When We Meet Again by Kristin Harmel

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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?
 

About Kristin Harmel

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Kristin Harmel is the author of four previous women’s fiction novels, as well as two young adult novels. She also writes for People magazine, and her work has been featured in Glamour, Woman's Day, Men's Health, and Runner’s World, among many other media outlets. She lives in Orlando, Florida.
 
Published June 7, 2016 by Gallery Books. 384 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Harmel (The Life Intended, 2014, etc.) returns with a family drama that spans generations.

May 24 2016 | Read Full Review of When We Meet Again

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... Harmel's newest book, When We Meet Again, is perhaps one of the most moving
and powerful stories of all time, and potentially one of her best entries in the field
thus far. Her writing evokes powerful emotions in readers as they feel the pain,
strug...

Jun 07 2016 | Read Full Review of When We Meet Again
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