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.

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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. Upstate SC
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Saving Amelie -
    June 2, 2015
    Ruth
    Upstate SC
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Touching, exciting, compelling, disturbing, read-in-one-sitting (Don't start in the evening if you want some sleep!) amazing, overwhelming and more. It's all been said, except ...

    The 'slick' SS officer. supposedly such a super model for the perfect man is a real stinker, cruel and vicious to the core. I think Ms. Gohlke cuts him a bit too much slack or paints him too awful later in the book? The cruel Drs. Mengele and Verschuer being as intelligent as they were, would have seen that and looked for a different pairing for the beautiful Rachel.

    Having grown up 'over there' I was glad to see Ms. Gohlke's objective and meticulous research. By 1939 - 41 it was already far too late for any concerted opposition. I am still amazed there was as much as is mentioned in the book. Bethel was mentioned briefly as being on the radar - it was an amazing place and totally devastated later.

    [Also I was reminded of the how the Japanese were treated here. The Jewish folk. The black people. Roman Empire times. And now the worldwide cruelty.]

    Without Christ as Savior humans will always be cruel and evil, covertly or overtly.

    The slow process (ten years) of Rachel, Jason, Rivka, becoming believers seems a little unrealistic to me, But I am glad that ultimately, in the book, all ends well.

    I intended to just mention Mr. Schlick and be done. The book got to me. It will be a keeper, just like a couple of other authors' (Munsons, Helen McInnes {an oldie} ) books.

    Re-reads so I'll not ever forget and to remind me that early discernment gives early means to combat and help.

  2. Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Exciting and touching
    April 15, 2015
    Sarah Sundin
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
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    Saving Amelie by Cathy Gohlke rivets you from the start. An exciting race of a story, built on the stories of two compelling women, so different in every way, yet more alike than they imagine. The plight of the handicapped in Nazi Germany comes to life in darling Amelie, shedding light on the dangers of the eugenics movement the danger of any society that rules certain lives have no value. A beautifully written novel you wont want to miss.
  3. Maine
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    great book
    March 9, 2015
    Cassandra
    Maine
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    I really enjoyed reading this book. It was interesting to read about the differences and similarities of a set of twins that had been raised very differently. I also liked reading about the courage of the people who helped those who were oppressed and killed by Hitler.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Must Read!
    February 9, 2015
    Truekick
    This story will touch your heart to it's core. An amazing read. I have added all of her books to my wish list after reading this story.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Must-Read Historical That Touches the Heart
    October 26, 2014
    Candidkerry
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5


    I'm still recovering from Cathy Gohlke's latest release, Saving Amelie. I mean this in the best possible way. I'm recovering from the tense, fast-paced plot, the living, breathing characters I came to care deeply about and didn't want to say goodbye to, and the painful truth of history weaving through the story that grabs the reader by the throat and demands we remember.

    In fact, I wasn't sure how to put words on the screen to accurately share my thoughts and emotion about this powerful story based in Nazi Germany during Hitler's reign. The story left me breathless, my heart heavy with respect for those who gave so much for others during WWII. Saving Amelie brings to light the ugliness of the science of eugenics, but then overshadows it with the "costly grace" of putting others above oneself.

    I settled into turbulent Nazi Germany with Rachel Kramer in 1939 as she follows her father, a well-known eugenics scientist who might have more to do with the Nazis' plans for Aryan dominance than Rachel realized. And I was twisted into the tight plot as American journalist Jason Young digs deeper into rumors of handicapped children disappearing - all because the SS deems them unworthy of life.

    Rachel's childhood friend Kristine - married to an SS officer who views their deaf daughter, Amelie, as an unwelcome mistake - asks Rachel to take care of the child. With Jason's help, Rachel works to keep the little girl safe while trying to understand why her father brought her to Germany and exactly who she is.

    The author's meticulous research and careful weaving of intricate details and important characters from Oberammergau's Passion Play framed the book's second half, creating a beautiful, stark landscape in which hiding is necessary for survival and family and friends walk a fine line with fear of discovery.

    Saving Amelie is an historical love letter to those crushed and lost under Hitler's hate-filled reign, including a beloved Christian pastor who spoke out for the oppressed until he was silenced, and whose words and legacy live on today because He lived for Christ.

    A particularly powerful, poignant scene near the end of the book, with a young boy named Heinrich Helphman, will long stay with me. I've reread it a few times, the childlike potency of his words the catalyst for tears each time.

    There is much more I could say about the story, but the best I can offer is, "Read it. You will be better for it."

    I've enjoyed all of Cathy Gohlke's books. My particular favorite was Promise Me This up to this point, but Saving Amelie, with its sheer scope of emotion and truth, gains that spot. It's a book not to be missed, and I can't recommend it highly enough
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