Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Remember the Lilies by Liz Tolsma Book Review

22440548 Remember the Lilies 

By Liz Tolsma 

Review by Bethany  
Book Description:
"Irene and Rand come from very different walks of life. Will they find common ground in their fight to survive?

Irene has grown up in the jungle as a missionary with her Aunt Anita, but now she and countless others are imprisoned by Japanese soldiers at the Santo Tomas Internment Camp in the Philippines. Irene and her aunt are safe there, and she keeps busy with her duty of delivering censored messages to the camp’s prisoners, but like everyone else, she prays for the war to end and for her freedom. Rand is a wealthy, womanizing American, whose attempted escape from the internment camp has put himself and others in danger. When Rand and Irene’s Aunt Anita meet one another in the hospital, Irene learns more of his story and her heart is determined to save his family. But the danger outside the walls of the hospital worsens every day, and life in this exotic place is anything but luxurious. Can Irene find Rand’s family before they disappear forever? And can a humble missionary woman and an arrogant man find common ground in the face of their biggest fears?"

Book Review

I've been a big fan of Liz Tolsma's previous two novels, and was very excited for the release of her newest novel, Remember the Lilies! While it wasn't my favorite of her novels, I still really enjoyed this sweet war time novel, and would highly recommend it!

Liz Tolsma just has a way with war-time novels. This is certainly what spiked my interest in her novels, and after reading her first one I was immediately on the look-out for more of her novels; and read them as soon as they were released. You can definitely tell that this time period is her forte, and it shows through her writing! Her characters are always so strong and honorable, and the stories are always so sweet and tender - and this novel is no exception! She just has a certain ability to so tenderly display the time period, and the people who lived during them on the page, in a way that moves and inspires.

All in all, this was a very good read. The romance was sweet yet clean, and the story was exciting and had meaning. The characters were strong and very exemplary, and you felt as if you knew them. Any fans of WWII fiction should get their hands on this book!

D I S C L A I M E R :: I received a complementary copy of Remember the Lilies from the publisher, for the sole purpose of this review. All thoughts expressed are completely my own unbiased opinion, and I was not paid in any way to promote this book.

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