By 1943, Anna Zadok, a Jewish Christian living in Prague, has lost everything, including her career as a concert violinist and almost her entire family. The only person she has left is her beloved grandmother, and she's determined to keep her safe. But protecting Grandmother won't be easy--not with a Nazi officer billeted below them.
Anna must keep a low profile. There's one thing she refuses to give up, though. Despite instruments being declared illegal, Anna defiantly continues to practice her violin. She has to believe that the war will end someday and her career will be waiting. Fortunately for Anna, the officer, Horst Engel, enjoys her soothing music. It distracts him from his dissatisfaction with Nazi ideology and reminds him that beauty still exists in an increasingly ugly world.
When his neighbors face deportation, Horst is moved to risk everything to hide them. Anna finds herself falling in love with the handsome officer and his brave heart. But what he reveals to her might break her trust and stop the music forever. . . .
What a great story. Full of heartache and unbelievable horror, yet at the same time, hope, peace and light. This story follows Anna, a Jewish Christian, who is living in German-occupied Prague. The story starts out with her parents, brother and sisters being deported to a containment camp, leaving Anna and her grandmother to wait at home, knowing that their deportation notice could come any day. To make matters worse, a Nazi soldier moves into the apartment below hers. The story grabbed my attention from the very first sentence and held it all the way to the end. Anna and her family suffered so much, it would have been so easy for them to lose their faith. Instead, these trials help them to rely more on their faith to survive. I would definitely recommend this story to anyone, especially those who are interested in WWII events and the people who lived through them.
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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Title: The Melody of the Soul
Author: Liz Tolsma Publisher: Gilead Publishing Published: September 2018 ISBN: 1683700406 Source: I received a copy from Litfuse in exchange for an honest review.