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The Melody of the Soul [EPUB] ✸ The Melody of the Soul By Liz Tolsma – Thomashillier.co.uk By , 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 grandmot By , Anna Zadok, a Jewish Christian living of the Epub Þ 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 The Melody PDF or beloved grandmother, and she s determined to keep her safe But protecting Grandmother won t be easy not with a Nazi officer billeted below themAnna must keep a low profile There s one thing Melody of the PDF È 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 worldWhen 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.


10 thoughts on “The Melody of the Soul

  1. Hannah Hannah says:

    This book was so hard to put down Anna s story is an edge of your seat sort of story that makes you care deeply what becomes of her and her grandmother and the conflicted German officer in the flat below The Christian message is very strong, which I liked, and the danger practically flips the pages on their own.


  2. Staci Staci says:

    What a nice surprise I didn t expect this novel to be filled with suspense and wow was there plenty of it Anna is a Christian of Jewish heritage She is trying to survive in German occupied Prague during WWII Her love of music added to the story.


  3. Loraine Loraine says:

    Based on two real personages, Alice Herz Sommer, a Jewish concert pianist, and a German soldier who lived in Alice s building, Wilm Hosenfield, Tolsma has penned a moving story that sank deep into the soul Anna, a gifted Jewish Christian violinist, and Horst, a German officer, are as different as night and day and make an unlikely pair except that they both have an incredible love for beautiful music and their tie through their faith as Christians These things bring them together in a joint fi Based on two real personages, Alice Herz Sommer, a Jewish concert pianist, and a German soldier who lived in Alice s building, Wilm Hosenfield, Tolsma has penned a moving story that sank deep into the soul Anna, a gifted Jewish Christian violinist, and Horst, a German officer, are as different as night and day and make an unlikely pair except that they both have an incredible love for beautiful music and their tie through their faith as Christians These things bring them together in a joint fight to survive the occupation of Prague, Czechoslovakia and the terrible treatment of the Jewish population Although melancholy, there is so much suspense that kept me reading to find out what would happen next to these two unlikely compatriots Yet throughout the story, they keep reminding one another of the faith that will hold them up no matter what happens I also loved the role that music played throughout this novel sustaining and giving hope to both the Jewish inmates at Terezin as well as Anna and Horst Filled with rich historical detail about both Prague and the events there during World War II, this is another excellent novel by Tolsma


  4. Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower) Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower) says:

    The characters in The Melody of the Soul are a study in internal contrasts Anna, a Jew by blood a Christian by faith Horst, a man of faith forced to become a soldier for the Nazi regime even though he believes what they are doing to the Jews is wrong on all levels Note In our reactionary culture, the thought of a Nazi officer falling in love with a Jew and vice versa is a fine line to walk in a novel But I think the way these characters are presented, and the way they wrestle with th The characters in The Melody of the Soul are a study in internal contrasts Anna, a Jew by blood a Christian by faith Horst, a man of faith forced to become a soldier for the Nazi regime even though he believes what they are doing to the Jews is wrong on all levels Note In our reactionary culture, the thought of a Nazi officer falling in love with a Jew and vice versa is a fine line to walk in a novel But I think the way these characters are presented, and the way they wrestle with the same fine line the acknowledgment that it exists is well done Patricie, an active member of the Resistance who is forced into a relationship with a Nazi soldier And then there is Anna s grandmother my personal favorite character Her words of faith to Anna are another underlying theme of this novel Babi ka, wait How can you trust him I can t But I trust the Lord The Melody of the Soul is an exquisite symphony of emotion and grace The quote The music spoke of darkness and violence, but also of hope and trust is actually a pretty good summary of the book itself Tolsma has beautifully captured the agony of the Holocaust and the struggle to trust God and find hope in the midst of such evil and darkness This is one of those books that lingers with you long after you ve turned the final page I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book first seen at Reading Is My SuperPower


  5. Andrea Cox Andrea Cox says:

    FTC DISCLOSURE I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, which was not required to be positive.What a powerful, exquisite story It was gripping, emotional, and heartrending From the very first line, it was immersive and well expressed The beautiful setting of Prague, Czechoslovakia now Czech Republic and Slovakia , came alive with the inclusion of the Charles Bridge and other sights, sounds, and scents The heartbreaking setting of Theresienstadt Concent FTC DISCLOSURE I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, which was not required to be positive.What a powerful, exquisite story It was gripping, emotional, and heartrending From the very first line, it was immersive and well expressed The beautiful setting of Prague, Czechoslovakia now Czech Republic and Slovakia , came alive with the inclusion of the Charles Bridge and other sights, sounds, and scents The heartbreaking setting of Theresienstadt Concentration Camp also came alive with the stench, frailty of the inhabitants, and cruelty of the German guards My heart squeezed every time one of the characters was in that place.I nearly gave this book only three stars, but the Notes page at the end helped me keep it at four While I was reading, I thought it was odd that a Jewish character would blatantly play a violin when the Nazis were watching and or searching for her Yet, in the note to the reader, Ms Tolsma shared a bit of her research, which claimed this portion to be based on a Jewess who hid her piccolo piano from the Germans and continued to play, despite the risk This was eye opening to me and altered my perception of the story I had just read, increasing my appreciation for the bravery of the people the characters were based upon and those whose stories went unwritten and have thus been lost in history.If any author is reading this, please include a note to the reader to share tidbits like this one They make a huge difference in the reader s experience To Ms Tolsma, thank you for including this bit of history about Ms Alice Herz Sommer in your Notes page.A few things did pull me from the story momentarily There were several noticeable typos, including a random equal sign, born when borne the past participle of bear was intended, and missing commas in direct address There were a couple of inconsistencies, including a character s hands being handcuffed behind her back, yet she was able to lift her hands to the sky On a few occasions, Horst s attraction to Anna slipped into the obsessive category, which was awkward and uncomfortable to read about These things were slightly distracting and dampened my enjoyment of this book, if only by a small margin.My favorite line came from Anna s grandmother Faith is precious Cherish it Hunger for it Protect it What a great mantra to apply to one s life I hope to soak it in evenin the coming weeks and years.This story is the beginning of the Music of Hope series, and I ll definitely be looking forward to the second installment Ms Tolsma has a fantastic way with words, and I really enjoyed the usage of music and its terms in this story.Content breastfeeding alcohol and drunk soldiers cigarettes a vulgar word used three times


  6. Melissa Melissa says:

    Life Fully Booked Review of The Melody of the SoulThis tale reaches into the depths of darkness, but shines light into the grace of Jesus, the grace only He can provide in dark times Books like this one show us that human kindness and love, when coupled with trust in God, can outshine even the most horrific of evil The Melody of the Soul is filled with adventure, heartbreak, but ultimately love Life Fully Booked Review of The Melody of the SoulThis tale reaches into the depths of darkness, but shines light into the grace of Jesus, the grace only He can provide in dark times Books like this one show us that human kindness and love, when coupled with trust in God, can outshine even the most horrific of evil The Melody of the Soul is filled with adventure, heartbreak, but ultimately love


  7. Paula Shreckhise Paula Shreckhise says:

    Liz Tolsma is a true wordsmith She paints a picture a realistic one but not always a beautiful one The picture is of occupied Prague in WWII Times have been trying for Anna Zadokova and her grandmother She has been separated from the rest of her family and the lifestyle that she knew with her musical family as a promising violinist She is not only of Jewish descent but grew up as a Christian as well But as far as the Nazi s are concerned, that she is a Jew is all that matters Train up Liz Tolsma is a true wordsmith She paints a picture a realistic one but not always a beautiful one The picture is of occupied Prague in WWII Times have been trying for Anna Zadokova and her grandmother She has been separated from the rest of her family and the lifestyle that she knew with her musical family as a promising violinist She is not only of Jewish descent but grew up as a Christian as well But as far as the Nazi s are concerned, that she is a Jew is all that matters Train up a child in the way that he should go and he will not depart from it Proverbs 22 6 could be a theme for the characters in this book Anna and her brother David have been raised in a loving Christian home, although David has joined his friends in a new philosophy Horst Engle, a Nazi officer in charge of preserving architecture in Prague, has had a mixed upbringing But his mother s Christian voice has taken effect and colors his reactions to his job in the Nazi regime This story recounts the horrors of occupation by the Nazi s and at what lengths the underground will go to protect the Jewish people Anna s grandmother is always the voice of faith in the midst of real turmoil and frightening times Liz s descriptions put you right in the action, hoping the Jews in hiding will not be caught The suspense is palpable If you love history and want a compelling story that shows strong Christian faith in the middle of a troubling time in our world history then this is the book for you This is book one in a series Music of Hope by Liz Tolsma I received this book from the publisher, all opinions are my own I was under no obligation to give a favorable review


  8. Carole Jarvis Carole Jarvis says:

    Reviewed at The Power of Words Melody of the Soul by Liz Tolsma is a fine tuned work of art and as such, I find it difficult to express my thoughts in mere words It is moving, gripping, compelling, and thought provoking I was hesitant to read it at first and wanted to turn away at times, yet I couldn t It is a story of trust in the midst of deepest darkness, of compassion in the face of man s inhumanity and it will linger long after the last page is turned.First, Reviewed at The Power of Words Melody of the Soul by Liz Tolsma is a fine tuned work of art and as such, I find it difficult to express my thoughts in mere words It is moving, gripping, compelling, and thought provoking I was hesitant to read it at first and wanted to turn away at times, yet I couldn t It is a story of trust in the midst of deepest darkness, of compassion in the face of man s inhumanity and it will linger long after the last page is turned.First, a confession For the most part, I can t deal with stories that have a Holocaust theme and try to avoid them But in this case, it was the music something I could easily relate to that made me willing to take the risk, and I m so glad I did The characters are well drawn and felt so real that I cared about them The horrors of war are felt, but skillfully handled by the author without being too graphic Life as Anna Zadok knew it was rapidly changing with losses of beloved family, city and music and to trust a German was unthinkable Yet I connected with the soldier Horst as he struggled with what the Nazis were doing and what was asked of him Anna s grandmother was a favorite of mine her faith and words of wisdom are timeless.And then there s the music These thoughts of Anna s brother, a violinist in the Jewish orchestra at Terezin, vividly express the beauty of God s gift The music enveloped him, carried him far from this place He sailed above Terezin s confines, peering down on this miserable lot He soared above green fields, majestic mountains of blue, shimmering turquoise oceans Away, far away from the misery of his soul The terrible ache in his heart over the loss of his parents, of his family faded Only beauty remained At its heart, The Melody of the Soul is a story of faith in a God who is worthy of our trust It made me think of those times when God seems far away and faith is put to the test And I can only hope that I would have the willingness to sacrifice and put others first, like Resistance fighters Patricie and Georg The Melody of the Soul is a beautifully written story, full of hope and grace not an easy read at times, but compelling and inspiring Highly recommended.I was provided a copy of this book through Litfuse Publicity and Gilead Publishing The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own


  9. Sheila Holmes Sheila Holmes says:

    Because I am a fan of all stories WWII, this novel would have enticed me to read But, it took the story telling itself to hold me tightly to its pages until the end.I am usually reading 2 to 3 novels at the same time Located all over the house, wherever I happen to be there is a book I can pick up and continue on in its story line No I don t ever get confused which one I m reading, the plot, nor the characters What I found interesting is that while I was reading this one, I kept sacrifi Because I am a fan of all stories WWII, this novel would have enticed me to read But, it took the story telling itself to hold me tightly to its pages until the end.I am usually reading 2 to 3 novels at the same time Located all over the house, wherever I happen to be there is a book I can pick up and continue on in its story line No I don t ever get confused which one I m reading, the plot, nor the characters What I found interesting is that while I was reading this one, I kept sacrificing progress on the others and kept seeking this one out.Besides the romance, which I thought was beautiful, I think it s been a very long time since an author got me so emotionally involved in the physical and emotional well being of its characters I am a sympathizer with a book s characters, but this story actually had me dropping tears at a number of places And, every time I thought that I could sigh in relief, I was jolted back into a new upheaval.I guess the bottom line is that I thought this book was superb, and I am already looking forward to the next in the series I completely and thoroughly recommend this book


  10. Kristin Kristin says:

    A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Litfuse Publicity Group I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this All opinions are my own Note Kristin reads and reviews both Christian and secular fiction on A Simply Enchanted Life Out of respect for my readers, I am including a content review This content review will help you decide whether this book is suitable for you.Content Review Christian or Secular ChristianProfanity Anna is referre A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Litfuse Publicity Group I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this All opinions are my own Note Kristin reads and reviews both Christian and secular fiction on A Simply Enchanted Life Out of respect for my readers, I am including a content review This content review will help you decide whether this book is suitable for you.Content Review Christian or Secular ChristianProfanity Anna is referred to as a Jewish whore on several occasions.Sex NoneViolence Non graphic.Trigger Warnings Some readers will be deeply saddened by the depiction of the holocaust.Disclosure The holocaust was a dark time in history and many books can become graphic and border on disturbing to readers I do not feel that this book crosses such lines.If you ve followed my reviews for any amount of time you would know that I enjoy reading World War II fiction It isn t that I take pleasure in the darkness or despair I simply feel that I learn the best lessons from characters who overcome great challenges.I was intrigued by this book from the first chapter I long for words that stir my spirit and this book introduced me to characters and a melody that did just that.What good could ever come from a German soldier falling in love with a Jewish woman Like Romeo and Juliet this love was forbidden from the start Horst is a young man who wanted to please his father But, he knows that hatred of the Jews is not consistent with the Christlike love that has been instilled in him by his mother He s plagued by what he has done and what he has seen Anna s music is the only thing that gives him peace.This book forced me to think Times were difficult and people were trying to survive Not all of the Germans were evil I think we forget that sometimes.It s important to understand that this book doesn t glorify abusive relationships It isn t some twisted tale of a captive girl falling for her captor It is a book of redemption Yes, Horst did some things that he should be ashamed of He was young and trying to please his father Afterwards, he realized that he would rather please his heavenly Father than his earthly one And despite embracing God, he still struggled with forgiving himself.The author so beautifully captured the human spirit with this book that I couldn t stop crying I have never sobbed over a book as I did with this one My family was actually alarmed and questioned whether a friend was seriously injured or worse dead.If you love World War II fiction and you are a fan of Kristy Cambron s I think you would also enjoy The Melody of the Soul Just make sure that you have a box of tissues and maybe some chocolate before you sit down to read.This review was originally posted on A Simply Enchanted Life


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