Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Emotional, heart-tugging story -- When the Heart Sings


Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for When the Heart Sings by Liz Tolsma, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


When the Heart Sings is the second book in Liz Tolsma's Music of Hope series, and she has done an awesome job with both stories. Both the horrific and the heroic elements of World War II and the people so drastically impacted come through in her true-to-life characters and their stories.

The awful suffering and conflict -- physical, emotional, political -- that the Germans and the Poles experience in this well-crafted story are surely representative of what was happening in the hearts and lives of people at this dreadful time in history. Life-changing and life-threatening decisions have to be made by the characters on all sides of that conflict in this story. Doing their part to fight the battle and doing the right thing takes a variety of paths and sometimes requires ignoring which side they are on. The common experiences of mothers -- and fathers -- who have lost a child bring to light the human element that is not defined by which side a person fights for in times of war.

The threads of hope in God and in their fellow men that keep them going in spite of the dark days tugged strongly at this reader's heart and mind. And the reminder of how deeply music can touch a soul was a beautiful major element of the story.

I highly recommend When the Heart Sings to anyone who is a fan of well-written WWII fiction or anyone who loves a tale of hope in the dark hours of life. 

Thanks to JustRead Publicity for providing a copy of this book. I am happy to share my own thoughts in this review.


When the Heart Sings-FINAL-front_cover_020518a-HR Title: When the Heart Sings  
Series: Music of Hope #2  
Author: Liz Tolsma  
Publisher: Gilead Publishing  
Release Date: October 9, 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance  

Natia has a secret, and she’s hiding him right beneath her captor’s nose...

The Nazis have forced Natia and Teodor from their Polish farm to a labor camp. When the couple is separated, Natia is chosen to be the housekeeper for the camp’s overseer, and Teodor is sent to work in the factory. Despite the strict camp rules—and the consequences for disobeying them—Natia finds a way to communicate with Teodor by sending messages through song as she passes Teodor’s dormitory.

The stakes get higher when Natia finds a Jewish orphan on the overseer’s doorstep. She is determined to protect the boy and raise him as the child she and her husband were unable to bear— but if her German captors discover how much she’s hiding, both she and Teodor may pay the ultimate price.  

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liz tolsma

Passionate might best describe Liz Tolsma. She loves writing, research, and editing. Her passion shone through in her first novel which was a double award finalist. On any given day, you might find her pulling weeds in her perennial garden, walking her hyperactive dog, or curled up with a good book. Nothing means more to her than her family. She's married her high-school sweetheart twenty-eight years ago. Get her talking about international adoption, and you might never get her to stop. She and her husband adopted three children, including a son who is a U.S. Marine, and two daughters.

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when the heart sings blog giveaway


(1) winner will receive (US only)
  • a print copy of When the Heart Sings
  • 'Just One More Chapter' throw pillow seen HERE
Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight November 26, 2018 and last through 11:59pm December 3, 2018. US only. Winners will be notified within a week of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

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  1. Thanks for your thoughts on the book! It's on my wish list. Thank you so much for the chance to win!

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