Wednesday, November 6, 2013

A Writer's Review of “Snow on the Tulips" by Liz Tolsma

{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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{My Review}

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.

Snow on the Tulips is a story set in the Netherlands during the end of World War II. The main character is Cornelia, a young woman who'd been tragically widowed on the first day of the war... which was also her wedding day. Her spiritual and heart-growth throughout the pages of the book was part of what had me hooked. 

Through reading this book, I learned a lot about what it was like to live during the WWII in Europe, and the stresses involved with doing the right thing concerning standing up against the Nazis and standing up for the Allies and the Jewish people who were in hiding. Cornelia had been locked into a state of fear concerning herself and her loved ones for so long, it took being forced into a spy-ring (opposing the Nazis, of course) in order to see that she needed to wake up and live her life not just for herself, but for the sake of others as well.       

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Snow on the Tulips currently has a rating of 4.21 out of 5 stars (from 61 ratings) on Goodreads. I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

{About the Author}

Liz Tolsma has lived in Wisconsin most of her life, and she now resides next to a farm field with her husband, their son, and their two daughters. Add a dog and a cat to that mix and there's always something going on at their house. She's spent time teaching second grade, writing advertising for a real estate company, and working as a church secretary, but she always dreamed of becoming an author. She'd love to have you visit her at

Liz Tolsma is celebrating the release of her novel, Snow on the Tulipsby giving away an Amazon Reading Pack to one lucky winner. Find out what readers are saying about the book here.


  One winner will receive:
  • A $50 Amazon gift card
  • Snow on the Tulips by Liz Tolsma
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 16th. Winner will be announced November 18th at Liz's blog


Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to stop by Liz's blog on the 18th to see if you won. (Or, better yet, subscribe to her blog and have the winner announcement delivered to your inbox! Just enter your email address on the left sidebar of her blog.)

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