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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About The Melody of the Soul
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.
See what others are saying at Litfuse!
The Melody of the Soul is a powerful read. You may think that WWII fiction has been done before … and it has, even in Christian fiction. But Liz Tolsma breathes new life — new music, if you will — into the genre with Melody. She takes a much-less-known side of the war and infuses it with relatability, realism (heartbreakingly so), and historical accuracy. Melody does not shy away from the utter darkness of the war; indeed, Terezin and camp life come to life in all their darkness. (Maybe don’t read this before bedtime.) However, hope and God’s redemption remain ever-present as well. Tolsma weaves Scripture throughout the book, and forthrightly examines the struggle to serve God amidst an incredibly challenging and, frankly, downright hostile environment.
Melody in 2018 serves as a powerful reminder not only of life during WWII, but God’s provision and power. We all can learn much from that time period and those who lived, and died, in it. May we truly ‘never forget’ what happened on all the wartime fronts, worldwide.
I received a free ebook from Litfuse. All opinions are my own.
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 children came to them through international adoption. Her other passions include walking, gardening, camping, and reading.