The Melody of the Soul – Giveaway & Facebook Live

The Melody of the Soul

  • Series: Music of Hope (Book 1)melody pin1
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Gilead Publishing (January 16, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1683700406
  • ISBN-13: 978-1683700401

Introduction

Violinist Anna Zadok and her grandmother were the only ones remaining in their family who hadn’t been transported to a labor camp. Their being Christian didn’t matter, because by birth they were Jews, so their fate was sealed. Eventually, they would get their deportation notices.

When a Nazi moved into their flat, abject fear filled their hearts as they realized that quickly things could become dire for them.

Officer Horst Engel was opposed to having to be involved in the Nazi doings. Being forced to do his part for the Fatherland, Horst knew that he had to keep up appearances. He was moved into a new flat in Prague and discovered that a Jewish musician abode there, complicating matters. Horst soon finds rest in the strains of Anna’s music and develops a keen determination for Anna and her grandmother to survive.

Initial Thoughts

The Melody of the Soul by Liz TolsmaIt goes without saying that, if you’ve read my reviews before, I love WWII fiction. I’ve always been drawn to the events that led to such a chaotic and emotional time in the world. The Melody of the Soul by Liz Tolsma reminded me of the Brock and Bodie Thoene books that I read about a decade ago. Obviously, I had to read The Melody of the Soul.

The first three chapters captured my attention immediately. The drama began and built and dramatically took turns that made me nervous and brought tears to my eyes. The Melody of the Soul is a book that captures a lot of the fear, the pride and arrogance, and the determination to survive. The story is built around characters who are musicians, and I feel that it’s poignant to say that the story itself felt like a heartfelt composition. Softly building as the stage is set, the story’s song gradually adds in the element of danger. Liz Tolsma brilliantly captured a musician’s feel to the novel, and as a musician and a lover of music myself, it was easily identified.

Final Thoughts

If you are a lover and avid reader of WWII fiction, I would recommend you seek out The Melody of the Soul. I will warn you, though, that the Holocaust depiction will sadden you. Some of the content matter may be a trigger for those who aren’t familiar with this content.

All in all, I am very pleased with this novel. The writing was well done, and the characters’ thoughts and feelings were vivid. The plot skipped around a bit, but seemed to flow fairly smoothly.

I will definitely read more of Liz’s books and look forward to the next in the series!

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.

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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