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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Increasingly wary of her fathers genetic research, Rachel Kramer has determined that this trip with him to Germanyin the summer of 1939will 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 hes as dangerous as the swastikas that hang like ebony spiders from every government building in Berlin. She fears her fathers files may hold answers about Hitlers 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 shes never known.
Now hunted by the SS, Rachel turns to Jason Younga driven, disarming American journalist and unlikely allywho connects her to the resistance and to controversial theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Forced into hiding, Rachels every ideal is challenged as she and Jason walk a knifes edge, risking their livesand asking others to do the samefor those they barely know but come to love.
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 Rosnays stirring stories of human compassion and hope, this should appeal to fans of both authors as well as to historical fiction readers.
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
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