Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: Daisies are Forever by Liz Tolsma

Welcome to my stop for Litfuse's tour for Daisies are Forever by Liz Tolsma!
You can check out my 4-star review below along with all the giveaway info, but first about the book...


Daisies Are ForeverDaisies are Forever
(Women of Courage #2)
by Liz Tolsma
Christian Historical Romance
May 6th 2014 by Tyndale House Publishers

Summary

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.

You can purchase a copy through Thomas Nelson and/or read the first chapter here.

   


My Review

This author's last book, Snow on the Tulips, really touched me. It was a very sad, but also hopeful story, so I expected Daisies are Forever to also be the same. It was even more heartbreaking from the beginning, but also so ever hopeful.

I really loved the evolution of this story. From this American/German girl who has left her parents behind and her family behind and then has this dangerous adventure as she flees. At the same time there is the journey of the male protagonist. I haven't read any books with this combination of origins for the characters and during this specific time and at this area of the world during the war. It was all intriguing, even though also heartbreaking.

I loved getting to know these characters! There were layers that were equally interesting, but also very different because of their histories. I wasn't really sure how things would turn out. I just kept pulling for Gisela and Mitch, and especially for Gisela's nieces.

Just a beautiful story overall and one I'm glad the author decided to tell. I would recommend Daisies are Forever to those who enjoy Christian Historical Romance as well as those who enjoy historical's in general. I'm looking forward to Liz Tolsma's next book and very curious to see what perspective and background her characters will have.

Content: Clean (There is some violence, desperation, and poverty, but for the genre and historical setting, I would consider this clean.)

Source: I want to thank LitFuse Publicity Group and the publisher, Tyndale House Publishers, for my free review copy, which did not affect my opinion in any way.



Liz TolsmaAbout 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.



Tour-Wide Giveaway

Liz Tolsma's latest WWII historical fiction novel, Daisies are Forever, is getting rave reviews. 

". . . compelling and fast-paced tale about the atrocities and tremendous losses. . . ." —Library Journal

"Excellent storytelling, accurate historical reporting and gritty, persevering characters make this WWII-era novel a must-read." —CBA Retailers + Resources


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Liz celebrating the release with a Kindle HDX giveaway!
One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire HDX
  • Daisies are Forever by Liz Tolsma
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 31st. Winner will be announced June 2nd on Liz's website.

Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to stop by Liz's website on June 2nd to see if you won.

10 comments

  1. Colleen Schindler5/19/14, 4:59 PM

    I think a beach setting is the ideal place for romance!

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  2. marypreston5/20/14, 2:07 AM

    I'd be so scared all the time - not for me.

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  3. I love the beach and it is romantic with the weather and gorgeous sunrises and sunsets.

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  4. I think that's a pretty good trade and definitely safer. :)

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  5. Not for me either. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Carol Savoy-Fox5/21/14, 3:16 PM

    Lol! I would have loved the danger and excitement when I was younger, not so much now that I'm older :-)

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  7. Oh, definitely. I mean I do read books about spies when I can get my hands on them. There's just something about all that intelligence that they have to possess, their physical conditioning, and then the action and adventure. :)

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  8. Carol Savoy-Fox5/21/14, 4:25 PM

    Yup, know what you mean :-) That's why I read them.

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  9. I wanted to be a spy after I read my first Tom Clancy novel and for years I devoured espionage thrillers.

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  10. They are rather entertaining, so I don't blame you. :)

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