This is the second post of my weekly series about my unicorn authors and my favorite books they wrote.
This week is yet another romance author but next week I swear you’ll get another genre for a change!
This will again be no surprise for many of you but I chose Amy Harmon
What I deeply love about Amy’s books is the warm feelings you’re left with. I’m always feeling happy, joyful like I’ve been touched by some kind of grace. She has a unique talent to weave gorgeous stories with words that will make you feel …blessed.
I am not an overtly religious person but every time that I read her books the words: “grace” and “blessing” come to mind.
I can’t explain this properly.
This is nearly a spiritual experience. Her books make me think and ponder. On life, on beauty, on kindness.
And here are my top 5 books that I will never recommend enough!
From Sand and Ash : this love story happening in the second world war was a story of courage and self sacrifice.
There are so many books written about World War II and its atrocities but Amy chose to highlight the fate of the Italian’s Jews helped by the church and protected as could be by the Pope.
In her acknowledgements she wrote: “It was a terrible time, but the silver lining was the revelation of such goodness and heroism. For me, the horror was eclipsed by the stories of bravery and valor. Eighty percent of Italy’s Jews survived the war, a marked contrast to the eighty percent of Europe’s Jews who did not.”
I was impressed and in awe with the historical setting. As usual Amy Harmon painted a realistic world. Word after word this era and these utterly incredible, courageous and loveable characters became my world.
If the historical background was fascinating the love story was bitter sweet and brilliantly executed.
The Bird and the Sword: was the first fantasy book from Amy that I read but it was magical!
Once more, Amy Harmon enchanted me with her incredible talent. If Lark is a Teller and has power with words, Amy must have some Teller in her family tree too. Yes, I’m a fan through and through and this latest novel only strengthens Amy’s position as one of my top 5 authors. If Contemporary Amy was incredible Fantasy Amy is just as excellent!
In no particular order I loved:
– the elaborate world building;
– the appropriate pace neither too fast neither too slow;
– the gorgeous spellbinding writing;
– the compelling main characters be it the frail woman with huge eyes or the powerful king;
– the curse worth of every good fantasy story;
-the plot with the threat of the Volgars and their Liege, the race to find a cure, the betrayals among the courtesans;
– the slow building romance;
I loved watching Lark and Tiras’s relationship unfurl, slowly growing but threatened by Tiras’s impending doom. There was a desperate quality to their interactions, an urgency to save Tiras and give a chance to what could ever be.
A truly haunting and poetic story.
”Why do you walk in the forest at night, all by yourself?” “I know you watch me. That’s why I do it. I am Looking for you”
That’s it! I hope I have convinced you to give Amy a chance!
Thanks for reading!