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Tuesday, February 6, 2018
The Melody of the Soul by Liz Tolsma
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.
The Melody of the Soul by Liz Tolsma was a wonderful read that delved into the heart of WWII Prague and the individual decisions people had to make in a terrible time. I thought the plot was well written and developed at an appropriate pace. I was drawn into the time period and the city of Prague, and I could imagine the situations beautifully from the descriptions. There was a good mix of romance, suspense, danger, and betrayal, and I enjoyed seeing the story from Anna, Patricia, David, and Horst's perspectives as the story progressed. I thought the main characters were well developed, and I appreciated the conflict that both Patricia and Horst faced as they struggled to determine what was the right thing to do and then to have the courage to follow through with it. Anna and Horst were an unusual pair, and it was both convicting and interesting to watch them work through their individual and united struggles. Overall, I highly enjoyed this novel, and I look forward to reading the second book in this new series. I received this book from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for an honest review.
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.