Friday, November 30, 2018

Review and Giveaway: When the Heart Sings by Liz Tolsma

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

About the Book:

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.
My Thoughts:
When the Heart Sings was a very emotional read for me and at times I had to just set it down and do something else while I pondered what I read. Taking place in Poland during World War 2, this story highlighted the suffering and persecution of the Poles under the Nazi occupation. The hatred of their race ranked right up there with the hatred of the Jewish people. This story focuses on a married couple who have seen enough sadness already and yet their lives take a much darker turn. Reading about their trials had my emotions all over and though this story is a sad one, especially in the way people treat others, there was an underlying theme of hope throughout.

Many tough questions were asked by the characters like why does God let evil things happen and why do the innocent have to suffer? However, I think it all boils down to trust and faith and believing that God loves us more than we can even imagine. This was a good read about a dark time and place in history, one that we should not forget and one with many deep thoughts to ponder.

I received a complimentary copy of this novel I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
About the Author:

Passionate 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.

CONNECT WITH LIZ: website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest


(1) winner will receive (US only)
  • a print copy of When the Heart Sings
  • Just One More Chapter’ throw pillow seen HERE
Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight November 26, 2018 and last through 11:59pm December 3, 2018. US only. Winners will be notified within a week of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
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  1. So excited for you to have this book out and to see where writing takes you next ! Congratulatins Liz !!!
    Linda Marie Finn
    Faithful Acres Books

  2. Thank you for participating in the blog tour and your review. Both this book and The Melody of the Soul are on my massive want-to-read list, glad to know I'm in for
    reading treat with them :-)