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Thursday, January 25, 2018

The Melody of the Soul

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.
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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.

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My Thoughts:
I discovered Liz Tolsma's writing a couple of years back and have really enjoyed her books.  She has a gift.  The Melody of the Soul transports readers back to 1942, a very dark time in our world's history.  Tolsma's story shines a light on the sanctioning of musical activities by the Nazis.  Tolsma's careful research is evident in the way events of the time period are portrayed in the book.  Her characterization is on point.
What I appreciated the most about The Melody of the Soul was the way Tolsma gave a clear presentation of the gospel throughout the story of Horst and Anna.  And maybe the most endearing character was Babicka (Anna's grandmother).  Her steady faith and encouragement to those around her was a reminder to me of the importance of trusting in Christ alone.

*I received a complimentary copy of the book.  All opinions are my own.

Happy Reading,