The Melody of the Soul by Liz Tolsma #BookReview #LitfuseReads
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About "The Melody of the Soul": 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.
My thoughts: In the beginning I found the idea of an SS officer willing to help Jewish people a bit unbelievable. But the more I read, the more I came to understand what drove Horst to want to help Anna and her family. I did find one way that I could relate to Anna. She gets lost in the music she draws from her violin in order to get away from the ugliness around her. While I do not play an instrument, I love listening to music as as a way to de-stress. Like Anna, I also got to point in my life where I lost the melody of my soul and I stopped listening to all music. Eventually God restored the love of music to me, now I can't listen to any Christian song without praising and rejoicing. This story makes me wonder if I could be as brave as Horst and Anna had to be and if I could willingly make the ultimate sacrifice like Patricie did.
This is the second novel I have read by Liz and it will most definitely not be the last. Not only do I learn a great deal but I also fend up doing a lot of thinking about how I would react in the same circumstances. Learn more and purchase a copy on Amazon.
About Liz Tolsma:
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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