Thursday, February 15, 2018
A Touching Story -- The Melody of the Soul
Well-written World War II stories fascinate me -- both the horror of what so many innocent people endured and the strength and heroism shown by those who openly or quietly fought against the atrocities. In The Melody of the Soul Liz Tolsma did an excellent job of crafting characters of all those types in a story that reaches to the heart on several levels.
As is true in so many areas in real life, people of a certain group can't all be lumped into the same description with all the same ideas, plans, actions, etc. Liz's characters fit that same pattern. The fears, the uncertainties, and the hurts that are shared by the Jews, the Christians, and even the German officials drew me into their lives in ways that I didn't always expect. The unifying element of music and what it meant to the characters was a beautiful touch to the story.
I highly recommend The Melody of the Soul for anyone interested in World Word II fiction. Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for providing a copy of this book. I am happy to share my own thoughts in this review.
About the Book:
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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About the Author:
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. Find out more about Liz at http://www.liztolsma.com.