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When the Heart Sings
by Liz Tolsma
From the back cover:
Natia has a secret—and she’s hiding him right beneath her captor’s nose.
In 1943 Poland, the Nazis have forced Natia and Teodor from their peaceful farm to the harsh confines of 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. . .
About the author:
Passionate might best describe Liz Tolsma. She loves writing, research, and editing. WWII is her particular passion as she yearns to share the war’s hidden stories before they die out forever. Along with Gilead, she has also published with Barbour and Love Inspired. You might find her weeding her perennial garden, walking her hyperactive dog, or curled up with a book. She’s married to her high-school sweetheart, and they adopted three children, including a son who is a U.S. Marine, and two daughters.
Please visit her blog, The Story behind the Story, at www.liztolsma.com and follow her on Facebook, Twitter (@LizTolsma), and Pinterest. She is also a regular contributor to the Pencildancer blog and the Midwest Almanac blog.
Hope in the midst of despair; friendship and love in the midst of hatred and evil.
World War II can be a difficult time period to visit in novels. Granted, there are some amazing stories that have been told. But often they are challenging to read because we’d almost rather not know what happened during the war. And yet we must.
When the Heart Sings not only deals with the realities of life in Poland during the war, but it also delves into the emotional heartbreak of infertility and stillbirth — a struggle that bonds two unlikely women, yet might be hard for some to read. However, the understanding and hope within the story might also prove to be a healing balm.
With descriptions and pacing that will draw you right into the midst of the conflict, When the Heart Sings is an amazing story of perseverance, sacrifice, love, and hope. Prepare to have your heart seriously tugged, but don’t miss this one!
(I received a complimentary copy of this novel. The thoughts expressed here are entirely my own.)
When the Heart Sings Giveaway:
One lucky winner will win both The Melody of the Soul and When the Heart Sings. To enter, click the Pencildancers image above.