Title: Daisies are Forever
Author: Liz Tolsma http://www.liztolsma.com.
Related book(s): Snow on the Tulips by Liz Tolsma
Source: Litfuse litfusegroup.com
Number of pages: 345
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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.
This was the first book that I’ve read of Liz Tolsma’s (though now I am eager to read her book “Snow on the Tulips”!). Let me say, I was not disappointed in the least! This book was just marvelous, truly!
It captured and drew me in right from the start, and I could barely put it now (I rarely did!).
I don’t even know exactly how to say all the goodness of this book. I really, really loved it.
“Daisies are Forever” took you through so many stages, as the characters fled for safety. As I read it, it was almost like being right there with them. It drew me in so much, I could picture each scene so vividly.
The story is beautifully woven, and the characters are flawed and perfection all at once. I loved Gisela and Mitch immediately. And Xavier.
I cannot imagine just how it would’ve been to be in WWII, but this book definitely gives you glimpses into the immense struggles and hardships they faces, as well as the courage and strength they had to have. And the desperation so many had to feel.
If this bok was a picture, it would’ve been painted brilliantly.
I am very impressed and absolutely loved this book.
The ‘redeemed’ moment for Gisela, and Mitch, was well done, and the story leading up to that point was superb.
“Daisies are Forever” has more than a beautiful cover (which it does – I love the cover!), it has a beautiful story within the pages that you are sure to fall in love with and be swept in to.
I would definitely recommend this book to others, especially fans of WWII historical fiction.
Reading WWII fiction is fascinating and you learn there are so many different aspects of it. I loved getting to see it through different angles in this book as well as the book I previously read, “For Such a Time” by Kate Breslin.
They both give such enlightening and well written perspectives of this majorly difficult time in history, each from different view-points!
But yes, I am so glad I had the chance to read and review “Daisies are Forever”, as it has fast become a favourite and one I would re-read!
Note: I received this book for free from the Litfuse group in return for my honest and unbiased review.