Saturday, 17 May 2014

Review - Daisies are Forever by Liz Tolsma

*This is a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% mine.

As you have probably read before on this blog, I'm not he biggest fan of WWII dramas, but I have been reviewing a few novels set in the era if either the plot interests me or if have recognize the author's name. In this case, both those reasons are why I wanted to review Daisies are Forever by Liz Tolsma, as I had read the author's other WWII book (Snow on the Tulips) last year.

Daisies are Forever centers on an American twenty-year-old Gisela Cramer, her cousin Ella and their ailing grandmother living in Heiligenbeil in 1945; near the fall of Nazi Germany. Fearing that the Russians will invade, Ella encourages Gisela to take leave and sneak into Berlin, along with Ella's two young daughters, so they can be safe.

Escaping Germany won't be an easy task, so Gisela gets the help from Mitch Edwards, a British prisoner who had recently escaped a holding a camp. They pose as a married couple, taking the names Herr and Frau Joseph Cramer, as well as phony accents. Along with them and the two young girls are three elderly people, so traveling fast isn't an option for them.

The journey to freedom is a rocky one, but with hope and faith, they might be able to survive.

The main character, Gisela Cramer, is inspired by a real-life person named Ruth Sabine Hildegard Lippert, while the rest of the plot was inspired by the stories the author's aunt told her. Life in WWII wasn't easy, as there was a lot of pain and death. I like reading books with lighter plots, but Liz Tolsma is a wonderful writer and her uses her talents well in Daisies are Forever. Since the book is a Christian novel, the details aren't explicit, but you do get the overall feeling of the mayhem that occurred in the region during the war. Overall, Daisies are Forever is a well-written, haunting book, that I highly recommend to others.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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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