Saturday, February 7, 2015

Remember the Lilies by Liz Tolsma Blog Tour & Book Review + Giveaway

Disclosure of material connection- I received a copy  of the book from the publisher via Litfuse Group in exchange for my honest thoughts.  i was not required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are 100% my own.

About the book-

Irene and Rand come from very different walks of life. Will they find common ground in their fight to survive? 

Irene has grown up in the jungle as a missionary with her Aunt Anita, but now she and countless others are imprisoned by Japanese soldiers at the Santo Tomas Internment Camp in the Philippines. Irene and her aunt are safe there, and she keeps busy with her duty of delivering censored messages to the camp’s prisoners, but like everyone else, she prays for the war to end and for her freedom. Rand is a wealthy, womanizing American, whose attempted escape from the internment camp has put himself and others in danger. When Rand and Irene’s Aunt Anita meet one another in the hospital, Irene learns more of his story and her heart is determined to save his family. But the danger outside the walls of the hospital worsens every day, and life in this exotic place is anything but luxurious. Can Irene find Rand’s family before they disappear forever? And can a humble missionary woman and an arrogant man find common ground in the face of their biggest fears?

My thoughts-

Remember the Lilies is set in an internment camp in the Philippines where many people are being held prisoner by the Japanese during the war. I have read a lot of historical fiction, I would even venture to say it is my go-to genre, but it isn't often that I have come across a novel that is set in a prison camp. The beginning of the story introduces us to Rand and lays out his womanizing, money loving character right away. Soon after we meet Irene, who is quite different from Rand but there is just something about her that holds his attention. The book focuses on the time they both spend in the camp and many of the situations they may have been in as prisoners. Tolsma does a good job of giving us an idea what an internment camp might have been like without being overly descriptive of some of the more horrible things written about. I thought the story unfolding between Irene and Rand was as lovely as it could be in such a stressful environment and I also enjoyed the voice of reason in Anita. There are a few really tense situations throughout the book, but this could not be an accurate portrayal of war or prison camp without them. This is the 3rd book my Tolsma that I have read and I plan to read the next as soon as it comes out! I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in history or enjoys historical fiction.

About the author-

New York Times best-selling author Liz Tolsma is the author ofDaisies are ForeverSnow 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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Help Liz celebrate the release of Remember the Lilies with a Kindle Fire giveaway!


One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • One copy of Remember the Lilies
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 2/19. Winner will be announced at Liz's Remember the Lilies Facebook author chat party. RSVP for a chance to connect with Liz and WWII fiction fans, as well as for a chance to win some great prizes!   

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