{Review} From Sand and Ash


about the book

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.

My Thoughts

A fictional story based on true events with beautiful prose and an incredible love story – this is a book I will not forget anytime soon. My heart was so heavy while I read it, as it always is when I read anything related to WWII. I had to read slowly, taking frequent breaks from it, because it was so heartbreaking and sad. But do not let that deter you from picking up this book. It is by far one of the most beautiful stories ever written, and I’m still thinking about it weeks after finishing.

Bottom Line

Unforgettable. Absolutely one of the best books I have ever read or will ever read.

5 Stars

Genre: Historical, Romance


Published December 1, 2016 by Lake Union Publishing

Length: 372 pages

ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.


15 thoughts on “{Review} From Sand and Ash

  1. Renee says:

    I’m definitely reading this one! The only bookI’ve ever had to put a book down and collect myself has been A Little Life. I’m looking forward to an emotional read:) Great review, thanks for recommending this!

    • Brandie says:

      It’s sad but I don’t know that it’ll make you cry. I have cried much harder reading other books. This one made me really sad at times but I wasn’t crying my eyes out.

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