Snow on the Tulips  -     By: Liz Tolsma
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Thomas Nelson / 2013 / Paperback

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In the twilight of the Nazi occupation of The Netherlands, the Germans have taken everything Cornelia had to give, even what was most precious to her. Now Gerrit Laninga-a man who puts God and country above all else-arrives at her house, needing help. She is terrified for herself and terrified for her family, but most of all, terrified of the pain she might feel again if she allows herself to love Gerrit. Her hope is to be free from her paralyzing fear.

Gerrit is a known and hunted Dutch Resistance member. When he comes to Cornelia's home for shelter, he's drawn to her strength and kindness. When he asks her to contact the local Resistance on his behalf, she refuses. Gerrit is determined to find a way to continue his underground work without putting Cornelia or her family in harm's way.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1401689108
ISBN-13: 9781401689100
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A stranger’s life hangs in the balance. But to 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  ives 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 landscape 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.

Author Bio

Liz Tolsma has lived in Wisconsin most of her life and now resides next to a farm field with her husband and their two daughters. Her novella, Under His Wings, appeared in the New York Times bestselling collection, A Log Cabin Christmas. Her debut novel, Snow on the Tulips, released in August of 2013 and was a 2014 Selah Award finalist and a 2014 Carol Award finalist. Daisies Are Forever released in May 2014.

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  1. Lady Lisa
    MA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Intriguing WWII novel
    May 27, 2014
    Lady Lisa
    MA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I found this book to be an intriguing WWII novel to read. I can tell the author went to great lengths to cover the historical accuracy of the time period. I really liked the plot and Christian themes so I would give it five stars for that. But I felt like there was an overall lack of character development. Sadly, I couldn't seem to get a real good connection with who the characters were (other than with their hardships). The reading flow seemed kind of choppy too. Also a wee bit depressing, but to be expected from a WWII novel. I don't like to criticize (as I can't write a novel worth a darn anyways), but I am Just giving an honest opinion. Overall I would still recommend it for anyone who wants to read an interesting WWII novel.
  2. Britt98
    Grand Prairie, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Beautiful, Heartfelt, and Deeply Moving Story
    May 14, 2014
    Britt98
    Grand Prairie, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Wow! I think the cover of Snow on the Tulips is breathtaking, moving, and utterly beautiful. And now that I have read the book, I can say that the story inside the cover is equally so! What a wonderful book!

    The story is set in the Netherlands during WWII and is based on a combination of two true stories passed down through the author's family. Snow on the Tulips touched my heart deeply. Then, reading afterward that it was based on real events made it even more special to me.

    The characters in Snow on the Tulips feel so very real to me. Cornelia has experienced horrible pain in her life. Widowed four years earlier, she carries that pain around with her fear. Gerrit fights to undermine the Nazi's and weaken them, hoping to clear the way for the Allies to save their people. When Gerrit and Cornelia's paths cross and it is up to Cornelia to help save Gerrit, will she be able to put aside her fear and do what needs to be done?

    One of the things I enjoyed about this book is that the decisions that the characters had to make were not “cut and dried”. Meaning, the choice was not necessarily an easy or clear one. The decision to face danger and try to help the Resistance was not an easy one to make. The characters had to weigh when to hide themselves away and when to put themselves out there to help others.

    Another very interesting part of this book was the side story of Anki and Piet. Piet believed in following the laws of the land and never lying. This included doing whatever the Nazi's set as a law, and he would not lie to protect people who were breaking the Nazi's law. Piet believed that he was following God's commands. These wonderful moral dilemmas are discussed throughout the book. When is it okay to lie?

    One of the most wonderful things about this book is the beautiful love story that develops between Cornelia and Gerrit. Cornelia lost her husband so tragically and believes she will never love another. When she begins to have feelings for Gerrit, the fact that he routinely puts his life in danger is very scary for her. She can't comprehend loving another man and then losing him. It is such a sweet love story.

    I would recommend this book to those who are interested in a truly unique telling of a story from WWII, that is laced with a love story that will touch your heart.
  3. LovetoRead
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Really enjoyed this book!
    February 5, 2014
    LovetoRead
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I had been looking forward to reading this book. It definitely did not disappoint. I would especially recommend it to anyone who loves reading books set during World War II.

    Can't wait for the next book in the series!
  4. Lala
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    So Good, But So Emotional!
    December 26, 2013
    Lala
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Snow on the Tulips is a beautiful story, but it is very emotionally in depth. This book is definitely not for the light of heart, but when finishing it a reader can look back an be in awe of the people who inspired the actual characters written!

    From the beginning I really felt I could relate to Cornelia with her wanting to stay safely tucked in her home and not acknowledging the fear that secretly gripped her heart. As she grew, healed, and let go throughout her journey she slowly became the woman God created her to be all along: Brave and courageous.

    My favorite quote from this novel that really defines the overall growth of the characters (and the story as a whole) is "Courage is not a feeling. Courage is an action." Spoken from one of the main characters, it really shapes the whole story for Cornelia and the sweet victory she receives. To get there though, there is a lot of suspense and of course romance endeavors as well as some hard-headness that the reader has to go through first!

    Overall, I really enjoyed this novel and was truly inspired. After closing the book I reflected on my own life and how fear is holding me back from living for God. I recommend Snow on the Tulips to anyone who is looking for a great historical novel that inspires the reader personally as well as entertain!

    *I received this book for free from Litfuse in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and all thoughts are my own.*
  5. debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 18, 2013
    debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Nazis still occupy part of the Netherlands, despite the fact that the war is almost over. Cornelia is a shadow her former self, and has come forth from the ashes a widow. Desperate to protect her brother, Johan, she is aghast when he brings home a Dutch Resistance member. Furious with her brother yet frightened by the implication of hiding Gerrit in her home; her faith gives her no choice but to harbor the wounded fugitive.

    As Gerrit recovers in Cornelia's home, she can't help admiring him for his passion and what he stands for. She wants to be more like him; bold and unafraid to proclaim the truth. She wishes she had the courage to stand up for what is right, no matter what the consequences. So when opportunity to become part of the Resistance with Gerrit becomes a reality, will she have the courage to become the person she's always wanted to be? Will she ever get to live free and unafraid of the price it will cost?

    This novel opened up a whole new side of World War I to me. I saw things in a new light, from a fresh perspective, all masterfully done by Tolsma. While most of us may never experience the political struggle and danger that the characters in the story did, we all fear something - whether we admit it or not. Tolsma carefully takes her story and weaves a tale that will work its way into your sub-conscience and will become part of the way you will forever view this war of the past. The romance between Gerritt and Cornelia will make you ache for all the people that are separated because of circumstances, other people, or fate itself.

    This book was provided by the publisher through Litfuse Nest for free in exchange for an honest review.
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Author/Artist Review

Author: Liz Tolsma
Located in: Wisconsin
Submitted: April 01, 2013

    Tell us a little about yourself.  Liz Tolsma has lived in Wisconsin most of her life, and she now resides next to a farm field with her husband, their son, and their two daughters. All of their children have been adopted internationally and one has special needs. Her novella, Under His Wings, appeared in the New York Times bestselling collection, A Log Cabin Christmas. Her debut novel, Snow on the Tulips is her debut novel. When not busy putting words to paper, she enjoys reading, walking, working in her large perennial garden, kayaking, and camping with her family. Please visit her blog at liztolsma.com and follow her on Facebook and Twitter (@LizTolsma). She is also a regular contributor to the Barn Door blog.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  I have long wanted to tell this family story. My generation and my children's generation know nothing of hardship and deprivation like those who survived WWII in Europe. Stories like these need to be told before they die out forever.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  I hope that people will understand what courage everyday citizens demonstrated and what true courage and faith look like.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  I had the privilege of interviewing three Dutch men who lived through the Nazi occupation, two of them in hiding. Their faith through the entire situation amazed me. How could they praise God in the midst of such unimaginable trial? It brought me a deeper understanding of what trust in God looks like and what faith is all about.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  My parents instilled a love of reading in me that I carry to this day. My fifth grade teacher encouraged me in my writing and gave me my dream. One of my favorite authors is fellow WWII author Sarah Sundin.

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