Liz Tolsma is one of my favorite historical fiction authors. I have read several of her books and I can still recall the stories of each book. I was really excited to see that she had a new one published!
The Melody of the Soul was hard to read in some places, like every book about WWII and the Holocaust is hard to stomach. She only ever went into as much detail to help the reader know what happened, but I’m so thankful that she left out some information. It would have been so hard to read that, considering how much I grew to love some of the characters.
Anna and Horst Engal are two very different people. One is a Jew and the other is a German Nazi. I teared up when Horst Engal moved into his flat. It was such a sad scene, but I did love that his heart was revealed through that moment. It was even more interesting to read in the Notes part of the book that revealed who she used as inspiration for him. How comforting to know there were people like him during that awful time.
Anna loves music. Music is her life…like blood running through her veins. She and her brother would be accomplished musicians if it weren’t for the Germans uprooting their life. To top it off, they placed a ban on no music. In defiance, and also partly because it was so much a part of her, she plays her violin because she knows no other thing to turn to in these dark times. She has only her grandmother left, but she knows her time will come when she will be transported to the camps. When that moment does come, she is shocked to learn who wants to hide them.
There is a lot of action in this book, but so many truths. It’s eye-opening to see the love that Patrice had for her friends. Her life was nothing like she expected, but she lived it for the glory of God and to save others. Her sacrificial life was amazing. The inspiration behind her character is in the notes, too, so be sure to read about it!
The Melody of the Soul is the first book in her new series, The Music of Hope. I’m already anxiously waiting for Book 2 to be published!
The Melody of the Soul (Gilead Publishing, January 2018)
Anna has one chance for survival—and it lies in the hands of her mortal enemy.
It’s 1943 and Anna Zadok, a Jewish Christian living in Prague, has lost nearly everything. Most of her family has been deported, and the Nazi occupation ended her career as a concert violinist. Now Anna is left to care for her grandmother, and she’ll do anything to keep her safe—a job that gets much harder when Nazi officer Horst Engel is quartered in the flat below them.
Though musical instruments have been declared illegal, Anna defiantly continues to play the violin. But Horst, dissatisfied with German ideology, enjoys her soothing music. When Anna and her grandmother face deportation, Horst risks everything to protect them.
Anna finds herself falling in love with the handsome officer and his brave heart. But what he reveals might stop the music forever.
Best-selling novelist Liz Tolsma is the author of several World War II novels and prairie romance novellas. She also works as a freelance editor. She lives in a semirural area of Wisconsin with her husband and two daughters. Her son serves with the US Marines. All of their chidlren came to them through international adoption. Her other passions include walking, gardening, camping, and reading.
I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.