Saving Amelie is an awesome book! It keeps you captivated to continue reading despite how horrible the circumstances are. The background is Nazi Germany when they were in the midst of developing their perfect race through reseaching eugenics. I have not read anything by this author previously but can not wait to see what else she writes. I like her style and creativity.
I received this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
Its September 1939, and Rachel Kramer has travelled with her father from her New York home to undergo her regular examination at the Institute, while her father attends an international conference on eugenics. She meets Jason Young at a ball while trying to escape from an overbearing suitor, and realises Young is the journalist who is trying to discredit her fathers research. However, an unusual request from a childhood friend leaves her with no one to rely on except the annoying journalist
The start was a bit slow, as it was necessary to introduce several different characters, each a different thread to the story. This made the early chapters complex, but the pace improved quickly once all the essential elements of the story had been introducedelements which were chilling, yet added a layer of realism to the plot.
Rachel was annoying with her nave views, especially at first, but it was good to see her gradually change as she considered and rejected her long-held beliefs about her family and herself. The eugenics subplot was chilling, especially as I saw how Rachel had been raised to believe she was better than othersand it made me wonder how many people still believe this, and dont recognise how the idea distorts biblical truth.
Jason was a strong hero, despite his inability to show the truth of the Nazi regime to those who needed to know in the US. It was good to see a man who wasnt afraid to admit he needed to change, and to pursue truth despite the cost. The minor characters were also well-written, and fulfil a necessary part of this fast-paced historical thriller (with a touch of romance).
The thing I liked best about Saving Amelie was the depth of research that has gone into the writing, and the accuracy. Ive read other books written by American authors and set in Germany during World War Two which downplay the Nazi oppression of the weak or those not deemed Aryan enough, and seem to look at Hitlers Germany through rose-coloured glasses.
Saving Amelie is not like that. It shows the oppression in chilling detail, right from the early days of the war in September 1939. It shows the price paid by those who didnt support the ideals of the Third Reicha group which included many Christians. And it shows the activities of the German resistance, a needed reminder that not all Germans were complicit in the crimes committed by Hitler and his followers.
But, perhaps most importantly, Saving Amelie shows that there are still lessons to be learned from the rise of Adolf Hitler and World War Two. There is no master race. There is no such thing as levels of evolution within the human racewe are all equal in the sight of God. And grace is isnt the nice all-is-forgiven idea weve come to believe in the Western church. Grace is costly:
Weve come to practice cheap gracegrace that appears as a godly form but costs us nothingand that is an abomination it took the death of our Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior, to achieve that grace. It requires just as much from each of us.
Thanks to Tyndale and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
Cathy Gohlke in her new book Saving Amelie published by Tyndale House Publishers introduces us to Rachel Kramer.
From the back cover: SUMMER 1939
ONE LETTER, ONE REQUEST . . .
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 Ameliedeaf since birthas a blight on his Aryan bloodline.
. . . LEADS TO A TRUTH SO DARK . . .
Once courted by Schlick, Rachel knows hes as dangerous as the swastikas that hang like ebony spiders across Berlin. She fears her father, an eminent eugenics scientist, may know about Hitlers 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 shes never known.
. . . THEYLL RISK EVERYTHING TO BRING IT TO LIGHT.
Now hunted by the SS, Rachel turns to Jason Young a driven American journalist and unlikely allywhose connections to the resistance help Rachel and Amelie escape the city. Forced to hide in Oberammergau, the Bavarian village of the Passion Play, Rachels every ideal is challenged as she and Jason walk a knifes edge, endangering their livesand asking others to do the samefor 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. Dont 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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Amid a high tension political climate, a sweet, dramatic story unfolds. The suspense takes my breath away, and the interactions keep the plot strong and vibrant. I loved the character development, and the scenery and traditions of Germany that were so beautifully rendered. I have never been disappointed by this author. Cathy Gohlke knows how to capture our imagination, keep the suspense, and follow the growing faith of her characters all at the same time. There is beauty and heartbreak in this book.
Amelie is deaf and and Hitler wants her and all those like her destroyed. Hitler only wants certain people to continue to live and that doesn't include Amelie! Her mother turns to her best friend Rachel to get Amelie out of Germany, but will Rachel risk all to help those who need it? She must turn to Jason Young for help, but it's dangerous what they're trying to do! The Nazis are after them, and it will take more courage then anyone feels that they have! Rachel will have to reach inside herself as she learns more about who she really is and the God who made her.
This book was a little hard to follow at times, but the over-all story line had me hooked from the start. I got to see what it was like for Germans during the time of Hitler, and from the views of different people living in Germany, which isn't often seen in these type of books. It was a very good and inspirational read - one for older teens because of the tougher subjects and the plot, but well worth your time! My Mom read it as well and loved it!