Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for When the Heart Sings by Liz Tolsma, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
ABOUT THE BOOK
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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Like to see my full review? You can see it HERE.
What was your inspiration to make music such a symbol of hope in the story?
I grew up in a home where there was always music on. Myself and my two sisters all played instruments growing up. Music is an integral part of my life. It celebrates the happy times and gets me through the difficult times. God commands us to sing and make music. While it’s difficult to write about music, I worked on writing about the feelings that music evokes.
What character did you feel you connected with the most?
Definitely Natia. She is me, the character most like me I’ve ever created. She and I share the sorrow of infertility and infant loss and the joy of adoption. Though I don’t sing, we share the same love of music and understand its power.
What was the most difficult part for you to write about?
The hardest part was the scene between Elfriede and Natia, when they are discussing infertility and pregnancy loss. This is a real conversation that I’ve had. A turning point in my life, so it was extremely painful and emotional for me to write. Every time I read it, I sob.
What do you wish readers would take away from reading this story?
That our joy in this life doesn’t come from our circumstances but from God. Even in the darkest, hardest days, we can have joy.
Why WWII Fiction?
I write WWII, because the people who lived these events are not going to be around much longer. My generation and my children’s generation have never experience true hardship and suffering. We need to understand what it was life for these people and the courage they showed. We have to remember, so that we will never repeat. And we need to be mindful of how many have sacrificed everything so we can have the lives we have today.
(1) winner will receive (US only)
- a print copy of When the Heart Sings
- ‘Just One More Chapter’ throw pillow seen HERE
Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight November 26, 2018 and last through 11:59pm December 3, 2018. US only. Winners will be notified within a week of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
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