What I’m Reading: When We Meet Again

You might remember last week I told you about the author Kristin Harmel and her book, Book of Lost Names.  I said it was one of the best books I’ve read in some time.  Reading that led me to see if she had other books available via my online libraries.  I found When We Meet Again.


This book, like the other, was very good.  I definitely recommend it.

It is a work that includes generations of a family’s lost love and heartache.  There are two parallel stories one from WWII and one present day.  Both stories are good and the author does a nice job intertwining them.  If you like historical fiction, this is a good book…

I was a HUGE fan of the book The Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Green when I was a teen and loved the movie by the same name that starred Kristy McNichol.  Do you remember that story??  It was a 1978 movie.

Here is what Amazon has to say:
Emily Emerson is used to being alone; her dad ran out on the family when she was just a kid, her mom died when she was seventeen, and her beloved grandmother has just passed away as well. But when she’s laid off from her reporting job, she finds herself completely at sea…until the day she receives a beautiful, haunting painting of a young woman standing at the edge of a sugarcane field under a violet sky. That woman is recognizable as her grandmother—and the painting arrived with no identification other than a handwritten note saying, “He always loved her.”

Emily is hungry for roots and family, so she begins to dig. And as she does, she uncovers a fascinating era in American history. Her trail leads her to the POW internment camps of Florida, where German prisoners worked for American farmers…and sometimes fell in love with American women. But how does this all connect to the painting? The answer to that question will take Emily on a road that leads from the sweltering Everglades to Munich, Germany, and back to the Atlanta art scene before she’s done.

Along the way, she finds herself tempted to tear down her carefully tended walls at last; she’s seeing another side of her father, and a new angle on her painful family history. But she still has secrets, ones she’s been keeping locked inside for years. Will this journey bring her the strength to confront them at last?

Amazon readers gave this book 4.5 stars.  I’m going to say 4.7.  Again, I really liked the book.  I found myself trying to find things to do so I could listen.  So far, this author is impressing me!!

I’m off to find out what other books I can find by her.

You can find The Book of Lost Names HERE.
You can find When We Meet Again HERE.