From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon REVIEW

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From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon REVIEW

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.


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 determined to do her bit to assist in her war torn country.

Not only are they battling to survive in a world that is falling apart, but Angelo is battling his feeling for the woman he has always loved.

“Her touch— so reverent, so tender— broke him. How could something so gentle cause him to crumble? But shatter he did, and God knows a broken man is a vulnerable man.”

From Sand to Ash is a remarkable historical romance that I will remember for a long time to come.

ARC gratefully received

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About the Author

Amy Harmon

Amy Harmon knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do – and she 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. Amy Harmon has been a motivational speaker, a grade school teacher, a junior high teacher, a home school mom, and a member of the Grammy Award winning Saints Unified Voices Choir, directed by Gladys Knight. She released a Christian Blues CD in 2007 called “What I Know” – also available on Amazon and wherever digital music is sold. Her first two books, “Running Barefoot” and “Slow Dance in Purgatory” are rich with humor, heart, and fast paced story telling. She is currently working on the sequel in her Purgatory series. For updates on upcoming book releases, author posts and more, visit Amy’s fan page at


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