Review: From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon

Posted February 22, 2017 by Francesca in Reviews / 8 Comments

Review: From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon
From Sand and Ash
by Amy Harmon

5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: December 1st 2016
Published by Lake Union Publishing
Narrator: Cassandra Campbell
Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
Pages: 386
Format: Audiobook
 

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“This is by far my favorite Amy Harmon book I’ve read to date.”
~ Under the Covers

Let me start this review by kicking myself because I knew I wanted to read this from before it came out and it took me two months to get to it!  Why?  I just KNEW this would be a great story because I’ve enjoyed this author’s work, and I do have a strange fascination with stories (books or movies) around this time period.  I’m glad I didn’t wait longer, though.  This is by far my favorite Amy Harmon book I’ve read to date.

FROM SAND AND ASH tells the story of Eva and Angelo.  Children, living in Italy, being raised together as family but who aren’t really blood.  Separated only by their difference in faith.  He’s Catholic and she’s Jewish.  That bond that starts as innocent friendship, with the years develops into deep love.  But Angelo has known all along his true calling was to serve his God, and he does that by becoming a priest much to his and Eva’s heartbreak.  Just at the time when the world around them becomes a dark and dangerous place and their lives are marked and changed forever.  Everyone has to make choices, and bring forward the courage and faith from deeper within themselves than they thought possible.  To do the right thing, even against their own well being.

This book straddles a line between historical fiction and historical romance.  The romance plays a big part of this story, it’s fundamental to it.  But it’s not your cookie cutter romance, either.  I loved that about this story because I think it would satisfy both readers.  There are so many things that are conflicting and serious.  I think Ms. Harmon did a superb job at portraying those with ease, making the reader feel the despair and heartbreak of their situations at every step.  The writing was sincerely beautiful.  It managed to portrayed both good and evil, love and hate, giving hope in the midst of despair.

This was a book I didn’t want to let go of, I didn’t want to put down.  These characters became my world for the time I was reading it, and even afterwards.  And, as expected, it wasn’t a pretty world.  There were more downs then ups.  It was painful, but also full of love.  Inspirational and epic.  A truly perfect tale of forbidden love but which was also innocent.   And while this was such a hard story, the book was a breeze to read.  I couldn’t get enough of it.

If you’ve liked THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah, or even one of my all time favorite movies, LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL, then you’ll enjoy this book.  Rest assured, there will be a smile on your face at the end with this one, though.  FROM SAND AND ASH was moving and unforgettable and I really hope you give it a chance if you haven’t read it yet.  Don’t be like me and put this off.

Favorite Quotes:

“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 one left to save.
He didn’t even know if he had the strength to save himself. Still, he rose on shaking legs and willed himself forward. It was a long way to Rome for a crippled man with a broken heart.”

“With our hands, we reach for things we shouldn’t have and we grasp what isn’t ours. The way I have always reached for you.”

“Many will seek to tell me what God’s will is. But nobody knows. Not really. Because God is quiet. Always. He is quiet, and my anguish is so intense, so incredibly loud, that right now I can only do my will and hope that somehow, it aligns with his.”

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About Amy Harmon

Amy Harmon is a USA Today, Wall Street Journal and New York Times Bestselling author of eight novels - the USA Today Bestsellers, Making Faces and Running Barefoot, as well as The Law of Moses, Infinity + One, Slow Dance in Purgatory, Prom Night in Purgatory, and the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue. Her latest novel, The Song of David, was released on June 13, 2015.

She knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story. Her books are now being published in several countries, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Levan, Utah.

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I’ve got the ebook and audiobook both waiting for me on my TBR pile.

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I actually listened to this on audio and I thought it was very good. 🙂 Hope you like it.

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Great quotes…thanks for sharing.

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Thank you for the review! A Different Blue is the only book I’ve read by this author and it was fantastic. I look forward to reading this one too. I’ve been reading this blog since the new year and I really appreciate the diversity of romance books you review and the author interviews are super fun.

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Thank you so much Kimberly! <3

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I’ve heard so many wonderful things about this book! Time to get on board. Thanks for the review!

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I’m finally really this, this week

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