Friday, May 23, 2014

Daisies are Forever by Liz Tolsma








Title:  Daisies are Forever
Author:  Liz Tolsma
Pages:  333
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
This is a stirring story set in 1945 near the end of WWII, beginning in East Prussia and ending in Berlin.  The main female character, Gisela Cramer, is a young, American woman born to German parents.  Her father wanted to return to Germany because he had heard the economy was better in Germany in the 1930s.  The main male character, Mitch Edwards, is an escaped British POW on the run from German soldiers.  The two meet while on the road to escape the ever-advancing Russian Army.
Gisela thinks she has let down everyone in her life that has ever trusted her such as her sister, her cousins, her grandfather and another cousin.  She thinks she has to save everyone thereafter.  Before being forced to leave her precious grandfather and cousin Ella behind, Ella entrusts Gisela with the lives of her two young daughters.  Gisela promises to take care of them and get them to safety.  An unbelievably difficult journey of survival ensues.  She meets Mitch, who is in danger of being discovered as a POW, and claims he is her husband.  This binds them together as they travel as they must continue their ruse.  As they encounter trial after trial, they both realize how much they need the other.  Is this true love or a need born out of desperation?
Mitch and his best friend from childhood have escaped a German POW camp.  They are masquerading as German soldiers, wearing German uniforms.  However, their knowledge of the German language is limited and their pronunciation of German with a British accent gives them away as the enemy.  Gisela asks them not to talk as it puts their whole group at risk of discovery.  Mitch holds himself responsible for getting some of his fellow soldiers killed and captured by leading them right into the enemy’s hands.  He just wants to get back to the Allied lines and fight for his country to make his father proud and earn his approval.  As he must depend on Gisela to do most of the talking, he begins to discover what a wonderful woman God has placed in his life.  Unfortunately, there is someone else who wants her too and he is not above sly deception to try to capture Gisela’s affection.
I can so relate to Gisela and Mitch’s struggle with guilt and shame as I think we all can.  Thankfully, they as well as I realize that believers are forgiven by our heavenly Father.  We are transformed.  I so enjoyed their romance and how they allowed God to be part of their relationship.  It is so much stronger for it.  The author’s great descriptions really brought to life the extreme struggles endured just to stay alive and the sacrifices made.  I have read both of Liz’s books and have enjoyed both immensely.  I am eagerly looking forward to her next novel! 
My rating is 5 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/.  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457


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