It was the picture on the cover and the plight of the little girl that drew me to want to read this book. But the story inside was so much more than simply Saving Amelie. When Rachel Kramer, a woman born in Germany but raised in America, visits Germany with her father, she has no idea what her father has gotten her into. She is the perfect Aryan woman, and the Nazis, with her father’s cooperation, have dark plans for her. When a childhood friend asks for help getting her deaf daughter out of Germany in order to save Amelie's life, Rachel discovers what’s intended for her as well and makes her escape with the help of an American journalist.
While in hiding, Rachel learns that all is not as she was raised to believe it was. In order to save herself, Amelie, and the people around her, Rachel must relearn a few things about God, His love, life, and the whole human race.
I enjoyed this story as whole and greatly appreciated all the historical details woven in. Author Cathy Gohlke introduces readers to Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Confessing Church, Oberammergau and its Passion Play, and the people of Bavaria during World War II. Readers also learn about the more sinister eugenics movement, Mein Kampf, the SS, and Hitler Youth.
Though this story was intense and heartbreaking at times, it ended beautifully. I was glad I chose to read it. I earned my copy of this book through the Tyndale Rewards Program. I’m choosing to review it for a Tyndale Summer Reading point.