From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon, Review

​☆☆☆☆☆ + ☆☆☆☆☆

“My father told me once that we are on earth to learn. God wants us to receive everything that life was meant to teach. Then we take what we’ve learned, and it becomes our offering to God and to mankind. But we have to live in order to learn. And sometimes we have to fight in order to live.”

Eva and Angelo grew up together in Italy. From the moment these characters interact you can instantly feel the love and connection they possess. It still to this day amazes how authors can do that for you. This is one of the strongest bonds I’ve felt between two characters, in a very long time.

” “I would take it away from you if I could. I would take it with me. I would take your pain and bear it for you.” He would happily endure her sorrow if it meant she wouldn’t have it. “I know,” she said again, as if she truly believed him. “I know you would. But sadly, that is not how pain works, si it?  We can cause pain, but we can so seldom cure it.” “

The story of Eva and Angelo takes place during World War II. This was a truly horrific time in history. It has been eye opening (as the subject always is) to read, feel, and try to understand all of the monstrous events that actually occurred.

” “How can you compromise with people who don’t want you to exist? They want us to disappear. I can’t adapt to death!”  1938 had been a bad year to be Jewish. 1939 was even worse.”

When we look at World War II in contrast to the present–it’s sad to say–there are still extremists out there. History continues to repeat itself and it’s emotionally draining. We are supposed to learn from our past mistakes, to make sure these preposterous events do not take place again. We have to be teaching that having differences is not just okay–it’s in fact wonderful. Not everyone will always agree with you, but that does not mean you have to be unkind to them in return. We should all be able to live in a world where you do not have to be fearful of others, because your beliefs do not match theirs. We have to be teaching only kindness in generations to come, because hate will only destroy our humanity.

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