Remember the Lilies - eBook  -     By: Liz Tolsma
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Irene has grown up in the jungle as a missionary with her Aunt Anita, but now she and countless others are imprisoned by Japanese soldiers at the Santo Tomas Internment Camp in the Philippines. Irene and her aunt are safe there, and she keeps busy with her duty of delivering censored messages to the camp's prisoners, but like everyone else, she prays for the war to end and for her freedom.

Rand is a wealthy, womanizing American, whose attempted escape from the internment camp has put himself and others in danger. When Rand and Irene's Aunt Anita meet one another in the hospital, Irene learns more of his story and her heart is determined to save his family. But the danger outside the walls of the hospital worsens every day, and life in this exotic place is anything but luxurious. Can Irene find Rand's family before they disappear forever? And can a humble missionary woman and an arrogant man find common ground in the face of their biggest fears?

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2015
ISBN: 9781401689155
ISBN-13: 9781401689155

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Publisher's Description

How will two very different people find love—and survive the impossible circumstances of war?

In 1941 Rand Sterling was a wealthy, womanizing club owner and an American of note among ex-pats and locals alike. Now two years later, Rand is just another civilian prisoner of war—one whose planned escape from the Santo Tomas Internment Camp could put him and others in grave danger.

Irene Reynolds grew up as a missionary kid in the Philippine jungle. Now she works for the paranoid Japanese authorities, delivering censored messages to the other American prisoners in Santo Tomas.

When Irene’s negligence leads to Rand’s failed escape attempt, Rand is sent to the torture chambers of Fort Santiago—and Irene suffers under the weight of her guilt. Yet when she crosses paths with Rand again after his unexpected return to the camp, something more than mere survival draws the unlikely pair together.

As life in Manila becomes more and more desperate, and another threatening letter finds its way from Irene’s hands to Rand’s, the reluctant couple struggles to find a way to stay alive . . . and to keep their growing feelings for each other from compromising the safety of everyone around them.

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  1. Fredericksburg, VA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Dense but Enjoyable
    March 22, 2015
    Fredericksburg, VA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    This review was written for Remember the Lilies.
    Remember the Lilies is a WWII Historical Fiction novel written by Liz Tolsma. This is my very first time reading one of her titles and I was excited to delve into the drama of an interment camp in the Philippines. Remember the Lilies is definitely a love story, between the lovely Irene and Rand who has been around the block a time or two. However, Tolsma also writes about the horrors of an interment camp in this book. She gives details, so this book is not for the faint of heart. There were several times during the story where I wanted to hit the fast forward button. (I usually do during movies when I dont want to see the violence in my dreams for the next few weeks) By no means is Tolsma overly graphic, but the situation Rand finds himself in was a reality for so many during WWII. I feel she did justice to what the experience was like, without overdoing the details.

    I enjoyed this book for its historical account and for the way Tolsma uses less than perfect characters. I always have a soft spot for a rake who turns his life around. For me, this book was a little heavy compared to my usual fare. (Understandable given the subject matter.) The happy moments shared between characters were few, leaving me feeling like I had eaten a dense piece of cake that was missing the frosting. The cake was delicious (and well written) but I could have used a little frosting.and maybe a glass of milk. Having said that, I am still excited about reading other titles by Liz Tolsma. This particular book was not my favorite, but that happens even with my favorite authors.

    I was given a complimentary copy of Remember the Lilies by its publisher and BookLookBloggers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I have not been compensated in any way.
  2. Colorado
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A deeply touching historical novel
    March 21, 2015
    Enchanting Rose
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Remember the Lilies.
    This was my first novel from the talented Liz Tolsma and it certainly won't be the last! The pages of Remember the Lilies are filled with history, romance, suspense, and forgiveness. . . everything you need for an intriguing read.

    Rand is selfish. . . he is a man caught up in himself, his pleasures, and his money. All he wants in life is to make more money and have more fun. But then he becomes a prisoner of war and everything changes. . . He experiences pain, suffering, and loneliness. When he meets Irene he is charmed and slightly taken back by her purity. He is in awe of her love and dedication to the Lord. As he gets to know Irene he begins to question the value of his life and his actions and wonders if there is more than simply climbing the social ladder- could there possibly be a higher Being that has a purpose for him. . .

    Irene loves Jesus Christ and desires to tell others of His goodness and grace. She has a heart that is willing to serve and help others, but after being a prisoner of war for so long she struggles to not allow bitterness and resentment to take root in her heart. Day after day she begins to face attacks and trials and is ready to give up. Irene's sweet aunt often reminds her of God's faithfulness. . .

    "The sun is shining. The Lord gave us life today. We have a shanty where we can spend our afternoons resting. Irene held up her hands. "Okay, I see now. You're right. I should count my blessings." { page 156 }

    When Irene meets Rand the two of them connect and begin helping one another get through the suffering and ever-present tribulation. But instead of fully trusting one another they hold back. . . and their secrets could possibly lead to their destruction.

    Liz Tolsma does a magnificent job of sharing true history in a way that will leave your mouth hanging open in wonder and horror. She weaves an incredible tale that feels more real than fiction and writes in a way that touches the reader deeply and emotionally. Remember the Lilies is a beautiful story - this is a book you will be thinking about long after you have finished the last page.

    ** I was given a complimentary copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers for an honest review. All thoughts are my own and no other compensation was received. **
  3. Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good Historical Read!
    March 20, 2015
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for Remember the Lilies.
    This was my first time reading anything by Liz Tolsma and I could tell from the start I was in for a great historical read. With a beautiful cover and title to accompany it, this book weaves a tale that felt real beyond fiction. I learned some interesting things Id never known about this particular era and appreciated its theme of forgiveness.

    A lot happens in this book. Some interesting plot twists and surprises too. Some scenes, conversations, and emotions felt a bit choppy and abrupt to me at times, but that could just be the authors unique style. I liked the characters, but I would have preferred to see their growth and attachment to each other occur a bit sooner than it did. That part of the story seemed stretched a little too long.

    Even so, Remember the Lilies remained a unique and interesting read, one I know others will also appreciate for its realistic, down-to-earth perspective. It felt honest and hopeful. Even despite its dark setting, the truth is still there to brighten the page. And I was grateful for that.

    I closed this book with great admiration for the authors hard work and dedication to write such a story. I look forward to seeing what comes next!

    Thank you to Thomas Nelson Publishers and the author for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
  4. Willows, CA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful Historical Research
    March 20, 2015
    Anne Baxter Campbell
    Willows, CA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for Remember the Lilies.
    Liz Toslma is at it again, creating stories from difficult aspects of World War II, this one about an internment camp in the Philippines while the Japanese were in control of Manila. I marvel over the amount of research Liz had to have done to create this beautiful story.

    Rand Sterling,an American, had a thriving business in the Philippines before the War. Or rather two. He owned two thriving businesses and had one pretty girl after another on his arm all the time.

    But when the Japanese took over, his wealth and prestige went out the window. Americans and other enemies of Japan were thrown into the Santo Tomas Internment Camp. One of the other residents is Irene Reynolds, who had been a missionary in the jungle. Irene works for the enemy in their censor's office, screening letters and messages in order to earn a bit to help care for her blind aunt, Anita.

    One day Irene fails to provide a message to Rand in time to prevent his attempted escape from Santo Tomas. He's captured and sentenced to the dreaded prison, Fort Santiago, a place from which few people escape. Most are tortured until they die. Irene is consumed with guilt.

    It will take a miracle, and if you buy this book, you can pray for them as they go through their physical and mental torments on the way to...what?
  5. Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Remember the Lilies By Liz Tolsma
    March 16, 2015
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Remember the Lilies.
    Rand Sterling was a wealthy American who was very well known in Manila for his clubs. But now during WWII Rand is just like all the other civilian prisoners of war. Trying to survive the Santo Tomas Internment Camp. Even though a dear friend who helped raise him needs help on the outside.

    Irene Reynolds grew up with her missionary Aunt in the Philippine jungle. But now that they are in the Internment Camp she works delivering censored messages to other American prisoners. But when Irene makes a mistake with a message that leads to Rand failing his escape attempt, he is sent to the torture chambers of Fort Santiago. But surprisingly Rand returns alive, although in bad shape. As life becomes harder, and someone begins threatening Rand, they must work together to find a way to stay alive. And to possibly have a future together if they are ever freed from the Japanese.

    This has to be one of the best books I have read in a long time! I enjoyed it even more than the last book by this author! The story was done very well and the plot was great. It was like getting a look into the time period and what it was like for the people there. The characters were wonderfully done, and it was easy for me to relate to Irene. Irene and the other people there went through a lot, but the story was not so bad that it was hard to read. I think Liz Tolsma did a wonderful job on balancing everything in the story. This was a amazing book and I highly recommend it!

    I received this book free from the publisher, Thomas Nelson, through the BookLook Bloggers book review program. The opinions are my own.
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