Sunday, May 18, 2014

Daisies are Forever by Liz Tolsma

Daisies Are ForeverBook Description:
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.

My Thoughts
This was a good historical book.  Set in WWII Germany, Gisela is an American escaping Germany to safety.  Mitch is a British POW who is also trying to get to freedom.  Ella (Gisela's cousin) is a nurse and can't leave but sends her daughters with Gisela to safety.  Gisela and Mitch pose as a couple, but within the group there are those who question Mitch's identity.  Add to it, they must stay alive in a war zone to safety.
The author did a great job of making you feel like you were back in the middle of a war!  The main characters were written great, and so were the secondary ones.  Several of the secondary characters are intriguing and almost as important as the 2 main characters.  I did enjoy all of the suspense throughout the book. There was romance as well and plenty of tension, but the romance was realistic.  The journey wasn't easy or quick but the complexity of the characters made the whole thing more intriguing.
This is a 4/5.  It was a good 'in the moment' book.

Thank you to the publisher/author for the review copy of this book (via litfuse).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinion stated above is 100% mine.

Daisies are Forever Liz Tolsma


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