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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.
©2016 Amy Harmon. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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By featherlashes on 12-04-16

Such beauty in the darkest of times <3

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

“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 contrasts: life/death, hope/defeat, courage/fear, compliance/rebellion, faith/doubt, love/rejection, desire/restraint... the list goes on. But such is this magical life – we cannot survive the depths without having at least a flicker of light, and even more so when the world is at war and a beautiful people are being destroyed simply because they exist.Amy Harmon has created incredibly human characters full of complexities. She has also replicated the palpable emotions that coincide with tragic times, but the themes of family, love, and resiliency shine through. For me, this was an incredibly rich reading experience that gave me hope. Hope that with every negative, a positive can be found and with every person full of evil intent, there will be another who will choose to do the right thing. I loved this book ♥My favorite quote:“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.”

What other book might you compare From Sand and Ash to and why?

Jojo Moyes The Girl You Left Behind and Kristin Hannah The Nightingale. Similar wartime settings. Choosing to do the right thing. Themes of loyalty and family.

What does Cassandra Campbell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Stunning accents.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"From sand and ash, rebirth. From sand and ash, new life. With every song and with every prayer, with every small rebellion, she vowed to push back, to make glass from the ashes." -Amy Harmon

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By Natalie on 06-22-17

Oh so sad and oh so annoying

*Cue mini violin playing because we're supposed to be super sad
I should just stick to historical fiction and not romance/historical fiction. Everything was sooo . . . Sticky? Philosophical? I don't know. I just know I didn't like it. I love WWII stories but this was more of a raunchy novel between a priest and Jew than a good WWII novel. I felt like the book was just trying so hard to make you cry and feel bad that it fell flat. I skipped through most of it and put the listening speed to double because it was just so predictably tragic and philosophical. I love love stories. I love tragic stories. I love tragic WWII/Holocaust love stories. So I should have loved this one, right? Wrong. It was just so 'neon sign flashing 'look how tragic we are''
If you like being told what to feel- than this is the book for you. I know I'm sounding harsh but man that was disappointing. Be warned there are a couple of sex scenes (involving a Catholic priest no less ew) and crude language and violence. I loved Amy Harmon's early work, but each new book makes me like her less and less. I'm done with her works, I've decided. The narrator was decent though.

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By Sarah Read on 12-18-17

I loved it

I loved this book, it should be made into a movie. Beautifully written and beautifully read, I would highly recommend.

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By Mr J A Powell on 12-11-17

A good read

Whilst a little slow it brought home the horrors of ww2 in personal way. A good believable story line.

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By Amazon Customer on 12-31-17

Great Book

loved it everything about it
great story and narration
A must read if you like war stories

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By Sophie on 04-20-17

Moving.

A beautiful story. Tainted by loss, heartbreak and truth. Saturated by love, a love that hopes all things, endures all things.

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