XOXperts Review || When We Meet Again by Kristin Harmel

Title: When We Meet Again
Author: Kristin Harmel
Release Date: June 7, 2016
Publisher: Gallery Books
Genre: Contemporary | Historical Fiction
Pages: 384 pages
Format: Paperback ARC

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?

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I can confidently say this is one of my favorite reads of the year!
Kristin Harmel is a beautiful story weaver. She wrote a magical tale of star-crossed loves and their granddaughter’s search for the truth.  

Modern day meets the 1940’s after Emily Emerson receives a note and painting featuring a woman who resembles a younger version of her recently deceased grandmother. 
The note stating that her grandmother was the love of her grandfather’s life doesn’t coincide with the little bit of information she ever got about him. This package propels her to seek out everything she can about her grandfather and his relationship with her grandmother. I was intrigued by what she could potentially uncover, and it kept me flipping the pages like a mad woman.

Emily’s journey was so powerful, insightful, and mysterious. I was enraptured by her travels and the little pieces of truth that were revealed as the pages turned. She came across information she never even knew she wanted or needed to know. It helped her have closure with not only her grandparents, but with her own personal past.

The romance brought tears to my eyes and warmed my heart completely. The chapters set in the WWII era detailed the pain and struggles of her grandfather, but you could also feel the intense passion he felt for Emily’s grandmother.
Both stories are strong and riveting, and they intertwine together effortlessly.  

So much heartbreak and just plain heart. When We Meet Again captures you from the very beginning with its loss, love, and family relationships. 

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Kristin Harmel is an international bestselling novelist whose books have been translated into numerous languages and are sold all over the world. After spending many years as a journalist (including more than a decade writing and reporting for People magazine) Kristin now freelances only occasionally, focusing on book tours, book club visits and, of course, writing her next books! THE SWEETNESS OF FORGETTING was a bestseller in many countries and in fact won the reader’s choice prize for Romantic Novel of the Year in Germany in 2013. Her new novel, THE LIFE INTENDED, is out now from Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.
Kristin graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications. She has lived in Paris, Los Angeles, New York, Boston and Miami and now resides in Orlando, Fla., with her husband, Jason.


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