Book and Review
About the book:
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.
My thoughts: I was in Ms. Tolsma's critique group when she wrote the first book in the series Snow on the Tulips, and for about half of this book. I was anxious to see how it ended as when Ms. Tolsma and I parted ways as critique partners (since I didn't write historical) the main characters were being bombed... did they survive? I had to find out what happened.
DAISIES ARE FOREVER is everything I thought it would be and more. Gory in details at time, it accurately portrays the horrors of WWII in ways I never knew. Ms. Tolsma focuses more on the characters who are trying to survive the war being fought in their homeland than other authors who focused on Americans coming in and fighting.
If you are looking for WWII fiction, then you'll definitely want to check out Snow on the Tulips and DAISIES ARE FOREVER. 5 stars. 340 pages. $15.99
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About the author:
New York Times best-selling author Liz Tolsma is the author of Daisies are Forever, Snow on the Tulips, and the contributing author of A Log Cabin Christmas. When not busy putting words to paper, Liz enjoys reading, walking, working in her large perennial garden, kayaking, and camping. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband and children, all adopted internationally.
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