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By 1943, Anna Zadok, a Jewish Christian living in Prague, has lost everything, including her career as a concert violinist and almost her entire family. The only person she has left is her beloved grandmother, and she's determined to keep her safe. But protecting Grandmother won't be easy--not with a Nazi officer billeted below them. Anna must keep a low profile. There's on By 1943, Anna Zadok, a Jewish Christian living in Prague, has lost everything, including her career as a concert violinist and almost her entire family. The only person she has left is her beloved grandmother, and she's determined to keep her safe. But protecting Grandmother won't be easy--not with a Nazi officer billeted below them. Anna must keep a low profile. There's one thing she refuses to give up, though. Despite instruments being declared illegal, Anna defiantly continues to practice her violin. She has to believe that the war will end someday and her career will be waiting. Fortunately for Anna, the officer, Horst Engel, enjoys her soothing music. It distracts him from his dissatisfaction with Nazi ideology and reminds him that beauty still exists in an increasingly ugly world. When his neighbors face deportation, Horst is moved to risk everything to hide them. Anna finds herself falling in love with the handsome officer and his brave heart. But what he reveals to her might break her trust and stop the music forever. . . .


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By 1943, Anna Zadok, a Jewish Christian living in Prague, has lost everything, including her career as a concert violinist and almost her entire family. The only person she has left is her beloved grandmother, and she's determined to keep her safe. But protecting Grandmother won't be easy--not with a Nazi officer billeted below them. Anna must keep a low profile. There's on By 1943, Anna Zadok, a Jewish Christian living in Prague, has lost everything, including her career as a concert violinist and almost her entire family. The only person she has left is her beloved grandmother, and she's determined to keep her safe. But protecting Grandmother won't be easy--not with a Nazi officer billeted below them. Anna must keep a low profile. There's one thing she refuses to give up, though. Despite instruments being declared illegal, Anna defiantly continues to practice her violin. She has to believe that the war will end someday and her career will be waiting. Fortunately for Anna, the officer, Horst Engel, enjoys her soothing music. It distracts him from his dissatisfaction with Nazi ideology and reminds him that beauty still exists in an increasingly ugly world. When his neighbors face deportation, Horst is moved to risk everything to hide them. Anna finds herself falling in love with the handsome officer and his brave heart. But what he reveals to her might break her trust and stop the music forever. . . .

30 review for The Melody of the Soul

  1. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    This book was so hard to put down! Anna's story is an edge-of-your-seat sort of story that makes you care deeply what becomes of her and her grandmother and the conflicted German officer in the flat below. The Christian message is very strong, which I liked, and the danger practically flips the pages on their own. This book was so hard to put down! Anna's story is an edge-of-your-seat sort of story that makes you care deeply what becomes of her and her grandmother and the conflicted German officer in the flat below. The Christian message is very strong, which I liked, and the danger practically flips the pages on their own.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Staci

    What a nice surprise! I didn't expect this novel to be filled with suspense and wow was there plenty of it. Anna is a Christian of Jewish heritage. She is trying to survive in German occupied Prague during WWII. Her love of music added to the story. What a nice surprise! I didn't expect this novel to be filled with suspense and wow was there plenty of it. Anna is a Christian of Jewish heritage. She is trying to survive in German occupied Prague during WWII. Her love of music added to the story.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Loraine

    Based on two real personages, Alice Herz-Sommer, a Jewish concert pianist, and a German soldier who lived in Alice's building, Wilm Hosenfield, Tolsma has penned a moving story that sank deep into the soul. Anna, a gifted Jewish Christian violinist, and Horst, a German officer, are as different as night and day and make an unlikely pair except that they both have an incredible love for beautiful music and their tie through their faith as Christians. These things bring them together in a joint fi Based on two real personages, Alice Herz-Sommer, a Jewish concert pianist, and a German soldier who lived in Alice's building, Wilm Hosenfield, Tolsma has penned a moving story that sank deep into the soul. Anna, a gifted Jewish Christian violinist, and Horst, a German officer, are as different as night and day and make an unlikely pair except that they both have an incredible love for beautiful music and their tie through their faith as Christians. These things bring them together in a joint fight to survive the occupation of Prague, Czechoslovakia and the terrible treatment of the Jewish population. Although melancholy, there is so much suspense that kept me reading to find out what would happen next to these two unlikely compatriots. Yet throughout the story, they keep reminding one another of the faith that will hold them up no matter what happens. I also loved the role that music played throughout this novel sustaining and giving hope to both the Jewish inmates at Terezin as well as Anna and Horst. Filled with rich historical detail about both Prague and the events there during World War II, this is another excellent novel by Tolsma.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)

    The characters in The Melody of the Soul are a study in internal contrasts. Anna, a Jew by blood & a Christian by faith. Horst, a man of faith forced to become a soldier for the Nazi regime even though he believes what they are doing to the Jews is wrong on all levels. (Note: In our reactionary culture, the thought of a Nazi officer falling in love with a Jew – and vice versa – is a fine line to walk in a novel. But I think the way these characters are presented, and the way they wrestle with th The characters in The Melody of the Soul are a study in internal contrasts. Anna, a Jew by blood & a Christian by faith. Horst, a man of faith forced to become a soldier for the Nazi regime even though he believes what they are doing to the Jews is wrong on all levels. (Note: In our reactionary culture, the thought of a Nazi officer falling in love with a Jew – and vice versa – is a fine line to walk in a novel. But I think the way these characters are presented, and the way they wrestle with the same fine line – the acknowledgment that it exists – is well done.) Patricie, an active member of the Resistance who is forced into a relationship with a Nazi soldier. And then there is Anna’s grandmother – my personal favorite character. Her words of faith to Anna are another underlying theme of this novel: “Babička, wait. How can you trust him?” “I can’t. But I trust the Lord.” The Melody of the Soul is an exquisite symphony of emotion and grace. The quote – “The music spoke of darkness and violence, but also of hope and trust” – is actually a pretty good summary of the book itself. Tolsma has beautifully captured the agony of the Holocaust and the struggle to trust God and find hope in the midst of such evil and darkness. This is one of those books that lingers with you long after you’ve turned the final page. (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book) first seen at Reading Is My SuperPower

  5. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Cox

    FTC DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, which was not required to be positive. What a powerful, exquisite story. It was gripping, emotional, and heartrending. From the very first line, it was immersive and well expressed. The beautiful setting of Prague, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic and Slovakia), came alive with the inclusion of the Charles Bridge and other sights, sounds, and scents. The heartbreaking setting of Theresienstadt Concent FTC DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, which was not required to be positive. What a powerful, exquisite story. It was gripping, emotional, and heartrending. From the very first line, it was immersive and well expressed. The beautiful setting of Prague, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic and Slovakia), came alive with the inclusion of the Charles Bridge and other sights, sounds, and scents. The heartbreaking setting of Theresienstadt Concentration Camp also came alive with the stench, frailty of the inhabitants, and cruelty of the German guards. My heart squeezed every time one of the characters was in that place. I nearly gave this book only three stars, but the Notes page at the end helped me keep it at four. While I was reading, I thought it was odd that a Jewish character would blatantly play a violin when the Nazis were watching and/or searching for her. Yet, in the note to the reader, Ms. Tolsma shared a bit of her research, which claimed this portion to be based on a Jewess who "hid her piccolo piano from the Germans and continued to play, despite the risk." This was eye-opening to me and altered my perception of the story I had just read, increasing my appreciation for the bravery of the people the characters were based upon... and those whose stories went unwritten and have thus been lost in history. If any author is reading this, please include a note to the reader to share tidbits like this one. They make a huge difference in the reader's experience. To Ms. Tolsma, thank you for including this bit of history about Ms. Alice Herz-Sommer in your Notes page. A few things did pull me from the story momentarily. There were several noticeable typos, including a random equal sign, "born" when "borne" (the past participle of "bear") was intended, and missing commas in direct address. There were a couple of inconsistencies, including a character's hands being handcuffed behind her back, yet she was able to lift her hands to the sky. On a few occasions, Horst's attraction to Anna slipped into the obsessive category, which was awkward and uncomfortable to read about. These things were slightly distracting and dampened my enjoyment of this book, if only by a small margin. My favorite line came from Anna's grandmother: "Faith is precious. Cherish it. Hunger for it. Protect it." What a great mantra to apply to one's life! I hope to soak it in even more in the coming weeks and years. This story is the beginning of the Music of Hope series, and I'll definitely be looking forward to the second installment. Ms. Tolsma has a fantastic way with words, and I really enjoyed the usage of music and its terms in this story. Content: * breastfeeding * alcohol and drunk soldiers * cigarettes * a vulgar word (used three times)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)

    Life Fully Booked Review of The Melody of the Soul This tale reaches into the depths of darkness, but shines light into the grace of Jesus, the grace only He can provide in dark times. Books like this one show us that human kindness and love, when coupled with trust in God, can outshine even the most horrific of evil. The Melody of the Soul is filled with adventure, heartbreak, but ultimately love. Life Fully Booked Review of The Melody of the Soul This tale reaches into the depths of darkness, but shines light into the grace of Jesus, the grace only He can provide in dark times. Books like this one show us that human kindness and love, when coupled with trust in God, can outshine even the most horrific of evil. The Melody of the Soul is filled with adventure, heartbreak, but ultimately love.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Paula Shreckhise

    Liz Tolsma is a true wordsmith. She paints a picture— a realistic one but not always a beautiful one. The picture is of occupied Prague in WWII. Times have been trying for Anna Zadokova and her grandmother. She has been separated from the rest of her family and the lifestyle that she knew with her musical family as a promising violinist. She is not only of Jewish descent but grew up as a Christian as well. But as far as the Nazi’s are concerned, that she is a Jew is all that matters. “ Train up Liz Tolsma is a true wordsmith. She paints a picture— a realistic one but not always a beautiful one. The picture is of occupied Prague in WWII. Times have been trying for Anna Zadokova and her grandmother. She has been separated from the rest of her family and the lifestyle that she knew with her musical family as a promising violinist. She is not only of Jewish descent but grew up as a Christian as well. But as far as the Nazi’s are concerned, that she is a Jew is all that matters. “ Train up a child in the way that he should go and he will not depart from it” Proverbs 22:6 could be a theme for the characters in this book. Anna and her brother David have been raised in a loving Christian home, although David has joined his friends in a new philosophy. Horst Engle, a Nazi officer in charge of preserving architecture in Prague, has had a mixed upbringing. But his mother’s Christian voice has taken effect and colors his reactions to his job in the Nazi regime. This story recounts the horrors of occupation by the Nazi’s and at what lengths the underground will go to protect the Jewish people. Anna’s grandmother is always the voice of faith in the midst of real turmoil and frightening times. Liz’s descriptions put you right in the action, hoping the Jews in hiding will not be caught. The suspense is palpable. If you love history and want a compelling story that shows strong Christian faith in the middle of a troubling time in our world history then this is the book for you. This is book one in a series: Music of Hope by Liz Tolsma. *I received this book from the publisher, all opinions are my own. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.*

  8. 4 out of 5

    Carole Jarvis

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: http://bit.ly/2E5uIAE The Melody of the Soul by Liz Tolsma is a fine-tuned work of art – and as such, I find it difficult to express my thoughts in mere words. It is moving, gripping, compelling, and thought provoking. I was hesitant to read it at first and wanted to turn away at times, yet I couldn’t. It is a story of trust in the midst of deepest darkness, of compassion in the face of man’s inhumanity – and it will linger long after the last page is turned. First, Reviewed at The Power of Words: http://bit.ly/2E5uIAE The Melody of the Soul by Liz Tolsma is a fine-tuned work of art – and as such, I find it difficult to express my thoughts in mere words. It is moving, gripping, compelling, and thought provoking. I was hesitant to read it at first and wanted to turn away at times, yet I couldn’t. It is a story of trust in the midst of deepest darkness, of compassion in the face of man’s inhumanity – and it will linger long after the last page is turned. First, a confession. For the most part, I can’t deal with stories that have a Holocaust theme and try to avoid them. But in this case, it was the music – something I could easily relate to – that made me willing to take the risk, and I’m so glad I did. The characters are well drawn and felt so real that I cared about them. The horrors of war are felt, but skillfully handled by the author without being too graphic. Life as Anna Zadok knew it was rapidly changing with losses of beloved family, city and music – and to trust a German was unthinkable. Yet I connected with the soldier Horst as he struggled with what the Nazis were doing and what was asked of him. Anna’s grandmother was a favorite of mine; her faith and words of wisdom are timeless. And then there’s the music. These thoughts of Anna’s brother, a violinist in the Jewish orchestra at Terezin, vividly express the beauty of God’s gift … "The music enveloped him, carried him far from this place. He sailed above Terezin’s confines, peering down on this miserable lot. He soared above green fields, majestic mountains of blue, shimmering turquoise oceans. Away, far away from the misery of his soul. The terrible ache in his heart over the loss of his parents, of his family faded. Only beauty remained." At its heart, The Melody of the Soul is a story of faith in a God who is worthy of our trust. It made me think of those times when God seems far away and faith is put to the test. And I can only hope that I would have the willingness to sacrifice and put others first, like Resistance fighters Patricie and Georg. The Melody of the Soul is a beautifully written story, full of hope and grace … not an easy read at times, but compelling and inspiring. Highly recommended. I was provided a copy of this book through Litfuse Publicity and Gilead Publishing. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sheila Holmes

    Because I am a fan of all stories WWII, this novel would have enticed me to read. But, it took the story-telling itself to hold me tightly to its pages until the end. I am usually reading 2 to 3 novels at the same time. Located all over the house, wherever I happen to be there is a book I can pick up and continue on in its story line. (No... I don't ever get confused which one I'm reading, the plot, nor the characters.) What I found interesting is that while I was reading this one, I kept sacrifi Because I am a fan of all stories WWII, this novel would have enticed me to read. But, it took the story-telling itself to hold me tightly to its pages until the end. I am usually reading 2 to 3 novels at the same time. Located all over the house, wherever I happen to be there is a book I can pick up and continue on in its story line. (No... I don't ever get confused which one I'm reading, the plot, nor the characters.) What I found interesting is that while I was reading this one, I kept sacrificing progress on the others and kept seeking this one out. Besides the romance, which I thought was beautiful, I think it's been a very long time since an author got me so emotionally involved in the physical and emotional well-being of its characters. I am a "sympathizer" with a book's characters, but this story actually had me dropping tears at a number of places. And, every time I thought that I could sigh in relief, I was jolted back into a new upheaval. I guess the bottom line is that I thought this book was superb, and I am already looking forward to the next in the series. I completely and thoroughly recommend this book!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. All opinions are my own. Note: Kristin reads and reviews both Christian and secular fiction on A Simply Enchanted Life. Out of respect for my readers, I am including a content review. This content review will help you decide whether this book is suitable for you. Content Review: Christian or Secular: Christian Profanity: Anna is referre A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. All opinions are my own. Note: Kristin reads and reviews both Christian and secular fiction on A Simply Enchanted Life. Out of respect for my readers, I am including a content review. This content review will help you decide whether this book is suitable for you. Content Review: Christian or Secular: Christian Profanity: Anna is referred to as a "Jewish whore" on several occasions. Sex: None Violence: Non-graphic. Trigger Warnings: Some readers will be deeply saddened by the depiction of the holocaust. Disclosure: The holocaust was a dark time in history and many books can become graphic and border on disturbing to readers. I do not feel that this book crosses such lines. If you've followed my reviews for any amount of time; you would know that I enjoy reading World War II fiction. It isn't that I take pleasure in the darkness or despair. I simply feel that I learn the best lessons from characters who overcome great challenges. I was intrigued by this book from the first chapter. I long for words that stir my spirit and this book introduced me to characters and a melody that did just that. What good could ever come from a German soldier falling in love with a Jewish woman? Like Romeo and Juliet; this love was forbidden from the start. Horst is a young man who wanted to please his father. But, he knows that hatred of the Jews is not consistent with the Christlike love that has been instilled in him by his mother.  He's plagued by what he has done and what he has seen. Anna's music is the only thing that gives him peace. This book forced me to think. Times were difficult and people were trying to survive. Not all of the Germans were evil—I think we forget that sometimes. It's important to understand that this book doesn't glorify abusive relationships. It isn't some twisted tale of a captive girl falling for her captor. It is a book of redemption. Yes, Horst did some things that he should be ashamed of. He was young and trying to please his father. Afterwards, he realized that he would rather please his heavenly Father than his earthly one. And despite embracing God, he still struggled with forgiving himself. The author so beautifully captured the human spirit with this book that I couldn't stop crying. I have never sobbed over a book as I did with this one. My family was actually alarmed and questioned whether a friend was seriously injured—or worse—dead. If you love World War II fiction and you are a fan of Kristy Cambron's; I think you would also enjoy The Melody of the Soul.  Just make sure that you have a box of tissues and maybe some chocolate before you sit down to read. This review was originally posted on A Simply Enchanted Life

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kav

    Liz Tolsma has crafted another compelling World War II novel that digs deep into the complexities of human nature. A story that is as heart-wrenching as it is hopeful. The dilemmas these characters face are incomprehensible. Especially since I know that this type of thing happened to real people all over Europe during the war. Anna poses a piercing question to Horst: "Why didn't your people stop this madman? You should have known, should have seen, what was coming." (p 105) That's a question I c Liz Tolsma has crafted another compelling World War II novel that digs deep into the complexities of human nature. A story that is as heart-wrenching as it is hopeful. The dilemmas these characters face are incomprehensible. Especially since I know that this type of thing happened to real people all over Europe during the war. Anna poses a piercing question to Horst: "Why didn't your people stop this madman? You should have known, should have seen, what was coming." (p 105) That's a question I constantly ask myself when I read a Holocaust story. And then I think: what are we doing as a society to safeguard ourselves from such atrocities again? Clearly not enough. Like all of us, Anna and Horst have been shaped by experiences in their childhood. And both have been powerfully influenced by their mothers' faith. I don't know if it's because I read this book on Mother's Day - but I kept seeing that recurring theme play out throughout this story. Such an amazing testimony of the longstanding impression we can make on our children's faith walk. These memories become the moral compass that guides Anna and Horst through their darkest days. And it sustains them until they are able to dig deep and develop their own life-sustaining faith. Tolsma knows how to draw out a scene, build the suspense and skewer a reader's tender heart with turbulent emotions.And now that the read is done I'm left basking in a jittery mix of grief and joy and eagerly awaiting the release of the next book in the Music of Hope series which comes out later this year.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Vera Godley

    I find it quite disconcerting to read of the soul-searching inner turmoil and the bitter and senseless mistreatment of others that are found in stories that involve the treatment of Jews and those who helped them during World War II. Horrific! Inhumane! Senseless! Evil! I find, too, the strength of people faced with such calamity encouraging to my weak spirit as I read of their inner strength and faith when faced with the horrors of the time. In The Melody of the Soul the author writes of loss of I find it quite disconcerting to read of the soul-searching inner turmoil and the bitter and senseless mistreatment of others that are found in stories that involve the treatment of Jews and those who helped them during World War II. Horrific! Inhumane! Senseless! Evil! I find, too, the strength of people faced with such calamity encouraging to my weak spirit as I read of their inner strength and faith when faced with the horrors of the time. In The Melody of the Soul the author writes of loss of faith and strength of faith. She shows us the loveliness that is found in music reaching the depths of the soul caressing and gentling it to the point that one finds themselves settled, able to cope, and renewed. The melody is not only in the music. The melody is that which is in tune with the Almighty. The God of the ages. The Saviour. This is a lovely story but it is also one that wrenches the soul and the heart. Those were times of much evil and much meanness toward those perceived and declared different. Ms. Tolsma writes with skill and gently leads the reader down the streets and into the homes and on into the heart of the characters. You may find yourself gripped with the story yet unable to continue reading because your own heart must settle before you can turn another page. No, there is no detailed ugliness in the writing. The spirit of the events is adequately presented yet not to a point of being gross. I highly recommend this book. DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own and are freely given.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ruth

    I am quite torn about this novel (my first read by Liz Tolsma). I am passionate about studying the history of World War II and the Holocaust, and I love the fact that Tolsma sets The Melody of the Soul in Prague, as on my mother's side I am of Czech descent. The Czech experience during the war is not one I've seen often explored in fiction, inspirational or otherwise, so I deeply appreciated that window into a culture and history that was so important to my own Babi. Tolsma is an accomplished wo I am quite torn about this novel (my first read by Liz Tolsma). I am passionate about studying the history of World War II and the Holocaust, and I love the fact that Tolsma sets The Melody of the Soul in Prague, as on my mother's side I am of Czech descent. The Czech experience during the war is not one I've seen often explored in fiction, inspirational or otherwise, so I deeply appreciated that window into a culture and history that was so important to my own Babi. Tolsma is an accomplished wordsmith and adept and building suspense throughout her narrative. She provides some sense of the tension and oppression that must have faced the occupied Czech, particularly those of Jewish descent. While this is a page-turner, there is something off about the pacing of this novel that kept me from fully losing myself in Anna's world. There is a disconcerting habit of cutting chapters off at pivotal points, switching scenes and/or point of view, or time jumps, losing momentum and disrupting the flow of the narrative. However, that aside this is still an accessible, competently executed piece of fiction. That said, I cannot get past my issue with the central story thread of a romance between Anna, a Jewish violinist, and Horst, a German officer. I understand that through Horst, Tolsma is attempting to illustrate that there were Germans who strove to do the right thing during the war and retain their humanity in the face of unspeakable cruelty and prejudice. And I 100x over believe in redemption and forgiveness. But the balance of power and consent in this novel is so unbelievably one-sided I could not get past the possibility that Anna was suffering from some form of Stockholm Syndrome. What woman in her right mind is going to struggle with attraction to a man dressed in the uniform -- and therefore a symbol -- of the very ideology that ripped her family from her and condemned them to the camps?! And this is BEFORE their fate in the camps is even revealed. I mean WUT. IS. HAPPENING. Tolsma makes it clear that Horst is very conflicted, fine. He makes the right choices when it counts. But he still holds all the power in this burgeoning "relationship" and I never felt like that power imbalance was adequately acknowledged or addressed enough to make me feel comfortable romanticizing a Jewish refugee/Nazi officer romance, particularly when the Notes section reveals that Anna's story was inspired by a real-life (married) Holocaust survivor whose music was enjoyed by a Nazi officer who lived in her building. However, Anna was still sent to the camp, and while she and her son survived, her husband did not. That is much starker picture of the reality of Jewish-German relations during this time period than is portrayed here, and I cannot help but feel that even loosely romanticizing Anna's story does a disservice to the woman whose real life inspired it, however tangentially. I don't think there is ill intent behind this story, and I even arguably enjoyed my introduction to Tolsma's writing when consciously viewed as a romanticized, fictional wartime fable. However, as time passes I think it is important to read fiction of this type with a critical lens, lest we ever forget or diminish, however unintentionally, the horror inflicted on millions during this conflict.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Bridgewater

    The Melody of the Soul by Liz Tolsma is a fast paced, interesting glance into World War II in Prague. I really enjoyed how Tolsma really gets into the heart of the issue and shows how the war affected each character. Anna Zadok is a fascinating character who strives to bring music into the world while loving and protecting her family as much as she can. While on the other hand, Horst Engel, is a German officer who changes after seeing the horror the Germans are doing to the Jews. I liked him mor The Melody of the Soul by Liz Tolsma is a fast paced, interesting glance into World War II in Prague. I really enjoyed how Tolsma really gets into the heart of the issue and shows how the war affected each character. Anna Zadok is a fascinating character who strives to bring music into the world while loving and protecting her family as much as she can. While on the other hand, Horst Engel, is a German officer who changes after seeing the horror the Germans are doing to the Jews. I liked him more than Anna. Horst changes the most and is someone to be admired for the good he tried to do, knowing he could be killed instantly. While I have read about the musicians at Terezin from A Sparrow in Terezin by Kristy Cambron, this was a different side to the similar setting. Any story that features the horrors of World War II also grabs my attention, and I love reading the different takes on the many places. The plot moved fast and kept me gripped to the pages. I recommend The Melody of the Soul to fans of Cambron, Sarah Sundin, and Kate Breslin.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lucy

    This is one of those rare books that doesn’t just entertain but stirs your heart and soul. An amazing, beautiful, breathtaking, gut wrenching read that brings to life the holocaust and gives names and faces to these troubled times. The characters will stick with you for a long time, and you will pray this atrocity never happens again. I loved how Anna finds her voice through her music and how her and Horst grow in their faith and learn how to trust Him completely. I can’t imagine the research th This is one of those rare books that doesn’t just entertain but stirs your heart and soul. An amazing, beautiful, breathtaking, gut wrenching read that brings to life the holocaust and gives names and faces to these troubled times. The characters will stick with you for a long time, and you will pray this atrocity never happens again. I loved how Anna finds her voice through her music and how her and Horst grow in their faith and learn how to trust Him completely. I can’t imagine the research that went into this piece of art. It is well written and you will not want to put it down. Have the tissues handy and be prepared to hear the music after you stop turning the pages. Wish I could give it ten stars. I received a complimentary copy from the author. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Molly Jaber (Cover To Cover Cafe)

    I'm a big fan of historical novels, particularly those centered around WWII. So, when I came across this one for reviewing, I jumped at the chance. I've not read any Liz Tolsma books before, so it was a double bonus for me. I sat down, opened the book, and wow. What feelings I got with this novel! Sadness, happiness, love.....all of it. It was so many feels! Liz Tolsma's characters, Anna and Horst, truly came alive for me. Their interactions, their passion for their beliefs and their love for Ann I'm a big fan of historical novels, particularly those centered around WWII. So, when I came across this one for reviewing, I jumped at the chance. I've not read any Liz Tolsma books before, so it was a double bonus for me. I sat down, opened the book, and wow. What feelings I got with this novel! Sadness, happiness, love.....all of it. It was so many feels! Liz Tolsma's characters, Anna and Horst, truly came alive for me. Their interactions, their passion for their beliefs and their love for Anna's music....they truly captured my soul. These beautiful souls had a passion for God and I could feel that as I turned each page. I can't imagine what it was like for the Nazis and the Jews back then, but through richly detailed accounts and beautifully chiseled characters, Ms. Tolsma made me feel a part of that time period. My heart burst for their love of God, but my soul was twisted up and crying when I felt myself enduring all that Anna had to endure. It was a bittersweet experience for sure! This is definitely a 4 star novel that I will recommend to all who want a soul capturing novel. Ms. Tolsma knows just what to create for her readers that will keep them hooked and turning the pages long into the wee hours of the morning. Each page turn brings you closer to the characters' souls, and when the book ends, you're left reflecting on the melodies created within your own heart. This book is definitely a keeper! Well done, Ms. Tolsma! *Cafinated Reads received a complimentary copy of this book from LitFuse Blog Tours and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*

  17. 5 out of 5

    Katelyn Bolds

    Literally couldn't put this book down. So vivid and well researched. Passionately written and intrinsically beautiful. Characters are well-written with excellent development over the course of the book. Story was gripping and intense, while still providing a satisfying ending. I would recommend this to lovers of WWII fiction and historical fiction. Literally couldn't put this book down. So vivid and well researched. Passionately written and intrinsically beautiful. Characters are well-written with excellent development over the course of the book. Story was gripping and intense, while still providing a satisfying ending. I would recommend this to lovers of WWII fiction and historical fiction.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Shantelle

    The Melody of the Soul by Liz Tolsma is set during World War II and focuses on a young, Jewish woman living in Prague. It explores some of the horrific happenings during the Holocaust and weaves a story of Jews who hid, trying to escape the horrors being forced on them. Book one in the MUSIC OF HOPE series, this novel is filled with drama, sorrow, action, and glimmers of hope. So, though The Melody of the Soul did keep my attention and I felt like I learned some more about this particular war, the The Melody of the Soul by Liz Tolsma is set during World War II and focuses on a young, Jewish woman living in Prague. It explores some of the horrific happenings during the Holocaust and weaves a story of Jews who hid, trying to escape the horrors being forced on them. Book one in the MUSIC OF HOPE series, this novel is filled with drama, sorrow, action, and glimmers of hope. So, though The Melody of the Soul did keep my attention and I felt like I learned some more about this particular war, the Holocaust, Jews, etc. - it wasn't my favorite read. Perhaps because the writing style was more narrative and I couldn't really feel the emotions of the characters. I didn't feel super invested in the character's lives, though I did very much hope for Anna, her grandmother, and the rest to survive! There were some breathless moments, wondering if they were going to make it. Because of the theme and the time and setting, this book had a pretty heavy, dark air about it. But as I mentioned above, there was hope. A little bit of romance. And a lot of faith content. I appreciated the strong, unapologetic faith theme, even if the characters didn't quite feel real to me. I rate The Melody of the Soul three stars because it did mostly keep me turning pages. The faith content was good, and the ending satisfying. If not for that, I may have rated it less, because of the things about the book (unrealistic characters or scenarios) that bothered me. I received a copy of The Melody of the Soul from Litfuse Publicity Blogger Program in exchange for my honest review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Johnson

    Title: The Melody of the Soul (Music of Hope Series #1) Author: Liz Tolsma Pages: 315 Year: 2018 Publisher: Gilead Publishing My rating is 5 out of 5 stars. The story is set in Czechoslovakia during WWII. The lead female character is Anna Zadok, a young woman in her mid-twenties who is a violinist. She was studying to become a concert violinist when the Germans invaded her country and forbade all Jews from owning musical instruments. She, her grandmother, mother, father and two sisters live in a small Title: The Melody of the Soul (Music of Hope Series #1) Author: Liz Tolsma Pages: 315 Year: 2018 Publisher: Gilead Publishing My rating is 5 out of 5 stars. The story is set in Czechoslovakia during WWII. The lead female character is Anna Zadok, a young woman in her mid-twenties who is a violinist. She was studying to become a concert violinist when the Germans invaded her country and forbade all Jews from owning musical instruments. She, her grandmother, mother, father and two sisters live in a small apartment. They have watched as their neighbors and friends have received their deportation notices, which will send them to the prison camp of Terezin, some have been dragged from their homes for failure to report with their notices and some have even been shot by the German soldiers who are occupying their city. Anna and her family are strong Christians of Jewish blood, so they are labeled as Jews. Anna’s parents and two younger sisters receive their deportation notices. Anna begs to go with them, so they can stay together. Her parents, however, ask her to stay behind and care for her grandmother. Anna reluctantly agrees, wondering if she will ever see her family again. A German officer, Horst Engel, commandeers the apartment below Anna by having the prior Jewish occupants evicted and put on deportation trucks. Anna has been sneaking playing her violin for short periods, even though this is forbidden. She continues to do so and the soldier confronts her. She fears for her life, but it turns out that he likes her music and is an aficionado of the symphony. He asks her and her grandmother to come to his apartment so she can play for him. He works to preserve and repair the architecture of Prague as part of his service to the German Army. What follows this is a harrowing tale of attempting to survive the war as well as the German soldiers out for Jewish blood. There is a resistance group that gives aide at times, but there are visits to Terezin that are heart-breaking too. Anna has a wonderful Christian role model in her grandmother. Horst also begins to remember the lessons his own mother, a devout Christian, taught him years ago. However, his father is a devoted follower of Hitler and has high expectations for his son’s military career. Horst is caught in a difficult situation that is fraught with deadly consequences. This was a great story that I couldn’t put down! I had to see how it ended. There was sadness in the story, but overriding everything was hope in the One who is in control. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen (Kat) Smith

    Something that soothes that savage beast is music. It can take us back to memorable moments of the past or even help us pass the time during a tragic situation until something better comes along. That is the common thread in the latest novel by Liz Tolsma, The Melody of the Soul. This is the first novel in the Music of Hope Series. World War II genre fans will adore this as the setting between Anna Zadok who has just watched her family step away and left her behind to tend for her aging grandmot Something that soothes that savage beast is music. It can take us back to memorable moments of the past or even help us pass the time during a tragic situation until something better comes along. That is the common thread in the latest novel by Liz Tolsma, The Melody of the Soul. This is the first novel in the Music of Hope Series. World War II genre fans will adore this as the setting between Anna Zadok who has just watched her family step away and left her behind to tend for her aging grandmother while the Nazi's occupy their small town in Prague. It is the one thing she didn't want to happen, for them to be separated but also knows that she can't give up on the one thing that she loves, which is playing her violin. Not from reading music, but from hearing it in her heart and soul. It defines who she is and what she is feeling with each note she plays. However all musical instruments are outlawed and those found in possession of them will face harsh repercussions. But it is all that remains of her and the love she has for her family. Yet when a Nazi officer, Horst Engel, takes possession of her home and removes the occupants living on the lower level, she believes it is only a matter of time before they will force her and her aging grandmother to leave. She prepares to pack up what meager belongings they have so when it is time, they are ready. During the time she waits however she begins to play and what connects her to the music is the very same thread that reaches into the soul of Horst and he locates the source of the music. He summons both of them into the lower level of the house he is occupying and asks her to play specific music that she knows and he loves. Perhaps they both are in situations they have no control over and while both know what roles they must play, it is the music that connects them to a better place before the war began. Yet will it connect them in other ways as well? Can a Jewish Christian find love with a Nazi officer in the midst of a war that threatens to divide who they both are? You'll have to check out The Melody of the Soul by Liz Tolsma to find out. I received The Melody of the Soul by Liz Tolsma compliments of Litfuse Publicity and Gilead Publishing. What I really enjoyed about this novel is first, the setting. I am a huge fan of WWII and using that as a setting really forces readers into a place in history that is vibrant, real and terrifying depending on whose side you might find yourself on. Second, placing a budding romance between two very different characters who have their own shared beliefs, enemies really makes you wonder what will be the catalyst that changes for them both that will cause them to defy the odds for love over war. There are some amazing historical notes at the conclusion of the novel that show how the author incorporated real events into the creation of not only this novel but the series! For me, this one easily rates a 4.5 out of 5 stars and I can't wait for the next novel due out in the Fall of 2018.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Becky Van Daniker

    The Melody of the Soul is the first book that I’ve read from Liz Tolsma and it most certainly won’t be my last. I originally picked up a copy because of the cover and I was fascinated to learn more about the citizens of Prague during World War II. This is an inspirational story that will tug at the heartstrings long after finishing the book. I think it hit home even more because the main characters were based on real people. I’m a Christian, but like Anna, I have Jewish heritage. Many of my rela The Melody of the Soul is the first book that I’ve read from Liz Tolsma and it most certainly won’t be my last. I originally picked up a copy because of the cover and I was fascinated to learn more about the citizens of Prague during World War II. This is an inspirational story that will tug at the heartstrings long after finishing the book. I think it hit home even more because the main characters were based on real people. I’m a Christian, but like Anna, I have Jewish heritage. Many of my relatives were victims of the Holocaust so I love reading stories like these because I feel like I can understand my family’s history. World War II was an uncertain and terrible time for many. While there some violence and horrible scenes can be found in the book, the author does so in a way that isn’t graphic or depressing to the reader. This is a story of hope. Another thing that fascinated me about this story is that one of our main characters is a Nazi. It is so easy to hate them, but Horst stands out from the rest. He doesn’t want to be like them. Instead, he wants to do what’s right and hides and protects Jewish victims. The author also has a sound theology that can be seen throughout the novel. None of this preachy, but flows perfectly with the book. One of the spiritual themes that I loved that the book contained was about our need for God and salvation. The author gives a clear Gospel message in a way that really stays with you. If you were to die today, do you know where you’ll be going? Another theme that played a huge part in the book and that challenged me was about being willing to sacrifice your life to save another. As much as I would say that I would do everything I could to protect Jews in that day, it’s a tough call when you’re faced with the reality. It’s easier said than done. That itself is a powerful impact, especially this quote. “Yes, I long for her. Ache without her. I’m worried to death about her. What they might do to my beautiful love. If I could take her place, I would.” Anna and Horst nodded. Babička sipped her tea and cleared her throat. “That’s what she did for us. Took our place. Just what Jesus did for us.” Another theme is about trusting God in our difficult circumstances, especially with an unseen future. While we may not at war and trying to protect our lives, I can totally relate to the characters when it comes to trusting God as a believer. It isn’t always the easiest, but it’s the best way. Overall, this is a powerful story that will stick with you long after the story is over. This is the first book in her new series and I cannot wait to see what the author has in store for us next. Highly recommended! Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    This cover is absolutely lovely. It shows a serene picture of Prague in the evening as if nothing is amiss. The title seems almost magical. However, opening up this book and entering into these character’s lives is anything but. In the midst of World War 2, Prague has been taken over by the Germans and the world has been turned upside down. The Jews are being rounded up and eliminated and Anna Zadok has watched her family be deported and maybe never to be seen again. And she herself is given a b This cover is absolutely lovely. It shows a serene picture of Prague in the evening as if nothing is amiss. The title seems almost magical. However, opening up this book and entering into these character’s lives is anything but. In the midst of World War 2, Prague has been taken over by the Germans and the world has been turned upside down. The Jews are being rounded up and eliminated and Anna Zadok has watched her family be deported and maybe never to be seen again. And she herself is given a brief reprieve. This story got under my skin in a way one hasn’t in a while. Anna is the only one left to take care of her grandmother. They had hoped they would be spared as they were Christian Jews, however this was the Nazi’s and they had one goal in mind. Anna and her grandmother’s life take an uncertain turn when Nazi officer, Horst Engel, moves in below them. Taking a liking to Anna’s violin playing they become acquaintances of sort. The feeling of danger is thick in this story and the characters we meet are faced with decisions that they must make concerning life and death, right and wrong. How do we live when the world seems to have gone mad? Anna and Horst have a very unlikely friendship that does grow into a romance and I cared about both these characters. I understood Anna’s disgust and distrust of Horst at first, and I understood Horst’s revulsion at his fellow comrades and his own father. We are given both of their viewpoints and a few other important ones to get a more rounded picture. The author did a good job in really immersing the reader into a time and place when danger abounded and trusting your enemy was akin to jumping off a cliff. I received a copy of this book for free. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own. https://pausefortales.blogspot.com/20...

  23. 4 out of 5

    Andi

    I finished this book a couple of days ago and I am still trying to put my feelings into words. This book touched me physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I actually had a dream that I was helping Anna escape and I was being chased by German soldiers. I woke up out of breath and scared out of my wits! I couldn't imagine how scared the Jewish people were living through that time period. Anna and Horst are a very unlikely pair. A Jewish Christian and a Christian German soldier. Both are enemies I finished this book a couple of days ago and I am still trying to put my feelings into words. This book touched me physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I actually had a dream that I was helping Anna escape and I was being chased by German soldiers. I woke up out of breath and scared out of my wits! I couldn't imagine how scared the Jewish people were living through that time period. Anna and Horst are a very unlikely pair. A Jewish Christian and a Christian German soldier. Both are enemies by birth yet united spiritually by choice. Together we join them as they try to survive the German occupation in Prague, and keep others from the death chambers. Frederick Delius a British composer said that Music is the outburst of the soul. He couldn't be more correct. I grew up not only listening to music, but singing in choir at church. Besides reading, I turn to music when I am sad, or need encouragement. So, it doesn't surprise me that during this most horrible time in history music was not only a comfort to the Jewish people enduring the Holocaust but the German soldiers who were just doing a job out of fear for their own death or acceptance by family. Although sadly some just hated those who were different. My Bottom Line: This is an emotionally charged story that will impact how you see those that are different from you. And how hate of someone who is different whether in looks or beliefs can affect how we see ourselves and how God sees us. Seeing hate consume others places a child of God in the position to go along with those who hate, or choose to love as He has loved us. 1 John 4:19 - We love because He first loved us. (NIV) This is a must read for anyone who enjoys historical fiction. Keep kleenex close, and be prepared to be challenged as not only a human but a believer. I highly recommend it! I know it’s on January but this book will be on my top reads for 2018. I received a copy for review from the publisher as part of Litfuse Publicity blog review program. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    All i can say is you'd better have some tissue paper close by!!! It's a tear jerker!! I like how the author can make the emotions of the people so real that you feel like you want to reach out and grab them away from everything bad that is happening but I guess that would be changing history. I want to choke each and every Nazi and to them what they've done to the Jews!! It's so not fair!! But God will take care of the former Nazi's as they say karma comes around if it hasn't already? The only goo All i can say is you'd better have some tissue paper close by!!! It's a tear jerker!! I like how the author can make the emotions of the people so real that you feel like you want to reach out and grab them away from everything bad that is happening but I guess that would be changing history. I want to choke each and every Nazi and to them what they've done to the Jews!! It's so not fair!! But God will take care of the former Nazi's as they say karma comes around if it hasn't already? The only good thing I see so far is music. Music sooths the soul in any time or place. I know I'm a musician myself!! Only I play Viola. I'm 2nd generation in my family to play this instrument. my son plays violin. Music has a special place in my heart. Even singing hymns praising God soothes my soul. I'm like Anna in this way. This we have in common ( playing our instruments) I like Horst ( even tho he's A Nazi) A good man caught up in a terrible delimma. through no fault of his own!! I loved Anna's grandmother's faith, trust and advice. Even when facing her tribulations. The only thing I had a hard time with was the big long German names. The author did a fine job with a very hard subject and as I said at the beginning you'd better be sitting down and have a box of tissues beside you

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sydney

    Author Liz Tolsma’s The Melody of the Soul is an inspiring and powerful story of the relationship between the Jews and Nazis and how difficult it could be. It is of the struggle of being a Jew or Christian Jew and going into hiding; about a Nazi soldier who is stuck doing things he doesn’t want to do and doesn’t believe is right. It’s about the struggles of life, but the hope of life as well; and especially of unexpected friendship and romance between completely different people from completely Author Liz Tolsma’s The Melody of the Soul is an inspiring and powerful story of the relationship between the Jews and Nazis and how difficult it could be. It is of the struggle of being a Jew or Christian Jew and going into hiding; about a Nazi soldier who is stuck doing things he doesn’t want to do and doesn’t believe is right. It’s about the struggles of life, but the hope of life as well; and especially of unexpected friendship and romance between completely different people from completely different backgrounds. This novel connects readers with the characters in a way that they will not soon be forgotten. Readers will fall head first into this novel, its history, and the engaging characters, and not want to put it down. This is a story that readers of WWII history will not want to miss! Genre: historical, Christian, WWII Publisher: Gilead Publishing Publication date: January 16, 2018 Number of pages: 320 A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher via LitFuse. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Leslie M.

    4.5 stars I reviewed this for RT Bookreviews Magazine: https://www.rtbookreviews.com/book-re... If you only read one book this year, Tolsma’s latest should be the one — the author starts off her new series, Music of Hope, with a bang! There is so much emotion in this book, from heart-wrenching scenes to terror to a sense of peace. No word or character is wasted. The reader will likely find it hard to put down, instead wanting to savor every captivating detail. Beauty and horror are meshed together 4.5 stars I reviewed this for RT Bookreviews Magazine: https://www.rtbookreviews.com/book-re... If you only read one book this year, Tolsma’s latest should be the one — the author starts off her new series, Music of Hope, with a bang! There is so much emotion in this book, from heart-wrenching scenes to terror to a sense of peace. No word or character is wasted. The reader will likely find it hard to put down, instead wanting to savor every captivating detail. Beauty and horror are meshed together, and God’s love and grace shine through it all. This is not an easy read, but it is certainly an important and unforgettable one. The sequel will be highly anticipated. It is 1943 and Anna Zadok is a Jewish Christian living in Prague. Anna has lost everything, from her family to her career as a concert violinist. All she has left is her grandmother, whom she is determined to protect. Her sense of security is challenged when a Nazi officer, Horst Engel, moves in below. He struggles with his desire to please his father and his beliefs that what is going on in the country is wrong. Anna’s faith will be put to the test when Horst decides to prevent their deportation, an act which could place them all at an even greater risk. Will Horst prove that Anna’s trust in him is misplaced?

  27. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    The Melody Of The Soul by Liz Tolsma is a marvellous and moving Christian historical romance. It is the first in the Music Of Hope series and I cannot wait for the subsequent books. The novel is set in Prague in 1943 at the height of the Nazi occupation. War is a terrible thing. It brings out the very worst and the very best in people. Liz Tolsma has realistically captured the fearful atmosphere of occupation. Everyone is to be feared and trust is in short supply. "In their eyes nothing but hopele The Melody Of The Soul by Liz Tolsma is a marvellous and moving Christian historical romance. It is the first in the Music Of Hope series and I cannot wait for the subsequent books. The novel is set in Prague in 1943 at the height of the Nazi occupation. War is a terrible thing. It brings out the very worst and the very best in people. Liz Tolsma has realistically captured the fearful atmosphere of occupation. Everyone is to be feared and trust is in short supply. "In their eyes nothing but hopelessness." The novel shows how in times of war we can trust only God. War will either grow or wilt our faith depending on where our trust lies. We have no choice but to trust God, trust that He is good and does know what He's doing in spite of situations saying otherwise. Morals disappeared under Hitler. "You can't trust a single German." Brain washed people committed horrendous acts but not everyone who wore a Nazi uniform was evil. "Don't judge him by the uniform he wears." Men and women from all walks of life did show extraordinary bravery. "I refuse to live my life in fear or to stop from doing what is right." Some people were prepared to lay down their lives for others. "I'm not afraid to die on the side of right." This reminds the reader of Jesus' words the "Greater love hath no man than that he lay down his life for his friends." War tore families apart. War highlighted the need to protect those we love. The novel has hard to read scenes set in Terezin. Liz Tolsma has perfectly captured the mood and the horrors. Music can soothe the soul. If the music dies, hopelessness may set in. Even the Nazis recognised the power of music... hence the bands in the concentration camps. Liz Tolsma has taken factual elements, combined them with her imagination and produced a first class story. Her power to capture the mood and atmosphere is outstanding. I thoroughly enjoyed The Melody Of The Soul. As a historian I was impressed by the accuracy of the facts. As a reader, I was totally immersed within the tale. A top rate and marvellous read. I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Karen R

    Prague, 1943 was a scary place to live if you had Jewish heritage. This well-written story transported me to the scene and had me up reading through the night to see what happened to these interesting characters. A musical protege, Anna had a hard time without her music. It defined her. She learned to trust God day by day though, moment by moment, as her situation becomes more precarious. It was interesting to see Horst's transformation as he wrestles with his conscience and his faith is renewed Prague, 1943 was a scary place to live if you had Jewish heritage. This well-written story transported me to the scene and had me up reading through the night to see what happened to these interesting characters. A musical protege, Anna had a hard time without her music. It defined her. She learned to trust God day by day though, moment by moment, as her situation becomes more precarious. It was interesting to see Horst's transformation as he wrestles with his conscience and his faith is renewed also. It is a story that made me think about what I would do if challenged in the way Anna and others were. Would I stand firm in my faith, run, or stay and help others as some brave people did? Fans of WW2 fiction, like those by Kristy Cambron, Tricia Goyer and Kate Breslin will want to add this to their reading lists. Anyone who enjoys Christian historical fiction set during WW2, especially Eastern Europe, will probably like this story. A bit of romance and building suspense quickened the pace and made for a memorable read. 4.5 stars

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    Wow! I love this author's books, and I do believe this is one of my favorites of hers and will go on my list of favorite WWII historical fiction books I have read. I was pulled into the story from the first pages and could not put it down. It is an emotional roller coaster following the love story develop between a German officer and a Jew during WWII. The author certainly pulls the reader into the intrigue and danger of that time in history. It is also a beautiful story of how God does work eve Wow! I love this author's books, and I do believe this is one of my favorites of hers and will go on my list of favorite WWII historical fiction books I have read. I was pulled into the story from the first pages and could not put it down. It is an emotional roller coaster following the love story develop between a German officer and a Jew during WWII. The author certainly pulls the reader into the intrigue and danger of that time in history. It is also a beautiful story of how God does work even during the darkest of times. I was given a copy of this book by Gilead Publishing, but a positive review was not required. The opinions expressed are my own, and this is definitely a book that is a must read for the reader who enjoys WWII stories.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Erin Laramore

    3.5 stars for this historical WWII fiction. This book follows Anna Zadokova, a Czech Jewess who happens to be a violinist and a Christian as she struggles to stay under the radar during the war and learns to trust in God to bring her through. While I thoroughly enjoyed the story line and the characters were mostly likable, they seemed 1 dimensional throughout most of the book. I struggled to really relate to the characters. This is why it did not garner a 4 or 5 star rating from me. I would stil 3.5 stars for this historical WWII fiction. This book follows Anna Zadokova, a Czech Jewess who happens to be a violinist and a Christian as she struggles to stay under the radar during the war and learns to trust in God to bring her through. While I thoroughly enjoyed the story line and the characters were mostly likable, they seemed 1 dimensional throughout most of the book. I struggled to really relate to the characters. This is why it did not garner a 4 or 5 star rating from me. I would still recommend this one to fans of historical fiction, particularly WWII as it offereed a unique perspective.

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