Remember the Lilies by Liz Tolsma | Kindle Fire Giveaway and Facebook Party

This gripping new tale from Liz Tolsma, Remember the Lilies, is a must-read for fans of WWII-era fiction. When Irene is attacked by a sinister Japanese guard and their secrets are exposed, she and Rand must learn the true meaning of forgiveness—if they can stave off starvation until the American troops bring freedom.

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{More about Remember the Lilies}

Remember the Lilies (Thomas Nelson, February 2015)

Can Irene and Rand stave off starvation until the American troops bring freedom?

Interred by the Japanese, missionary Irene Reynolds comes across a mysterious note while working at the censor’s office. She memorizes the parts she must black out and delivers it to wealthy nightclub owner Rand Sterling. Before she knows what’s happening, she’s drawn into a web of secrets and danger.

Rand Sterling wants nothing more than to reopen his nightclubs once the war ends. But slimy Frank Covey wants his hand in the till—and has news that could threaten Rand’s reputation if it became public. More importantly, beautiful and intriguing Irene Reynolds cannot discover this information if he expects to persuade her to become his wife.

When Irene is attacked by a sinister Japanese guard and their secrets are exposed, they must learn the true meaning of forgiveness—if they can stave off starvation until the American troops bring freedom.

Learn more and purchase a copy at Liz’s website.

Liz Tolsma

{More About Liz Tolsma}

“New York Times” best-selling author Liz Tolsma is the author of “Daisies are Forever,” “Snow on the Tulips,” and the contributing author of “A Log Cabin Christmas.” When not busy putting words to paper, Liz enjoys reading, walking, working in her large perennial garden, kayaking, and camping. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband and children, all adopted internationally.

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“Tolsma takes a very bold and successful approach with encompassing a true historic background, and her own invention of Rand and Irene as her principle characters of her novel. This is a difficult maneuver for any author, as the results getting the true history can always be disturbingly inaccurate. Tolsma has the uncanny ability to relate events in Santo Tomas as they were, and to couple these facts with a good romantic war story. Why am I so sure? I was incarcerated with my family in Santo Tomas till our liberation on February 3, 1945 by the U.S. 1st Cavalry. I know – I was there. I invite you to be prepared for a good read.” —Sascha Weinzheimer Jansen, interned in Santo Tomas Prison Camp, Sr. Vice Commander-Bay Area Civilian Ex-POWs (BACEPOW) and featured in The War – A Ken Burns Documentary

“Readers will find Irene and Rand’s story a vivid reminder that the God who clothed the lilies of the field brings provision and mercy to the darkest situations.” —CBA Retailers+Resources

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    The storyline is not always a ‘pretty’ one to read, but you will still be interested in finishing the book to see what happens next. There are a lot of twists and turns that keep you going, keeping the book interesting at its best. This is a great book for the WWII buffs out there, because it is so unusual! One you just don’t want to miss!

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    Written by Splashes of Joy on March 4, 2015 | e
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    This is the second book I have read by Liz Tolsma and all I can say is WOW. I LOVE how Tolsma makes even war a very personal thing. Unfortunately, I HATED history class. I didn’t learn much because it was all about dates and facts and it was just plain boring to me. I wish Liza had been my teacher– she makes the time and the people come to life.

    Tolsma has written, not only a wonderfully descriptive historical fiction that is very factually based, but she has written a beautiful story of love and hope and what is truly important.

    I would definitely recommend this book!!

    Written by The Life and times of a pwnmom…. on March 4, 2015 |e
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  • How many of you have contemplated what happened to Americans living overseas when war broke out? I know that it’s not something that I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about. This book will put you right into the middle of it. The intensely written imagery caused me to put this book down more than once, but I seemed to keep coming back to it. The book isn’t without flaws though. There are some circumstances that just didn’t seem realistic and the characters didn’t seem as fleshed out as they could have been. So, this book is on my well, it was pretty good but perhaps not one that I’ll return to time and time again.

    Written by Life With Katie on February 23, 2015 | e


    Rand and Irene come from very different backgrounds, but both end up in an internment camp as prisoners of war.

    There were so many things I didn’t know about WWII before reading her novels.

    I’m looking forward to more of Ms Tolsma’s history lessons.

    Written by sunny island breezes on February 23, 2015 | e
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    I have read other books from Liz Tolsma and loved them. She is fantastic at writing historical fiction and this was no exception. Remember the Lilies takes place in the Philippines and explains a part of World War 2 that I was not aware of. Irene and Rand live in a Japanese interment camp. Irene is a missionary child and Rand used to own extremely lucrative night clubs. There are about as different as two people can be. But through crisis lots can change and happen.

    Written by The Crafty Home on February 23, 2015 | e
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  • I was very interested in reading this book, particularly after watching and reading Unbroken, the story of Louis Zamperini and his experience of being a prisoner of war in a Japanese camp. I must admit to being a bit disappointed.

    The book was good and a decent read, and maybe my expectations were simply too high, but the story line was a bit slow moving for me; the characters were rather shallowly developed; I didn’t gain a strong attachment to any of the characters; the dramatic portions of the storyline could have been written with more, well, drama; and I felt like there needed to be a bit more of an explanation about how, why, and when they all ended up in the internment camp. The story just didn’t capture me like I was expecting it to.

    Written by TammyisBlessed on February 21, 2015 | e
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    For me the faith of the heroine’s aunt is the star of the story. The heroine uses what the aunt has taught her to make it through some tough times and to help others around her. I enjoyed the verses and advice shared in the story through the aunt, and though my circumstances are nowhere near as dire as the characters are the verses can apply to my life and encourage me.

    Liz Tolsma has once again done a wonderful job of portraying hope and the Lord’s help through troubled war times.

    Written by Jendi’s Journal on February 21, 2015 | e
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    I have been pleasantly surprised by this author again with her new book, Remember the Lilies. The war era is not one of my favorites to read about as I often get bored in the details and for some reason can’t find the stories interesting. But not so with Liz Tolsma!

    Written by Giveaway Lady on February 20, 2015 | e
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    Ms. Tolsma has done what seems a huge amount of research to bring us this story and it pays off dramatically. History, romance, drama and suspense all bundled together into one very entertaining story. Wow, what people had to endure because of the war, it is incredible. This is a story about how individuals can determine the course for the many, either for the bad or the good. Rand and Irene are wonderfully crafted characters that we draw very close to and root for them to succeed. “Remember the Lilies” is a wonderful, interesting story with power and depth that will keep you flipping pages.

    Written by Vic’s Media Room on February 20, 2015 | e
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    I have to say that this book did not read as a fast paced piece of suspense fiction but more like a novel that moves along but not in a neck breaking I’m going to die time frame. It is a wonderful read. The characters are well developed and you truly do get a feel for them. Some are unscrupulous and you want to help plot against them and then others you want to rescue and make sure they never face hardship again. A very good read that I recommend to all!

    Written by For Him and My Family on February 19, 2015 | e


    Comparing this novel to the author Liz Tolsma’s previous works, I found that it didn’t compare. Although the book characteristically holds the attention of the reader, the storyline was not as impressive as the author’s other books.
    And despite the fact that the faith message was indeed good, I found that it was lost beneath the romance aspect of the story. The characters were not strongly developed either; Irene is a Christian but she is not very vocal about her faith until far into the book. I am not attracted to Rand’s personality at any point in the book. There is too much emphasis on the good looks of the characters, as well as too much description of the kisses shared between the lovers.
    Lastly, I was surprised at the culmination of the story in regards to the main characters’ future. Rand makes a rather lame decision regarding his future which I must not reveal here lest I spoil the entire climax of the book. In short, I didn’t think his decision was very Christ-like and manly. Irene surprised me with her conclusion by the end of the book as well. Her thought process seemed more selfish than godly. The subject I am alluding to didn’t really need to be in the book; I am still confused as to why the author inserted it. I have read other books which dealt with similar situations in better manners.

    Anyhow, I did think this novel was an excellent picture of life in a internment camp in the Philippines. It is a topic I rarely consider and this gave a vivid idea of life in those circumstances.

    I received this complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for my review.

    Written by Books, Beautiful Books on February 19, 2015 | e
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    Remember the Lilies is another wonderful romance war story written by the lovely Liz Tolsma. This book will bring your senses to life as a reader and have you pawing through the pages to finish! This is a show-stopper book: it has history, it has war, it has romance, and amazing character’s both primary and secondary! Another to add to your must read for 2015 list, don’t miss out!

    Written by Taylor Reid Reads and Breathes on February 19, 2015 |e


    I was immensely pleased to find yet another well-told, interesting story of World War II when I picked up Remember the Lilies. Within this book’s pages, Tolsma explores the difficulties of living in the Santo Tomas Internment Camp in Manila. Remember the Lilies is a great historical read I would recommend it for fans of the genre.

    Written by Book by Book on February 19, 2015 | e
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    “Remember The Lilies” had more gospel in it than “Daisies Are Forever” and I really liked that. The way that the author intertwined life’s lessons into the book was really good and she did without being preachy. While the life lessons were good for me as a reader, it seemed the characters were forced to learn them, which made it almost unbelievable.

    World War II has always been interesting to me. All of the things that our forefathers went through to protect this country still amazes me. “Remember The Lilies” was a great reminder of the sacrifices they made for the freedom that we have today. This book reveals things about the war and internment camps that I didn’t know or never really thought about.

    Written by Dixie n Dottie on February 19, 2015 | e
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    Tolsma writes amazing historical fiction. She has a real gift for capturing the various conditions of World War II and putting them down on pages. She is also very descriptive and has a way of expressing and growing her characters in a believable manner. I appreciated the spiritual elements in the characters lives. While this is a piece of historical fiction, I walked away feeling as though I had a better understanding as to the brutality of devastating circumstances that accompanied living in an Internment camp. The dash of romance set in the midst of such struggles completes the novel.

    Written by Adventures in Unsell Land on February 19, 2015 | e


    As a long time fan of the WWII time period it is quite hard for me to resist a novel set in that era, so even though this author’s last book was a bit of a disappointment for me I still had to give this one a chance since not only was it a WWII story but it also sounded like a cute plot. Sadly this one fell a bit short of the mark as well, and annoyingly I can’t quite pinpoint why. I enjoyed the storyline for the most part and the characters were fantastic especially Rand and Irene. There were just several moments where things didn’t flow quite right or play out realistically. I really liked how the author handled the spiritual elements though, from Anita’s strong faith and joy despite her circumstances to Rand and Irene learning the power of forgiveness.

    Written by Christian Novels on February 19, 2015 | e
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    A more descriptive, intriguing, and moving story of life in a Japanese internment camp can’t exist. Tolsma masterfully describes life inside the camp, from supply limitations, guard interactions, weather difficulties, food shortages to disesase problems as if she were there. You can easily visualize how bleak everything must have been from the stark pictures the author paints.

    The best part of these harsh conditions is the way that Rand never loses hope. He wants a better life than the camp provides, better conditions for the people whom he has grown to love, and an end to their imprisonment, and he is sure that freedom is on the way. His hope, combined with Anita’s faith, shine needed light into the dark details of the story.

    Written by A Nest in the Rocks on February 18, 2015 | e
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    In the camp, disease was rampant and food not so plentiful. You really find out how the Japanese not only treated Americans, but how they treated their own people. This is a love story amiss a most trying time. Irene Reynolds and her aunt were missionaries in the jungle of Manilla and at the camp she meets Rand Sterling a very wealthy and prominent Nightclub owner in Manilla. Irene has a lot of trust issues and is keeping secrets and so is Rand. Can they find love in the mist of the madness? What will each of them do when their secrets are revealed. Will they starve before the Americans can come save them?

    Written by Caffeinated Christian Raves – N – Reviews on February 18, 2015 | e


    REMEMBER THE LILIES, like Tolsma’s first novels, shows that it was not only the soldiers on the battlefields who suffered in World War II. She also shows that perseverance and courage were not the sole domain of generals or officers. I really enjoyed her realistic portrayal of Rand and Irene. Irene, who professed a strong faith, found she really struggled when asked to forgive others. Rand, who had always put himself and his luxurious lifestyle first, finds within the restrictions and cruelty of the camp, a better way to be.

    I received a copy of REMEMBER THE LILIES by Liz Tolsma for review purposes from LITFUSE PUBLICITY. Thank you. It is always great to promote the work of a talented writer from Wisconsin.

    Written by Thoughts from Mill Street on February 18, 2015 | e


    I thought the characters in this story were sweet, and I liked their simple romance, which was a little complicated but not so complicated that it makes you cringe. I felt like I would have liked some of the characters to have a little more depth, particularly a couple of the secondary characters, but I thought they were all likable.

    I thought the author did a fantastic job of weaving spiritual lessons into this story without it seeming unnatural. Maybe part of it was the setting of the book, because when put through such hard experiences, I think it is common for people to think more about spiritual things. I especially liked how she wove the gospel into this story…

    Note: I received a copy of this book for free from Litfuse in exchange for this review. This is my honest opinion.

    Written by Through Clouded Glass on February 18, 2015 | e


    Liz Tolsma has taken a subject not well known in the United States and brought it to life in her historical fiction novel, Remember The Lilies. Set in the Santo Tomas internment camp in Manila, The Philippines during WWII, it is rich in historic detail, life and death drama and a message of hope in the midst of the darkest storm. A great novel for those who love historical fiction with a dash of romance set amid the struggle of WWII.

    Written by By The Book on February 18, 2015 | e
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    “Remember the Lilies” was a very moving story. I was amazed by Irene’s strength and how she really reflected a life of a Christian who doesn’t complain during hardships. It really humbled me (like it did Rand) to see what she endured, yet never blame God or complain about her circumstances. Rand was amazing in his own way as well. He matured a lot throughout this novel and I loved how he was able to demonstrate the kind of forgiveness Jesus teaches.

    Written by Crafty Booksheeps on February 18, 2015 | e
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    Remember The Lilies by Liz Tolsma was a great book. Even though this is the third book in the series you don’t have to read the other two in order to know what is going on in this book. Even though these books are in the same series they don’t have over lapping characters so it doesn’t really matter if you have read the other books.

    Written by The World As I See It on February 18, 2015 | e


    Remember The Lilies is amazing as well! I loved how she weaved the Gospel throughout the book. It flowed very naturally and had such a great message of trusting the Lord and the hope He gives through extremely difficult times. I would highly recommend reading any of the three of these

    Written by The Cutting Back Kitchen on February 18, 2015 | e
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    I fell in love with Liz Tolsma’s first book, Snow on the Tulips, and have also reviewed Daisies are Forever. Remember the Lilies is her third book and again her characters are memorable and realistic, her plot is exciting, and her settings are difficult to forget. However, what I value most are the simple but profound Christian themes that run through the books authentically rather than as cliches.

    For example, “Ever since her father had deserted her, she had been looking for someone to be there for her. To watch over her. To provide for her. She looked to everyone but God….All the while, when she had been longing for a Father the most, she already had one….How foolish for her to have spent her life thinking otherwise.”

    Written by Tea Time with Annie Kate on February 18, 2015 | e
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    Liz Tolsma joined the team of World War Two Christian fiction authors just a few years ago but already is marking a strong mark on readers who enjoy the genre for its heroism, romance, and call for justice. Remember the Lilies, Tolsma’s third novel in her Women of Courage series, encapsulates all the drama that brings this period alive: dangerous conditions, unjust actions, romance against all odds, and a dashing hero and beautiful heroine. Drawing on faith and history to bring this often overlooked period to life, Tolsma’s Remember the Lilies will surely capture readers’ hearts and minds through its unique storyline.

    Written by A Way With Words on February 17, 2015 | e


    Forgiveness. It’s something we all struggle with at some point in our lives. That includes characters in novels, and especially those in Liz Tolsma’s Remember the Lilies. The levels of forgiveness that is sought in this book vary from the small, to the large, to the incomprehensible. What happens when we can’t forgive a person from our past? Do we become dark like the night creeping? What if we can forgive, but we can’t forget? Do we then become clouds on sunny summer day?
    The story between Rand and Irene reminded me a bit of Elizabeth and Darcy from Pride & Prejudice. People from two different worlds whose personalities seem like the most unlikely of matches. I enjoyed the setting of the book immensely. It was refreshing to read something taking place in the Pacific Theatre.

    Written by The Sunset Won’t on February 17, 2015 | e


    I found this to be a great story about forgiveness and how we are not in control of our lives, God is. We may have our own plans but that doesn’t mean that those are the plans that God has for us. Rand’s dream of building more and more nightclubs reminded me the story Jesus told about the man who filled up his storerooms with goods thinking he had a lot but he ended up losing everything when he died that night. I am going to remember the lilies and trust that God will care for all my needs.

    Written by Frugal-Shopping on February 17, 2015 | e
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    If you like suspense, mystery and historical fiction then you are going to love the book Remember the Lilies! This is a book that is so well written that is going to keep you on the edge of your seat! Be prepared to be captured and drawn into this wonderful story right up until the very end! What an amazing historical fiction book. It is utterly amazing at how detailed this story is, I love it. Looking forward to reading more books by Liz Tolsma. Be sure to follow Liz Tolsma on facebook and on her website. Links are below.

    Be sure to order your copy today!

    5 stars!

    Written by cherylbbookblog on February 17, 2015 | e
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  • World War II is one of my favorite periods of history to read about. Since I had read Liz Tolsma’s book, Daisies Are Forever, I knew I wanted to read Remember the Lilies!

    I’ll admit, this was not a light, easy read. There were times I had to just put the book down for awhile, to digest what I’d read. I had not heard before about an internment camp in Manila.

    Near the end, I found myself breathlessly wondering if the American troops would arrive in time, before Rand and Irene and their friends starved to death.

    If you are a history buff, especially interested in World War II, you will most certainly want to read this book. And now I’ll be off, to locate Snow on the Tulips!

    Written by Life at Rossmont on February 17, 2015 | e
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    I have been very impressed by Liz Tolsma’s World War II novels. In “Remember the Lilies,” Tolsma transports us to the Philippine islands and the Santo Tomas Internment Camp in Manila. I have to admit that this aspect of the war was not one I was familiar with, making the book and the real history all the more fascinating to me as I read.

    Written by ReviewsByErin on February 17, 2015 | e
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    Remember The Lilies is the a wonderful book. It is the third book in Liz Tolsma’s series, Women of Courage. As a HUGE Christian Historical Fiction fan this book and this series were high on my must read list. I have had the privilege to read and review all three of them thus far. All of these books are about World War II and how it looked in different parts of the world. I have learned so much about this war and the effects it had on our entire world.

    Written by For The Love of Books on February 17, 2015 | e
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    The setting is very interesting and one that I was not terribly familiar with. Everything takes place in the Philippines, mostly in the Santo Tomas Internment Camp. I thought that there was an excellent balance in the story of the struggles that the prisoners were facing, as well as everyday moments, and also hope for the future. Granted, there are some disturbing and painful incidents in the story, which serves to make it very realistic. And, as time goes by, the hope of ever being released began to fade for some.

    Written by Britt Reads Fiction on February 17, 2015 | e
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    For the most part, I enjoyed this first book I’ve read by Liz Tolsma — Remember the Lilies. I enjoy a variety of World War II fiction, especially when I can learn a little more of the history of that era mixed in with the fiction. The internment camp in the Philipines is something I have never read about before and provides a new and interesting perspective on the war.

    Written by Southern Gal Loves to Read on February 16, 2015 | e
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    I really liked Remember the Lilies. I have been reading a number of books about World War II and have been learning a lot. This one was a bit different because it took place in a internment camp. I would have liked to know more about the camp. It was a story of American businessman in Manila, and Irene Reynolds, who was raised among missionaries in the Phillipine jungle. They are both prisoners and their paths cross often. What becomes of their friendship? You will need to read Remember the Lilies to find out.

    Written by Kaisy Daisy’s Corner on February 16, 2015 | e
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    “Remember the Lilies” is a book that will captivate you, shock you and draw you in and keep you there. I read this book in one day because I just couldn’t put it down.

    I really liked how Irene, and especially Anita, shared and lived their faith. Anita truly lives for the Lord and she affects those people around her in a positive way. I love how she is able to lead several to Christ because of her walk with the Lord. I also liked how we see Rand change so much through the book because of his observance of Anita and Irene.

    Written by Julie – More of Him on February 16, 2015 | e
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    I always love a good WW2 story and one that takes place in the Pacific is a rare treat. This book was very enjoyable and dealt with a little known aspect of WW2 and for those reasons alone I liked the book. Overall it had very engaging characters even though they did bug me at times. I do get tired of authors that focus on physical beauty and how gorgeous a character is, but that is besides the point. I enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good historical fiction. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

    Written by Perfect Beginnings on February 16, 2015 | e


    I will say I had high expectations for this book as I have enjoyed the author’s previous two books. This story, while standing alone from the others, is also set during World War II only the setting is in Manila, Philippines. It’s always interesting to read about different settings during this time but I feel like this book could have been a little better. I couldn’t really get into the story line, the romance felt forced and the characters didn’t intrigue me as much. I like Irene well enough but at times she grated on my nerves. I think I liked the secondary characters more so than the main two. I liked the history part of the story and how people were treated over the course of the war, I just wish there had been more depth with the characters and storyline.

    Written by I Hope You Dance on February 16, 2015 | e
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    Liz Tolsma has a passion for WW2 and you can see it in her work. She started this series out with a story close to her family in Snow on the Tulips and has worked her way across Europe and now to the Pacific Island in her newest book, Remember the Lilies.

    Written by Too Read or Not Too Read on February 15, 2015 | e
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    The message of the power of prayer is strong in this book. Irene’s wise aunt Anita is mindful of God’s presence in all situations, and it comes across in such a beautiful way. Although Irene was evidently raised in a Christian home, she has a more modern view of the world. When push comes to shove, however, Irene realizes how right Anita truly was. Remember the Lilies is an amazing story of courage!

    Written by Savings in Seconds on February 15, 2015 | e
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    I have read this author’s prior two novels and enjoyed them, but this one just didn’t fill the bill for me. I found Rand rhymes to be annoying rather than silly or funny, and one of Irene’s British friends kept saying, “Bangers and mash” way too much. I did really like the character of Aunt Anita and her example of living her faith every day was a great testimony. She was an excellent teacher of faith to Irene and to all those with whom she came in contact. I also liked Irene’s generous heart toward orphan children. I plan to read the author’s next book when available and hope I can connect with it better.

    Written by Seeking with all Yur Heart on February 15, 2015 | e
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    I am in awe how some authors are able to transport me from warm Arizona, a country where we are free to live as we will, to a country occupied by the enemy in a war torn, unstable place, and I feel I know what and who they write about. I guess that is why I continue to pick up books, for the chance to broaden my experiences without having to live them.

    Written by Reviewing Novels Online on February 15, 2015 | e
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    Overall it was an enjoyable story but not my favorite World War II historical fiction. The struggle with forgiveness that both Rand and Irene faced is one that I can appreciate but I’m not certain their actions towards the end match up to what I would have expected from either character.

    Written by Cows and Lasers and Everything in Between on February 14, 2015 | e
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    I loved the bit of WWII history that was woven into the tale. I loved the way salvation was incorporated into the story as Rand comes to know Jesus. I also love how forgiveness was an essential theme. This was a great read and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    Written by A Rup Life on February 14, 2015 | e
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    Liz Tolsma captured my interest in her writing and earned a fan with her first book in this series Snow on the Tulips. In this third book of the series, Remember the Lilies, Tolsma did not disappoint with genuine and well thought out characters in an excellent and tender romantic war story. Tolsma captures the war time atmosphere in living color and makes the reader feel a part of the story with spot on descriptions of the era. With themes of fear, doubt, faith and love along with the human will to survive the worst of circumstances, Liz Tolsma will capture your attention and your heart!

    Written by Mother of Three on February 14, 2015 | e
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    Tolsma has written a good story. The characters are believable and well done. The scene is painted in grim and realistic word pictures without grisly details. It is brutal enough as written.

    Written by Chat With Vera on February 14, 2015 | e
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    Liz Tolsma has quickly become one of my favorite authors. I have loved all of her books to date and look forward to all her future books!

    I have to say “Remember the Lilies” is my favorite book to date. Set in the Philippines during WWII, Ms. Tolsma takes the reader on an emotional journey with the confines of Santo Tomas Internment Camp.

    This isn’t just a love story set during WWII, it’s a story of two lost souls finding each other and learning to trust and forgive.

    A book I would highly recommend. It is well worth your time!

    Written by All Things Are Possible on February 14, 2015 | e
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    I had been looking forward to reading Liz’s latest novel, “Remember the Lilies” for months and was so excited when I received it and began to read right away! I absolutely loved Rand and Irene’s story! Liz has such a talent for writing historical fiction as she brings the historical details to life in her stories and also brings the characters to live. Rand and Irene were both so real to me and I loved them both right away. The book begins with a brief prologue that introduces both characters to the reader and to each other, but then chapter 1 jumps ahead about 2 years and the characters are connected once more. World War II has always been a time period that I have enjoyed learning about and Liz does an amazing job with sharing lesser known details about this time.

    Written by Moments on February 13, 2015 | e
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    An incredible tale set in World War II. A story of faith, forgiveness and finding hope in the smallest of places. Loved it from start to finish!

    Written by Working Mommy Journal on February 13, 2015 | e


    The sometimes heartbreaking tale depicted life in an internment camp in the Philippines as experienced by missionary Irene Reynolds and wealthy nightclub owner Rand Sterling. Their shared experience illustrated just how quickly life can change and how no matter how rich or how poor, everyone can easily find themselves on a level playing field in times of war or disaster.

    Written by Daysong Reflections on February 12, 2015 | e
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    As with the previous two books, I found Remember the Lilies to be very unique. I don’t believe I’ve ever read a book set primarily within the walls of an internment camp. However, what could have been a very dark book turned out to be very hope-filled, with a strong gospel message. It’s definitely not an easy read, but I was never left “down” for long.

    Written by Brooke @ i blog 4 books on February 12, 2015 | e
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    Having very little knowledge of what the people who were taken prisoner by the Japanese in the Philippines experienced this book opened my eyes to a whole other side of this war. How the Filipinos, Americans, British, and others were treated during that time…starvation, beatings, and the threat of death. The scarcity of medical supplies, clothing, and items of necessities.
    The plight of children who were orphaned with no one to care for them.
    This book also shows how when one lives out their faith in God…even in the worst of circumstances their actions can win others to the kingdom of Christ.
    I can’t tell you enough how much I enjoyed reading this book. It’s a real page turner. If your a history buff, like myself, I’m sure you would love reading this book.

    Written by Four Seasons of Blessings on February 11, 2015 | e
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    As Irene and Rand begin their attraction to each other, I am talking to them, to “tell the truth,” while reading the story. Honesty and not holding back will benefit them the most. Both attempt to keep secrets they feel would separate them from the other. There are unexpected surprises in this story, but the best part how their character changes.

    This is a strong story weaving history of the past, confirmed by an actual person who was interned with her family during this time.

    Written by Lane Hill House on February 11, 2015 | e
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    This review is for the book “Remember the Lilies” by Liz Tolsma. This is the second book by this author I have read and I really enjoyed it. I am not always a big fan of romance novels set in war-time, but the way Tolsma writes her books makes the stories so intriguing. I will be honest to say that I do not know a lot about World War II, but this story was not confusing. It definitely kept my interest even though it was heart-wrenching.

    Written by The Talbert Report on February 10, 2015 | e
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    This book is nothing short of amazing! Liz takes you right to the beginning of WWII after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. What’s great about historical fiction, is taking actual historical events, and weaving a story around it. Liz does this beautifully. I had to take a break and breathe between scenes because the action is so real and believable.
    I can say with certainty that this is going to be one of my favorites for 2015!

    Written by Radiant Light on February 10, 2015 | e
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    I just LOVE Liz’s writing!…This, once again, reflects the tragedies during the war and the outcome effecting even the most innocent! The twists keep you wondering what’s going on as you read, and the interesting characters just add to the mysteries!…

    Written by ASC Book Reviews on February 10, 2015 | e


    If you love reading about the WWII, then this is the most unique and interesting historical romance fiction book that I have ever read!

    I learned so much in this book about the Philippines and what they were put through during WWII that I never knew! Not only was it so historically interesting but it was a great romance.

    It was written so well, I literally couldn’t put it down and it made me want to research even more about that time period and the Philippines after I finished!

    I HIGHLY recommend this book if you like WWII era books! I have never read another one like it!

    Written by The Review Stew on February 10, 2015 | e
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    I really enjoyed this third book by Liz Tolsma in her WWII collection. It was interesting to read a story that took place in Philippines. I love all the history included in this book, and I really appreciate the author notes at the end of the book stating what was true to history and what was added. The story line was appealing and before I knew it, I was at the end of the book. I would definitely recommend it!

    Written by Amanda’s Pile of Books on February 10, 2015 | e
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    Tolsma has done her research and brings the past to life in all it’s brutal desperation. This is a gripping read I found hard to put down…in places. Mind you, at other times I couldn’t close the book quickly enough to shut out the atrocities that burned heartbreaking images into my mind. This novel showcases both the very best and the very worst of humanity.

    Written by Best Reads on February 10, 2015 | e
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    Ms. Tolsma is an expert at “upping the ante” or raising the stakes for her characters. Readers will not soon forget the horrors of WWII with any of her books. And while REMEMBER THE LILIES may be the third in a series, it stands totally and completely alone. Fans will want to read Snow on the Tulips and Daisies are Forever. They are all set in different parts of the world, all experiencing different hardships and nightmarish conditions as a result of WWII.

    This is not feel good fiction. This is realism — as some one one said “Those who do not remember the past are doomed to repeat it.”

    Written by Lighthouse Academy on February 10, 2015 | e
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    A beautiful story of love and forgiveness during imprisonment in a prison camp on Manila during the second world war. I think this is the best of Liz Tolsma’s stories yet!

    Written by Amanda on February 9, 2015 | e


    I’ve never really been a big fan of WWII-era historical type books, but Liz Tolsma does a great job of transporting the reader back in time.I absolutely adore this book.

    Written by Reading Corner Reviews & More on February 9, 2015 |e
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    I just read Remember the Lilies by Liz Tolsma and found it to be a very gripping story. This is the story of a man and a woman named Rand and Irene who are fighting to survive World War II. This is a story of twist and dangers at every turn. During the war there were many people that did things that they did not want to. Will they be able to forgive each other if they do survive? I have read other books by this author and they were all wonderful novels with great storylines and characters. I give this book a 4/5. I was given this book by Litfuse Publicity Group and all opinions are my own.

    Written by Deal Sharing Aunt on February 8, 2015 | e
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    A gut wrenching story filled with sadness and trials. I do feel that this is a very well written book and the author does an excellent job of explaining details intensely.

    Written by Cassandra M’s Place on February 8, 2015 | e


    This book is really good. Ms.Tolsma certainly knows how to weave her story, bringing actual events to life with a story line that makes sense. It is not a fun, beach-read, but rather a book to make you think. If you like stories based on history, you will definitely like the book. I also think it would make a good book for discussion groups.

    Written by Books and such on February 7, 2015 | e
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    Tolsma does a good job of giving us an idea what an internment camp might have been like without being overly descriptive of some of the more horrible things written about. I thought the story unfolding between Irene and Rand was as lovely as it could be in such a stressful environment and I also enjoyed the voice of reason in Anita. There are a few really tense situations throughout the book, but this could not be an accurate portrayal of war or prison camp without them. This is the 3rd book my Tolsma that I have read and I plan to read the next as soon as it comes out! I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in history or enjoys historical fiction.

    Written by Cristi’s Reviews on February 7, 2015 | e
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    Liz Tolsma takes readers into the heart of what it was like for many Americans who found themselves as prisoners of war by the Japanese just at the beginning of WWII. I never considered the implications of how difficult it was to survive in camps where they were refusing to provide all the contents of the Red Cross kits to help them survive while the Japanese kept them barely on the brink of being alive. Disease and malnutrition were slowly killing them while they struggled to find hope in the midst of a different kind of victim of war. I easily give this wonderful novel a well deserved 5 out of 5 stars.

    Written by Reviews From The Heart on February 5, 2015 | e
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    This novel takes us inside a WW II internment camp where we experience the horrors of war. This is not a feel good novel. The conditions were terrible. Yet we have the encouragement of Christians who had the courage to persevere. The gospel is clearly presented too. I do wish there had been more description of the camp layout as I found it hard to visualize. Other than that, a good historical novel.

    Written by Book Reviews from an Avid Reader on February 5, 2015 | e
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    I have read other books by this author, Liz Tolsma, but her newest, Remember the Lilies, is one of my favorites. I really like to read historical novels although sometimes it seems as if the authors change the history too much. Author Liz Tolsma tells a story that is compelling and very believable to the reader. This is a story of faith, overcoming guilt and survival in horrible circumstances. Irene Reynolds has done something that has led to Rand Sterling being sent away to endure torture. They will be brought together again, but will Irene and Rand find a way to help each other survive? Will they find a way to ever be together?

    Written by 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too!on February 4, 2015 | e
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    I think I’ve mentioned this in my previous reviews of the books by Liz Tolsma, but I must say it again. I absolutely love the covers on her books, including this one. In fact, that is the reason I first picked up her books. I think this look has defined her and set her books apart. I can spot one of her books right away!

    I had never heard of the Santo Tomas Internment Camp, located in the Philippines, until this book. I had no idea of the life they were forced to live under the control of the Japanese. It was not pretty. I enjoyed the history note at the end of the book but am shocked by the one reason no one died from. What they existed on was absolutely absurd.

    Written by When life gets you down…read a book on February 4, 2015 | e
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    Tolsma gives the reader a good idea of what life was like at Santo Tomas, both the good and the bad, and the novel is also historically accurate. There are descriptions of living conditions which deteriorated as the war went on. There was disease due to crowded facilities, poor food, and the 1943 typhoon. Relationships were formed and broken, depending on a person’s situation. Some readers might find it difficult to get through the scenes where Rand is held in the notorious Fort Santiago, but it’s important to remember that prisoners were held and tortured at the fort, and it’s estimated that some 600 Americans died there.

    Written by Proverbial Reads on February 4, 2015 | e
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    My Thoughts On The Book: This was my first book by Liz Tolsma and definitely won’t be my last. If you are a fan of historical romance then this is a must read. I was hooked by the end of chapter one and could not put the book down until I knew how it would end. Her characters were believable and to be honest Rand was not my favorite person in the beginning. He grows on you throughout the book. Tolsma is a master storyteller and it was easy to tell that Tolsma had researched her subject well. I learned a great deal about Japanese internment camps from this book. This was a sweet, tender, and heartbreaking story of forgiveness. Loved it and cannot wait to read more by Tolsma.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this e-book free from Thomas Nelson, Netgalley Publicity Group and Litfuse Publishers as part of their Book Review Blogger Programs. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

    Written by Karen’s Korner on February 4, 2015 | e
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    A difficult read at times, but the portrayal of the Christian characters, offered beacons of hope during a dark time.
    However the novel left me with a feeling of hope, and the certain knowledge that God is always good, even when man may not be.

    Written by Avid Reader Reviews on February 4, 2015 | e


    This book was a bit of a slow starter for me, but as I read it picked up speed and soon I didn’t want to put it down–I just had to know what would happen!

    I really liked Anita, because she showed great strength and didn’t let being blind keep her down. She was like a mother to Irene, and mentored her with faith.

    There was great interaction between Rand and Irene, I liked that Irene didn’t fall for him right away, and didn’t fall for his practiced charm. Rand really grew a lot over the course of the story, and the more he lost the more he found, and realized the things that were really important.

    Overall this is a poignant read, set during WWII in the Santo Tomas Internment Camp. Through it all loved how it all came together, and how they fought to survive the war. A deep read.

    Written by Labor Not in Vain on February 3, 2015 | e
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    Remember the Lilies is a great addition to the series, yet it could work for a stand alone book. I love Liz Tolsma and always jump at the chance to review her writing. She is a very in depth and profound writer and always has very well thought out and very well researched writings.

    Written by A Simple Life, really?! on February 3, 2015 | e
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    It wasn’t until I read Liz Tolsma’s blog about “Remember the Lilies” that I was able to picture the Santo Tomas Internment Camp in Manila, in the Philippines during the Japanese occupation. This picture made all the difference as I put together my thoughts about this novel.
    I could not wrap my head around the description of this camp in the midst the campus of a former university. I was a little frustrated by this inability to picture this area in my mind. That’s how I judge a book sometimes. If I am able to picture the events in my mind, it’s almost like watching a movie as I read. I highly recommend this novel for a very authentic fictional account of what might have happened all those years ago. I received a free Print copy by Litfuse Publicity in return for my honest review.

    Written by Im Hooked on Books on February 2, 2015 | e
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  • Sharon Sweeney says:

    Thanks for the chance to win…