From Sand and Ash is so much more than a whimsical romantic tale. It's
history sprinkled with a love story. Life injected with death and
humanity revived from the ashes of evil and mortality. In a time where hope
was hard to find and God was quiet no matter what God you prayed to,
this was a time you had to hang on to your faith or give up entirely.
Life starts everyday. In the womb a heart beats. That little soul has
no idea or choice as to where they will end up and how they will be
raised. The beliefs of each child is from those around them. It starts
with where they live and especially what religion their loved ones
practice. World War II is the perfect example of how you can't help
where you were born or what God you serve but you absolutely can love,
live and support anyone you choose to if you find the strength. So many
fought the only way they could by hiding and those that hid them were
truly the best example of Love in human form. Catholics hiding Jews.
Jews helping Catholics. This is where God is love.
Amy took a true
life emotional topic, a tormented part of world history and gave it
faces. So many faces and so many hearts. I felt such despair when this
story started because this was such a tumultuous time and place.
hero Angelo and heroine Eva were two characters that were vividly
portrayed in every single way. Growing up together and falling in love when
it's forbidden truly had my heart racing in fear and in excitement. Such
heartbreaking choices that had to be made. Angelo was a true hero in
every way. Eva was strong and loving. For every single time Angelo
struggled with his faith and for every time Eva fought to never give up I
held on to hope for these two.
This was a time of such devastating
circumstances and such horrible prejudice. I was afraid for the hero
and heroine from the start but I had faith that even if it all ended
like so many lives ended back then that Amy would show humanity at its
worst and at its best.
There were characters that stood out in bravery
and and sacrifice. I felt their stories mirrored so many out there that
never got a chance to speak out and share. Amy brought so much to life
in this amazing tale. Thankfully the ending was the best I could hope
for and the pain I felt was worth I felt was worth it even if it's only experienced in a story to see such a love story unfold but also to see how truly brave so many people were. While so many stories in this era had such tragic
endings we should be thankful we live in a time where we can be free to worship and to love. I
feel after ever single Amy Harmon book that I have been somewhat
changed in a way only a magical story teller can achieve. From Sand and
Ash truly will stay with me always.
I was lucky to start reading this book early in its infancy. I
anxiously waited for each chapter and was so happy when it all came
together. This is absolutely by far this sweet authors best work ever . I
honestly felt as if Steel Magnolias met and impregnated Fried green
tomatoes. I seriously felt like I was in a movie and barely breathed
the whole book. I highlighted more favorite parts than ever before and
immediately had to go find Devils Kiss by Julie Garwood. Devin was pure
male and full of life. I adored this amazing, strong, protective and
loyal hero so much. Everything about this story was spot on. The the story kept breathing life into each character but added in so much humor and perfectly moved the story along at the same time at the right pace. I am a sucker for suspense and this one really kept me on the edge of my seat. There was such a layer of mystery that added that gripping intensity that every great story needs to keep you invested. This author puts everything she's feeling into her story. I'm just in awe. I already want Poppy and Nate's story now.
But Sienna and Bo are screaming at me too.
The Aunts are perfect and a mix of the Golden Girls and and all those Steel Magnolias that I love.
Funny and wise and I just will shut up because I'm going overboard. I can't find anything at all to complain about. This was different in the best of ways and just absolutely amazing.. Maybe it's because I felt like these people seemed so real to me. Devin just had me swooning so much.
“I’ll break down that wall you’ve erected brick by brick until you don’t feel the need to run scared from me.”
I am just that in love with this series already and will be counting the days till we get more.
Words I Couldn't Say is by far a top favorite if mine for 2016. I read for the emotion hidden among the pages. I want to feel everything. That means truly that yes I want to hurt, I want to cry and I want to love hard. I am sort of a prejudiced reader and its not something I care to change. I simply do not want to read about disloyal characters and I don't want to have all the sleeping around by my characters. I simply want a love story that I can not only believe in but one that I respect. I want to walk away after closing the story feeling like I not only lived their journey but that I liked them as people. So Tessa Teevan is a go to author for loyal, passionate, funny and breathtakingly beautiful stories and characters.
Her men are flawed yet human and honorable. Her heroines are strong yet vulnerable and so tender hearted. Ava and Tucker took those attributes and grew into a couple that really melted my heart. I felt all those feels I mentioned. I even can say I got angry and frustrated. Ava broke my heart but she learned from the pain and then put her lesson to work and that is what counts.
But the truth is that everything they did brought them to their truth. Tucker also knew where he went wrong and going about making things right in Tucker's amazing way was just perfect.
This sweet healing story was filled with lessons for both characters.
The main lesson being they were meant to be and that life is short so grab your happiness and don't let go. If by chance it slipped through your fingers for a time.. Go after it. It's never too late. Their steadfast true loyalty will make them a favorite couple of mine forever. I adore this author and her truly romantic heart.
How do I review a book that still has me feeling stunned? I'm full to
the brim with so many emotions. Brynne Asher has such a crazy good
knack of not only weaving a tale that catches you. She snares you in
this web that you can't get out of and the weirdest part is that you
don't want to be freed. For every page I turned I wanted to go back so
I'd have more to read. For every chapter read I wanted to start over so
I could make it last. It's more than one ingredient that I could
I could blame the cows.
Hey they were just so adorable. I could
just tell you that Addie called to me with her quiet strength. I could
say that Crew was an epic hero because even in his dark, painful yet
crazy brave self he was epic.
His loyalty, his protectiveness, our how about his devotion? I could pick a hundred different parts of this amazing story to scream about but I just can't fit it into one review. When you feel the passion searing from inside your kindle, you know you've found a winner and wow does Brynne know how to write the heat.
But I can't shine light on just one
single thing. It's just a sea of perfect things that turned this into
one beautiful story. All the characters were full of life. Every single
person begged for their story. Even the villains had secrets that
screamed to be told. That's a story that you feel all the way through
and saying I'm already screaming for more doesn't even come close to how
I feel. I'm blown away and hungry all at the same time. Secret, danger, passion, death and life.. And love that surpasses all the pain..