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From Ashes to Song

From Ashes to Song

Pietro's idyllic life in Italy has been shattered, but a new melody of hope and love emerges in America's coal mines. An inspiring immigrant's tale.

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From Ashes to Song

It's 1911 in Piedmont, Italy. Pietro has at last captured the melody of the harvest on his clarinet, but before he can share his music, a deadly disease sweeps through the countryside, forcing his family to burn their vineyard to stop its spread. The loss is too much for Pietro's grandfather, and by morning, Pietro has lost two of the most precious things in life—his grandfather and the vineyard.

Adrift with grief, Pietro travels to America and takes a job in a Pennsylvania coal mine where his musician's hands blister and his days are spent in silence until one day, the beautiful voice and gentle heart of his friend's wife stirs a new song within him. As Pietro draws inspiration from Assunta, his gift for music returns. But when tragedy strikes and Pietro is to blame, he is forced to confront the consequences of his admiration for another man's wife, all while fighting for the love he never thought he'd find.

Inspired by true events, From Ashes to Song is a story of unconventional love, hope, and the extraordinary gifts brought to America by ordinary people in the great wave of immigration.

"This beautiful book will long remain in my memory."

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Join me on this journey through the first three chapters of From Ashes to Song.
I hope you’ll enjoy being immersed in Pietro and Assunta's world!

  • “From the vineyards of Piedmont to the coal mines of southwestern Pennsylvania, From Ashes to Song poignantly captures the challenges and triumphs of the Italian immigrant experience.”
    - Meredith Mileti

  • "From Ashes to Song by Hilary Hauck is a gorgeous story inspired by true events. Hauck’s exquisite prose calls on the beauty of music to illuminate the harsh, dark world of coal mines and company towns—an invitation to share in the magic of love in all its forms."
    - Kathleen Shoop

  • "At the end the musical threads coalesced into one poignant and powerful scene like the crescendo of an unforgettable symphony."
    - Madhu Bazaz Wangu

"Their story is timeless with such a satisfying ending, I’d read it again! Beautifully composed with but with a heartbreaking sadness to it."

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Meet the author

An Italian speaking Brit living in the US, Hilary Hauck is a bestselling, award-winning author of historical and fantasy fiction featuring characters struggling to find their inner amazing. Raised in the UK, Hilary later lived in Italy,
where she mastered the language, learned how to cook food she can no longer eat, and won a national karate championship. After meeting her husband, she came to the US and drew inspiration from Pennsylvania coal history for her debut novel.

Learn more about Hilary