Saving Amelie  -     By: Cathy Gohlke
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Married to an SS officer, Kristine Schlick fears her husband views their deaf daughter, Amelie, as a blight on his Aryan bloodline. In a cryptic letter, she begs her friend Rachel Kramer for help. Needing connections to the Resistance, Rachel turns to Jason Young---an American journalist and unlikely ally. Together, can they save Amelie?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1414383223
ISBN-13: 9781414383224
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Increasingly wary of her father’s genetic research, Rachel Kramer has determined that this trip with him to Germany—in the summer of 1939—will be her last. But a cryptic letter from her estranged friend, begging Rachel for help, changes everything. Married to SS officer Gerhardt Schlick, Kristine sees the dark tides turning and fears her husband views their daughter, Amelie, deaf since birth, as a blight on his Aryan bloodline.

Once courted by Schlick, Rachel knows he’s as dangerous as the swastikas that hang like ebony spiders from every government building in Berlin. She fears her father’s files may hold answers about Hitler’s plans for others, like Amelie, whom the regime deems “unworthy of life.” She risks searching his classified documents only to uncover shocking secrets about her own history and a family she’s never known.

Now hunted by the SS, Rachel turns to Jason Young—a driven, disarming American journalist and unlikely ally—who connects her to the resistance and to controversial theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Forced into hiding, Rachel’s every ideal is challenged as she and Jason walk a knife’s edge, risking their lives—and asking others to do the same—for those they barely know but come to love.

Editorial Reviews

Saving Amelie is a moving portrayal of the fortitude and resilience of the human spirit. Gohlke has captured the beauty and sacrifice of those willing to help others in the depths of Nazi Germany. At times both emotional and suspenseful, this is a fantastic novel for those who love both historical fiction and human interest stories. 4 stars
In this compelling and tense novel, Christy Award-winning Gohlke (Band of Sisters, Promise Me This) tells a haunting story of the courageous few who worked tirelessly and at great risk to themselves to save people they did not know, whom they would not see again. Reminiscent of Tatiana de Rosnay’s stirring stories of human compassion and hope, this should appeal to fans of both authors as well as to historical fiction readers.

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  1. calliegh
    Charlotte, NC
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Recommended Read
    July 19, 2014
    calliegh
    Charlotte, NC
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5

    Saving Amelie was a very touching story set in Germany during World War II. Hitler's devious mind was set on making "Aryan" race. Through research and eugenics, Hitler was going to have a race of "supermen". Any who were deemed to be insufficient were sent to camps or outright killed.

    Rachel Kramer agrees to accompany her Father, a top eugenics scientist from America, to Germany for her bi-annual medical exams which she has taken part in since her adoption at birth. Once there, "spoiled" Rachel comes to find out that her Father's research might not be as "innocent" as she first thought. Enter Amelie, the child of a "superman" SS agent, who has been deemed as unacceptable and must be "handled". Jason Young, an American reporter stationed in Berlin, is waiting for the next big news when he meets Rachel. He helps Rachel realize that her suspicions have merit. Will Rachel realize that her life is in as much danger as Amelie but for a different reason? Will she be able to change her thinking and teaching after she discovers why she was really being brought to Germany? Can she put aside her selfishness long enough to think of others who are risking their lives to help people such as Amelie escape?

    This book makes one wonder how Hitler's plans went so unnoticed by others for so long. If Hitler had won World War II, what would our world be like today? Incorporating real characters such as Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Dr. Josef Mengele, and Dr. Verschuer, Saving Amelie allows the reader to see how long these plans may have been in motion. It shows how one man can so completely take over a country if given the resources and left unchecked. Cathy Gohlke develops the depth of the characters very well. One feels Rachel, Leah, Amelie, and Jason's emotions as they tackle all the world throws at them during this time. Lesser characters within the novel are also developed well. We see their journeys as well.

    I would definitely recommend Saving Amelie but be ready to laugh, cry and feel as you read.
    I received this book through bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review. Thank you

  2. Smoothie71
    Alabama
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 19, 2014
    Smoothie71
    Alabama
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female

    Saving Amelie is a historical fiction book written by Cathy Gohlke.

    This is a page-turning, suspense, thrilling book that will leave you wanting more of your favorite characters.

    This book tells the story of Rachel, Lea, Amelie and the trials of living during the takeover of the Nazis.

    Rachel grew up with most everything she wanted. She wasn't denied any opportunities, but when secrets are discovered, Rachel realizes the one thing she's always wanted, the one thing she thought she had, was never really there- love.

    Lea grew up with less. But she's been blessed with a good family, a wonderful husband, and a strong faith. But when the war hits close to home, will she be able to withstand the pain and struggles she's been enduring?

    This is a good fiction book for anyone looking to pass some time reading, but I will tell you that it will break your heart to remember the truth and realities of what happened during WWI.

    *Note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review.

  3. Amy C
    VA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Saving Amelie
    July 13, 2014
    Amy C
    VA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5

    Saving Amelie is one of the most unique stories I have read. It is set in Nazi Germany at the start of WWII. There so much of unknown facts to me that I learned about the Nazi Regime. I had no idea what eugenics was. I could never imagine Americans working with Nazi Germany researching eugenics. This book put so much to light what went on back then. It just seems shocking to me.
    I did enjoy reading this book. I found it to be quite interesting and well written. I love the characters and the plot. It was nowhere near predictable, all the way to the end.
    I cannot wait to read more by this author.
    Highly recommended. 5 stars

  4. mcaldwell
    Erie, PA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Everyone is precious to God
    July 9, 2014
    mcaldwell
    Erie, PA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5

    Rachel Kramer travels every other year from the US to Germany for a medical physical. In her early 20s, Rachel hasn't thought too much about this in the past, but it is now the beginning of WWII and her father still insists they travel to Germany. A scientist and physician, her father takes her this time, with no intent to return. Rachel is thankfully a sharp thinker and she discovers many hidden secrets of pre-war and early war Germany. Jason Young, an American newspaperman, proves to be a necessary ally for survival in wartime. To add to the mix, young Amelie is entrusted to Rachel. As a deaf child, Amelie is considered a misfit and must be removed. Although this is fiction, the author includes notes at the end which explain which parts are historical (Hitler and Bonhoeffer along with all the locations of concentration/work camps.) To me the book provides a look at more of the twisted concepts of the war. It is an excellent read.

  5. S Scales
    Texas
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent historical fiction that is also relevant
    July 6, 2014
    S Scales
    Texas
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5

    “He who saves one life saves the world”

    Rachel is a German orphan turned pampered American. She is the only child of Dr. Kramer, who is suspected of being involved with Hitler’s genetic studies.

    Lea is German born and raised. Her mother died during childbirth, and she was raised by her Oma (grandmother).

    Amelie is a four year old deaf daughter of an high ranking SS officer.

    Jason is an ambitious American journalist in Germany.

    How do their lives intersect? What is the truth of their pasts? Will there be a future for each?

    Saving Amelie by Cathy Gohlke is set in Germany in 1939. It includes Bonhoeffer, who was a real life hero during this time. He was a German pastor, spy and martyr. He recognized early on how dangerous and twisted Hilter’s ideology was and he challenged the church to stand against it, protect others, and stand for Christ.

    “Germany is at stake—heart and soul…
    When the church stops standing for Jews—for anyone—then we stop begin the church. Grace is costly—it took the death of our Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior, to achieve that grace. It requires just as much from each of us.
    But we’ve come to practice cheap grace—grace that appears as a godly form but costs us nothing—and that is abomination, a stench in the nostrils of God.”
    (Truths from Bonhoeffer shared in this historical fiction book)

    This is a story that draws us in and sends us on a realistic journey through a very difficult, dangerous and twisted time in the world’s history. It was well written and I really “enjoyed” (you know what I mean) reading it. I had a hard time figuring out how to write the review, so this part took longer than even reading the book! However, I would recommend it, not just as a very good read, but as an excellent reminder to stand up for others and to not continue to allow our religious freedoms to be taken away.

    Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers. It was not required that I give a positive review, but to solely express my own thoughts and opinions.

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