Sunday, May 25, 2014

Book Review: Daisies are Forever

Daisies are Forever takes place in Germany during World War II.  This is a story of a young American, Gisela Cramer, who is living in Germany, where her family originally resided.  She has already had to run because of Russian soldiers and is having to do it again. 
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Gisela must hold on to hope and love despite all odds in the midst of a war-torn country. 

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. 

I truly enjoyed this book.  I enjoyed the love story as I typically do, but this time I also enjoyed the historical references.  The author based this book on research of a young woman from 1945 who escaped Russian troops much as Gisela does in the book.  She also based this story on an aunt and the stories she told of surviving the bombing raids, Russian troops and other war trials.  In fact, after finishing this book, I caught a documentary on Hitler in which the youth camps that are mentioned in the book were discussed, which impressed me even more with the author and her attention to historical accuracy.  

I've always been a fan of historical fiction, but this is one of the first set later in time (World War 2) that I truly couldn't put down.  Maybe it's because I'm a homeschooling mom now, but this was such a great read plus I couldn't wait to see how life worked out for Gisela.  I think I would definitely read another book from Liz Tolsma.  This is one I definitely encourage you to check out if you enjoy historical fiction, especially faith based.

About the author: 

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. 
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Disclosure : I received this book free from Thomas Nelson through Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review, the opinions expressed above are my own.

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