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From Sand and Ash is a beautifully written, poignant historical fiction novel that touches the soul. The story takes place in Italy, during WWII.
Eva Rosselli was the love of Angelo Bianco’s life. He was sent to Italy as a child after his mother died. Although he was a Catholic, he grew up with a Jewish family, the Rosselli’s. He also fell in love with their daughter, Eva.
It sickened him to see the Jewish people humiliated, robbed and murdered by the Nazi’s. Angelo became a priest to save as many Jews as possible, especially the family he grew up with and loved. Eva’s heart broke, though, when he was ordained. And as much as Angelo wanted to stay faithful to his vows, he had a difficult time resisting Eva’s affections. Her kisses soothed him, but at the same time, tortured his soul.
Amy Harmon’s writing is superb. Her story flows effortlessly from one scene to the next. She uses her talent to shine a bright light on the beautiful acts of love done by courageous souls, in the midst of Hitler’s atrocities. This book is haunting, heartwarming, magnificently written and unforgettable.
Amy Hammond is a gem of an author, and I’m so glad that I discovered her. Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for my advanced review copy of this book. I loved it.
~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover
Newborn Nazi starts off with two SS Lieutenants, Johann, and Gustav, taking Edmund Geiger, a fourteen-year-old boy from his home, for Hitler’s youth group. Edmund’s older sister Hedwig becomes hysterical, and when her husband tries to intervene for her, he is shot dead. Feeling distraught and all alone, Hedwig calls her two brothers residing in the U.S., for help. Jacob, who is a member of a German Nazi U.S. group, comes to Hedwig’s rescue. To save her though, he is forced to do things he never thought he would ever do.
Rhoda D’Ettore does a fantastic job describing how the boys collected for Hitler’s youth group were brainwashed and made to think that the Nazi party was their only family. Fear flowed freely in the homes of Germany during Hitler’s reign. Family and friends turned against one another. Anyone caught talking against Hitler was swiftly seized, questioned and executed. Germany was a frightening place to be for anyone who was not deemed pure, or living up to Nazi standards.
The book captured my interest from the first page and never let go until the last. The story is clear and descriptive without being wordy. I felt as if I was in Germany walking alongside the SS officers witnessing violent atrocities, plotting with Hedwig against the Nazis, and hiding amongst the terrified Jews. This book is well-written, engrossing and not to be missed. This is a story that I won’t forget easily, not because I’ve never heard versions of it before, but because it was told from a German point of view. I was reminded that not all Germans were evil, some of them were victims too. Kudos to Rhoda D’Ettore. I highly recommend this fascinating historical fiction novel.
~5 out of 5 stars~