Sunday, May 25, 2014
DAISIES ARE FOREVER
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.
New York Times best-selling author Liz Tolsma is the author of Daisies are Forever, Snow on the Tulips, and the contributing author of A Log Cabin Christmas. When not busy putting words to paper, Liz enjoys reading, walking, working in her large perennial garden, kayaking, and camping. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband and children, all adopted internationally.
Connect with Liz: website, Facebook, Twitter
If you enjoy reading about WWII this book is a must read. Tolsma describes the setting and the characters perfectly and her writing style puts you right in the midst of what's going on.
"Daisies are Forever" is suspenseful, gripping, story about refugees fleeing from the war. The author's description of the events, the refugees, and their situations shows she did her research well. Gisela must get to Berlin where she believes is a safe place for her family. Little does she know what she is about to encounter is mortifying.
This is one that will stick with you for a while. Definitely a 5 star read!
I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.