World War II has been a very literate period of time with both fiction and non-fiction publications. I have read several fictional offerings with a World War II setting and found most of them fascinating. The stories of sacrifice are amazing. Snow on the Tulips by Liz Tolsma, is not an exception. I found the book riveting, right up to the end.
Cornelia was a young woman whose husband was killed on the first day when war broke out in the Netherlands. The story covers the few months just before the Canadians came in to liberate the Dutch state of Friesland. I think one of the main points of the story was the dichotomy between people who believed that a person should obey the state in all situations and those who believed that it is important to protect those that the state is abusing.
Cornelia’s brother-in-law, Piet, was a believer in always following the law and he went willingly with the Nazis to a camp. He did not even try to hide. Cornelia chooses to shelter and nurse a young man who was a Dutch resistor who survived a Nazi execution. The book gives a reader much to think about. I definitely came down on the side of those who were sheltering Jewish people and helping the Dutch Resistance.
Other than Corrie ten Boom’s story I have not read much about the Dutch during World War II so this was interesting. I had not realized that when Hitler’s Blitzkrieg rolled across the border the Dutch army rode against them on bicycles. Obviously, it was not a fair fight. I also respected the stubbornness and determination that the Dutch people exhibited, against all odds.
Snow on the Tulips is a book based on characters in the author’s family. It is a fascinating book, definitely worth reading. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
The war is drawing to a close, but the Nazis still occupy part of the Netherlands. After the losses she's endured, war widow Cornelia is only a shadow of the woman she once was. She fights now to protect her younger brother, Johan, who lives in hiding.
About the Book
When Johan brings Gerrit Laninga, a wounded Dutch Resistance member, to Cornelia's doorstep, their lives are forever altered. Although scared of the consequences of harboring a wanted man, Cornelia's faith won't let her turn him out.
As she nurses Gerrit back to health, she is drawn to his fierce passion and ideals, and notices a shift within herself. Gerrit's intensity challenges her, making her want to live fully, despite the fear that constrains her. When the opportunity to join him in the Resistance presents itself, Cornelia must summon every ounce of courage imaginable.
She is as terrified of loving Gerrit as she is of losing him. But as the winter landscape thaws, so too does her heart. Will she get a second chance at true love? She fears their story will end before it even begins.
About the Author
Liz Tolsma has lived in Wisconsin most of her life, and she now resides next to a farm field with her husband, their son, and their two daughters. Add a dog and a cat to that mix and there's always something going on at their house. She's spent time teaching second grade, writing advertising for a real estate company, and working as a church secretary, but she always dreamed of becoming an author.
She'd love to have you visit her at http://www.liztolsma.com.
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