Book Review: “Daisies Are Forever” by Liz Tolsma

May 26, 2014 at 4:42 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Liz Tolsma in her new book “Daisies Are Forever book coverDaisies Are Forever” Book Two in the Women Of Courage series published by Thomas Nelson brings us into the life of Gisela Cramer in 1945.

From the back cover:   In the final days of Nazi Germany, the strength of one woman’s heart will determine the fate of a family.

Prussia, 1945

The fall of the Third Reich is imminent. As the merciless Red Army advances from the East, the German people of Prussia await the worst.

Among them is twenty-year-old Gisela Cramer, an American living in Heiligenbeil with her cousin Ella and their ailing grandfather. When word arrives that the Russians will invade overnight, Ella urges Gisela to escape to Berlin—and take Ella’s two small daughters with her.

The journey is miserable and relentless. But when Gisela hears the British accent of a phony SS officer, she poses as his wife to keep him safe among the indignant German refugees. In the blink of an eye,  Mitch Edwards and Gisela are Herr and Frau Joseph Cramer.

Through their tragic and difficult journey, the fabricated couple strives to protect Ella’s daughters, hoping against hope for a reunion. But even as Gisela and Mitch develop feelings beyond the make–believe, the reality of war terrorizes their makeshift family.

With the world at its darkest, and the lives of two children at stake, the counterfeit couple finds in each other a source of faith, hope, and the love they need to survive.

History, romance, family drama and suspense all bundled together into one very entertaining story.  What makes this story even more interesting is that the characters are not only based on real-life events they are also based on real-life individuals one of whom is related to the author.  Wow, what people had to endure because of the war, it is incredible.  Gisela is on the run from the Russians and is trying to take her family home.  Mitch is about to get killed but Gisela saves him.  Now they are trying to keep their little band alive as they make they way, however possible, across Europe.  This is a story about how individuals can determine the course for the many, either for the bad or the good.  Gisela and Mitch are wonderfully crafted characters that we draw very close to and root for them to succeed.   “Daisies Are Forever” is a wonderful, interesting story with power and depth that will keep you flipping pages.  I recommend this book highly and I do look forward to the next book from this highly talented author.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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