Snow On The Tulips by Liz Tolsma

Snow On The Tulips

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Snow On The Tulips – Book Review

If you are a fan of historical fiction – especially novels that bring the events of World War II to life – then you are in for a treat. Today, I’d like to introduce you to Snow On The Tulips – the debut novel from Liz Tolsma!

The first thing you need to know about this book – the story behind the story, if you will – is that the novel is drawn, in part, from events that that occurred in the lives of Liz’s ancestors!

Details like these always enhance my reading pleasure – and I’m sure they will enhance yours too!

Snow On The Tulips brings the story of the Dutch resistance movement to life. The story takes place at the end of World War II in 1945, in the German-occupied Dutch Netherlands.

Snow On The Tulips is a faith-based novel about ordinary people who must grapple with issues of fear, faith, and conscience as they watch the Nazis take over their country. The characters in this story each have very personal decisions to make about how they will respond to the great evil that is occurring in their homeland.

Will they find a way to resist and fight back – no matter how small the effort or how great the personal risk – or will they stand by and watch silently from the sidelines, waiting for others to take a stand and rescue them?

As we learn from the lives of the people in Snow On The Tulips, life and death decisions aren’t always as easy or as clear-cut as one might imagine – particularly when one’s own lives and the lives of those we love are on the line.

Liz Tolsma has done a marvelous job of portraying the real-life drama that occurred during this era.

I rate Snow On The Tulips 4 out of 5 stars.

Snow On The Tulips – Book Synopsis

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.

About Liz Tolsma

Liz Tolsma

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.

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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. I was not compensated or required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.


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  1. […] you enjoyed Liz’s first book, Snow On The Tulips, you won’t want to miss Daisies Are Forever. If you are new to the Woman of Courage Series, I […]

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