Wednesday, November 28, 2018

When the Heart Sings (Music of Hope #2) by Liz Tolsma Review and Giveaway


Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for When the Heart Sings by Liz Tolsma, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


When the Heart Sings-FINAL-front_cover_020518a-HR Title: When the Heart Sings  
Series: Music of Hope #2  
Author: Liz Tolsma  
Publisher: Gilead Publishing  
Release Date: October 9, 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance  

Natia has a secret, and she’s hiding him right beneath her captor’s nose...

The Nazis have forced Natia and Teodor from their Polish farm to a labor camp. When the couple is separated, Natia is chosen to be the housekeeper for the camp’s overseer, and Teodor is sent to work in the factory. Despite the strict camp rules—and the consequences for disobeying them—Natia finds a way to communicate with Teodor by sending messages through song as she passes Teodor’s dormitory.

The stakes get higher when Natia finds a Jewish orphan on the overseer’s doorstep. She is determined to protect the boy and raise him as the child she and her husband were unable to bear— but if her German captors discover how much she’s hiding, both she and Teodor may pay the ultimate price.  

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liz tolsmaPassionate might best describe Liz Tolsma. She loves writing, research, and editing. Her passion shone through in her first novel which was a double award finalist. On any given day, you might find her pulling weeds in her perennial garden, walking her hyperactive dog, or curled up with a good book. Nothing means more to her than her family. She's married her high-school sweetheart twenty-eight years ago. Get her talking about international adoption, and you might never get her to stop. She and her husband adopted three children, including a son who is a U.S. Marine, and two daughters.

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My Thoughts:

This will probably be one of the hardest reviews I will ever write and not because of the writing, yet because of the writing if that makes any sense.

Liz Tolsma is one of my absolutely favorite historical authors, and just like her other historicals this book is impeccably written.

From the moment I opened the first page and began reading I was pulled into the world of Natia and Teodor. A Polish couple torn from their farm because of the Nazi occupation.

Ms. Tolsma brings to life the devastation the Polish people endured through vivid scenes and heartache.
The friendship she creates between Natia and a German woman, Elfriede Fromm becomes a bright spot for both women during the worst of times in their lives.

Her depiction of life inside a labor camp angered me to no end.Which brings me to one of the best villains I think I've read or maybe the first one that stands out as vividly as Erich Fromm. Erich Fromm was pure evil like the devil himself. I don't believe I can point out one thing that I liked about the guy a character you will love to hate.

My Bottom Line:

This book is an emotional story that will grab you from page one. The book is historically accurate and you can see that Ms. Tolsma did her research. While it is a book you feel as though you are watching a movie.  

Even with all of the misery placed perfectly within the book there is hope, forgiveness, and love. Love that pulls you through anything, and hope that encourages you to continue through the worst of times when your heart just wants to quit.

I highly recommend it!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in association with Just Read Publicity Tours. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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(1) winner will receive (US only)
  • a print copy of When the Heart Sings
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Carol L. said...

Thank you for your thoughts. I agree about finding this subject so hard to read. The evil of that specific time is shattering. This is a new Author for me and I look forward to reading her books.
Carol Luciano
Lucky4750 at aol dot com

Caryl Kane said...

I enjoy Liz's books. I'm looking forward to reading When the Heart Sings.

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