Thursday, August 8, 2013

Snow on the Tulips

Author: Liz Tolsma
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
August 2013
ISBN: 978-1401689100
Genre: Historical

A stranger’s life hangs in the balance. But to save him is to risk everything.

The war is drawing to a close, but the Nazis still occupy part of the Netherlands. After the losses she’s endured, war widow Cornelia is only a shadow of the woman she once was. She fights now to protect her younger brother, Johan, who lives in hiding.

When Johan brings Gerrit Laninga, a wounded Dutch Resistance member, to Cornelia’s doorstep, their lives are forever altered. Although scared of the consequences of harboring a wanted man, Cornelia’s faith won’t let her turn him out. 

As she nurses Gerrit back to health, she is drawn to his fierce passion and ideals, and notices a shift within herself. Gerrit’s intensity challenges her, making her want to live fully, despite the fear that constrains her. When the opportunity to join him in the Resistance presents itself, Cornelia must summon every ounce of courage imaginable.

She is as terrified of loving Gerrit as she is of losing him. But as the winter landscape thaws, so too does her heart. Will she get a second chance at true love? She fears their story will end before it even begins.

I was Ms. Tolsma’s critique partner during the writing of SNOW ON THE TULIPS and I couldn’t wait to read this book in it’s final stages. WOW. I loved the story before and I loved it even more reading it in a book. World War II stories are my favorite to read, and this is one that will stay with you for a long time.

Gerrit and Cornelia become real on the page, and I had to keep reading to find out what happened to them. When the Nazi’s come looking for Gerrit, does he escape? What will Cornelia do to protect him? We know how the war ended… but read how some people might have reacted to the invasion. Highly recommended. I can’t wait for the second book, Daisies Last Forever, coming in May 2014. $15.99. 336 pages. 

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