Monday, May 19, 2014

Daisies are Forever by Liz Tolsma Blog Tour Book Review

18764196// Daisies are Forever //

By Liz Tolsma

 Source: Complementary review copy from the publisher
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
Number of Pages: 352
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: May 6th, 2014
My Rating: Five out of five stars

// Book Synopsis //

"Gisela must hold on to hope and love despite all odds in the midst of a war-torn country.

Gisela Cramer is an American living in eastern Germany with her cousin Ella Reinhardt. When the Red Army invades, they must leave their home to escape to safety in Berlin.
However, Ella is a nurse and refuses to leave, sending her young daughters with Gisela. During their journey, Gisela meets Mitch Edwards, an escaped British POW. She pretends she is his wife in order to preserve his safety among other Germans, especially one wounded German soldier, Kurt, who has suspicions about Mitch's identity. Kurt also has feelings for Gisela and tries to uncover the truth about her "marriage."

Their journey to Gisela's mother in Berlin is riddled
with tragedy and hardship, but they strive to keep Ella's daughters safe so they can reunite with their mother. During the journey Gisela and Mitch begin to develop feelings for one another beyond friendship. They reach Berlin, but their struggles are far from over. Gisela and Mitch must learn to live for the day and find hope in the darkest of circumstances.

In this moving, historically accurate portrayal of WWII Germany, the characters learn that, even with destruction all around them, some things last forever." 

// Book Review //

Last year I had the pleasure of reading Liz Tolsma's debut novel Snow on the Tulips; which captivated me and left me extremely eager for more of this author's work! So naturally, when I found out Liz was writing another novel set during WWII, I got very excited about its release!

The book was so phenomenal. The story was extremely engaging with all the daunting experiences the main characters Gisela went through during the war; such as being shot at from a plane as she is running across a frozen body of water with nowhere to hide, as well as dealing with being in the city as bombs are being dropped at all times. Needless to say, this book accurately portrays the reality of war - the death and fear and utter hopelessness. While it doesn't sugar-coat anything pertaining to war; making it a very intense novel for mature readers, I felt like it added such depth to the story and really penetrated my heart, leaving me thankful.
Liz Tolsma writes in such an engaging way that you can't help but feel for the characters, and be lost in the story, especially knowing that this book is based on two women who actually lived out certain scenes in the book. I personally really appreciated knowing that the story wasn't completely a work of fiction, and enjoyed learning about these two courageous women who played a part in our history.

Another thing that made me love this book where the characters and their stories of overcoming grief and the constant second-guessing that they did, thinking back on past events and wondering what they should; or could have done differently. I loved Gisela's compassionate heart and willingness to do anything she had to in order to save even one life. I loved Mitch's masculinity and how much of a man he was. I loved his protective personality and truly think of him as a hero - especially since he was a Christian and that had an effect on the way he treated Gisela, and encouraged her. I loved their story. How they met and took the cover of being married in order to save each other. I thought it was such a neat twist, and made for a unique story!

Overall I absolutely loved this book! I am such a fan of Liz Tolsma's writings and definitely will be  putting this book on my list of favorite books I read this year! Anyone who enjoys historical fiction set during WWII, and a super engaging read should try out this wonderful novel!

D I S C L A I M E R :: I received a complementary copy of Daisies are Forever from the publisher through Litfuse Publicity Group for the sole purpose of this review. I was not paid to write this review or promote this book, and all thoughts expressed in my review are completely my own, honest and unbiased. 

Daisies are Forever Liz Tolsma


Anonymous said...

I just read this book as well! I am not usually a fan of recently-written Christian fiction. But this was such a good book! I couldn't put it down. :)