Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Cathy Gohlke
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
“They are going to rid Germany of every genetically imperfect man, woman, and child. Handicapped physically, mentally, emotionally – it doesn’t matter. They will all be gone for the greater good of the Fatherland. That means Amelie,” Rachel is told in Cathy Gohlke’s novel, Saving Amelie.
At four hundred and sixty-five pages, this paperback targets those that enjoy historical fiction blended with romance during World War II. With no profanity, topics of physical and mental abuse and the atrocities of war may not be appropriate for immature readers. In addition to accolades and acknowledgments at the beginning of the book, the end contains a note to the reader along with two book promotions with the first chapter of one, the author’s biography, and fifteen discussion questions.
In this tragic tome set in Germany during Hitler’s rise to power in 1939, twenty-four year old adopted Rachel Kramer willing travels once again from New York to Frankfurt with her father, a eugenics research scientist.
Realizing her father’s assistance in weeding the weak from the strong in the human race, the woman questions why she has to make another trip to the Institute of Hereditary Biology and Racial Hygiene in Germany.
When her dear childhood friend, married to a SS officer who once proposed to her, slips her a note begging to take her deaf four year old daughter to America, Rachel wonders how far her birth country will go to obtain Aryan purity.
With the help of Jason Young, an American journalist, Rachel not only hides little Amelie; she goes rogue when she learns of her father’s participation in studying twin patients, altering their upbringing to obtain a perfected bloodline.
Targeted as a perfect specimen for reproduction, the American considers her biological past as Young and she stay one step ahead of the intolerant SS officer who is searching diligently for her whereabouts.
Understanding the costly grace of God’s protection, Rachel and those she meets in the small town of Oberammergau fend for themselves as their rights are stripped away. As the woman falls in love with Amelie and Jason, she risks her life to protect those around her.
A wonderful yet tender tale that focuses on fortitude and love, the story makes one realize the cost paid for survival and the worth of life during such a tumultuous part of history. Gohlke’s page turner gives heartache to characters that are deeply loved, in spite of the hatred and violence surrounding them.
Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. for furnishing this book at no charge in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinion.