Daisies are Forever by Liz Tolsma

by Katie on May 23, 2014

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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.

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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.

My thoughts:
I read Liz’s first book, Snow on the Tulips when it was released and I LOVED it. So good that I dubbed it the best book that I read in 2013…and I read my fair share of books!

I was so excited to read her newest book, Daisies are Forever, the second book in the Women of Courage series. The books each stand alone and both books have starred a woman who did courageous things during WW11. With the first book being so awesome I had a feeling that I would feel the same about the second, but you never know. Well, I LOVED Daisies are Forever and Liz Tolsma has become one of my favorite authors. I can’t wait for the third and future books from her.

This book is such a great telling of the war and the heroes that stood out and were so courageous. It’s based on a true story. There are horrific things that happen – lives are lost, families are torn apart, some froze in the cold and experienced starvation. So many heartbreaks along the way, and it’s incredibly sad to read about, but she wrote it all so well without it being too graphic.

I loved how she weaved a love story into the book through Gisela and Mitch. What started as a cover for protection developed into a friendship and then into love. Mitch helps Gisela realize that God is there with her protecting her through it all and that some things last forever!

Read what others are saying about the book HERE.

Disclosure: I received this book for free from Litfuse in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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Sandra May 29, 2014 at 1:27 pm

This book sounds good, I think I’ll look it up at the library. I love WWII fiction and I think this one is right up my alley :)
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Katie May 30, 2014 at 12:12 pm

It’s wonderful, Sandra! You will love it. :)

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