Tuesday, May 20, 2014

"Daisies are Forever" by Liz Tolsma

About this book:

  “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.

 Series: Book #2 in the stand-alone series “Women of Courage”. {I have not read book #1, “Snow on Tulips”.}

Spiritual Content- John 16:33 & Psalm 106:10 in the beginning; Scriptures are quoted; Many Prayers are said; Talks about God, His Will, Trusting Him & why He allows things to happen; Gisela has to learn to let go and let God.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: three forms ‘biddy’; Many, many blood parts (most are detailed);  Almost every-other-page mentions a dead person or someone dies; Guns are shot and pointed at.

Sexual Content- When the Mongol-Russians come Gisela says that they’ll “kill some of us and rape the others”; Gisela hears the screams and cries of women being raped; “She would never experience the joy of the marriage bed…with all she had” Gisela almost gets raped, it gets to the point where the pig tears about her blouse; Kisses (all not-detailed to semi-detailed)

-Gisela Cramer
-Mitch Edwards
                                   P.O.V. switches between them, Kurt, & Audra
                                              Set in 1945 (Epilogue set in 1946)
                                                        333 pages

 Pre, New, Early High School Teens-
Older High School Teens-
My personal Rating-

While I thought this was a fine book, the topic of girls being raped is just too sensitive & something I don’t want to think about. Therefore, that sexual content made “Daisies are Forever” get lower stars.  

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

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.

 See y'all tomorrow for another review!
*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Publisher (Thomas Nelson) for this review.

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