Book Review: “Saving Amelie” by Cathy Gohlke

August 31, 2014 at 8:53 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Cathy Gohlke in her new book “Saving Amelie book coverSaving Amelie” published by Tyndale House Publishers introduces us to Rachel Kramer.

From the back cover:  SUMMER 1939

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.

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.

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.

Almost anything set during World War II is going to be interesting. We are talking history with people and events during one of the darkest periods in human history. In “Saving Amelie” Cathy Gohlke gives us a thriller where Rachel and Jason are on the run for their lives across Germany trying to save the life of a little girl. Pulse pounding, nerve twisting suspense as we learn of what the Nazis are attempting and then the dramatic rescue attempt. This story is like the old movies that kept us glued to the edge of our seats so be prepared to be glued to yours. “Saving Amelie” is amazing, filled with wonderful characters that breathe life right off the page and who we root for to succeed. Don’t start this book late at night because it will cost you sleep as you will want to read it all the way to the end. I highly recommend this book.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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