Book Review: Snow on The Tulips

7 Nov

SnowTulips-e1378875337964A stranger’s life hangs in the balance. But to save him is to risk everything.

The war is drawing to a close, but the Nazis still occupy part of the Netherlands. After the losses she’s endured, war widow Cornelia is only a shadow of the woman she once was. She fights now to protect her younger brother, Johan, who lives in hiding.

When Johan brings Gerrit Laninga, a wounded Dutch Resistance member, to Cornelia’s doorstep, their  lives are forever altered. Although scared of the consequences of harboring a wanted man, Cornelia’s faith won’t let her turn him out.

As she nurses Gerrit back to health, she is drawn to his fierce passion and ideals, and notices a shift within herself. Gerrit’s intensity challenges her, making her want to live fully, despite the fear that constrains her. When the opportunity to join him in the Resistance presents itself, Cornelia must summon every ounce of courage imaginable.

She is as terrified of loving Gerrit as she is of losing him. But as the winter landscape thaws, so too does her heart. Will she get a second chance at true love? She fears their story will end before it even begins.

LTolsma-178Liz Tolsma has lived in Wisconsin most of her life, and she now resides next to a farm field with her husband, their son, and their two daughters. Add a dog and a cat to that mix and there’s always something going on at their house. She’s spent time teaching second grade, writing advertising for a real estate company, and working as a church secretary, but she always dreamed of becoming an author. She’d love to have you visit her at http://www.liztolsma.com.

My Impressions:

Inspired by real events, Snow on The Tulips by Liz Tolsma illustrates the fear, sacrifice and heroism surrounding the German occupation of The Netherlands during WWII. Beautifully written, the novel features very believable characters struggling with living under the oppressive regime of an occupying force. The deprivation and desperation of the times is brightened by the shining faith of God’s people. Looking for a good book? Then Snow on The Tulips is definitely for you.

Corrie is a young woman struggling to keep her remaining family safe in the last days of WWII. When an injured resistance fighter is brought home by her brother, Corrie must make a decision that could spell disaster for her family and community.

I loved how Tolsma portrayed the struggle between personal survival and doing right. Many chose to submit to the authorities believing that is what God was calling them to do. Others made decisions based solely on keeping themselves secure. And others, convicted that evil must be confronted and fought, risked everything in the face of terror and death. Realistic and complex, the characters touched my heart. Snow on The Tulips is also a richly detailed and researched novel. Life under occupation came to life for this reader.

If you are a fan of historical novels, especially those set during WWII, then this book is for you. But for me, Snow on The Tulips transcends the genre and will appeal to all who love a great story.

Highly Recommended.

Great For Book Clubs.

(Thanks to LitFuse for a copy of Snow on The Tulips. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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Liz Tolsma’s Snow on the Tulips is already a favorite with critics and readers alike. Award-winning author Sarah Sundin had this to say about the book: “A splendid debut novel! With a tender romance, a gripping plot, and a well-researched setting, Snow on the Tulips drew me in to the harrowing uncertainty of life in the Netherlands under Nazi rule. Liz Tolsma’s beautiful story kept me up at night—not just wondering what would happen to her endearing characters, but wondering what I would do in similar circumstances. Do not miss this book!”

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