Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: The Tulip Resistance by Lynn Leatham Allen

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The Tulip ResistanceThe Tulip Resistance
by Lynne Leatham Allen
Historical LDS Romance
Paperback, 256 Pages
May 12th 2015 by Cedar Fort Publishing & Media


Pulled into a war she doesn't understand, Marieka Cordoven is just a Dutch girl who wouldn't dare resist the Germans. But helping a wounded German soldier- a defector- changes her mind about everything. This tense historical drama delves into the intricacies of the Dutch resistance, its grit to defy orders, and its plan to do what is right.


My Review

The Tulip Resistance is the first book I've read that involved the Dutch Resistance. There were so many countries and people that the Nazis tried to run right over during WWII. These poor people who had their lives completely uprooted and destroyed even though they tried to remain a neutral country. They didn't remain neutral after that, even though most just tried to do what they could to stay out of the way and survive, to protect their families. 

The story follows several characters, including the 16-year-old girl Marieka and her family, as they deal with the occupation of their country. There were several storylines to follow and I think I would have preferred fewer points of view so that I felt more immersed in the story and could connect better with the characters. Much of the conversations felt stilted and the emotional connection I was hoping for just wasn't there. There were plenty of details on their lives and what daily life looked like before and during occupation. Families on the outskirts of the town were safe a little bit longer than those in town until the Germans had found them all. There was also quite a bit about the Dutch Resistance and the story towards the end was more intense as the Resistance, the townspeople, and the Germans fought.

Overall The Tulip Resistance was a story about a family and other Dutch men and women during the German's occupation of their small town. There was desperation, sadness, friendship, family, and hope for a brighter and safer future, and even a little romance.

Content: Some violence, but I would consider this clean.

Source: I would like to thank Cedar Fort for my complimentary copy, which did not affect my review in any way.

About the Author


Lynne Allen grew up in Othello, Washington. She met her husband at Ricks College and they were married in the Idaho Falls Temple. She now lives in Cache Valley, Utah, and has six children. After 25 years of designing cakes professionally, she is now retired and works in the temple. Lynne loves art, drawing, tole painting, oil painting, pastels, sewing quilts, clothes, gardening, and learning anything and everything she can.

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  1. I can definitely see how all the POVs could water things down a bit and make it harder to connect.

  2. Deanne Patterson6/5/15, 4:21 PM

    I read a lovely Christmas WW II book last Christmas time.


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