Seemingly overnight, the German blitzkrieg of Warsaw in 1939 turns its streets to a war zone and shatters the life of each citizen–Polish, Jewish, or otherwise. Sophie Kumiega, a British bride working in the city’s library, awaits news of her husband, Janek, recently deployed with the Polish Air Force. Though Sophie is determined that she and the baby in her womb will stay safe, the days ahead will draw her into the plight of those around her, compelling her to help, whatever the danger.
Rosa and Itzhak Dunovich never imagined they would welcome their longed-for first child in the Jewish ghetto, or that they would let anything tear their family apart. But as daily atrocities intensify, Rosa soon faces a terrifying reality: to save their daughter’s life, she must send her into hiding. Her only hope of finding her after the war–if any of them survive–is a medallion she cuts in half and places around her neck.
Inspired by true events of Poland’s darkest days and brightest heroes, The Medallion paints a stunning portrait of war and its aftermath, daring us to believe that when all seems lost, God can make a way forward.
This is a very good, touching story which is hard to read, knowing that people actually lived through the terror these characters did. The writing is so clear, it is hard to read of the people living through the difficult times and wanting it all to end. The story is based on real people who lived in the Warsaw Ghetto and the struggles and terror they lived through. There are several messages in this story that stand out for me. The story shows how great the need was for the people to help others when help was needed. It also shows that we need to give as well as receive. But the biggest message of all is to trust God will provide a way when there seems to be no way.
While the main characters in the story are the two couples, there are other characters that stand out to me. These are based on actual people and events. Irena Sengler and those who worked with her, putting their lives in danger, helped save 2500 Jewish children. 2000 of these were reunited with family following the war. Dr, Korczak ran an orphanage for Jewish children in the ghetto. Even though he was offered chances at freedom, he continued to stay with the children, even going to death with them.
I received a copy of this book from HF Virtual Book Tours & Book Junkie Promotions. This is my honest review.
Pubisher: Tyndale House Publishers (June 4, 2019)
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance/Christian
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About the Author
Cathy Gohlke is the three-time Christy Award-winning author of the critically acclaimed novels The Medallion, Until We Find Home, Secrets She Kept (winner of the 2016 Carol and INSPY Awards), Saving Amelie (winner of the 2015 INSPY Award), Band of Sisters, Promise Me This (listed by Library Journal as one of the best books of 2012), William Henry Is a Fine Name, and I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires (listed by Library Journal as one of the best books of 2008), which also won the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Book of the Year Award.
Cathy writes novels steeped with inspirational lessons from history. Her stories reveal how people break the chains that bind them and triumph over adversity through faith.
When not traveling to historic sites for research, she, her husband, and their dog, Reilly, divide their time between Northern Virginia and the Jersey Shore, enjoying time with their grown children and grandchildren.
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