Book Review: From Sand and Ash by my favorite, Amy Harmon
This book. Good Lordy, this book.
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC from the author.
I just finished From Sand and Ash.
My husband just looked at me and said, “You look like you just lost your dog and found him all in the same day.”
Good God, this book is so good.
It makes you feel everything…EVERYTHAAAAANG.
I gasped a few times while reading this and freaked Mike out. The last book that made me do that was Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher.
You know a book is reaaaaal good when you have a physical reaction to it.
I love how Amy’s books are not only about people who are beautiful on the outside but people who are beautiful because of who they are, because of their struggles, what they strive to become, and how they live not only for themselves but also for those who are no longer a part of their lives and those who make life worth living.
From Sand and Ash isn’t just your typical love story…it’s an epic love story about religion, country, family and faithfulness in the human race.
In saving someone you love, you inadvertently save yourself. What a beautiful and wonderful thing it is to love and be loved so deeply that you are willing to risk everything.
I laughed, cried, cheered and swooned all over the place with this one. Just like every one of her other books, the message of never losing hope and fighting to live a good life rings loud and clear.
I can’t wait for everyone to get their hands on this one.
Angelo and Eva will remain in your hearts long after you’ve finished the book.
You run with them covered in the monstrosity of war.
You hope with them even when nothing good seems plausible.
You root for them even when everything and anything is keeping them apart.
As always, I feel the want and need to be a better person after having a Harmon experience.
This book couldn’t have come at a better time too…it will fill you with hope and love.
Give her a pen and paper and Amy Harmon can do no wrong.
You can find it here along with all of her other great books that are in my opinion, must reads.
Love you long time,
Your review, out of many reviews of Sand and Ash , touched me because of your personal , down home style, and because you saw the aspect of just plain trying to be a good person, of trying to figure out how to live, as well as to stay alive. I see that theme in Another Blue as well. I loved Sand and Ash. I was so touched by the scene in which the Nazi officer begs ” Forgive me.” I had just recently read a book about a man who did what he felt was what unforgivable during the Vietnam War and then I . almost immediately , had a very short but personal encounter with a Vietnam vet who talked of being ordered to fly missions to bomb villages which the soldiers knew were now occupied solely by women and children. He said he deals with the guilt but talking to people about it, like me, while vets who keep it bottled up inside are destroyed by it. Then I encountered an article about a new diagnosis called Moral Injury , which is when we do something that violates our consciences, our sense of who we are. In that small scene, Amy Harmon captured that moment of realization: This isn’t the me I have known! She returns to that theme later when The soldiers involved in a massacre need alcohol to perform their orders and eventually find their own line in the sand. These are tiny scenes in the book, part of the rich discussion of how we chose to live our lives, what we know of God and how we hear God speak to us, of the differences between Judaism and Catholicism, and the richness of people from the two faith cultures listening to each other, loving each other.
Thank you so much for your kind words! I absolutely love Amy Harmon’s writing but she’s also a spectacular person too. I can’t wait for her new book to come out! It’s going to be like Christmas morning! Haha.