Saving Amelia

Title:  Saving Amelie
Author:  Cathy Gohlke
Pages:  464
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Tyndale
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book from the author via
If I could show the author my thoughts on the novel in an action, it would be to stand and applaud.  Seriously, I have read many books over the last couple of years along with a friend of mine and very few of the novels were less than what we hoped.  Some of the novels we read were pretty much okay, nothing bad, but not above a 3 star rating.  Here is one of those rare gems that left me breathless.
What steals my breath during the story that takes place during WWII in Germany is the reminder of how heartless the whole belief system was that Hitler promoted.  The evil words and actions were not as pronounced at first so many people in the tale didn’t see a problem with the ideology pervading their lives.  Yet, as time goes on, more characters in the book begin to realize that what was excused early on as nonthreatening is revealed for what it truly is…lives that are seen as having no value are eliminated.
Rachael’s father is a eugenics scientist working with the German government at first to find a cure for tuberculosis.  The trips he took to visit other scientists in Germany every two years were just a normal part of her life, but before leaving New York Rachael had decided that this was the last trip she would make with her father.  Lea lives in Germany and is married to a talented woodcarver.  She, too, has to visit the Institutes’ doctors every two years with each visit becoming more emotionally traumatic.  As readers continue to unravel the mystery surrounding the Institute and its research, what becomes known changes more than just Lea’s life, but that of her twin sister, too.
There is more to the book than I can write in this review, but I can guarantee you don’t want to pass up this historical, well-researched tale.  It isn’t just a historical tale, but one enriched with true historical people and how their life lessons need to be examined in the light of the present.  I enjoyed the book more than I can say and appreciate the depth of research the author, along with her family, put into the writing.  Don’t pass up reading Saving Amelie!
My rating is 5+ stars.

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