03 July 2019

The Medallion | Book Review, Guest Post + Giveaway

ABOUT THE BOOK


For fans of bestselling World War II fiction like Sarah’s Key and The Nightingale comes an illuminating tale of courage, sacrifice, and survival, about two couples whose lives are ravaged by Hitler’s mad war yet eventually redeemed through the fate of one little girl.

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.

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Release Date: June 4, 2019


MY REVIEW

Cathy Gohlke has a talent for writing heart-wrenching stories, and The Medallion is no exception. Inspired by true events, it’s a story that stirs all the emotions and lingers long after the last page is read. I highly recommend it.

As only a war can, World War II disrupts the lives of two couples living in Warsaw. Struggling to survive, Sophie, Janek, Rosa, and Itzhak face heartbreaking challenges and opportunities. To endure them, it takes sacrifice, risk, courage, love, and a whole lot of hope.

The Medallion is an emotional story (be prepared with tissues!), but one you will not regret reading. It’s historical fiction at its finest, as well as an experience I will not soon forget.


I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Three-time Christy and two-time Carol and INSPY Award–winning and bestselling author Cathy Gohlke writes novels steeped with inspirational lessons, speaking of world and life events through the lens of history. She champions the battle against oppression, celebrating the freedom found only in Christ. Cathy has worked as a school librarian, drama director, and director of children’s and education ministries. 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. 


GUEST POST FROM THE AUTHOR

Every story begins with a journey. Sharing that journey is twice the joy.

The Medallion was inspired by two true stories—the first was the WWII account of Itzhak Dugin and his Jewish family, persecuted in Lithuania. Their heart-wrenching story made world news when the tunnel from which Itzhak escaped the Nazis was discovered using modern technology.

The second was the story of Irena Sendler, a Polish Catholic social worker within Żegota (an underground Polish Council to Aid Jews), who developed a network to rescue children. Despite terrible risks, they smuggled 2500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto and certain death at the hands of the Nazis, then hid them in Polish homes, convents, churches and hospitals until the end of the war. Approximately 2,000 of those children were found after the war. Theories abound regarding the whereabouts of those missing. I couldn’t help but wonder, and imagine: What became of those 400 to 500 missing children? What became of one?

Set in WWII Poland and post-war England, The Medallion is a story of courage, sacrifice, love, forgiveness and redemption.


GIVEAWAY


To celebrate her tour, Cathy is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book. Enter below, and be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra into the giveaway.

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4 comments:

  1. Thank you, Hallie, for this very encouraging review of The Medallion! I'm so glad you enjoyed the story. God's blessings for you!

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  2. Sounds like a great read.

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  3. Congratulations on this great review! This sounds like a wonderful read

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