Snow on the Tulips by Liz Tolsma | Blog tour and Amazon Reading Pack Giveaway!

Liz Tolsma’s Snow on the Tulips is already a favorite with critics and readers alike. Award-winning author Sarah Sundin had this to say about the book: “A splendid debut novel! With a tender romance, a gripping plot, and a well-researched setting, Snow on the Tulips drew me in to the harrowing uncertainty of life in the Netherlands under Nazi rule. Liz Tolsma’s beautiful story kept me up at night—not just wondering what would happen to her endearing characters, but wondering what I would do in similar circumstances. Do not miss this book!”

Liz is celebrating by giving away an Amazon Reading Pack to one lucky winner.

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{More about Snow on the Tulips}

A stranger’s life hangs in the balance. But to save him is to risk everything.

The war is drawing to a close, but the Nazis still occupy part of the Netherlands. After the losses she’s endured, war widow Cornelia is only a shadow of the woman she once was. She fights now to protect her younger brother, Johan, who lives in hiding.

When Johan brings Gerrit Laninga, a wounded Dutch Resistance member, to Cornelia’s doorstep, their  lives are forever altered. Although scared of the consequences of harboring a wanted man, Cornelia’s faith won’t let her turn him out.

As she nurses Gerrit back to health, she is drawn to his fierce passion and ideals, and notices a shift within herself. Gerrit’s intensity challenges her, making her want to live fully, despite the fear that constrains her. When the opportunity to join him in the Resistance presents itself, Cornelia must summon every ounce of courage imaginable.

She is as terrified of loving Gerrit as she is of losing him. But as the winter landscape thaws, so too does her heart. Will she get a second chance at true love? She fears their story will end before it even begins.

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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.

Find out more about Liz at http://www.liztolsma.com.

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A splendid debut novel! With a tender romance, a gripping plot, and a well-researched setting, Snow on the Tulips drew me in to the harrowing uncertainty of life in the Netherlands under Nazi rule. Liz Tolsma’s beautiful story kept me up at night—not just wondering what would happen to her endearing characters, but wondering what I would do in similar circumstances. Do not miss this book! Sarah Sundin, award-winning author

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! CBA Retailers and Resources

Tolsma crafts strong characters and easy-to-visualize scenes. The inherent danger of the 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. A German and Dutch glossary is included. 4 Star Romantic Times Review

Reviews

  • Snow on the Tulips by Liz Tolsma was an amazing book. This book takes place during WWII which just happens to be one of the time periods in history that I love learning and reading about. I also loved this book because my grandma’s family is from the Netherlands and she is working on her family history right now so I feel like I know the people.

  • This is exactly the type of historical Fiction I like to read. You learn things even without realizing it. Throw in a good romance and you have a great book.

  • This was a story of faith with characters who were determined to follow their convictions, and in some cases, their hearts. If you enjoy reading inspirational historical fiction, then I would definitely recommend this. It is, in a few words, just a very good book.

  • Snow on the Tulips is an intriguing story of bravery and survival set at the end of World War II. It presents some of the dilemmas Christians faced in war. Gerrit believed that he was serving God by helping the Resistance—he even went so far as stealing ration cards and lying to German officers. Piet, Cornelia’s brother-in-law, also believed he was serving God when he left his pregnant wife to work for the Germans—because the government ordered him to go, he must obey. Were they both right? It’s hard to say, but those types of dilemmas are ones we may be facing here in America all too soon. I appreciate it when books make me think about morality and question what I would do in a similar situation.

  • Snow on the Tulips is a raw emotion filled story that will grip its readers from beginning to end.

    This was a beautiful book. I really admired that Tolsma placed her setting in a place that isn’t written about much.

    Plus, who could think that romance could bloom in such a gloomy place? Well it can and I believe that it gave the book the sort of much needed lightness for the reader. The romance centered around two people who knew they might not get another day together.

    I strongly recommend that if you are looking for a new book that this is one book that you look into! It’s fantastic~!

  • Connie VanderZwaag Kiers says:

    I loved Snow on the Tulips. Hearing many similar stories from my parents who lived through the war first hand, increased my interest in this story. (My dad’s father was head of the underground in his area of Drenthe, The Netherlands). Anyone who loves history will thoroughly enjoy this book. I have recommended it to our church library

  • This story has got romance, drama, suspense and so much more. I was just awed by the author’s “Story Behind the Story” that tells of her book being based on a member of her own family’s life. Some of what happens in the story happened in real life. I was just humbled by how much various people in the story risked to help others be free. I am so very thankful for the armed men and women who serve the United States so that I can enjoy being free. Thank you, Liz for writing this touching and heartwarming story. I learned about a subject I didn’t know anything about and was reminded that God can be trusted with all my fears as he holds me in the palms of His hands. I highly recommend this novel, and am looking forward to her next book, Daisies Last Forever, due to be released in May 2014.

  • History, romance, family drama and suspense all bundled together into one very entertaining story. The Dutch Resistance Movement and World War II. Truth to tell I really do not know a lot about the Dutch Resistance Movement or I didn’t until I read this book. Wow, what people had to endure because of the war, it is incredible. Ms. Tolsma begins the book with the Nazis executing a dozen freedom fighters and the story takes off from there. This is a story about how individuals can determine the course for the many, either for the bad or the good. Corrie and Gerrit are wonderfully crafted characters that we draw very close to and root for them to succeed. “Snow On The Tulips” is a wonderful, interesting story with power and depth that will keep you flipping pages.

  • This novel is a wonderful story. Liz Tolsma gives a voice to the Dutch affected by the war. As a huge fan of historical fiction I was drawn to this novel from the description. As I began to read, I could NOT put it down. I found myself disappointed when it was time to go to sleep. This novel gives a candid view of the war and how it affected everyone involved. Liz Tolsma writes with authority about The Netherlands, the living conditions of the residents, and the war itself. Even though this novel is fiction, there are many facts given in this novel. The characters of this novel are amazing and to follow them through their tragedies and celebrations is a real experience. I felt like I was there watching the events unfold. I truly enjoyed this novel and HIGHLY recommend this novel to those readers of Historical Christian Fiction, you will not be disappointed.

  • Liz Tolsma is a new author to me so I was not sure what to expect when I agreed to review “Snow on the Tulips”. I am happy to say that there was absolutely no reason to be concerned. The story grabbed me immediately and I was not ready to give it up when I reached the final page.

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

  • What a fabulous book this is. Replete with serious scenes and also moments full of light and even joy, this book made my “Favorites of 2013″ list.
    Liz Tolsma’s writing absolutely shines in Snow on the Tulips, her first full-length novel.
    You can tell that much labor was put into telling this tale right, setting the stage with characters, places, and happenings, and the result makes for a wonderful novel.
    This book flows along with such a current and it drew me right along with the story.
    Snow on the Tulips explores many powerful themes, such as the rightness of telling lies to save a life, of breaking one command to keep another.
    There is so much humanity to consider, human love and human frailty. Human courage and human fear.

  • Moments says:

    Liz Tolsma immediately drew me into the story in the very first page of her book, “Snow on the Tulips” and I became engrossed in the characters’ lives until the very end. Cornelia is trying to protect her brother and also herself as she has had her heart broken and her life ended because of this war. However, when Gerrit needs help, Cornelia is unable to find it in herself to turn him awake and then she finds herself becoming more alive and more herself than she has felt in so long. Cornelia is such an excellent main character whom is faced with so many choices and I found myself drawn into her life and empathizing with her.

  • Snow on The Tulips is a beautiful sweet love story tied into a gripping story of World War II. I loved learning about the Dutch during 1945 as well as the spirit of the Dutch Resistance. The characters face many hurtles that they have to overcome in order to move ahead with life. Their faith and trust in God is definitely challenged throughout the war. Once you start reading this book you will be hooked. I cannot cannot wait for more of Liz’s books! This book is my favorite read of 2013 by far!I know I will read this book again!

  • First of all the cover on this book is beautiful and one of my favorites. The cover is what captured my attention. This book is unique in the fact that it is based on a true story, full of deep war history, and is set in the Netherlands. I don’t think I have read many other books set in the Netherlands, let alone during this time period. World War II is raging outside Cornelia’s door and this book is about her journey in protecting a Resistance man, questioning her faith, and surviving through the raids. I enjoyed the characters and the history. I like war stories and I appreciate this book more since it is based on a real life.

  • The author does a wonderful job creating memorable characters and an intriguing plot. Overall, Snow on the Tulips is one my favorite books from 2013!

  • Every since I picked out award-winning Number the Stars by Lois Lowery from the library one fateful day while I was in 3rd grade many years ago, I have had a love of historical fiction and I have specifically been interested in stories set during WWII. What first drew me to Snow on the Tulips was the hauntingly beautiful cover. I do agree with the old adage that you can’t judge a book by it’s cover, but I don’t think it applies to this book. I think you can take one look at this cover and almost immediately know what it’s about and that it will take you for an emotional ride. The characters in the story are all very immediately likeable which made me want to know what would happen.

  • Let me start by saying, I LOVED this book! Liz Tolsma is a new to me author, and she has quickly become one of my favorites. The characters face many hurtles that they have to overcome in order to move ahead with life. Their faith and trust in God is definitely challenged throughout the war.

  • I was Ms. Tolsma’s critique partner during the writing of SNOW ON THE TULIPS and I couldn’t wait to read this book in it’s final stages. WOW. I loved the story before and I loved it even more reading it in a book. World War II stories are my favorite to read, and this is one that will stay with you for a long time.

  • Ok first off I really love these books! They all seems to have the Reading Group Guide in them which makes it so much easier for book clubs to use!! So Snow on the Tulips was amazing! Tolsma is now a fav author! This book tests their faith through life and war. The author did an amazing job making real characters all in the world of WW2. This story will draw you in on the first page. Its another one of those books that you won’t want to put down until you have read the entire thing!

  • Snow on the Tulips has the perfect mix of romance and history and it is so well written! I just wanted to keep reading and growing with Gerrit and Cornelia’s relationship and the events that took place really took me back to that era and gave me a look at what the people really suffered while the Nazis were invading and fighting the Allies in their country!

    I highly recommend if you love historical fiction, especially from the WWII era!

  • What a fabulous book! Excellent writing and wonderful suspense I didn’t want to put it down!!! Liz Tolsma takes you on an amazing journey that will keep you turning the pages and wanting more even after it’s over.

  • This was a very intense book. It gave a very good glimpse of what it would have been like to live in the Nazi occupied Netherlands during WWII. The writing was wonderful and so were the characters. They were all very endearing, Cornelia is trying to keep her brother, Johan, safe from the Nazi’s, but he brings an injured resistance worker to her. She has to enlist the help of their sister, Anki, whose husband is against any resistance. The longer Cornelia and Gerrit are together the closer they become. Will they get to have a happy ending? Liz did such a good job that I felt I knew the characters and I felt their pain and suffering. This is a story that is fiction, but is based on a real life situation. Great job Liz with the writing and research that went into this book.

  • What I really loved about Snow on the Tulips was that the story of Cornelia, Gerrit and Johan is based on actual events that happened at the end of the war. It’s a story of overcoming fear and obstacles to do the right thing, hearing and following God’s calling, and the strong love forged under the most difficult of circumstances along the way.

  • I love finding 5-star debut novels. They don’t come around very often. Almost never, actually. But yeah, Snow on the Tulips happens to be one of them! Liz Tolsma’s story and characters captured my attention from the very first page and never let go.

  • The setting of this book showcases a very violent and tumultuous time in history, one that is not quickly forgotten. The author made the time period and characters seem very real and at times heartbreaking. Knowing now what the Nazis did to the people of their country is a horror like no other.

  • The plot was great, the setting was perfect, and it is my absolute favorite time period to read about. I also thought it was so cool how the story was based on things that actually happened! I really liked the heroine, Cornelia, and I admired how she stayed strong through all the losses she endured and her protectiveness of her brother.

  • Liz Tolsma’s Snow on the Tulips is a haunting WWII story set in the Netherlands that reminded me of Bodie Thoene’s early books. A young woman is pushed outside of what she knows she should do in order to do the right thing. In the process she pulls those she loves deeper into the web of deception and danger as the Germans actively look for the resistance member she is protecting. And just as tulips peep through the snow, so hope peeps through the pages of this book.

  • This was a heartbreaking story about the things that a lot of people had to go thru during this war. I did not realize that the people from The Netherlands were also targeted and killed just like a lot of other people in other countries.

  • Inspired by real events, Snow on The Tulips by Liz Tolsma illustrates the fear, sacrifice and heroism surrounding the German occupation of The Netherlands during WWII. Beautifully written, the novel features very believable characters struggling with living under the oppressive regime of an occupying force. The deprivation and desperation of the times is brightened by the shining faith of God’s people. Looking for a good book? Then Snow on The Tulips is definitely for you.

  • Wow. I could not put Snow on the Tulips down – I read it in just a few hours, finishing the book at 1 in the morning!

    I can’t ever resist a WWII story, and Liz’s was impressive. She successfully portrayed the struggle between doing wrong…or obeying God. Or is some wrong right when it goes against evil? Is lying ever ok when it protects someone from a murderer? With God-fearing husbands and members of the Dutch Resistance, Liz artfully told both sides of the coin.

  • Based on true events, Liz Tolsma’s Snow on the Tulips is a fascinating novel that takes place in a Nazi occupied town in the Netherlands. Set in the months leading up to the liberation by Canadian soldiers, it is a suspense-laden story that will keep you on the edge of your seat as Cornelia de Vries risks her life as she hides her brother Johan and Dutch Resistance fighter Gerrit Laninga from the Gestapo.

  • Overall this was an enjoyable book that is rich in history. The characters were pretty well written, though the book is a little slow moving. Finished it in two days and definitely liked the details.

  • Snow On The Tulips is a truly beautiful book about one of history’s most vile moments. The story is based on real events, and takes place during WW2 in the Netherlands. I have ready many books, fiction and non-fiction, focusing on this period of history, but never one from the Dutch perspective. After reading this book I feel like this country’s story of WW2 is vastly under told.

    The author manages to weave a beautiful love story in and amongst a very detailed accounting of historical events.

    This is the first book I have read from this author, but I can’t wait to read another!!

  • Snow on the Tulips is the dramatic story of Corrie and Gerrit and how they meet by chance and fall in love. Corrie is a broken heroine- she has suffered the loss of her husband as a newlywed and has vowed to never love again. Gerrit is working for the secret underground resistance and has no interest in getting involved with another woman after his last fiance reported him to the oppressors. Everyone is waiting anxiously for the Allied forces to reach them- almost a year after D-Day and still living under Nazi rule.

    This story is told in three points of view: Corrie, Gerrit, and Corrie’s sister Anki. I enjoyed the three points of view (though I did find Gerrit’s sections a little boring). This is not an action driven story, like I had predicted it would be. This narrative is driven

  • Being a huge lover of historical WWII fiction, I was immediately drawn to this story. It had me wondering just what I would have done in the same situation that Cornelia faced. Would she turn away a wanted man and risk her own safety as well as her brothers? She knew that once the soldiers discovered that one of the men they had executed was missing, they would come looking and they wouldn’t stop until they discovered him. Their own army was no match for the German soldiers and faced with food shortages and raids at any hour of the day as well as bombings from the allied planes, life for Cornelia was anything but normal. This story was based on the true story of the author’s family which she does an incredible job at drawing the reader in and making them feel a part of the action.

  • The best part of this novel is its sensitive exploration of the ethical dilemma, What is right? To obey God’s law no matter what, in any and every situation? To tell the truth, for example, no matter to whom and regardless of circumstances–or to bend God’s law when what we perceive as “good” is at risk? And how can we humans of finite wisdom really know the difference?

    No easy answers there, which provides fertile ground for this historical romance, set in a less-explored corner of the World War II landscape, Holland. This is Anne Frank territory, which means there’s plenty of scope for high-stakes drama.

  • Inspired by actual events Snow on the Tulips takes you to the Netherlands almost at the very end of the war.
    Author Liz Tolsma begins her novel Snow on the Tulips with a bittersweet dedication to the Dutch resistance workers who gave their lives on 11 April 1945 in Dronriip, Friesland and to Gerard de Jong, the one man who survived that day!

    She goes on with a careful rendering of the pervasive atmosphere created by a brutal occupation which violated the very neutrality Dutch people hoped would spare their country.

    Throughout her narrative the author describes the day to day routine people adhered to in hopes to survive yet another day until liberation. Some believes it was their duty to obey Nazi ruling whilst others defied them at every turn, sometimes at a cost no one would imagine.
    What makes it a beautiful story is the faith that permeates throughout the plot line, so simple yet almost miraculous in those trying times!

  • “There’s a beautiful story among the chaos…If you’re looking for a fast-paced and great story, I recommend grabbing a copy of this one…”

  • I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story. The author crafted her characters so thoroughly they resonated with my soul. Each character, even the secondary characters, added a unique dimension to the story. They each faced personal trials that made for many personal reflections.

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

  • The author has done a wonderful job of expressing the day by day turmoil and emotional strain of living in this time period.
    Faith shines like a lighthouse in the storm throughout the story, and I love that!
    This story really spoke to my heart this truth: in the darkest of nights, there is always hope…no matter how small- hope lives and we must cling to it!

  • It’s wonderful to know that goodness and faith weren’t extinguished in such a devastating era of human history. Some people maintained the strength to risk their lives for a stranger’s safety. Tolsma did a great job of moving between characters. Her descriptions of each one made them stand out against each other. The romance factor was a little strong in this book. It’s the one thing I could have done without. Thinking about my own family living on the meager rations, watching out for soldiers and being afraid to play outside caused my heart to hurt. I wondered how I might have handled such a situation. The prayers and scriptural references in the book were strong; I found myself praying along with the characters. Gotta love it when a book brings me to prayer!

  • It is hard to imagine how some people have the strength to help others when their own lives are in danger. This is a novel of courage, faith and love.

  • I was drawn in by the cover of this book and captivated to the last page. The Glossary of Foreign Words at the front of the book was extremely helpful. I have always enjoyed reading the history of this time period and especially reading personal stories. I enjoyed reading it from this particular perspective. Cornelia is faced with so much, but her faith holds strong. Despite the very real fact that she could lose her life for what she is doing, Cornelia does what is right. I thoroughly enjoyed the adventure that this author took me on, and the questions that her book provoked in my heart. I’m so looking forward to her next book!!

  • What a beautiful story! Set in WWII with amazing characters and a fantastic plotline.

  • If you enjoy reading a book that draws you into the character’s lives as if you belong there, encourages your faith and gives you hope that there are still those who will stand up for what is right, this book is for you. I couldn’t put Snow on the Tulips down after I started reading it and when it was over, I was glad with the outcomes mainly, happy Holland was liberated, and devastated that the story had ended.

  • This book is truly amazing and, even more so, because it was inspired by true events. It’s a book that will have you on the edge of your seat the whole time. It will also bring you into sadness at what man is capable of doing to other men. This book is set during WWII and focuses on the Nazi invasion of the Netherlands. It’s a horrific time in history where people were literally fighting against evil.

  • Snow on Tulips by Liz Tolsma is about people being able to help others without being afraid of what will happen to themselves. Cornelia is a widow who is afraid to trust anyone again. In order to trust again she must rely on her faith. Does she have enough?

  • WWII Fiction at its finest. Liz Tolsma’s debut novel is a sure winner for those who enjoy historical fiction. Set during the waning days of the German occupation of the Netherlands, the reader is taken on a journey with the Dutch Resistance. I sat on the edge of my seat total engrossed in the story.

    Ms. Tolsma is a new fresh voice and I’m sure she will earn many fans with Snow on the Tulips. I look forward to her next book, Daisies Last Forever.

  • This is an intriguing story about standing up for what’s right, no matter the cost. I liked that it’s told from a different angle than most, from the Dutch perspective. I hadn’t heard much about what went on there and parts of the story are based on true events!

  • Now, that being said, I love the unique setting and original canvas –one that I think we can all agree is not often found in the CBA market. Further, from the get-go, I could tell Tolsma had done more than her fair share of research. Her passion for this sparked from the first page.

  • Ms Tolsma has written an exceptional debut novel. The setting is well researched and Tolsma’s description drops you in the middle of the Netherlands during Nazi rule. The characterization is richly done and draws you into a multi-layered story of courage, faith and tender love. This book and any to follow by Ms Tolsma, you will not want to miss. Look for Daisies Last Forever in May 2014. Included in the book is a well-developed reading group guide and the “story behind the story”.
    *Thank you Litfuse Publicity for sending a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for this review and blog tour participation.

  • I liked this novel about the Dutch during the latter days of Nazi occupation. It really gave me an idea of the decisions they had to make. Do they trust God with their future or do they actively resist the occupying forces? Good historical novel with a little romance added in.

  • I don’t normally read war based books, but this one spoke to me as my father was born in the Netherlands a year after the war ended. I could envision these people as members of my own family, and imagined that my Grandparents and Uncles would have faced many of the same struggles living in Delft as the people did in Friesland.
    Even if you don’t normally read stories set in wartime, you should give this one a try I think you’ll like it.

  • Liz Tolsma makes a solid publishing debut with Snow on the Tulips, a World War II novel set in the German-occupied Netherlands during the last remaining weeks of the war. This story is an eye-opening read as Liz brings home the reality of the German occupation and danger for those who defended their homeland.

  • This book depicts life in the Netherlands during the Nazi occupation. I was taken right into the middle of life for Johan, Gerrit, and Cornelia, as they lived in war torn Netherlands. I was scared for them and I rooted for them to succeed. My breath caught several times as I read this story, which caused me to turn the pages faster.
    Liz is a new author, and this won’t be the last we hear from her. I highly recommend this book.

  • This skillfully plotted novel, full of faith and Psalms and based on real events, is one of the most gripping World War 2 books I have ever read.

    Highly recommended, especially for those of Dutch background.

  • I really enjoyed this book. The setting and characters are realistic, the story line was engaging. I totally found myself with the characters, pulling for them all the way! If you enjoy books that deal with love and war, this is the book for you. If you enjoy new authors, or are an eclectic reader, this book is for you.

  • The title of the book, Snow on the Tulips is a great symbol of the beauty of the Netherlands, of life and of love masked by war, fear and pain. I love this title and what it represents! I love reading about this time period and the strength of the people who endured it. The courage of Cornelia and the other characters is so impressive to me. They displayed faith and strength through such hard times. This story is historical fiction, but is loosely based on a true story of the author’s father’s cousin. There is a wonderful, sweet romance woven into the story- that always makes it more interesting! This was a story that left me wanting more at the end.

  • Wow! I know that I am not going to be able to do this book justice with my review. I was excited to read this book because I’m a complete nut when it comes to World War 2 and people like Corrie Ten Boom (and Cornelia reminded me of her). Also, this book was set in the Netherlands, and I’m particularly fond of it after visiting last year, and you don’t see many books from the Netherlands during that time period.

    BUT, just because I was interested in the book’s subject didn’t mean it was actually going to be a good book. It was better than good, it was amazing and probably the best book I’ve read this year! There is nothing bad I can say about it. As soon as I finished it I popped over to Liz’s site to see what other books she had and I was astonished that this was her debut novel!!

    I also loved that this story was based on a true story! Incredible!

    This is one of those books that captures you from the beginning and you fall in love with all of the main characters. If you are a reader, you will understand that sometimes you get brought into the story yourself and get attached to the characters. You could see the spiritual growth of them through the story and also what courage they had to stand up for what was right. I wondered if I was in that situation if I would of had the courage to do what they did?!

    Simply put – this is a book you must read ASAP! I can’t wait for Liz’s next book to come out!

  • Sara Ella says:

    Snow on the Tulips, by Liz Tolsma, is a tale rich with history, singing the message that goodness and justice will be victorious over fear and oppression in the end.I truly enjoyed Snow on the Tulips for its unique setting and true-to-life characters. I love the World War II era, but have never read a story set in the Netherlands during this time. I felt like I was getting a history lesson (an enjoyable one) while also receiving the entertainment that comes along with reading a good novel. I felt that Liz’s characters were flawed and very human. I liked that within their faith in Elohim (God) there were also real struggles and doubts that people deal with every day.

  • Liz has done a marvelous job of portraying the real-life drama that occurred during this era. A great debut!

  • I can very easily say that Snow on the Tulips is the BEST book I have read this entire year! It brought out such raw emotions in me that I can’t even begin to describe them. (A few Kleenex? Try a whole BOX!) This book was so descriptive I felt as if I were IN the story fighting along side Cornelia and Gerrit.

  • Living in the Netherlands under Nazi rule was a very tough time for the Dutch. Cornelia had lost her newlywed husband to the war.

    I really enjoy historical novels. This one was well researched and had me right there in that country during its occupation. It also had me on the edge of my seat more than once. There’s a bit of a teaser for Ms Tolsma’s next novel at the end of this one. I’m looking forward to reading Daisies Last Forever.

  • I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed “Snow on the Tulips” by Liz Tolsma. It’s a fictional story set in the Netherlands, and has every topic you could ask for, from war to romance to courage and faith to suspense. The author does a great job of adding drama to the story, and it seems very realistic. I really enjoyed the characters and I really enjoyed the story.

  • This story will evoke fear and you’ll be able to hear the Nazi’s footsteps, their gunshots and you’ll be able to smell the fear of the survivors. This story is ‘real’ and heartfelt, an excellent read.

  • “Snow on the Tulips” was engaging and moving from the first page. I enjoying reading novels set in history and this book gave a vivid depiction of the Netherlands at the end of World War II. I cared about the characters, especially Cornelia, a war widow who is at the center of the story. It’s definitely one of the best novels I have read this year and I highly recommend it.

  • Snow on the Tulips is nicely paced, with clear writing and an excellent flow. Writing-wise, it’s good. In spite of a little difficulty with suspension of disbelief, the pages flew. As a WWII book, I personally felt the story was a little weak, with a few too many lucky coincidences and at least one unconvincing character. I would recommend Snow on the Tulips particularly to fans of romance.

  • Other than Corrie ten Boom’s story I have not read much about the Dutch during World War II so this was interesting. I had not realized that when Hitler’s Blitzkrieg rolled across the border the Dutch army rode against them on bicycles. Obviously, it was not a fair fight. I also respected the stubbornness and determination that the Dutch people exhibited, against all odds.

    Snow on the Tulips is a book based on characters in the author’s family. It is a fascinating book, definitely worth reading.

  • If there is one thing I really appreciate in books, it is accuracy. This is one book that truly shows that the author, Liz Tolsma, took the time to research the setting and time of this book. The details are amazing and add so much more to the whole story. The entire time reading the book, you feel like you are a part of the story and want to know more and more about the wonderful characters she has developed. It draws you in and keeps you there! This is one book I am sure you will enjoy!

  • This novel is superbly written and I was as if I saw the devastation, felt the fear, and yes the courage of the people. There are so many aspects to war…Those that go and actively fight the enemy are no more brave than those who stay at home and work in their quiet way, often behind the scenes where no one knows their involvement.

  • I honestly don’t have much criticism concerning this book. it is well-written, and the Christian message is strong and clear. At times, the reality does drive the story to some places the reader may not wish, but don’t worry–it has an essentially happy ending. Putting this story towards the end of WWII practically ensures that. But there is much tragedy along the way, and some will possibly surprise the reader. There was a part of me that didn’t want a happy ending, but in the end, the ending was strong, emotional, and filled with hope.

  • Wow! I am very impressed by this book. I’m not certain if this is a new author or not, but she is definitely new to me. This is a book that I couldn’t get out of my head. I was wrapped into the story and felt like I could easily visualize what was going on. I can’t even begin to imagine the fear of this time. The most amazing part of this book is that it is based on a true story.

  • This book was absolutely lovely. I read it when I was under the weather and didn’t feel like doing much of anything, and I was drawn in by the haunting story. The characters were wonderful–they carried depth and by the end of the book, seemed nearly like family.

  • First I feel like I should mention that I’ve always found myself drawn to books about underground groups – during the World Wars, during the American Civil War, basically during any time of conflict. I loved the story of Snow on the Tulips and it is even more amazing to learn that it is really close to actual events. Liz Tolsma is only one generation away from people that lived through the events that she based this story on!

    I do imagine that I would be like the heroine. She is just staying safe and waiting out the war; not supporting the Nazis but only being passive aggressive with no large rebellion. Then circumstances change as danger literally comes right to her doorstep.

    I feel like I will remember more historical information from this book about the Netherlands during WWII.

  • Author Liz Tolsma sets her novel, “Snow On The Tulips,” in this traumatic era and brings her readers a very realistic look at the horrors of war and the bravery and faith of the Dutch people as they valiantly try to overcome Hilter’s regime. Some of this novel is graphically portrayed – and it is necessary to get across the point of how horrible the war was to the people of the Netherlands. But Tolsma also brings in a lovely story of romance amidst the war-zone terrors – a story that is filled with love and faith.

    Absolutely loved it!

  • I LOVED this book! I requested it at the recommendation of a friend, she said that it was one of the best books that she had read this year, and that I just HAD to get it. So I did, and boy am I glad to have friends with good taste in literature. The combination of factual historical events and a modern writing style was just superb! I loved how the close knit family that stars in the book stick together and protect each other no matter the cost. I haven’t had a lot of reading time lately, so it took me a while to finish this novel, but it was definitely not because there was a lack of action! Something new was happening at the turn of every page, leaving me in anticipation of what comes next. I would get so into this story that if anyone spoke to me while I was reading it I would jump. Reading this book let me experience real life situations that people went through during the Nazi invasion, and I was dead to the world within seconds of opening my copy. I can’t recommend this book enough!

  • I absolutely loved this story. There are not many books I keep around to read again but this is one I definitely will. This gets five stars from me and that is not normal for me

  • More than anything this book helped me to be thankful for the peaceful times I live in. This book is full of fear and tense moments. You can really feel that coming through the writing. The Dutch people lived through some incredibly horrible times, but many heroes came out of it.