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by Cathy Gohlke
From the back cover:
ONE LETTER, ONE REQUEST . . .
On a trip to Germany with her father, Rachel Kramer receives a cryptic letter with a plea for help from an estranged friend. Married to SS officer Gerhardt Schlick, Kristine sees the dark tides turning and fears her husband views their daughter Amelie―deaf since birth―as a blight on his Aryan bloodline.
. . . LEADS TO A TRUTH SO DARK . . .
Once courted by Schlick, Rachel knows he’s as dangerous as the swastikas that hang like ebony spiders across Berlin. She fears her father, an eminent eugenics scientist, may know about Hitler’s plans for others, like Amelie, whom the regime deems unworthy of life. But when she risks searching his classified documents, she also uncovers shocking secrets about her own history and a family she’s never known.
. . . THEY’LL RISK EVERYTHING TO BRING IT TO LIGHT.
Now hunted by the SS, Rachel turns to Jason Young― a driven American journalist and unlikely ally―whose connections to the resistance help Rachel and Amelie escape the city. Forced to hide in Oberammergau, the Bavarian village of the Passion Play, Rachel’s every ideal is challenged as she and Jason walk a knife’s edge, endangering their lives―and asking others to do the same―for those they barely know but come to love.
About the author:
Cathy Gohlke is the three-time Christy Award-winning author of the critically acclaimed novels Secrets She Kept (winner of the 2016 Carol and INSPY Awards), Saving Amelie (winner of the 2015 INSPY Award), Band of Sisters, Promise Me This (listed by Library Journal as one of the best books of 2012), William Henry Is a Fine Name, and I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires (listed by Library Journal as one of the best books of 2008), which also won the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Book of the Year Award.
Cathy has worked as a school librarian, drama director, and director of children’s and education ministries. When not traipsing the hills and dales of historic sites, she, her husband, and their dog, Reilly, divide their time between Northern Virginia and the Jersey Shore, enjoying time with their children and granddaughters. Visit her website at www.cathygohlke.com
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Germany was not a safe place for many people during the Second World War–certainly not for a beautiful little girl with a handicap, or the adults who tried to help her.
Saving Amelie is an incredibly moving story set in the midst of a very dark scene. The horrors of WWII, the fear of all that was happening both within the country and beyond, not knowing who could be trusted…
And yet, in the midst of the evil, there was good. There were people who were willing to take risks to do what was right. These people were the heroes of the war–and the story.
Delicate handling of gruesome events, endearing characters, and the constant threat of discovery combine to make this a book you won’t want to put down. Saving Amelie is a keeper and a must-read for anyone wanting to find the hope within WWII.