Saving Amelie  -     By: Cathy Gohlke
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Married to an SS officer, Kristine Schlick fears her husband views their deaf daughter, Amelie, as a blight on his Aryan bloodline. In a cryptic letter, she begs her friend Rachel Kramer for help. Needing connections to the Resistance, Rachel turns to Jason Young---an American journalist and unlikely ally. Together, can they save Amelie?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1414383223
ISBN-13: 9781414383224
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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.

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Saving Amelie is a moving portrayal of the fortitude and resilience of the human spirit. Gohlke has captured the beauty and sacrifice of those willing to help others in the depths of Nazi Germany. At times both emotional and suspenseful, this is a fantastic novel for those who love both historical fiction and human interest stories. 4 stars
In this compelling and tense novel, Christy Award-winning Gohlke (Band of Sisters, Promise Me This) tells a haunting story of the courageous few who worked tirelessly and at great risk to themselves to save people they did not know, whom they would not see again. Reminiscent of Tatiana de Rosnay’s stirring stories of human compassion and hope, this should appeal to fans of both authors as well as to historical fiction readers.

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  1. bookworm
    Pennsylvania
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful Read
    July 28, 2014
    bookworm
    Pennsylvania
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Saving Amelie is a thought provoking read and is set during World War 2 in Germany. Rachel Kramer is the daughter of a genetic researcher and takes a trip with him to Germany hoping it will be her last. However, when she receives a letter from her friend, Kristine, things change. Kristine is married to a Nazi officer and is worried that he will hurt their daughter, Amelie who has been born blind since birth. When Rachel hears of Kristines fears for her daughter, she puts her life on the line to research classified files that put her in danger. As she researches, she finds unknown information about her own family and becomes a target of the Nazis. Rachel then seeks help from a journalist who hooks her up with a resistance that is connected to Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Will Rachel be caught by the Nazis? What will happen to Amelie? Is there a future for Rachel and the journalist? I really enjoyed this book because not only was it rich in historical information, but it also speaks about the courage of people during a very hard and evil time in the history of Germany.
  2. Stardust Fiddle
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    And a Child Shall Lead Them
    July 26, 2014
    Stardust Fiddle
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    When good people do nothing

    Germany, 1939: Three very different people find themselves in the midst of the Third Reichs rise, each with their own problems. Rachel Kramer comes to Germany on a business trip with her adoptive father, a United States eugenicist working with Drs. Verschuer and Mengele. She has lived a privileged life among the American and German elite, but soon her idyllic future becomes a nightmare embroiled in the turbulent times. Also in Germany, foreign correspondent Jason Young works to provide the American public with the reality of Hitlers regime while passing censorship. Meanwhile, Lea Hartman and her loving husband Friederich make a frugal living in the small town of Oberammergau, which is renowned for its decennial Passion Play. A womans dying wish changes all of their lives forever, at a time when standing for humanity means defying the SS.

    In the vein of The Sound of Music and Anne Blankmans Prisoner of Night and Fog, Cathy Gohlke beautifully and soberly orchestrates the inventive storyline of Saving Amelie. Told from various third-person points of view, it provides a unique perspective on the World War II narrative. The primary focus is not on Jews but on the overall refugee experience as the novel progresses at an adrenaline-inducing pace with disturbing parallels to modern times. The Christian theme materializes and blossoms in a humble, natural manner, exploring true grace as opposed to cheap grace and the consequences that result when good people do nothing. The fortitude of both the fictional and real characters stands as a testament to the men and women who heroically maintained and discovered Christian discipleship during this dark period in history. Appended to the end of the novel are discussion questions and a note from the author.
  3. KavR
    Canada
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Compelling
    July 22, 2014
    KavR
    Canada
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Mesmerizing. Captivating. Contemplative. Agonizing. I'm having difficulty corralling my scrambled brain. Gohlke's words have penetrated my heart, mind and soul. This is the kind of read that changes you. Challenges you. Charges you to strive to be a better person in a fallen world.

    I've long been fascinated by holocaust and resistance stories and this one is an incredible tribute to the courage of the every day people who dared to stand against the Nazi's reign of terror. Gripping from the very first page, I pretty much dropped everything and read my way to the end. Read with an accelerated heart rate, a lump in my throat and terror tracking down my spine. I am still reeling over the stupidity of the masses who blindly followed a madman. But I'm filled with hope as well, because Hitler was ultimately defeated by thousands of individuals who did the right thing under unconscionable circumstances.

    Saving Amelie is a compelling novel with a stand-up-and-cheer kind of ending worthy of the biggest blockbuster hit. I wept buckets at the end. An exceptional read.

    My thanks to Tyndale Publishing and Net Galley for providing me with a review copy of this book.
  4. thecraftyhome
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 21, 2014
    thecraftyhome
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Saving Amelie is an historical Christian novel about World War 2 which are my favorite type of books. I was so excited to read this book and loved it so much that I will be choosing it as one of my free books in the Tyndale Summer Reading Program even though I've already read it. I want it in my library; it was that good.

    It is the story of a women, Rachel, whose father is a eugenics scientist. They go to Germany on the ruse of providing research sharing with other countries. However, Rachel soon finds out all is not as it seems. What secrets as her father been keeping from her? What will happen when her friend asks her to hide her deaf daughter and she learns of the atrocities happening in Nazi Germany?

    This is a story of running and hiding from Nazis, of two people falling in love, of what the war did to those German soldiers who didn't want to fight, of so many things. I absolutely loved this book and I know you would as well. This is one of those don't miss books!
  5. calliegh
    Charlotte, NC
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Recommended Read
    July 19, 2014
    calliegh
    Charlotte, NC
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Saving Amelie was a very touching story set in Germany during World War II. Hitler's devious mind was set on making "Aryan" race. Through research and eugenics, Hitler was going to have a race of "supermen". Any who were deemed to be insufficient were sent to camps or outright killed.

    Rachel Kramer agrees to accompany her Father, a top eugenics scientist from America, to Germany for her bi-annual medical exams which she has taken part in since her adoption at birth. Once there, "spoiled" Rachel comes to find out that her Father's research might not be as "innocent" as she first thought. Enter Amelie, the child of a "superman" SS agent, who has been deemed as unacceptable and must be "handled". Jason Young, an American reporter stationed in Berlin, is waiting for the next big news when he meets Rachel. He helps Rachel realize that her suspicions have merit. Will Rachel realize that her life is in as much danger as Amelie but for a different reason? Will she be able to change her thinking and teaching after she discovers why she was really being brought to Germany? Can she put aside her selfishness long enough to think of others who are risking their lives to help people such as Amelie escape?

    This book makes one wonder how Hitler's plans went so unnoticed by others for so long. If Hitler had won World War II, what would our world be like today? Incorporating real characters such as Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Dr. Josef Mengele, and Dr. Verschuer, Saving Amelie allows the reader to see how long these plans may have been in motion. It shows how one man can so completely take over a country if given the resources and left unchecked. Cathy Gohlke develops the depth of the characters very well. One feels Rachel, Leah, Amelie, and Jason's emotions as they tackle all the world throws at them during this time. Lesser characters within the novel are also developed well. We see their journeys as well.

    I would definitely recommend Saving Amelie but be ready to laugh, cry and feel as you read.

    I received this book through bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review. Thank you
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