So this book isn’t really a YA book, but I love it so much that I have decided to include it in my reading tips anyway. From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon is such an amazing, beautiful, gripping, emotional and heartfelt read that I wanted to share it with you all.
This is an epic love story during WWII between Angelo, a Catholic priest, and Eva, a Jew, as Hitler’s army is sweeping throughout Europe, inciting death and destruction.
Eva and Angelo were raised like family, but as the years went by, the two found themselves falling in love. But the church called to Angelo and, despite his deep feelings for Eva, he chose the priesthood. A decade later, with Gestapo closing in, Angelo hides Eva within the walls of a convent. But, Eva refuses to allow herself to be hidden away, allowing Angelo to bear the brunt of everything, while her family and so many others are being persecuted. With the world at war and so many in need, Angelo and Eva face trial after trial and so much death and danger, grief and heartbreak, intrigue and suspense, so many moral dilemmas and personal crisis of faith, so much sacrifice, so much yearning.
From Sand and Ash is a heartbreaking story, with evil and horror, but also so much love, hope and humanity. At times, it was painful to read, so intense and emotional, but in the end it really shows the strength of love. This story took my breath away and is one I will never forget. It is brilliant and by far one of the best books I’ve ever read. I recommend it with all my heart!
Find out more about the book and the author here: Amy Harmon