Hilary Hauck has crafted a story that moves between years and continents in a beautifully composed way. From Ashes to Song is a book that will be perfect for romantics who long for a happy ending in their reads. If you want a story that will fill you with a plethora of emotions you should check this out.
Beginning in 1911 Pietro lives what would appear to be an idyllic life on his family vineyard. He is a composer and has written a beautiful piece he hopes to play for his grandfather, but tragedy strikes. A deadly virus is spreading and they must burn the vines to stop the spread. This loss is too much for his grandfather and he dies with his vineyard and this loss of all he loves impacts Pietro tremendously. He tries to play at the funeral, but the music seems to be out of his reach. He tries to find a new start in America and blisters his hands working in a Pennsylvania coal mine. The voice of a friend’s wife speaks to him and pulls the music back out of him. When grief strikes his muse, Assunta, Pietro must try and save them both from being destroyed by it.
This is the author’s debut novel and it is a powerfully done first novel. Drawing from her own time in both rural Pennsylvania and Italy, Hauck has done a great job of crafting an unconventional love story. While it is a story of love this is also tinged with loss as characters experience grief in various ways throughout the book. I found this to be very well balanced and think that it is a read that will make you laugh, cry, smile, and really run the gamut of feelings. You can pre-order your copy of From Ashes to Song today.