Book Review, “When the Heart Sings,” Liz Tolsma author

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When the Heart Sings #2  -     By: Liz Tolsma


Title: When the Heart Sings
Series: Music of Hope #2
Author: Liz Tolsma
Publisher: Gilead Publishing
Release Date: October 9, 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance

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 way to communicate with Teodor by sending messages through song as she passes Teodor’s dormitory.

The stakes get higher when Natia finds a Jewish orphan on the overseer’s doorstep. She is determined to protect the boy and raise him as the child she and her husband were unable to bear— but if her German captors discover how much she’s hiding, both she and Teodor may pay the ultimate price.

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When the Heart Sings, by Liz Tolsma, is a marvelous book. It is the second book in the Music of Hope series.  Set in Poland in 1943 during World War II, it tells the story of a couple sent to a work camp.

Natia and Teodor Palinska have are still mourning the loss of another baby when they receive orders to report to a work camp. They leave their peaceful farm, only to be separated later. Teodor is sent to work in a factory, while Natia is chosen to by the housekeeper for the camp’s overseer. Natia takes a great risk in attempting communication with Teodor by singing as she passes his dormitory.  Then, when Natia finds a Jewish orphan on the overseer’s doorstep, she risks even more. She decides to protect the child and raise him as her own, the child she and her husband were unable to have.

This was a wonderful book. I enjoyed the story immensely. I especially like the way their love endured all of the harsh realities of the war.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction, especially set during World War II.


I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

Passionate might best describe Liz Tolsma. She loves writing, research, and editing. Her passion shone through in her first novel which was a double award finalist. On any given day, you might find her pulling weeds in her perennial garden, walking her hyperactive dog, or curled up with a good book. Nothing means more to her than her family. She’s married her high-school sweetheart twenty-eight years ago. Get her talking about international adoption, and you might never get her to stop. She and her husband adopted three children, including a son who is a U.S. Marine, and two daughters.

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  • a print copy of When the Heart Sings
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