Hello dear friends!
I’m so excited today to take part in this special blog tour organized between bloggers friends and meant to let you discover our favorite book heroines!
This tour is being organized by these masterminds: Amy from Foxy Blog, Angy from Collector of Book Boyfriends and Nissa Of Pens and Pages!
What you’ll find in this post:
The tour lineup (I’m not the only one gushing about my favorite heroineà
TWO giveaways: the one for the tour plus my own giveaway
Or course my post!
Now shall we begin?
Tour lineup: https://wp.me/p4uAPW-3C3
Tour giveaway (25 USD Amazon Gift card)
My Giveaway => CLOSED on March 31st (winner in the comments)
I’m giving away a 10 USD Amazon Gift Card!
All you have to do is:
–follow me on WordPress AND
–join our bookish group on Facebook (pure fun guaranteed) : https://www.facebook.com/groups/bewarebbfalert/
–invite many friends to join the group because the more the merrier!
Now drum roll my favorite heroine is Eva Rosselli from Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon
Why did I choose her?
Well reading this book reminded me of the many stories my grand-mother told me about the war. It was better than history books as it’s in the little details that you feel the horror and gravity of the war. That’s what I found in Eva and Angelo’s story all these details to make it real.
If you haven’t read the book just do it already!
It features dark times in Italy. The rise of nazism and the war descending on Europe. Amy Harmon chose to focus on the incredible work done by countless priests, nuns and other people to save and hide Jews.
It touched me deep in my sould. Eva was a strong, compassionate, passionate and selfless heroine.
Eva had a tranquil strength with a fire under the ashes. She’ll endanger herself countless times to save her people. Angelo was determined to do his duty the best he could and was tirelessly smuggling hunted people, hiding them with the help of the church. So many nuns, monks, priests of common civilians became real heroes. Revolted and horrified by what was done to Jews they could not stay still.
”It was a network of volunteers who were blind to all but their part. No real mastermind, no official organization. Just desperate measures by willing people. And it worked only through the grace of God and the goodness and courage of each individual.”
When Eva first met Angello, who would later become a priest, he arrived from America as his mother died and his dad could not care properly for him.
Eva was so determined to make hime her friend!
“The first time I met Angelo, he was a child. Like me. A child with eyes that had known too much disappointment for someone so young. He didn’t speak for a long time after he arrived in Italy. He just watched. I thought it was because he was American. I thought it was because he didn’t understand. It makes me laugh a little to think of it now, how I would act things out and speak so loudly, as if there were something wrong with his ears. I would dance around him, playing my violin and singing little songs, just to see if he would smile. When he did, I would hug him and kiss his cheeks. There was nothing wrong with his ears or his comprehension. He understood me perfectly. He was just listening. Observing. Learning.“
When war was upon them Eva played an important and dangerous role to protect other Jews. Every day she risked her safety to help. Every day she could die for others. Every day she was strong:
“Sand and ash. The ingredients of glass. Such beauty created from nothing. It had been something Babbo had marveled about and something she’d never understood. From sand and ash, rebirth. From sand and ash, new life. With every song and with every prayer, with every small rebellion, Eva felt reborn, renewed, and she vowed to press on. She vowed to push back, to make glass from the ashes, and that courage was a victory in itself.“
Then, one day:
“Confession: My name is Batsheva Rosselli, not Eva Bianco, and I am a Jew. Angelo Bianco is not my brother but a priest who wanted only to protect me from the very place I now find myself.“
This book and this heroine will forever stay in my mind, in my heart and in my sould. It’s thanks to many Evas that our world is free.
Do you see why I love her so deeply?
Now do tell me who is your favorite heroine?
Thanks for reading!