Sunday, October 18, 2020

The Refrain from Within by Liz Tolsma




To save a life, would you betray everyone you love?

Hungary in 1944 is a dark place. The Nazis have invaded and turned the country upside down, their evil making its way into every life.

Clarinetist Eva Bognar is engaged to conductor and composer Patrik Kedves, happily planning her wedding. At first she doesn't think the war will affect her directly; everyone around her can be trusted to do the right thing. Then her Jewish best friend and sister-in-law Zofia goes missing--and instead of the Gestapo being to blame, a friend says it was Patrik who led Zofia away. Has he betrayed Eva and everything the family stands for?

When the rest of the family's lives are directly threatened, Patrik's secrets must come to light. The Bognars flee for the border in hopes of getting out of the country to the safety of Palestine. Eva must put her life and the lives of everyone she loves in the hands of the very man who betrayed her--and they may not all make it out of the war alive . . 


I never miss an opportunity to read one of Toslma's books!
She will draw you into the story and will leave you thinking about the characters long after this book is done. This is a fabulous series one I have very much enjoyed.
I highly recommend this powerful book because she makes you sit on the of your seat to see what happens to this family. My heart ached in some places for the Jewish people. They didn't deserve all of the hatred and evil that was aimed at them.
I learned quite a bit from this beautiful novel. I didn't want it to end.
I loved the heart stopping scenes because I felt like was holding my breath while fleeing with the Bognar family but yet at the same time I was rooting for them too. Does that make sense?
This is like the third book that has made me stay up late to finish it because the voices inside it begged me to finish their story. Trust me it was well worth the loss of sleep.
I give this book 5 stars hands down! The cover is absolutely beautiful.
This is one of those that I will reread in the near future. It's soooooo good! 


Liz Tolsma has lived in Wisconsin most of her life, and she now resides next to a farm field with her husband, their son, and their two daughters. All of their children have been adopted internationally and one has special needs. Her novella, Under His Wings, appeared in the New York Times bestselling collection, A Log Cabin Christmas. Her debut novel, Snow on the Tulips, released in August of 2013. Daisies Are Forever released in May 2014. When not busy putting words to paper, she enjoys reading, walking, working in her large perennial garden, kayaking, and camping with her family. Please visit her blog at and follow her on Facebook and Twitter (@LizTolsma). She is also a regular contributor to the Barn Door blog

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