Thursday, May 22, 2014

D is for Daisies Are Forever, by Liz Tolsma (a book review)

About the book:

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.

What I thought of the book:

I enjoy reading historical books. One of my favorite time periods seems to be World War II.

Daisies Are Forever gave me a new perspective on World War II. I've never thought much about the destruction Berlin underwent. This was an absorbing read. I found myself on the edge of my seat many times, anxious to find what would come next.

A couple weeks ago, our local PBS station had a program talking about the destruction of Berlin. It brought the book to life.

If you enjoy history, I am sure you will also enjoy this book.

 About Liz Tolsma

“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.

Find out more about Liz at

Disclosure: I received a free review copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity in order to give you my honest opinion.
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