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


When the Heart Sings-FINAL-front_cover_020518a-HRTitle: 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 review:

1943.  Poland.  The Nazis have a firm grip on the country, and despite all their efforts, the Jewish families are now forced from their farms.  Natia and Teodor are separated at the train station, with Teodor sent to the factory and Natia “rescued” by a German woman.  This woman is the camp overseer and treats both Natia and his wife with a harsh hand.

As the days progress, Natia takes daily walks near the factory and sings words of encouragement to Teodor and others held within.  They both hold on to these precious moments of contact and use the strength of the other to make it another day.

As the days turn into weeks, all endure more harsh conditions.  Teodor attempts an escape.  Natia tries to help a homeless Jewish woman who later dies on her door step leaving her infant son for Natia to keep.  Natia tries to share God’s love and provision with the wife of the home, but she is very reluctant.  However, she does begin to see God in Natia and his strength is her strength.

This is a very moving story and one that shows the depth of human love as well as human depravity. There is a lot of detail of the terrible things that happened to the Jews under the Nazi rule, and may not be appropriate for young adult readers. While it is the second book in the series, I feel it stands alone, as I had not read #1.

Disclaimer:  I was provided a copy of the book from the publisher, Gilead Publishing.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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liz tolsma

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

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  • a print copy of When the Heart Sings
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