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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.
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2013
|Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)|
A strangers 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 shes 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 Cornelias doorstep, their ives are forever altered. Although scared of the consequences of harboring a wanted man, Cornelias faith wont 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. Gerrits 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.
This book was a fascinating look at WWII from the Netherlands perspective, one I hadn't heard before. It captured my interest and wouldn't give it back until the last page!
Tolsma crafts strong characters and easy-to-visualize scenes. The inherent danger of Nazi occupation is apparent. Relevant biblical connections remind the reader that God is always in control, no matter how dire the situation may seem. Tolsma's story is a way to remember the past and those who gave their lives for freedom.
Based on the authors family history, this moving tale not only offers insight into the moral and physical struggles of those under the duress of war but also vividly captures the time and place. A good choice for readers who enjoyed Mary Doria Russells A Thread of Grace.
Kav5 Stars Out Of 5GrippingJuly 23, 2016KavQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 0Gripping 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.
CreativeJulie5 Stars Out Of 5Snow on the TulipsMarch 17, 2015CreativeJulieQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I couldn't put it down. Finished it really fast. I would recommend it. It is as if your living the story with the characters and I feel like I've learned more of that time period and the hardships that people endured.
Patty4 Stars Out Of 5Snow on the TulipsNovember 3, 2014PattyQuality: 3Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Love the title and cover. The story was interesting especially since my parents lived not far from this area and experienced the war while in their early to middle twenties. Thus many of their stories, which are being told more frequently now, are similar to the experiences related in the book. Just one point that will be picked up by Canadian readers,the flag the Canadian soldiers had with them was the red ensign with a Union Jack in the corner. Our maple leaf flag became our official flag in 1965.
Lady LisaMAAge: 25-34Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Intriguing WWII novelMay 27, 2014Lady LisaMAAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4I 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.
Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Beautiful, Heartfelt, and Deeply Moving StoryMay 14, 2014Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Wow! 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.
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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