DAISIES ARE FOREVER by Liz Tolsma
Captivating story. Perfect for young adults. Some of the content is not suitable for younger readers. Good Christian message, interesting story.
Very engaging! Heart-touching! Interesting! Historically-accurate! Good message! Good romance!
From the first chapter, I was captured by this book. I was instantly drawn into the world of the characters within. This new Christian novel by award-winning author Liz Tolsma takes place in war-torn 1940 Germany. Unusually, this book comes from the perspective of innocent German citizens, terrified by the encroaching Russians.
Gisela is of German family but American-born. She is staying at her cousin's home in Germany when news of the Russians impending arrival comes. Gisela takes on the weight of shepherding Ella's two daughters to safety. Thus begins a long, harrowing journey, during which there are welcome- and some not so welcome- additions to their group as well as losses. Liz Tolsma is an excellent author. She captures the attention of the modern reader without sacrificing quality and depth in her literature. I loved the message of faith that the author carefully brings forth in the story.
All in all, this was quite the exciting read!
I would add this note: this book is for the young adult/adult reader. Some of the content would not be suitable for younger or innocent readers. Especially later in the book, there are graphic descriptions of the horrors of assaults of women by the enemy and such. Not too much for a reader over 15. But I just wanted to give a heads up. Also, the romance is deep and could be (perhaps should be?) beyond the less mature reader.
I received this book in exchange for my review through the Litfuse blogging program.
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.