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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Snow on the Tulips

Meet the author: Liz Tolsma has lived in Wisconsin most of her life, and she now resides next to a farm field with her husband, their son, and their two daughters. Add a dog and a cat to that mix and there's always something going on at their house. She's spent time teaching second grade, writing advertising for a real estate company, and working as a church secretary, but she always dreamed of becoming an author.
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About the book: 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.

My Thoughts:
Ms Tolsma has written an exceptional debut novel.  The setting is well researched and Tolsma's description drops you in the middle of the Netherlands during Nazi rule.  The characterization is richly done and draws you into a multi-layered story of courage, faith and tender love.  This book and any to follow by Ms Tolsma, you will not want to miss.  Look for Daisies Last Forever in May 2014. Included in the book is a well-developed reading group guide and the "story behind the story".
*Thank you Litfuse Publicity for sending a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for this review and blog tour participation.

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