I’m a sucker for historical fiction, particularly well-written historical fiction. (History was one of my favourite subjects at school, and I may have a slight obsession – I mean fascination – with the Romanovs. And let’s not talk about how cool Downton Abbey is, or how they’ve just wrapped filming the final season. Sob!)
Saving Amelie begins on the eve of World War Two. Rachel Kramer, a German-born American accompanies her scientist father home to Germany just before Hitler’s army invades Poland. She meets up with and old friend, who makes her promise to smuggle her deaf daughter, Amelie, out of the country.
Before long, Rachel learns disturbing information about her father and her birth family. Rachel’s quest for the truth leads to her pursuit by the SS, and Rachel disappears with Amelie.
Cathy Gohlke weaves historical fact with fiction, even bringing in real-life figures like Dietrich Bonhoeffer. I couldn’t stop reading, telling myself, “Just one more chapter,” until the book was finished and I knew I’d be dealing with a book hangover the next day. (It was worth it.)
This is a Christian novel, but not the preachy kind. The characters who happen to be Christian live out their faith, and we see how other characters journey in their search for life’s meaning.
Saving Amelie is going on my “Read Again” list, for sure. And you should definitely put it on your “To Read” list if you haven’t already.
Have you read Saving Amelie? What should I add to my “To Read” list?
I linked this post up at The Cozy Reading Spot.