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Publisher's Summary

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 best sellers 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 just a kid, her mom died when she was 17, 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?

©2016 Kristin Harmel (P)2018 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"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." (RT Book Reviews)

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A wonderful Book!

I wasn't sure at first of I would like the book. I thought the intro was a little slow at first , but I'm so glad I hung in there.
It was such an awesome story. Great mystery as well.
I was definitely crying at the end. I enjoyed it very much.

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Very Good Story

I enjoyed the story and Ms. Harmel did a great job as usual. This wasn't my favorite by her but still definitely worth a read! I didn't care for the narrative in the audiobook version though. Her voice was shaky and not easy to listen to. She often sounded like she was ending sentences with questions when they weren't meant to be.

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Stick with it. It gets better

A bit slow at first. But it gets much better. Don’t give up on it. Great story. Emotional, raw, and real. Gives you hope and makes you want to keep going, enjoy life, and live the here and now.
I found the narrator a bit dramatic, but maybe that’s just me.

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Good. Stick with it.

This book started a little slow for me and I didn’t feel the same connection between the main characters that I did in the room on Rue Amelie, but it was still a really good story. The author has a way of intermingling characters, exhibiting what true love can be like and in the end bringing everything together. I really like her books.

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Heartbreaking yet hopeful

I LOVED this book! The story was well written and most of the places and events were well put into words. I highly recommend this piece of literature

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Great read!

Got me in the feels for sure! Great book! Left me a little teary in the end.