WHEN WE MEET AGAIN by Kristin Harmel

Synopsis

Emily thinks she’s lost everything…until a mysterious painting leads her to what she wants most in the world. The new novel from the author of international bestsellers The Sweetness of Forgetting and The Life Intended shows why her books are hailed as “engaging” (People), “absorbing” (Kirkus Reviews) and “enthralling” (Fresh Fiction).

Emily Emerson is used to being alone; her dad ran out on the family when she was a 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?

My thoughts

Its always nice to cross out something off of your reading list. Especially if that books leaves you with something great.

When we meet again tells a story of love, family and forgiveness. Love, of something and of someone even if you havent met them and even till your last breath. Family, of letting and having someone to be there and to stand by you at all times. And, Forgiveness, of forgiving someone with whatever they have done to you, even if it hurt you and shattered your heart into million pieces.

All the charaters in Harmel’s story possessed these three. Love of peter and margaret, and of emily and nick. Emily’s dedication to her mom and grandmother, and to her long adopyed daughter. And forgiveness of emily to his dad, and nick to her.

I am very happy to have read this story. So much love to the characters and to the author. 4/5 shining stars for you. Wink.

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