Fastening the slender golden chain around Rosa’s neck, Itzhak Dunovich seals their marriage vows with a medallion, symbolizing the joy of new life. Yet the young couple never imagine that they would welcome their longed-for first child in the Jewish ghetto, or that they would let anything tear their family apart. Sophie Kumiega, a British bride working in Warsaw’s library, awaits news of her husband, 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.
Seemingly overnight, the German blitzkrieg of Warsaw in 1939 turns its streets to a warzone and shatters the life of each citizen – Polish, Jewish or otherwise. As daily privations 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 the medallion, cut in half and placed around her daughter’s 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, hope can make a way forward.
What people are saying
“Cathy Gohlke has done it again – woven history with stories of two families that must face the unthinkable. The Medallion is timeless and gripping, taking readers on a journey of bravery and hope.”Terri GillespieAward-winning author, Cut It Out; Co-host, Proverbs Live
“Brilliantly written. vivid, creative and beautifully illustrated. A wonderful gift to give someone at Christmas.The Medallion is a rich story about the deepest of loves, the most impossible of choices, the determination to live and love others in the midst of paralyzing grief. Some stories stick with me for a season, but these characters – and the strength of this beautifully written novel – will cling to my heart for a lifetime.”Melanie DobsonAward-winning author, Hidden Among the Stars
“Set against a backdrop of our world’s darkest time, Cathy Gohlke’s The Medallion seamlessly weaves heartache with healing. I read the story of these two women valiantly fighting for life in the midst of so much death, and felt myself humbled in the shadow of their strength. With every page, Gohlke reminds us that where there is life, there is hope.”Allison PittmanAward-winning author, The Seamstress
“A master storyteller, Cathy Gohlke has created unforgettable characters in unthinkable circumstances. This story completely undid me, then stitched me back together with hope. A novel that has grabbed my heart – and won’t let go – for what I’m sure will be a very long time.”Heidi ChiavaroliCarol Award-winning author, The Hidden Side
“Cathy Gohlke has done it again! The Medallion is a beautifully written story with a riveting plot, realistic characters and moving themes of sacrificial love, redemption and forgiveness. Highly recommended for readers who are willing to stay up late, because they won’t be able to put this book down!”Carrie TuranskyAward-winning author, No Ocean Too Wide and Across the Blue
“Cathy Gohlke skillfully weaves true stories of heroism and sacrifice into her novel to create a realistic portrayal of Poland during WWII. The Medallion is a stunning story of impossible choices and the enduring power of faith and love.”Lynn AustinAuthor, Legacy of Mercy
“What a wonderful book, filled with characters I loved and cared about. The Medallion will grip your heart with its message of the sustaining power of faith in the direst of circumstances. Do not miss this book.”Gayle RoperAuthor, A Widow's Journey
“The Medallion literally took my breath away. Cathy Gohlke has beautifully intertwined the tragic stories of two Polish families in the darkest days of WWII. She masterfully transports her readers through characters so vividly portrayed, I felt as if I was walking in their shoes, facing their unspeakable choices and experiencing each and every one of their gut-wrenching emotions of love, sacrifice and loss. Absolutely brilliant.”Diane MoodyAuthor, Of Windmills and War
“Cathy Gohlke's The Medallion is a masterfully created story of hope in the midst of war. Written with passion and love, the characters are ones we grow to cherish.”Alice J. WislerAward-winning author, Rain Song