FROM SAND AND ASH BY AMY HARMON

It's 1943, and the Nazi scum has taken over much of Italy, which automatically puts the Jews in danger. There's no escape for these innocent folks, but their courage, resilience, and faith help them survive the horrors of war. Eva and Angelo grew up together, they were like family, but later on, the two were separated. Life, different circumstances, and religion came between them.

But, as times flew by, they slowly fell in love. At the same time, Angelo couldn't get himself to say no to the church: it was calling to him, and, even though he was deeply in love with Eva, the love of his life, he abandoned her and became a priest. And now, more than 10 years later, the guy is a Catholic priest, while the girl is just a lady with nowhere to go to. When the Germans get closer to the town, Angelo gives Eva a shelter in a convent.

She meets countless Jews there - they were all saved by the Church. Yes, she's more than glad he found her and saved her from harm's way, but sitting on her hands and doing nothing while the man that she loves is constantly risking his life for her is not an option for her. The world is crumbling, and people need the help of the stronger ones, men, and women who are not afraid to stand up and fight for what they believe in.

So, she joins Angelo, and together they start a country-wide "operation", hoping to save as many innocents as they can. Impossible choices, devastation, frustration and confusion make fate and fortune clash, and, among the ruins, their love flourishes. Will they be able to cherish it, or will the tide of war take it away from them? Amy Harmon wrote a mesmerizing, enchanting historical novel. It's heart-wrenching and heart-warming at the same time, and you won't be able to catch your breath until you finish it.

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