When we meet again – Kristin Harmel


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?

My opinion

Sometimes you find books that you immediately know, when you first start reading: I’m going to love this book. ‘When we meet again’ by Kristin Harmel is such a book for me. From beginning till the end I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this book.

The combination of Emily’s past, her journey through her grandma’s life, but also the things Emily has to deal with in the present is a way for you to keep on reading. You’ll get a tease of the story at the beginning but you’ll stay curious about the real story until the end.

I really felt connected to Emily throughout the book and would’ve done the exact same thing if I’d received a painting like this. I want to learn about things and love to do research. This book was perfect for me. When I came to the ending, I had a long cry because it all came together so well but also had some sadness in it.

‘When we meet again’ has touched me from beginning till the end. Kristin Harmel has written such a good story that it feels so personal, almost as if Emily tells her story to me personally. You can truly feel her emotions and at the end of the book Emily feels like a close friend.


Kristin Harmel has given me a new friend in ‘When we meet again’, a story that has touched me from beginning till the end and which made me cry as well.


When we meet again by Kristin Harmel
Published by Gallery Books
Genres: Contemporary Fiction
Pages: 365
ISBN: 9781476754161

You can buy the book at Book Depository, here.

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