The Melody of the Soul (Gilead Publishing, January 2018)
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.
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.
My Take: Anna is a good Jewish woman but a Christian by heart. She falls in love with a Nazi officer which in the world they live in is dangerous for both of them. This is a great story and shows how it is important to stand up for what is right even when the world seems to have crazy. I can't imagine living during this time and having to live in an occupied country. I hope that I would be one of the ones who stands up against the crowd and not turn my head and pretend it isn't happening. You would probably like this story if you like historical fiction or are interested in World War II history. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good story.
I received a review copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion.