was this book for me.
When asked by friends and family what this book is about I tell them it's a mix of Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl and The Bronze Horseman. From Sand and Ash encompasses the struggle of the Jewish people and the Catholic church during WWII in Europe.
“How can you compromise with people who don't want you t ...more
I cannot commend this author enough on how good of a job she did in telling such a lovely love story and yet still Per train the intense horror of war... I don't believe I've ever read a WWII book set in Italy, I really never gave it much thought, I guess I just thought all of Italy was Catholic, come to find out 1% of the population at the time of the war was Jewish... there were so many dark parts of this book, that left me ...more
Amy Harmon has an amazing talent for making each character come alive and immediately drawing you in ...more
“Our immortality comes through our children and their children. Through our roots and branches. The family is immortality. And Hitler has destroyed not just branches and roots, but entire family trees, forests. All of them, gone.”The year is 1943 and World War II Nazi-occupied Italy played its part in the persecution, deportation, and ultimate murder of the Jewish people. However, Amy Harmon manages to incorporate so much beauty in this very dark time. From Sand and Ash is full of c ...more
I got to meet Angelo Bianco and I instantly loved ...more
I loved this story, it was a beautiful tale of two Italians, one a Jew and the other a Catholic. A friends-to-lovers, forbidden affair, that takes place during the second world war, a time when there was little hope, but a huge amount of love and togetherness that is portrayed wonderfully in this book.
Childhood friends, Eva and Angelo face many adversities, but their friendship is never wavering. Angelo uses his career as a Priest to help the Jewish refugees, and Eva is determ ...more
A heartfelt story where love and faith triumph during World War II in Fascist Italy.
This was the first book that I have read that shows the incredible measures the Catholic Church took to hide and evacuate the Jewish people during Hitler's reign. Amy Harmon's well written fictional story, that incorporates historical truth, shows how people of all religions can come together with compassion for each other no matter what their beliefs are. Reading stories such as this helps me to restore my beli ...more
As adults Eva and Angelo work for the resistance, ...more
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