Daisies Are Forever

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Daisies Are Forever

Daisies Are Forever

Gisela must hold on to hope and love despite all odds in the midst of a war-torn country.

Gisela Cramer is an American living in eastern Germany with her cousin Ella Reinhardt. When the Red Army invades, they must leave their home to escape to safety in Berlin.

However, Ella is a nurse and refuses to leave, sending her young daughters with Gisela. During their journey, Gisela meets Mitch Edwards, an escaped British POW. She pretends she is his wife in order to preserve his safety among other Germans, especially one wounded German soldier, Kurt, who has suspicions about Mitch’s identity. Kurt also has feelings for Gisela and tries to uncover the truth about her “marriage.”

Their journey to Gisela’s mother in Berlin is riddled with tragedy and hardship, but they strive to keep Ella’s daughters safe so they can reunite with their mother. During the journey Gisela and Mitch begin to develop feelings for one another beyond friendship. They reach Berlin, but their struggles are far from over. Gisela and Mitch must learn to live for the day and find hope in the darkest of circumstances.

In this moving, historically accurate portrayal of WWII Germany, the characters learn that, even with destruction all around them, some things last forever.

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Reviews

  • If history books were written like Liz Tolsma’s stories, I’d have changed my major in college.

    Okay, that’s probably not true because I was born to be a writer, but I want you to know just how amazing Tolsma’s tales of World War II are.

    Daisies are Forever is the second of Tolsma’s novels that tell the lesser known stories of World War II. The first, Snow on the Tulips, was set in The Netherlands. This one focuses on an American woman living in East Prussia who is forced to flee to Berlin and a British soldier escaped from enemy captivity who pretends to be her husband.

    History, especially war history, is not something I’m generally eager to read about, but Tolsma takes readers to the depths of the characters’ emotions.

  • WordSmith says:

    This book was beautifully written, and it’s obvious the author had to do thorough and extensive research to complete it. History buffs will love “Daisies are Forever,” as it makes World War II Germany come to life. As I was reading the story, I thought about how many blessings we have today that we often take for granted. So many before us have had to endure hardships that we cannot imagine.

    A strong point of this book was the suspense. The author did an excellent job of ending chapters and scenes on cliffhangers, driving the reader farther into the book.

  • From the one hour window of decision to departure
    in the face of the army’s approach,
    the intensity of this story didn’t let up until its conclusion.

    The magnitude of these desperate masses of people
    fleeing capture are vividly drawn by Ms Tolsma.
    Each scenario tangibly descriptive and emotionally evocative.

    A well researched, encompassing story that relieves the suspense
    with a satisfying conclusion.

  • This is a wonderfully done book, with lots of action, and relationship building interaction between the characters. It reminded me of the struggles that ordinary people faced, and the way they faced the hardships in extraordinary ways. I loved how this book really celebrated the power of faith throughout, and how it showed how much can really be accomplished if people are simply willing to reach out.

    Gisela was an admirable heroine, with a compassionate heart, and her story is well worth reading.

    Overall this was a stirring and complex novel, that is both heart warming and heartbreaking. Definitely a book well worth the read.

  • The author’s portrayal of all things from the WWII era is amazingly accurate. I love her writing and can’t wait to see more!

  • The main character, Gisela Cramer, is inspired by a real-life person named Ruth Sabine Hildegard Lippert, while the rest of the plot was inspired by the stories the author’s aunt told her. Life in WWII wasn’t easy, as there was a lot of pain and death. I like reading books with lighter plots, but Liz Tolsma is a wonderful writer and her uses her talents well in Daisies are Forever. Since the book is a Christian novel, the details aren’t explicit, but you do get the overall feeling of the mayhem that occurred in the region during the war. Overall, Daisies are Forever is a well-written, haunting book, that I highly recommend to others.

  • Liz Tolsma’s ambitious novel is memorable and moving. It is also wise, reminding us that saving the world is not our job but God’s, and that we are not responsible when our efforts are ineffective. Despite a few stylistic issues, I highly recommend Daisies are Forever for older teens and adults.

    To read my complete review, visit: http://anniekateshomeschoolreviews.com/2014/05/review-daisies-are-forever-by-liz-tolsma/

  • Based on a true story, Daisies Are Forever never flinches. Horror happens. Grief strikes. Friends die or are left behind in tragedy. I cried when Gisela and Mitch did, but I also applauded their bravery as they sought to not only survive but escape.

    It was horrible, some of the situations they lived through. But they did live through them, and it was that tenacity that kept me reading. And then the love story both slowly and swiftly blossoming that kept me reading more…

  • Semel insanivimus omnes says:

    A touching story of sacrifice and survival based on a true story.

  • Incredibly powerful and moving. Had me crying, re-reading chapters and powerfully touched by the characters and their story. A definite must read for all.

  • Somehow, during a realistic portrayal of chaos and loss, author Liz Tolsma manages to weave a tender romance into the tale.

    This book reminded me that we are so abundantly blessed to live when and where we do. We take so much for granted. Reading about ration lines and multiple people crowding together in the ever dwindling number of dwellings makes the excess we live with that much more obvious.

  • while the US and other allies were fighting to release the people from Hitler and the other Nazi rulers. The horrors that they endured and sufferings were so great, but yet for her not to dwell on the suffering. She weaves a story of love, hope, faith and a future that comes only from God in the midst of tragedy, suffering and war.

  • The book was so phenomenal. The story was extremely engaging with all the daunting experiences the main characters Gisela went through during the war; such as being shot at from a plane as she is running across a frozen body of water with nowhere to hide, as well as dealing with being in the city as bombs are being dropped at all times. Needless to say, this book accurately portrays the reality of war-the death and fear and utter hopelessness. It doesn’t sugar-coat anything pertaining to war.

  • Daisies Are Forever by Liz Tolsma is a fascinating, action packed novel set in Germany in the days leading up to the Russian army’s invasion during the waning days of World War II. This faith-based romance is a richly detailed and historically accurate account based on true stories of two women’s real life experiences.

  • Daisies are Forever starts off wonderfully. I was immediately captured by the characters, unique setting, and rich history. This story of love amidst chaos was powerful.

  • Daisies Are Forever by Liz Tolsma was an amazing book. I read the first book in this series and I have to say when I saw this book I knew I had to read it. I love books that take place during WWII and this one didn’t let me down.

  • This is a very realistic novel of the last days of WW II in Germany. Based on the experiences of the author’s aunts, it really portrays the horrors of war. There is a romance woven through the novel and that makes it a little easier to read. As our memories of WW II fade, this is an important novel.

  • From the first chapter, I was captured by this book. I was instantly drawn into the world of the characters within. Liz Tolsma is an excellent author. She captures the attention of the modern reader without sacrificing quality and depth in her literature.

  • This is truly a good story to read and I hope that you will give it a try. Learning whatever you can about this war hopefully will make people not want to live through another one. I know I sure don’t want to but sometimes, it isn’t up to the civilians. All you can dare hope for is that the end will come and somehow you will be able to move forward.

  • It is very hard for us to understand how much someone would do to save themselves and others from ceratin death. The author Liz Tolsma has written with such feeling that you feel as if you are right in the middle of the horror.

  • Daisies are Forever, the title, shows up in subtle ways throughout the book. A book that should be a mandatory read for all who don’t think WWII really happened, or the atrocities that took place.
    Come along and become absorbed in the atrocities of war, but see the hand of God on those who love and believe. There is, if can believe in all this hopelessness a bit of romance, and compassion, that will bring you to tears. Don’t miss this amazing read, a real page-turner.

  • “…I will say Tolsma does an excellent job describing what war is does to countries. From the destruction of the cities, to the air raids to the emotional and physical damage on the citizens. I cannot imagine what life would have been like living in the cities that were bombed or taken over by other troops. Losing loved ones, never knowing what was coming next…such a time in history. Tolsma pulls the reader into that era from the beginning…”

  • This is truly a book of “darkest circumstances” yet Liz tells the truthful and powerful story of faith, hope, love, and survival. She did a superb job of filling the book with informative details which all supported the realism and believability. Even the most minor of characters were well drawn, often underlining how the actions of a single stranger can change the outcome of a desperate situation. I highly recommend Gisela and Mitch’s story in DAISIES ARE FOREVER. I also hope that Liz Tolsma is at her Wisconsin writing desk, already planning another novel because I’ve become a fan of her work.

  • I really loved the first book by Liz Tolsma, Snow on the Tulips. This book I did enjoy, just not as much. I loved the characters and the setting. Set during World War II this book takes you on an adventure of courage while Gisela and Mitch take young girls to safety. I enjoyed reading about the war torn countries and what was going on with the war to the people in the area. The romance I didn’t really enjoy, it didn’t really click with me and the story line. . If you enjoy history set in this time period, this book is very well written! If you aren’t a big history fan I don’t think you will enjoy this book, it’s a heavy story with many details.

    While this is a part of the Women of Courage series, each book can be read apart from the other.

  • The author leaves nothing unsaid and gives the facts as there were witnessed. Spring of 1945 brought unrelenting Allied bombardments over Germany, rationing was near starvation and the German army yielded no mercy to deserters and their families.
    With the Russians unleashing terrible revenge on the population, Germans felt completely abandoned and fearing the invaders’ assaults, women and young girls resolved to commit suicide.
    Nothing but rubble remains of Berlin but Gisela and her little family of refugees fight to survive, their fate in God’s hands as the guns and Stalinorgels continue to be heard.

  • I had never heard of this author before and wasn’t sure what I was going to get into. I knew that it was about WWII and I really enjoy this time period so I knew I’d at least enjoy what the book was about. In truth, I loved this book. I loved learning more about the war and what the civilians of the time were like. Gisela is such a wonderful character to get close to. She has so much zest and love for life. I love how she saves the British soldier and how their life moves on from there. I highly recommend Daisies are Forever to anyone who likes a good historical fiction read!

  • By The Book says:

    The look at the German side that Daisies Are Forever presents is definitely a plus in this novel. The author takes experiences from two women, one being her aunt, and crafts a unique perspective on WWII. This look into an unknown piece of history was very interesting. The reader gains new insight into what the people of Germany faced as they endured the daily bombings by English and American Air Forces, the atrocities of the Soviets and the betrayal of their own government.

  • Crafty Booksheeps says:

    There were many times I had to put the book down because it was so heart wrenching as well as having me fearful in the journey Gisela and Mitch took! I could not even begin to imagine what they went through and the constant inner battle of guilt they both struggled with! However what a beautiful story of redemption! They both experienced many hardships, but it was through those many hardships that they both came to understand that never could their actions be enough to make up for past wrongs! It would only be through the forgiveness of Christ that their wrongs could be forgiven and forgotten!

  • Daisies are Forever is a touching, amazing, heartbreaking and sorrowful story of Gisela and Mitch during WWII in war-stricken Germany. I love how this book takes a different angle at the view of WWII and sets it in Germany with Germany people who are suffering. It is very interesting to see what happened to the poor, helpless German people when their cities and country were being destroyed during the War.

    This story was written so well and I could feel every emotion: pain, sadness, joy and the amazing story of Gisela and Mitch as they strive to survive through the end of the War. I highly recommend this book!

  • The book is exciting and also very tense. The two sisters with dementia offered comic relief, talking about being on holiday in Paris and Vienna as they sat in a dark, musty basement, hiding from the bombs. It was interesting to watch a real romance develop between the two protagonists who pretended marriage. This is definitely a book worth reading. Realizing that this was a fictional account of experiences of real people made it incredibly powerful. I definitely recommend this book

  • Daisies Are Forever didn’t disappoint. I found Gisela and Mitch both very likeable and my heart broke for both of them and everyone with them for what they were going through. I found Kurt to be kind of a creep and I could have done without him, but he was definitely an obstacle for Gisela and Mitch or at least trying to be.

  • I really enjoyed that the author took two real life stories to use as the inspiration for Daisies are Forever, making the book much more authentic. The first part where Gisela leads a band of people escaping the Russians is based on Ruth Sabine Hildegard Lippert. The second part is based on the authors own aunt who experienced the awful bombings in Berlin.

  • This is a story that has stuck with me and really opened my eyes to what really happened. Liz Tolsma does not go into graphic details and doesn’t need to, her writing gives you the explanation without having to be graphic. I truly enjoyed this book. I highly recommend this book and series to anyone who enjoys Christian Historical Fiction, you will not be disappointed. These books are able to be read as stand alone and not in order. I cannot wait to read what Liz Tolsma has to put out next. I give this book
    5 STARS.

  • This book truly is about the heroics of the survivors, how they endured the greatest of hardships, during WWII Germany. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone that is a history buff. And there is some humor in this book, believe it or not, the sisters… you’ll see. There is a budding romance, and parts where you are literally holding your breath with many close calls… too close for comfort.

    This is a harrowing story of great sadness, heart break, and extreme intense moments of sheer terror that will curdle your blood.

  • Daisies Are Forever gave me a new perspective on World War II. I’ve never thought much about the destruction Berlin underwent. This was an absorbing read. I found myself on the edge of my seat many times, anxious to find what would come next.

  • This was a fast paced story that took you over many miles as Gisela and her rag tag group of refugees flee ahead of the Russians, toward Berlin. There was a lot that went on with this story. I enjoyed Gisela, she had a kind heart and desperately wanted to help those around her.

  • Just a beautiful story overall and one I’m glad the author decided to tell. I would recommend Daisies are Forever to those who enjoy Christian Historical Romance as well as those who enjoy historical’s in general. I’m looking forward to Liz Tolsma’s next book and very curious to see what perspective and background her characters will have.

  • A story of bravery and survival, this ancestral story is written with truth and example of God covering us in our lives. Very well written and documented. Recreating memoirs of two women living through the atrocities of war, Daisies are Forever portrays the continued reliance and realization of the sheltering of God in their lives. Keeping on reassures dependence and trust, putting one foot in front of the other and doing the next thing.

  • When thinking about World War II, I’ve never really thought about the war from the perspective of Germany’s citizens. Liz Tolsma has done a wonderful job in recreating a compelling story with vivid scenes that will paint quite a picture for your mind. So make sure to pick up this great book of historical fiction and think about World War II from another perspective!

  • Daisies Are Forever is a story of fear and faith – of courage and compassion – of humanity and the darker side of human nature. Liz paints an indelible portrait of people being tested to their limits – yet surviving against all odds.

    A beautiful follow-up to Snow On Tulips.

  • “Daisies Are Forever” is one of those books that is destined to leave a lasting impression on its readers. I have read many excellent novels with World War 2 settings but I don’t think any of them felt quite as personal as this one. The author’s depiction of the horrors faced by innocent civilians who are caught in the path of the invading Russian army was so intense that I was relieved to look up from the book and find myself in my safe and comfortable home.

  • Veronica's 'Views says:

    There’s a little bit of romance and I wished for more happiness to offset the tragedy. I thought it seemed very real that they questioned God’s existence and whether He was listening and I liked that they finally had to decide if God was in control. It was interesting to learn this story is based on two women’s true experiences!

  • Ms. Tolsma’s definitely has a knack of creating believable characters and placing them into a world torn by the agony of war. At times I heard the air raid sirens, the bombs going off, and I could almost smell the acrid smell after the bombs had exploded. Her book definitely ignites all five senses. It is a must read!

  • Moments says:

    This book is filled with tragedy, but hope and love shines through in the little moments and through the amazing characters whom you cannot help but admire, empathize with and love (although I could never warm up to Kurt!). This is a very well-written historical romance and I am looking forward to many more books from Liz, as she has found her way onto my list of must-read authors!

  • This is a book set in one of my favorite time periods. I love reading about and watching movies and documentaries about WWII! I love how this book is full of suspense and mystery. There are many times when you feel like you are sitting on the edge of your seat holding your breath waiting to see what happens. Being based on real stories just makes this book better. I also found it to be very accurate historically and I love the details woven throughout. The nice thing is that with all the tension and excitement there is even some great humor. If you like historical fiction, this is a book you don’t want to miss!

  • Daisies are Forever is a very heartfelt story full of so much history, it makes this book a most amazing read! Ms. Tolsma takes readers on a journey of real life situations during WWII, with characters that are so realistic and amazingly believable that I felt as though I was living the story with theses people! At times though, I had a very difficult time reading through some of the scenes because of the horror some of the civilians had to face, and the horrific ending to the war. I have read many books with settings during WWII, but this one will stick with me a lot longer than the others, just because of the realistic situations and the real life events that happened.

  • If you enjoy reading about WWII this book is a must read. Tolsma describes the setting and the characters perfectly and her writing style puts you right in the midst of what’s going on.

  • This book was based on a true story, so it’s very historically accurate and also told from the side of the Germans. I can’t say I’ve ever read a story from the German point of view and how the war and what Hitler ended up doing to his country and people affected them. This story was written when the Russian armies were invading and there was daily bombings from the allied forces on a daily basis on Germany.

  • Daisies are Forever is a very powerful book. I felt thrust into a terrifyingly realistic war zone. The book follows Gisela Cramer, Mitch Edwards, and a handful of other important secondary characters as they attempt to escape from Prussia and into the heart of Berlin, Germany. It is a frantic race across dangerous territory in an attempt to escape Russian forces.

    I really felt transported back into time with this story. The atrocities that these characters witnessed on their travels and once they reached Berlin were heartbreaking, yet this is ultimately an uplifting story that showed how God works even in the midst of terrible events.

  • Tolsma has the gift of capturing the WWII era with vivid detail. Like her previous novel, Snow on the Tulips, Daisies Are Forever hosts a cast of characters who are well developed and believable. Tolsma keeps the action going and the reader turning pages. Survival and sacrifice are themes woven throughout the story of Gisela and Mitch. Tolsma leaves her readers with a sense of hope. This one will not be soon forgotten.

    *I received a copy of the book in exchange for and honest review from the publisher as part of the book tour hosted by Litfuse Publicity.

  • History, romance, family drama and suspense all bundled together into one very entertaining story. What makes this story even more interesting is that the characters are not only based on real-life events they are also based on real-life individuals one of whom is related to the author. Wow, what people had to endure because of the war, it is incredible.

  • DAISIES ARE FOREVER is everything I thought it would be and more. Gory in details at time, it accurately portrays the horrors of WWII in ways I never knew. Ms. Tolsma focuses more on the characters who are trying to survive the war being fought in their homeland than other authors who focused on Americans coming in and fighting.

  • The strength of the story is the graphic Allied bombings in Prussia and Germany. The scenes are real, frightening; and as they continue, it is understandable how they wore at the people like a dog gnawing on a brittle bone. The story explains how the civilians survived, carnage and destruction, fear of death or rape, and worry over missing family.

  • This book was a well-written, with a good romance involved, and I think anyone looking for a good WWII historical will be pleased and blessed by reading Daisies are Forever.

  • Amazing sequel!!! Once again Liz has blown me out of the water! This is such an amazing and deep journey!…This sequel is a very deep read and an amazing read within resides God’s deliverance, mercy, and never ending love…

  • A very different perspective on World War II as seen through the life of Gisela Cramer. Gisela is an American girl of twenty whose German born parents have returned to Germany in the late 1930s. Gisela is an engaging and sympathetic character and the book is well worth reading. I look forward to Liz Tolsma’s next book and I hope she again focuses on this period in history.

  • Daisies are Forever is a realistic look into the horrors of World War II for the German people from all angles – the children, the women, and the men outside of the army – as well as the elderly and infirm. It takes the reader specifically into Berlin during the Russian occupation and pulls them into the violence and despair of the time.

    Tolsma has written such a realistic story that it is difficult to read. Gisela seems like a sweet young woman, and the reader can’t help but cheer for her – and so it is incredibly difficult to turn page after page, knowing that the horror in which she’s living is not gong to be ending anytime soon.

  • This book brought to life the devastation and atrocities of a war never forgotten and it was done so expertly that I never wanted it to end. It was so rich in detail that I felt as if I was the one fleeing across a frozen lagoon when a tiefflieger (a low-flying German plane) opened fire, taking the lives of young and old alike. Mrs. Tolsma blends fact and fiction into one amazing, spellbinding story that left me in awe of its life-like quality. She is a natural at weaving a tale that will grip your heart and leave you breathless.

  • When I was invited to review Daisies Are Forever from author Liz Tolsma, I knew this would be something more than your typical love story of people who discover each other in the war. This was and is so much more than that. First of all, it is told from some aspects of historical fact as you will discover when you get to the end of the book and share the author’s insight’s into her creation of this compelling novel. The first half is told from the story of Ruth Sabine Hildegard Lippert who at seventeen had to flee from the many bombings that were taking place from the Russian planes to get back home any way she could. The second half of the novel was told from the memories of Liz Tolsma’s Aunt Lillian Tolsma who moved from the United States to Germany in the late 1930’s.

  • Much of this book is about tragedy and uncertainty. Gisela has to keep her charges safe, but she rarely knows where to find shelter or food. She doesn’t know if she will see her family again and safe places aren’t guaranteed to remain safe. She’s also gathered an interesting bunch of characters, including two senile older ladies, a maimed but proud German soldier, and an escaped prisoner-of-war. Not everyone gets along. With each turn of the page there are new challenges to be faced, and the result is a dramatic and interesting read.

  • I just loved the history in this novel, and loved how much research Liz Tolsma did to keep it accurate. This novel really showed a different side to the war. We all know what the Nazi’s did to the Jews but it is easy to forget how many innocent Germans, and not so innocent, suffered towards the end of the war. Life was pretty miserable for all back then.

  • Oh my goodness. This book was just too heavy for my heart. As I read, I couldn’t stop thinking how grateful I am for the luxuries I take for granted every day. Tolsma has an excellent informational section at the end of the book that explains the history (and true stories!) behind the book.

  • This was the first book that I’ve read of Liz Tolsma’s (though now I am eager to read her book “Snow on the Tulips”!). Let me say, I was not disappointed in the least! This book was just marvelous, truly!
    It captured and drew me in right from the start, and I could barely put it now (I rarely did!).
    I don’t even know exactly how to say all the goodness of this book. I really, really loved it.
    “Daisies are Forever” took you through so many stages, as the characters fled for safety. As I read it, it was almost like being right there with them. It drew me in so much, I could picture each scene so vividly.
    The story is beautifully woven, and the characters are flawed and perfection all at once. I loved Gisela and Mitch immediately. And Xavier.

  • This book kept me on the edge of my seat as I watched the love grow between Gisela and Mitch as they struggled to survive the horrific war while also helping others. I have learned so much about the atrocities of war from this historically accurate portrayal of WWII Germany. While the story is fiction it was interesting to find out that the story was based on two different people accounts of what happened to them during the war. I really want to read Liz’s other book “Snow on the Tulips” after reading this riviting book.

  • This book is such a great telling of the war and the heroes that stood out and were so courageous. It’s based on a true story. There are horrific things that happen – lives are lost, families are torn apart, some froze in the cold and experienced starvation. So many heartbreaks along the way, and it’s incredibly sad to read about, but she wrote it all so well without it being too graphic.

    I loved how she weaved a love story into the book through Gisela and Mitch. What started as a cover for protection developed into a friendship and then into love. Mitch helps Gisela realize that God is there with her protecting her through it all and that some things last forever!

  • The author did a great job of making you feel like you were back in the middle of a war! The main characters were written great, and so were the secondary ones. Several of the secondary characters are intriguing and almost as important as the 2 main characters. I did enjoy all of the suspense throughout the book. There was romance as well and plenty of tension, but the romance was realistic. The journey wasn’t easy or quick but the complexity of the characters made the whole thing more intriguing.
    This is a 4/5. It was a good ‘in the moment’ book.

  • Based on a true story set in WWII, Daisises Are Forever was fantastic! It’s not fluffy. It’s dirty and gritty, and you’ll feel like you’re traveling across the country or hiding in the bomb shelters with the characters.

  • This story is well written and it does show how the ordinary people are caught in the conflict of war.
    But you can not paint the story of war – especially so brutal, intense, and hugh a war as WWII was – with a gentle, loving brush. War is brutal. The conquering armies of Germany were not gentle as they swept through Europe. So it is difficult to hold compassion for the people of Germany when the tide of war turn in their disfavor.

  • I loved the story, loved the writing, and loved the characters. It felt realistic and historically accurate, though I’m not an expert in that (or any!) time period so I don’t know. I knew my review was going to say that I highly recommended the book.

    I needed some time to process it all though, before I could write.

  • This is a great historical fiction books that explores the end of World War II. I never thought of people trying to escape TO Germany during this war. I liked the characters and the suspense in the book that made you wonder if they were going to make it. Great book.

  • This is a very well-written, accurate depiction of Europe as the Nazi party invaded. The brutality of this time of survival, of fleeing, of desperation and heartache was real. The relationships forged during this time were also real. The hunger, the filth, the death….all of it real. All of it realistically depicted in this beautiful story of hope, of faith, of God’s faithfulness.

  • i am a huge fan of World War 2 books, so I was very excited to receive this book to review and was absolutely delighted with it! I really liked the character of Gisela and Mitch, they were very engaging and well rounded.I thought the author had a solid story line and it was pretty realistic with enough grit and sadness to make it good but not overly sad.
    I received a copy of this book from the publisher but all opinions expressed are my own.

  • I’m glad to have read this story. It truly opened my eyes to the horrors of war in a new way. And the author does a great job of keeping Christ at the center of the story without it seeming forced. If you enjoy World War II fiction, Daisies Are Forever may just be the book for you!

  • Liz has written another captivating novel, that takes you right into the middle of Nazi Germany. During this time of turmoil you would never expect a romance to bloom and blossom, but it does.
    As you finish the book you find the story behind the story. Highly recommended!

  • Overall, the story is beautiful and sad with a somewhat happy ending (it was WW2, of course, there was sadness). Gisela and Mitch are both brave, but circumstances often force them to question the decisions they make in the heat of necessity. They are drawn to each other as their journey continues, but there are stumbling blocks along the way — fear, Kurt and Audra, and uncertainty about the future. Eventually, they each find the faith they need and with it the hope they need to survive the world at its darkest hour.

  • It is suspenseful and full of tragedy. There are spots of small comforts and hope for the future. This story makes me feel grateful for the freedoms that I have; and even more thankful for the basics as I read how the necessities of food, clothing, and shelter became something they had to continually hunt for.

  • While I absolutely love historical fiction, my favorite era to read is that of WWII and stories involving this era. If this is a book genre that you enjoy, then Daisies Are Forever is the book for you.
    This book is one that has many emotions, is harsh (of course, being a war novel), with a solid story line which will have you reading until late into the night. Through amazing research, intriguing characters and plot lines, you will be brought into the world of Nazi Germany and follow the lives of Gisela and Mitch.

  • I was lucky enough to read other books by this author, and I knew that this book was going to be rich in history, love, and faith. What I liked the most was the faith that the characters had in each other and in God. Especially during such devastating times. There are so many things that happen during a war, and most people remember the big stuff. It was refreshing to read about normal people during War World II, and how they did unbelievable actions that helped others. The only thing that I did not like was that Ella gave her kids to her cousin, knowing what a treacherous trip they were going to take. However she was a nurse, and how do you let people die when you know you can save them? I am giving this book a 4/5. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own.

  • Daisies are Forever by Liz Tolsma was a startling look into the countryside of Prussia and Germany as 1945 came to a close and as the Red Army made its way towards Berlin. The descriptions of the events that take place, such as the fleeing of German refugees who are only women, the old, and the young while being bombed by Allied planes, the ravaging of women and the killing of innocents by the Russians, the hanging of “traitors” and their families by the Nazis, and the overall death, despair, and starvation that comes with a war that won’t end, are haunting and are based on the true events that one of the author’s relatives faced. The story line was riveting and quick paced, and it was hard to put the novel down.

  • The historical details were beautifully describe and I felt transported to WWII Germany. I connected with the characters immediately, they were believable and well-written. If you love WWII fiction, I’m sure you’d enjoy this one.

  • I absolutely loved reading “Daisies Are Forever”!

    I was intrigued from the moment I read the first page until the very last sentence. The story is so descriptive, I could see and feel each verbal illustration played out as I read!

    Thanks for allowing me to review this book, it was truly my pleasure!

    Thank you to Litfuse for allowing us to be a part of this blog tour.

  • This is the story of Gisella, a young woman trying desperately to keep her charges safe as they flee before the Russians advancing through Prussia in the last days of WWII. Forced to choose between fleeing for her life and staying to face certain death, she carries a deep burden of guilt and shame for the cousins she thinks she abandoned, and she tries to atone for this perceived wrong by keeping her nieces and a variety of other refugees alive. I love that Mitch – a British POW Gisella rescues by posing as his wife – turns out to be much more than just a man in need of rescuing, and I love his character. I found the secondary plot – an awkward love triangle (quadrangle?) between Mitch, Gisella, and two others – to be distracting, unnecessary, and kind of annoying, in Daisies Are Forever.

  • Liz Tolsma has become one of my go to authors when I think of World War II stories. Between her novels and Bodie and Brock Thoene’s novels I think we get a complete picture of that awful time in history. All these series are graphical, and should not be read by young children. I am eagerly looking forward to the next one!

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