Saturday, July 23, 2016

Snow on the Tulips


GIVEAWAY

TOLSMA, LIZ
SNOW ON THE TULIPS

A stranger's life hangs in the balance. But save him is to risk everything.

The war is drawing to a close, but the Nazis still occupy part of the Netherlands. After the losses she's endured, war widow Cornelia is only a shadow of the woman she once was. She fights now to protect her younger brother, Johan, who lives in hiding.

When Johan brings Gerrit Laninga, a wounded Dutch Resistance member, to Cornelia's doorstep, their lives are forever altered. Although scared of the consequences of harboring a wanted man, Cornelia's faith won't let her turn him out.

As she nurses Gerrit back to health, she is drawn to his fierce passion and ideals, and notices a shift within herself. Gerrit's intensity challenges her, making her want to live fully, despite the fear that constrains her. When the opportunity to join him in the Resistance presents itself, Cornelia must summon every ounce of courage imaginable.

She is as terrified of loving Gerrit as she is of losing him. But as the winter landscapes thaws, so too does her heart. Will she get a second chance at true love? She fears their story will end before it even begins.

My Review:

Gripping from the very first sentence. There are heart-in-your-throat scenes that will leave you gasping for breath. The brutality of war -- the senseless slaughter of humanity -- all play a role as this story unfolds.

Life is fraught with danger and uncertainty during wartime and no one knows that better than Cornelia. Something died inside her the day her husband was killed by German soldiers. It's all she can do to go through the motions of living. Trying to control what is left of her shattered life, she retreats, willing to wait until the end of the war before she starts to live again. And then her brother brings home a wounded Resistance fighter.

Gerrit is motivated by a deep sense of duty and justice. A risk-taker, willing to do whatever he can to fight for his country. Recovering from a bullet wound keeps him trapped in Cornelia's home and the two are thrown together in tight quarters where their opposing views act like tinder to a flame. Yet as they battle, something else ignites -- the kind of deep feelings that are dangerous to nurture during wartime.

I love how they both grow from the challenge of their relationship. Gerrit softens a bit, leans more deeply into his faith. Cornelia struggles with her fear and I truly appreciate this part of the story. So often we read about larger than life characters who seem to be born heroes. Cornelia is just plain scared and yet she is willing to follow where her faith leads.

A captivating, page-turner of a read.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

 If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of  Snow on the Tulips please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday July 24 2016. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

24 comments:

  1. Such a beautiful review, Kav! Another book to add to the must read list! ;)

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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  2. Thanks for all the new authors more to read. cheetahthecat1986@gmail.com

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    1. It's an never ending dilemma, isn't it, Kim? Good luck.

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  3. Not only do the synopsis and your review captivate me, but the cover is so luring! I can't wait to get my hands on this!
    J.C. -Indiana-

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    1. Yes, it's a great cover, isn't it? Good luck, J.C.

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  4. This series sound so good! And the cover on those books are simply amazing :)
    WWII is such an interesting background for any story. This one of the darkest time in the history, yet we want to learn more.
    Thanks for this retro giveaway!

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    1. Hopefully we can learn from history's mistakes! Good luck, Samantha.

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  5. Thank you, Kav, for another great review!

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    1. You're welcome, Melanie. Good luck!

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  6. Great review! Now I want to read this book! lelandandbeckyatreagandotcom

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    1. It's awesome. Good luck, Becky!

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  7. We must never forget. Painful as these stories may be, God and hope will always remain in our hearts.My TBR list is about to explode.
    Dblaser(at)windstream(dot)net

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    1. Yes -- we must remember and being able to feel the emotions of the characters really makes it more memorable as compared to reading from a textbook. Good luck with that exploding list, Diane! And with the draw!

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  8. I read one of Liz's other books and really enjoyed it. I've been wanting to read Snow on the Tulips. Thanks for the chance to win it.

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  9. Fantastic review, Kav! I would love to read this one.

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  10. Sounds like a great book!! :)
    rosebudsinjune at gmail dot com

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  11. Sounds like another one to add to my must read list! d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

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    1. It definitely is. Good luck, Donna.

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  12. What a emotionally gripping review Kav! I've heard a lot of great things about this book,it's going on my TBR pile :-)

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