Monday, March 23, 2015

Remember The Lilies by Liz Tolsma

Remember the LiliesSeries: Women of Courage #3
Author: Liz Tolsma
Publication: February 3, 2015
By: Thomas Nelson  
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4 Stars 

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?

 *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

This was my first Liz Tolsma book, and while I'm not a huge fan of war stories or even historical fiction, I enjoyed it. (The cover is what originally captured my attention.)

Well-written and beautifully told, I liked how the elements of faith and love were woven throughout the story. The torture was depicted in such a way that the reader gets a visual without the gore. The romance that blossoms wasn't instant or easy. Nor was it far fetched or unbelievable. It felt authentic and real. And in spite of the war aspects, the ending left me with a sense of hope. 

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