Monday, May 19, 2014

Litfuse Review: Daisies Are Forever by:Liz Tolsma

 Daisies Are Forever
About the Book:
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.


About the Author:
Liz Tolsma has lived in Wisconsin most of her life. She and her husband have a son and two daughters, all adopted internationally. When not busy putting words to paper, Liz enjoys reading, walking, working in her large perennial garden, kayaking, and camping with her family. Visit her at www.liztolsma.com

My Review:
 The war with the Nazis has finally spread to Gisela's neck of the woods as a result she,and many family members, and countless others are fleeing from the enemy to Berlin. Along the way, they are met with situations that is beyond their wildest nightmares, but go on..they must. Gisela feels like she is going to go crazy leaving this way, but with her family, faith, and a handsome young man to occupy her mind, things could possibly get better.

 Mitch comes out of no where, and begins the long trek to safety. He had enlisted in the British Army on a whim and then ended up in a POW camp. He and his friend managed to escape the camp. Now, he walks along side other German refugees and the woman that poses as his wife to save him. Pretty soon, the two of them get to know enough about each other, so much so that they develop feelings for the other. While trying to hold on to each other through the horror of war, will be difficult enough. But can they make it last beyond even that?

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Litfuse Publicity.