As I’ve mentioned before on the blog, I love studying and reading about the era of World War ll. It’s a harrowing time period and study of humanity – what horrors people are capable of, but also what good they are capable of as well. So if there’s a chance to read a book set during WWll, I’ll grab it.
Enter in Daisies Are Forever by Liz Tolsma. I read Snow on the Tulips last year and it’s along the same lines of basing her story off of historical figures we find ourselves.
In the final days of Nazi Germany, the strength of one woman’s heart will determine the fate of a family.
The fall of the Third Reich is imminent. As the merciless Red Army advances from the East, the German people of Prussia await the worst.
Among them is twenty-year-old Gisela Cramer, an American living in Heiligenbeil with her cousin Ella and their ailing grandfather. When word arrives that the Russians will invade overnight, Ella urges Gisela to escape to Berlin—and take Ella’s two small daughters with her.
The journey is miserable and relentless. But when Gisela hears the British accent of a phony SS officer, she poses as his wife to keep him safe among the indignant German refugees. In the blink of an eye, Mitch Edwards and Gisela are Herr and Frau Joseph Cramer.
Through their tragic and difficult journey, the fabricated couple strives to protect Ella’s daughters, hoping against hope for a reunion. But even as Gisela and Mitch develop feelings beyond the make–believe, the reality of war terrorizes their makeshift family.
With the world at its darkest, and the lives of two children at stake, the counterfeit couple finds in each other a source of faith, hope, and the love they need to survive.
While I liked the storyline line and history of each character, I was a bigger fan of Tulips. The story kicked off running with lots of action and fast-paced escapes while the group sought to flee from Prussia. With a lot happening, I kinda missed out on connecting with characters on a deeper level. Each character as an individual was intriguing and interesting and while there was a decent amount of time the characters spent together, I found myself left wanting in the romance between our two main characters. Was it because they survived thus far in the war that they bonded? What drew one to another? In some ways these developments took a back seat to their survival story (which I don’t think it’s a bad thing, just different from my expectations).
I will say Tolsma does an excellent job describing what war is does to countries. From the destruction of the cities, to the air raids to the emotional and physical damage on the citizens. I cannot imagine what life would have been like living in the cities that were bombed or taken over by other troops. Losing loved ones, never knowing what was coming next…such a time in history. Tolsma pulls the reader into that era from the beginning.
How about you readers, have you has a chance to read any of Tolsma’s novels? Or how about some of your favorite WWll novels?
(I received a copy from Litfuse and Thomas Nelson in exchange for my honest review)
“. . . compelling and fast-paced tale about the atrocities and tremendous losses. . . .” —Library Journal
“Excellent storytelling, accurate historical reporting and gritty, persevering characters make this WWII-era novel a must-read.” —CBA Retailers + Resources
Liz celebrating the release with a Kindle HDX giveaway! One winner will receive:
- A Kindle Fire HDX
- Daisies are Forever by Liz Tolsma
Enter today by clicking the image above. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 31st. Winner will be announced June 2nd on Liz’s website.