In the final days of Nazi Germany, the strength of one woman’s heart will determine the fate of a family.
The fall of the Third Reich is imminent. As the merciless Red Army advances from the East, the German people of Prussia await the worst.
Among them is twenty-year-old Gisela Cramer, an American living in Heiligenbeil with her cousin Ella and their ailing grandfather. When word arrives that the Russians will invade overnight, Ella urges Gisela to escape to Berlin—and take Ella’s two small daughters with her.
The journey is miserable and relentless. But when Gisela hears the British accent of a phony SS officer, she poses as his wife to keep him safe among the indignant German refugees. In the blink of an eye, Mitch Edwards and Gisela are Herr and Frau Josep Cramer.
Through their tragic and difficult journey, the fabricated couple strives to protect Ella’s daughters, hoping against hope for a reunion. But even as Gisela and Mitch develop feelings beyond the make–believe, the reality of war terrorizes their makeshift family.
With the world at its darkest, and the lives of two children at stake, the counterfeit couple finds in each other a source of faith, hope, and the love they need to survive.
“Tolsma isn't afraid to detail the horrors of war as she depicts how tragedies can be obstacles to one's Christian beliefs.” —Romantic Times, 4-star review
“[Daisies Are Forever] is a compelling and fast-paced tale about the atrocities and tremendous losses endured by those marked forever by World War II. Recommended for fans of Rosamunde and Robin Pilcher, Kate Morton, and historical romances.” —Library Journal
“Excellent storytelling, accurate historical reporting and gritty, persevering characters make this WWII-era novel a must-read.” —CBA Retailers + Resources
Includes Reading Group Guide
|Release Date||May 6, 2014|
- Review by Barbara
For this novel, Ms. Tolsma’s inspiration for the first part of the book comes from a quote by Ruth Savine Hildegard Lippert, seventeen years old in February of 1945. She led a group of ten people on a four week flight from East Prussia to Berlin to avoid the advancing Russian army. The second part of the book draws on the experiences of Ms. Tolsma’s Aunt Lillian. Lillian was born in the United States to parents of German descent. They returned to Germany in the 1930’s where they spent most of the war in Berlin.
This book follows Gisela Cramer, her two nieces, three elderly neighbors and eventually a downed British flyer, as they make their way south to Berlin and supposed safety. I could not imagine the trials they went through as they slogged through snow and ice in 20 below temperatures. Fellow Germans were ready to turn in deserters and anyone else opposed to the Reich accosted the frequently, and Russian planes strafed the poor women, children, and elderly as they fled to safety. This novel portrayed the German people at the end of the war as they tried to survive starvation, Allied attacks and the Russian army as it entered Berlin and savaged the survivors. We get a glimpse of the other side of the war.
This was an excellent book and I enjoyed reading it as much as I did the other novels by Liz Tolsma. The fact that this book was based on real survivors’ stories made it all the more fascinating. I downloaded a free Kindle copy from NetGalley.com in return for my honest review. You can find this review on my blog at http://wp.me/p2pjIt-e6, on Good Reads at https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1184269518 and on Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/review/R2WQVVD9FRUQXQ.
(Posted on 1/29/2015)