Saturday, February 7, 2015

"Remember the Lilies" by Liz Tolsma

This new book by Liz Tolsma is set in the Santo Tomas Internment Camp, which was set up by the Japanese after Pearl Harbor was bombed. The story follows Irene Reynolds and Rand Sterling, and shows a glimpse of what it was like inside the camp. 

Irene Reynolds had been a missionary, but was now interred in Santo Tomas Internment Camp, a prisoner of war. But, she was given a job that gave her access to many of the other prisoners, that of censoring their mail. One of the other prisoners was Rand Sterling. He had nightclubs on the outside and wanted to get back to running them. What to do? Plan an escape, of course. Failure was not an option as torture would be in his future if he did. He didn't plan on anyone "doctoring" his mail, but Irene did. How did her changes affect his plan? What would happen if she were found out for removing the information and Rand's plan was exposed? Open this book and enter a world where prisoners fought hard to stay alive and sane.

This book is really good. Ms.Tolsma certainly knows how to weave her story, bringing actual events to life with a story line that makes sense. It is not a fun, beach-read, but rather a book to make you think. If you like stories based on history, you will definitely like the book. I also think it would make a good book for discussion groups. I received my review copy from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

Book info
About the book:

Remember the Lilies (Thomas Nelson, February 2015)

Can Irene and Rand stave off starvation until the American troops bring freedom?

Interred by the Japanese, missionary Irene Reynolds comes across a mysterious note while working at the censor's office. She memorizes the parts she must black out and delivers it to wealthy nightclub owner Rand Sterling. Before she knows what's happening, she's drawn into a web of secrets and danger.

Rand Sterling wants nothing more than to reopen his nightclubs once the war ends. But slimy Frank Covey wants his hand in the till---and has news that could threaten Rand's reputation if it became public. More importantly, beautiful and intriguing Irene Reynolds cannot discover this information if he expects to persuade her to become his wife.
When Irene is attacked by a sinister Japanese guard and their secrets are exposed, they must learn the true meaning of forgiveness---if they can stave off starvation untilthe American troops bring freedom.
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About the author:
New York Times best-selling author Liz Tolsma is the author ofDaisies are ForeverSnow on the Tulips, and the contributing author of A Log Cabin Christmas. When not busy putting words to paper, Liz enjoys reading, walking, working in her large perennial garden, kayaking, and camping. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband and children, all adopted internationally.

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