Sunday, August 4, 2013

Snow on the Tulips by Liz Tolsma

From the publisher:
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.

This book is based on multiple true family events that the author has woven together into this book.  For that alone you should read the book.  But Liz Tolsma takes you on a journey that will teach you history that had to be filled with courage, faith, and love.  

Nazi occupation is not something that I find fun to read.  And each time I read a book I find myself reading faster and faster to make sure it ends well.  Liz Tolsma does a great job of telling the story, without making it a gruesome tale.  For those who want to read about the closing of the Nazi occupation in Holland without dealing with all the bloody details this is a great read.

I really appreciated how Liz Tolsma wove faith throughout the whole book.  Gerrit especially calls out to God continually and his influence is felt.  Most of us cannot imagine what it would b elike to live in that time of such uncertainty but Liz Tolsma brings us there and into the hearts of the characters living through that.

I highly recommend this book.

I received this book free from Booksneeze in exchange for my honest review.  

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