The daughter of an Austrian diplomat, Evie Kreigís world shatters when her familyís passports are revoked and she is forced to leave the United States and the man she loves. Her American ideals clash with Hitlerís regime, and soon an unlikely accident tumbles her into the heart of the Austrian resistance.
Her fiancť, medical student Nick Fletcher, rejoices that the draft will enable him to help end their separation. Then he hears that Evie is dead, and his life becomes a long road of grief and hasty operations.
A priceless violin ties together a world-famous conductor and the talented sons of a Jewish violin repairman. After his prodigy brotherís hands are crushed, Jakub and his family are taken to a work camp. But will feelings of inadequacy, guilt, and sorrow keep Jakub from the instrument that may save his life?
As the othersí paths converge, a greedy Nazi sets his mind to obtain a treasure that will secure his future, no matter the cost. The Guarneri violin eludes his grasp until he hears rumors of a prized instrument belonging to a death camp orchestra.
This touching story focuses mostly on the detailed characters, while historical events only provide the backdrop for their stories. The beautifully paced novel never rushes to tell the story, but plenty of action and suspense keep the readerís interest. Recommended for women and anyone interested in World War II. -- Katie Hart, Christian Book Previews.com
Tricia Goyer tells the little-known but true story of the orchestra started by prisoners in Hitler's Mauthausen death camp. This courageous orchestra played the American national anthem as Allied troops arrived to liberate the camps. Around the orchestra story, Tricia weaves the fictional stories of a beautiful member of the Austrian resistance, the American GI who loves her, and a young prisoner who fakes his way into the camp orchestra in a desperate attempt to stay alive.