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“The Melody of the Soul” by Liz Tolsma ~ Review

“The Melody of the Soul” by Liz Tolsma

Book One in the Music of Hope Series

Review copy from the publishers through Litfuse

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

 

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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.

 

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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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My Thoughts:

 

 

Liz Tolsma has a remarkable knack for writing heart-filled WWII Fiction. “The Melody of the Soul”, book one in her new series, was a beautiful tale.
Anna Zadokova is a violinist, but she’s also a Jew, which in Czechoslovakia during the War means death. When her time runs out and she along with her grandmother receive their transport notice to Terezin, they fear the expected end. But the German Soldier living in their apartment building has a soft spot for Anna and her music-playing – Horst Engel rescues them from certain death by giving them a hiding spot. But how long can that last till the looming danger persists?
This book keeps you turning the pages to see Anna, her grandmother, and Horst struggle to survive undetected in Nazi- occupied Prague.
I really liked the music element of this novel. That the music was Anna’s passion, her soul. Even more, I liked the reminder spread throughout the book that the Lord was faithful and would provide for them. It was also realistic, seeing Anna’s struggle with trusting the Lord in the face of such tragedies.
It was enjoyable to see how Anna and Horst’s relationship developed, changed and grew. Each of the {good} characters were lovely and well-written!
There were heart-breaking scenes that I know were all too common during WWII. So terrible, and just…oh so awful.
The only thing that I was a little…I don’t know if ‘disappointed’ would be the right word, but I’ll use it for lack of a more fitting word…disappointed with was the fact that I guess I was expecting more from Anna being Jewish – don’t get me wrong, there was plenty of danger portrayed for her ethnicity, but I suppose I was expecting that being Jewish for Anna would be more than just her ethnicity – and when I read that she was a Christian Jew, I was even more interested to see how that would look in the 40’s, especially during WWII. But it seemed to me – and I could be wrong – that her being Jewish was not much more than just a word. It didn’t feel very ‘authentic’ to how a Jewish person would live then. As my family and I have been studying a little bit more about the Hebrew heritage and how that all connects us to the Messiah, we have learned that to be Jewish was  a very important thing to all of them, especially during WWI. It was their identity, it was who they were. And they followed the Torah and all of the Jewish Laws very strictly. Whereas in this book, she was ready to just flippantly denounce them – she seemed more like a Christian in any Christian Fiction rather than a Jewish person would be set in that time period. I feel like the story didn’t really mesh in that regard.
This is not to say that the book wasn’t good – as I’ve stated, I very much appreciated the faith strand, and the story as a whole. I was just expecting a bit more from her Jewish heritage, I suppose.
I recommend it for anyone with a taste for WWII Fiction :)
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Yes, I accidentally made two different graphics with the same quote…oops. ^.^

 

 

 

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I am a 22 year old homeschool graduate who is passionately in love with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I love writing, reading, knife/tomahawk-throwing, and letter-writing, among other things. :)

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