March 7, 2015

Remember the Lilies

"Covering her mouth with her hand, she made a mad dash for the safety and security of the Main Building. Funny that it would be a haven for her now when most of the time it was a prison."

I’ve just completed reading another book by Liz Tolsma. Remember the Lilies is book 3 in a 3-book series that takes place during WWII.

If you haven’t read the first two books of the series, Snow on the Tulips, and Daisies are Forever, have no fear—all three books make wonderful, full-bodied stand-alones!

The symbolism in this story is so beautiful, and the theme is present throughout the entire book. (A plus!) Most of us already know that lilies symbolize purity and innocence, and in this story, they take on a Christian meaning—forgiveness, acceptance, and cleaning up our souls. Rand and Irene’s secrets and fears tend to keep them apart and hinder them from finding true peace in themselves and the world around them. They look for fulfillment, acceptance, and importance in the wrong places, leading them down the wrong paths in life. I’m pleased with the characters growth and the influence they carry.

Remember the Lilies quickly drew me in because the main characters, as well as the secondary characters are so easy to relate to. I, and others in my life, have similar qualities, which made them all the more real.

Remember the Lilies draws from the atrocities and victories of World War II and carries much more than just entertainment value. It shares a message of hope, forgiveness, and redemption. As with all of Liz Tolsma’s works, this is memorable.

Added bonuses in the back of the book: A Note From The Author gives history of Santo Tomas and fascinating details about the people who were imprisoned there. Also a Reading Group Guide with valuable, thought provoking questions, a gracious Acknowledgements page, cover pages to Ms. Tolsma’s other books, and an excerpt and cover page from Kristy Cambron’s lovely book, The Butterfly and the Violin. (I’ve read and reviewed The Butterfly and the Violin here.)

If you like Historical Fiction with elements of romance and Christianity, you’ll enjoy this book. As for me—it’s going on my keeper shelf alongside my other Liz Tolsma books.

5 Stars

Cover: Love it
Title: Love it
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pages: 384
Pace: Steady
First lines (Chapter One): For almost two years, Rand Sterling had stared at the heavy iron bars that trapped him in this prison. The clanging of the iron gates behind him all that time ago continued to ring in his ears. Just the thought of it dampened his hands.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a Review Copy from the publisher through BookLook and NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The options I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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