May 26, 2014

Saving Amelie Book Review for Tyndale Publishers

* I received this book for free from Tyndale Publishing House for my honest opinion.*

About the book- "Rachel Kramer is visiting Germany when a cryptic letter from her estranged friend, begging Rachel for help, upends her world. Married to SS officer Gerhardt Schlick, Kristine sees the dark tides turning and fears her husband views their daughter—deaf since birth—as a blight on his Aryan bloodline.
Once courted by Schlick, Rachel knows he’s as dangerous as the swastikas that now 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.
Hunted by the SS, Rachel turns to Jason Young, a driven American journalist whose connections to the resistance help Rachel and Amelie escape the city. Forced to hide in the Bavarian village of the Passion Play, 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."

My opinion- This book, where do I start? It tugged so strongly at my heart strings. I have always carried a special place in my heart for victims of war, especially the Holocaust. Eighth grade class trip was to Washington D.C. and one of the stops was the Holocaust memorial. Also, when in Europe last year, we actually went to Auschwitz. I could only walk a few hundred yards in and had to leave. The pain people went through there
was almost palpable. So this book took me back to that state of mind. 
  Cathy Gohlke painted such a beautiful and raw picture of what people would've gone through during that time. 
I'm not going to sugar coat it, it is gritty. If you are looking for a feel-good type of book, this isn't the book for you. 
Also, children or young adults who are sensitive to this sort of thing should not read it, unless they are studying this
in school. Even then, be advised it will bring you back in time to a setting that is not sugar and rainbows.

All in all, this book will make you feel every emotion. It will disturb you, it will make you want better for mankind,
it will even make you feel like you are one of the lucky ones that did not have to go through something like this.
If you are interested in stepping back through to a time where things are questionable, I would recommend this book.  


  1. Ohhh I'm definitely going to add this to my "to read" list.

  2. Thank you, Jess, for reading and reviewing Saving Amelie. You're right . . . it's not an easy read or an easy write. I understand just what you mean about going through Auschwitz. I wasn't there, but I went through Ravensbruk, Sachsenhausen, and Neitzweiler. There are simply no words. By God's grace I will never forget. There will be another book to remember. God's blessings for you!


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