Book Review : The Melody of the Soul

One of my latest reads is a historic novel titled Melody of the Soul.


This story takes place in 1943 in Prague while the Nazis are deporting Jewish people.  Liz Tolsma wrote The Melody of the Soul, and she did a fantastic job of taking you into the heart of this time period.  Not only does she describe Europe in a way that makes you want to visit and be a part of it, but she dives deep into her characters as well.

Using music as a bridge to connect disgruntled Natzis, loyal natzis and the people of Prague was fantastic.  No matter who they were they appreciated and valued the music, sadly ignoring the value of the people making it.

I was quickly drawn into this story and at times, my heart broke.  It is such an important truth that we never forget what happened over 50 years ago in Europe, and one way to validate the past and the destruction is to remember and reflect on the people who lost so much and sometimes everything.

I lived in Germany in the late 70’s and early 80’s and this story was especially significant for me, to remember what I saw over there and even the things in museums, and connections them to stories like this one.

There is lots of suspense in this story, a good amount of strong moral characters as well as some romance!  I thoroughly enjoyed this story and look forward to reading more by Liz Tolsma.

NOTE: I received a copy of The Melody of the Soul at no cost, in exchange for an honest review.

More 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.

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