The Melody of the Soul by Liz Tolsma

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.

Seeds of Hope-cover_072017aAbout 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.

My Thoughts:

The Melody of the Soul is the first book that I’ve read from Liz Tolsma and it most certainly won’t be my last. I originally picked up a copy because of the cover and I was fascinated to learn more about the citizens of Prague during World War II. This is an inspirational story that will tug at the heartstrings long after finishing the book. I think it hit home even more because the main characters were based on real people. I’m a Christian, but like Anna, I have Jewish heritage. Many of my relatives were victims of the Holocaust so I love reading stories like these because I feel like I can understand my family’s history.

World War II was an uncertain and terrible time for many. While there some violence and horrible scenes can be found in the book, the author does so in a way that isn’t graphic or depressing to the reader. This is a story of hope.

Another thing that fascinated me about this story is that one of our main characters is a Nazi. It is so easy to hate them, but Horst stands out from the rest. He doesn’t want to be like them. Instead, he wants to do what’s right and hides and protects Jewish victims.

The author also has a sound theology that can be seen throughout the novel. None of this preachy, but flows perfectly with the book. One of the spiritual themes that I loved that the book contained was about our need for God and salvation. The author gives a clear Gospel message in a way that really stays with you. If you were to die today, do you know where you’ll be going?

Another theme that played a huge part in the book and that challenged me was about being willing to sacrifice your life to save another. As much as I would say that I would do everything I could to protect Jews in that day, it’s a tough call when you’re faced with the reality. It’s easier said than done. That itself is a powerful impact, especially this quote.

“Yes, I long for her. Ache without her. I’m worried to death about her. What they might do to my beautiful love. If I could take her place, I would.”

Anna and Horst nodded. Babička sipped her tea and cleared her throat. “That’s what she did for us. Took our place. Just what Jesus did for us.”

Another theme is about trusting God in our difficult circumstances, especially with an unseen future. While we may not at war and trying to protect our lives, I can totally relate to the characters when it comes to trusting God as a believer. It isn’t always the easiest, but it’s the best way.

Overall, this is a powerful story that will stick with you long after the story is over. This is the first book in her new series and I cannot wait to see what the author has in store for us next.

Highly recommended!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.

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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 in the US Marines. All of their children 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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