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When the Heart Sings

(Music of Hope #2)

4.58  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  55 reviews
Natia has a secret, and she’s hiding him right beneath her captor’s nose...

The Nazis have forced Natia and Teodor from their Polish farm to a labor camp. When the couple is separated, Natia is chosen to be the housekeeper for the camp’s overseer, and Teodor is sent to work in the factory. Despite the strict camp rules—and the consequences for disobeying them—Natia finds a
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by Gilead Publishing
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Deanne Patterson
Wow, I've never read this author before and this is such a powerful book. While I didn't read the first one this did read as a complete story on it's own. I've read a lot of WWII books and this one really stands out from the others. Liz has written with such heart and soul. Achingly historically accurate I felt as though I was transported in a time machine back in time and experienced these things myself. The singing is such an important part of the book. It is what keeps the couple connected an ...more
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
In this series, the author is highlighting the plight of European Christians during WWII.

When the Heart Sings focuses on Polish Christians Teodor and Natia. They are forced from their home. Natia enjoys singing and this joy and talent impacts her story positively. The love Teodor and Natia share is true and sweet.

What I enjoyed the most about this novel was the unlikely friendship that Natia developed with a German woman. They share a common sorrow and despite a language barrier, become a sourc
Maureen Timerman
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
A book that made me feel like I was there in real life, or watching a movie, and knowing all the way that it is based on actual history, yes, it really happened.
What a wonderful job the author did telling this story, that should never be forgotten, and as she said at the end of the book Poland is not telling students of the history of what happened to them.
With all the atrocities that happen the characters have a great faith in God and country, and a lot is displayed through song.
This is a riv
In this second book of the Music of Hope series, Tolsma takes us to Poland during World War II German occupation. Teodor and Natia's small village has just about been depleted of Poles as one by one they have been deported to be German factory workers to assist the war effort. Now Teodor and Natia have received their deportation notice. Natia is just recovering from her third miscarriage.

Tolsma's detailed and vivid descriptions of the Polish situation as Germany took over their country and eith
Cara Putman
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Liz Tolsma is one of my go-to World War II authors. As one who writes in this era, I am extremely picky about who I'll trust with my reading time. Liz is an expert at finding little known stories and bringing them to light with sympathetic characters that leave me rooting for them. This novel is no different. With When the Heart Sings, she walks us into a rich story about love and forgiveness set against the backdrop of a Nazi labor camp for displaced Polish citizens. I wanted to weep and cheer ...more
Carole Jarvis
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

When the Heart Sings is not only a book that entertained and held me spellbound, but it touched me in a profound way. The Nazi-occupied Poland of World War II is not an easy setting to read about, but Liz Tolsma’s exquisitely written narrative is one of hope. I was emotionally caught up from the very beginning, and although I was anxious to see how things turned out, I hated to turn the last page.

The scenario of a Polish woman living in a Ger
Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
I'm going to be completely honest about something. I'm not sure I can find the words to show you how much this book affected me. Tolsma just pulls you into the story and doesn't let go. She masterfully ends each break with a cliffhanger, making it pretty much impossible to put the book down, ever. Yes, make sure you leave a big slot of time to read this. Have tissues nearby as well. I won't sugar coat it, this was a hard book for me to read. Not because of the author's ability, not because of th ...more
Lynda Edwards
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Having read Tolsma’s work before, I knew I was in for a difficult, emotional read, but one that would be worth the journey it would take me on. That was indeed the case; the story of Polish Christians forced from their land and into work camps was a painful story, but the glimmers of God’s goodness, even in such evil times, painted a picture of hope and resilience long after a person is pushed to what he or she believes to be the limits of endurance.

As always, the story is well-crafted and soli
4.5 stars

Liz Tolsma powerfully conveys the emotions of a turbulent time as she tells the story of a young Polish Christian couple that had been sent to the labor camps in occupied Poland. This poignant story is mostly told from the different viewpoints of Natia and Teodor. Teodor is forced to work in the labor camp while Natia has been assigned the task of serving on the home of the camp overseer. An unlikely friendship develops between Natia and the overseer's wife. They find they share a commo
Sarah Ruut
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
Hope in the midst of despair; friendship and love in the midst of hatred and evil.

World War II can be a difficult time period to visit in novels. Granted, there are some amazing stories that have been told. But often they are challenging to read because we’d almost rather not know what happened during the war. And yet we must.

When the Heart Sings not only deals with the realities of life in Poland during the war, but it also delves into the emotional heartbreak of infertility and stillbirth — a
Suzie Waltner
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Granted, I was not a huge fan of my history classes in school, but it sometimes amazes me how there are still aspects of World War II I am unfamiliar with. I mean, I may not have paid a lot of attention in said history classes, but I’ve read a lot of World War II fiction and some non-fiction about this era.

Yet Liz Tolsma takes a piece of our past—the persecution and imprisonment of the Polish citizens (including the Christians) by Germany—and immerses her readers in that world to the point you f
Debra Slonek
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-reads, netgalley
Another divine appointment with a book. This book is filled with excellent storytelling and takes place during WW2 in war torn Poland.

I truly cared about the characters and I related closely to parts of the storyline. The pregnancy losses and yearning for a baby were realistic and written with compassion. Because of my German and Polish heritage, I enjoyed being immersed into each of the cultures as I read this well written book.

This was such a difficult and turbulent time for Poland and it's pe
Patti Whitson Stephenson
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is another beautifully written story by Liz Tolsma. The storyline is both compelling and heartbreaking. It was hard for me to put the book down. I kept thinking “I’ll just finish this chapter”, then continued to read. Knowing that these characters represent the struggles that the Polish people went through during the time of war adds depth to the book. The characters are men and women of courage who cling to their faith in the most desperate of times. Natia’s songs add a poignant aspect to ...more
Katelyn Bolds
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Heartbreaking historical fiction from Liz Tolsma. Grab a tissue box to read this touching new book.
Leslie M.
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Books set in the WWII era are some of my favorite books to read. Tolsma’s latest has a slightly different perspective: Polish Jews and Christians, Polish labor camps, and the way the Polish people suffered under German occupation. This is one of the best, and most engaging, books I've read in 2018.

The love between Teodor and Natia is pure and heartwarming. I also really enjoyed the unlikely bond between Natia and Elfriede. The story demonstrates that even in the worst of circumstances,
Beckie Burnham
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the highlights of this year was my trip to Poland in April. The experience was wonderful as we encountered beautiful cities, countryside and people. When The Heart Sings by Liz Tolsma brought all of that back to me, but through a different perspective. The novel set during WWII captures the beauty of the human spirit and its resilience in the face of extreme persecution. Just as my trip introduced me to a country with a strong cultural heritage in spite of the many hardships the people fa ...more
Becca-Rae Weidel
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When the Heart Sings is an emotionally charged story that takes place during one of the darkest times in history. The world knows how terribly the Jews suffered, but what is less known is how there were other peoples targeted as well. Although it was different, the Polish people were hated and mistreated by the Nazi's as well. This is a story to shed light on their plight.

What made the story even more captivating was that it was told by the perspective of both husband and wife as they are separa
Liz Tolsma is a specialist in writing World War Two fiction from a variety of perspectives. The characters are usually ordinary people caught up in the horror of war, both in Europe and Asia. In When the Heart Sings, Tolsma focuses on Polish Christians displaced from their farms due to the Nazi concept of Lebensraum. Still recovering from a stillbirth, Natia endured a journey through Poland via cattle car but almost collapsed on arrival in the town that would become her home. If not for Elfriede ...more
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A touching and tender story

Through most of this book, I had tears threatening. The author did such a great job communicating their fears, their pains, and their hopes. Teodor and Natia are a young Polish couple who have only been married for a few years and yet in that time have experienced tremendous grief at the loss of three babies who never had a chance to breathe. When notice is given to them that they have to cede their farm to a German family and report to a labor camp, Natia has not yet
Kelly Bridgewater
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
World War II novels are wonderful and one of my favorite genres. I enjoy reading about the greatest generation and the heroic acts they endured. Soldiers who went into battle just to defend Old Glory. I love their attitudes. I know with a historical romance there will be a struggle wrapped in a historical setting and filled with adventure. Liz Tolsma's newest novel When the Heart Sings does exactly that.

I love the concept of her story. Using songs to share her heroine's current situation and lo
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When the Heart Sings is full of universal lessons for all of us: forgiveness, patience, and finding friendship in the unlikeliest of places. When Polish Christians Natia and Teodor are forced from their home and deported to a German labor camp, they endure very different but equally heartwrenching circumstances. Teodor, always under scrutiny by Erich, the camp overseer, faces extra cruelty and work demands. Natia, living as the housekeeper in the overseer's home, faces a very different set of ch ...more
Pam Burke
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When the Heart Sings is the second book in Liz Tolsma's Music of Hope series, and she has done an awesome job with both stories. Both the horrific and the heroic elements of World War II and the people so drastically impacted come through in her true-to-life characters and their stories.

The awful suffering and conflict -- physical, emotional, political -- that the Germans and the Poles experience in this well-crafted story are surely representative of what was happening in the hearts and lives o
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Liz Tolsma has written several historical fiction books set in war-torn Europe, each illustrating the best and the worst of humanity. Hope and the courage to survive, drawn from a strong faith, are central themes of her writing. Her last two books, THE MELODY OF THE SOUL and now WHEN THE HEART SINGS, both feature music. Young marrieds, Natia and Teodor have suffered many losses -- their three stillborn infants and then their Polish farm relinquished to the Germans.
When they are sent away to work
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: empty-shelf-2018
This will probably be one of the hardest reviews I will ever write and not because of the writing, yet because of the writing if that makes any sense.

Liz Tolsma is one of my absolutely favorite historical authors, and just like her other historical's this book is impeccably written.

From the moment I opened the first page and began reading I was pulled into the world of Natia and Teodor. A Polish couple torn from their farm because of the Nazi occupation.

Ms. Tolsma brings to life the devastati
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There is no doubt about it. World War II was a cruel war - especially for those in Europe whom Hitler deemed to be inferior. Promises were made and broken time and time again to get the undesirables to do or say what the Nazis wanted. For some German women, their only role was to stay out of their husband's business and produce children for the Fatherland. Those aspects of the war are brought to life through the main characters and story line of When the Heart Sings. You will feel the frustratio ...more
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I just love, love reading about this time period in history. The emotions it evokes in me makes me yearn to know more about the people of that time. I want to know about their trials, so that I can, in some small way, help to not let their stories be forgotten. After reading an earlier one by this author, I was so excited to read this book! Let me tell you, it does not disappoint!

The setting: This story has just a bit of a different twist to it. Instead of the normal WWII story about Jews, this
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Set in 1943 Poland, Where the Heart Sings is a dramatic love story of Natia and Teodor. Having been sent to a labor camp, Teodor labors behind the gates of the camp while Natia labors in the camp overseer home as a housekeeper and cook.

Natia and the overseer’s wife become somewhat of a friend to each other, with Natia earning the trust to move about the small village outside the camp in order to purchase groceries and supplies.

Desperate to communicate with Teodor, Natia finds a way by singing
Robin Willson
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Stunningly poignant detail.
When Germany annexed Poland they placed little value in the Polish people. They forced them to be slaves working in their war factories and lived in their homes. But God wove threads through the painful circumstances, bringing small miracles to his faithful. They also find out that in their differences they are yet the same in many ways. Nadia is made to work as a servant to a German couple. As bad as that is, in some ways it's a blessing. She learns that, like her, th
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
When the Heart Sings was a very emotional read for me and at times I had to just set it down and do something else while I pondered what I read. Taking place in Poland during World War 2, this story highlighted the suffering and persecution of the Poles under the Nazi occupation. The hatred of their race ranked right up there with the hatred of the Jewish people. This story focuses on a married couple who have seen enough sadness already and yet their lives take a much darker turn. Reading about ...more
Michelle Kidwell
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing

When the Heart Sings
by Liz Tolsma

Gilead Publishing

Christian , Historical Fiction

Pub Date 09 Oct 2018

I am reviewing a copy of When the Heart Sings through Gilead Publishing and Netgalley:

Natia has a secret one she is keeping right under the nose of her captors.

It’s 1943 Poland and the Nazi’s have forced Natia and Teodor are forced into the labor camp. After Natia is separated from her husband Teodor, Natia is chosen to be the housekeeper of the Camps overseer while Teodor is sent to work in the f
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Liz Tolsma has lived in Wisconsin most of her life, and she now resides next to a farm field with her husband, their son, and their two daughters. All of their children have been adopted internationally and one has special needs. Her novella, Under His Wings, appeared in the New York Times bestselling collection, A Log Cabin Christmas. Her debut novel, Snow on the Tulips, released in August of 201 ...more

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Music of Hope (2 books)
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