Saturday, May 31, 2014

Saving Amelie Book Review


 About the Book
 Increasingly wary of her father's genetic research, Rachel Kramer has determined that this trip with him to Germany--in the summer of 1939--will be her last. But a cryptic letter from her estranged friend, begging Rachel for help, changes everything. 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.Once courted by Schlick, Rachel knows he's as dangerous as the swastikas that hang like ebony spiders from every government building in Berlin. She fears her father's files may hold answers about Hitler's plans for others, like Amelie, whom the regime deems "unworthy of life." She risks searching his classified documents only to uncover shocking secrets about her own history and a family she's never known.Now hunted by the SS, Rachel turns to Jason Young--a driven, disarming American journalist and unlikely ally--who connects her to the resistance and to controversial theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Forced into hiding, Rachel's every ideal is challenged as she and Jason walk a knife's edge, risking their lives--and asking others to do the same--for those they barely know but come to love. (Goodreads)

My Review
Simply fantastic. Cathy Gohlke is a very talented writer and really does her research. This books was as good I as I had hoped, I really couldn't put it down. I have read her previous books but this just might be my favorite. Set through the course of the second World War she takes us to the reality of a past time. This book was from the perspective of a young woman who knew nothing of what was really going on and who was to be used by powerful men in Germany. Being forced to take a trip to Germany shortly before war started she finds out that there is a lot more to going on and now she needs to save one very sweet little girl. This book took many twists that I was not expecting and I really enjoyed the characters. I enjoyed the historical aspect and the details on what the scientists were doing and planning long before the war. Genetics and sterilization are discussed at length and I found it all fascinating. There is a romance story but it's not the main focus, which I actually enjoyed. 

If you enjoy history I highly recommend!! 
★★★★★, I loved it. 

Must read! Reads like Liz Tolsma and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. 

"I received this book from Tyndale Publishers for free in exchange for an honest review."


Cathy Gohlke said...

Thank you, Michelle, for your excellent review of "Saving Amelie" and for sharing it with your readers. I'm so glad you enjoyed the story and that the history resonated for you. It was a time difficult to comprehend, but so important to remember. God's blessings for you!

Michelle said...

Thank you Cathy! I really loved your book.