Book Review: “Remember the Lilies” by Liz Tolsma

February 20, 2015 at 4:45 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Liz Tolsma in her new book “Remember the Lilies book coverRemember the Lilies” Book Three in the Women Of Courage series published by Thomas Nelson brings us into the lives of Rand Sterling and Irene Reynolds  in 1943.

From the back cover:   How will two very different people find love—and survive the impossible circumstances of war?

In 1941 Rand Sterling was a wealthy, womanizing club owner and an American of note among ex-pats and locals alike. Now two years later, Rand is just another civilian prisoner of war—one whose planned escape from the Santo Tomas Internment Camp could put him and others in grave danger.

Irene Reynolds grew up as a missionary kid in the Philippine jungle. Now she works for the paranoid Japanese authorities, delivering censored messages to the other American prisoners in Santo Tomas.

When Irene’s negligence leads to Rand’s failed escape attempt, Rand is sent to the torture chambers of Fort Santiago—and Irene suffers under the weight of her guilt. Yet when she crosses paths with Rand again after his unexpected return to the camp, something more than mere survival draws the unlikely pair together.

As life in Manila becomes more and more desperate, and another threatening letter finds its way from Irene’s hands to Rand’s, the reluctant couple struggles to find a way to stay alive . . . and to keep their growing feelings for each other from compromising the safety of everyone around them.

Sad to say that there is more to war besides tanks and bombs and men shooting guns against the men on the other side. There are the internment camps. Ms. Tolsma has done what seems a huge amount of research to bring us this story and it pays off dramatically. History, romance, drama and suspense all bundled together into one very entertaining story.  Wow, what people had to endure because of the war, it is incredible.  This is a story about how individuals can determine the course for the many, either for the bad or the good.  Rand and Irene are wonderfully crafted characters that we draw very close to and root for them to succeed.   “Remember the Lilies” 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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