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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Melody of the Soul by Liz Tolsma

The Melody of the Soul by Liz Tolsma is the first book in her new Music of Hope Series, a historical fiction series set during WWII. The book starts off with Anna's parents, two sisters, and brother reporting for deportation to board a train to Terezin. In a way it's almost startling how quickly the family is gone with the exception of Anna and her grandmother. Since the reader knows very little about the family it's difficult to feel connected to them as they leave. When a Nazi officer moves in downstairs and encourages her to play the violin that she isn't even allowed to have as a Jew, Anna is immediately concerned that he will have them arrested. Despite her grandmother's assurances that the Lord is providing for them, Anna is not convinced that Horst Engel is a man to be trusted. I was particularly moved when her grandmother tells her, "Don't judge him by the uniform he wears, but by the kind of person he is underneath." It was a very nice way of reminding Anna that in judging him she was doing exactly what the Nazis were doing to the Jews.

With any book set during this time period there are parts that are heartbreaking to read, others that are difficult to imagine one person doing that to another, and yet others that serve as a powerful reminder that in God's eyes we are all precious. The author does an excellent job of not weighing the book down with too many details of the bad things that are happening and instead focuses more on the spiritual journey of many of the characters. While I mostly enjoyed the book, I didn't feel very invested in the characters from the start. Perhaps the action started too soon or maybe I'm not a patient reader and have a difficult time waiting so long to learn more about characters. Either way, that's the only drawback to the book and the reason I'm giving it a 4/5.

Book info


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.

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.

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Travel back in time to 1943 and meet Anna Zadok, a Jewish Christian and concert violinist whose career is ended because of Nazi occupation in Prague. Don't miss the new historical novel, The Melody of the Soul, by Liz Tolsma. Though musical instruments have been declared illegal, Anna defiantly continues to play the violin. But Officer Horst Engel, quartered in Anna's flat and dissatisfied with German ideology, enjoys her soothing music. When Anna and her grandmother face deportation, Horst risks everything to protect them.

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I received this book free of charge from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.

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