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In a time of unprecedented darkness and fear, Cornelia must decide if saving a stranger’s life is worth risking her own. In the twilight of the Nazi occupation of The Netherlands, the Germans have taken everything Cornelia had to give, even what was most precious to her. Now Gerrit Laninga—a man who puts God and country above all else—arrives at her house, needing help. She In a time of unprecedented darkness and fear, Cornelia must decide if saving a stranger’s life is worth risking her own. In the twilight of the Nazi occupation of The Netherlands, the Germans have taken everything Cornelia had to give, even what was most precious to her. Now Gerrit Laninga—a man who puts God and country above all else—arrives at her house, needing help. She is terrified for herself and terrified for her family, but most of all, terrified of the pain she might feel again if she allows herself to love Gerrit. Her hope is to be free from her paralyzing fear. Gerrit is a known and hunted Dutch Resistance member. When he comes to Cornelia’s home for shelter, he’s drawn to her strength and kindness. When he asks her to contact the local Resistance on his behalf, she refuses. Gerrit is determined to find a way to continue his underground work without putting Cornelia or her family in harm’s way. When things start to unravel and Gerrit’s life depends on her actions, she must summon her courage and learn to depend on the perfect love that drives out all fear. But will her new love be snatched away before it has a chance to bloom?


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In a time of unprecedented darkness and fear, Cornelia must decide if saving a stranger’s life is worth risking her own. In the twilight of the Nazi occupation of The Netherlands, the Germans have taken everything Cornelia had to give, even what was most precious to her. Now Gerrit Laninga—a man who puts God and country above all else—arrives at her house, needing help. She In a time of unprecedented darkness and fear, Cornelia must decide if saving a stranger’s life is worth risking her own. In the twilight of the Nazi occupation of The Netherlands, the Germans have taken everything Cornelia had to give, even what was most precious to her. Now Gerrit Laninga—a man who puts God and country above all else—arrives at her house, needing help. She is terrified for herself and terrified for her family, but most of all, terrified of the pain she might feel again if she allows herself to love Gerrit. Her hope is to be free from her paralyzing fear. Gerrit is a known and hunted Dutch Resistance member. When he comes to Cornelia’s home for shelter, he’s drawn to her strength and kindness. When he asks her to contact the local Resistance on his behalf, she refuses. Gerrit is determined to find a way to continue his underground work without putting Cornelia or her family in harm’s way. When things start to unravel and Gerrit’s life depends on her actions, she must summon her courage and learn to depend on the perfect love that drives out all fear. But will her new love be snatched away before it has a chance to bloom?

30 review for Snow on the Tulips

  1. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Cox

    by Andrea Renee Cox What a journey! Based on true events, this story packs a wallop of an emotional punch while infusing the reader with hope and inspiration. The only drawback for me was Piet. His motivation for his stubborn belief that God cannot ask anyone to hide people to save their lives (as Rahab did in the Old Testament, which was counted as righteousness) was unclear to me. I didn't understand why he disregarded Rahab's story or the entire New Testament, in which Jesus fulfilled the law by Andrea Renee Cox What a journey! Based on true events, this story packs a wallop of an emotional punch while infusing the reader with hope and inspiration. The only drawback for me was Piet. His motivation for his stubborn belief that God cannot ask anyone to hide people to save their lives (as Rahab did in the Old Testament, which was counted as righteousness) was unclear to me. I didn't understand why he disregarded Rahab's story or the entire New Testament, in which Jesus fulfilled the law and taught us to listen for God's personal guidance in our lives. Since Piet's motivation was unclear and his belief system didn't match up with the Bible (though he claimed to be a Christian), I found it difficult to sympathize with him. However, the high points to this story definitely outweighed that single low point. The Resistance work was well written and inspirational. I hope if I'm ever in a similar position that I will be courageous and follow God's call, whatever that might be. The characters (other than Piet) were complex, intriguing, and relatable. The setting was amazing, the plot fantastic, and the pacing spot-on. The messages of hope, faith, and devotion in the midst of impossible situations saturated each scene, heightening the tension when twists and turns threatened those very values. Books like this one are the reason I love WWII stories so much. This may be Liz Tolsma's debut (and a great one at that!), but I'm glad it isn't her last book. I want more! Quick note of gratitude: Thank you to my friend Hannah, who lent me this book. I'm planning on reading Ms. Tolsma's next two books early in the new year (2018), since I so well enjoyed my time with this one. Quick note on word choice: "Askance" was misused once. This pulled my attention away from the story long enough to double-check the definition in a dictionary. I was disappointed that it was incorrectly used, but this did not affect my rating. I hope the author will double-check terms before using them in the future, to prevent minor disturbances in the reading experience. Her book was really immersive, and I know fixing tiny mistakes like this one will further enhance her stories. I was not compensated for my honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    Just when I think I’ve read enough novels that take place during World War II, another just seems to pop up on the radar. I am always skeptical because I fear that I’ve read every single angle of life during this horrific period. Snow on the Tulips, takes place in the Netherlands during the war once the Gestapo have taken over Netherlands passive Dutch army. There are many men in hiding from being forced to go on work detail and everyone lives in fear, waiting for the Allies to save them. Cornelia Just when I think I’ve read enough novels that take place during World War II, another just seems to pop up on the radar. I am always skeptical because I fear that I’ve read every single angle of life during this horrific period. Snow on the Tulips, takes place in the Netherlands during the war once the Gestapo have taken over Netherlands passive Dutch army. There are many men in hiding from being forced to go on work detail and everyone lives in fear, waiting for the Allies to save them. Cornelia’s world, bound by fear, is suddenly shaken when she is left to decide the fate of Gerrit Laninga (a Dutch Resistance member) once his execution is botched and he is on the run from the Nazi’s. She has to make the conscious decision to care for and hide this man or send him out the door to face his inevitable death. I enjoyed this book immensely. I felt drawn into the life of Cornelia, her family, and Gerrit. The only reason why I didn’t give this novel five stars is because I was left with wanting more and not really feeling like the book was final. But then again, anytime I read a good novel, I am always left wanting more! “Snow on the Tulips” is satisfying as a whole and I highly recommend this historical fiction. Much thanks to Netgalley and the publisher/author for the advanced copy for review

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    So some of the grad research I did was about the Nazi resistance in Germany during World War II. So, as you can imagine, I was quite willing to read a book about Nazi resistance. And as it would turn out, Snow on the Tulips by New York Times bestseller Liz Tolsma is a fantastic read! I first need to let y’all know, this is based on true events. The book just bumped up a few more points of awesome. One of my favorite aspects of the novel was Tolsma didn’t shy away from including all aspects of the So some of the grad research I did was about the Nazi resistance in Germany during World War II. So, as you can imagine, I was quite willing to read a book about Nazi resistance. And as it would turn out, Snow on the Tulips by New York Times bestseller Liz Tolsma is a fantastic read! I first need to let y’all know, this is based on true events. The book just bumped up a few more points of awesome. One of my favorite aspects of the novel was Tolsma didn’t shy away from including all aspects of the war. Innocent people died at the hands of a wicked regime and families were torn apart. People who risked their lives to do good were killed. She even dealt with the different Christian responses (i.e. some refusing to resist authorities). It’s an honest look at a dark time in the world’s history. But there’s a beautiful story among the chaos and I enjoyed both Cornelia and Gerrit’s stories. There were some incredibly brave men and women who resisted and I love to see a well-written story showing that. If you’re looking for a fast-paced and great story, I recommend grabbing a copy of this one! So what’s one of your favorite time periods? (Thank you Litfuse and Thomas Nelson for the Advanced Reader Copy! I was provided a copy in exchange for my honest opinion).

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kav

    Gripping from the very first sentence. There are heart-in-your-throat scenes that will leave you gasping for breath. The brutality of war -- the senseless slaughter of humanity -- all play a role as this story unfolds. Life is fraught with danger and uncertainty during wartime and no one knows that better than Cornelia. Something died inside her the day her husband was killed by German soldiers. It's all she can do to go through the motions of living. Trying to control what is left of her shatt Gripping from the very first sentence. There are heart-in-your-throat scenes that will leave you gasping for breath. The brutality of war -- the senseless slaughter of humanity -- all play a role as this story unfolds. Life is fraught with danger and uncertainty during wartime and no one knows that better than Cornelia. Something died inside her the day her husband was killed by German soldiers. It's all she can do to go through the motions of living. Trying to control what is left of her shattered life, she retreats, willing to wait until the end of the war before she starts to live again. And then her brother brings home a wounded Resistance fighter. Gerrit is motivated by a deep sense of duty and justice. A risk-taker, willing to do whatever he can to fight for his country. Recovering from a bullet wound keeps him trapped in Cornelia's home and the two are thrown together in tight quarters where their opposing views act like tinder to a flame. Yet as they battle, something else ignites -- the kind of deep feelings that are dangerous to nurture during wartime. I love how they both grow from the challenge of their relationship. Gerrit softens a bit, leans more deeply into his faith. Cornelia struggles with her fear and I truly appreciate this part of the story. So often we read about larger than life characters who seem to be born heroes. Cornelia is just plain scared and yet she is willing to follow where her faith leads. A captivating, page-turner of a read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    Find this and other reviews at: http://flashlightcommentary.blogspot.... Most reviewers have a niche and WWII fiction is mine so it's really no surprise that I jumped when offered the chance to read Liz Tolsma's Snow on the Tulips. Set during the German occupation of the Netherlands, the book should have been a slam dunk which is why I am a little surprised at my halfhearted reaction to it. Inspired by family history, I really liked the basic premise of this story. The inherent truth in the circum Find this and other reviews at: http://flashlightcommentary.blogspot.... Most reviewers have a niche and WWII fiction is mine so it's really no surprise that I jumped when offered the chance to read Liz Tolsma's Snow on the Tulips. Set during the German occupation of the Netherlands, the book should have been a slam dunk which is why I am a little surprised at my halfhearted reaction to it. Inspired by family history, I really liked the basic premise of this story. The inherent truth in the circumstances each character faced made Snow on the Tulips a very relatable and down to earth piece. Stark and at times bleak, Tolsma doesn't shy away from the grim realities of life under occupation and I found her candor an admirable aspect of her work. Now if I found the subject matter so great, why am I going with only three stars? Despite my appreciation for the history Tolsma incorporated into this piece and the realistic character portraits she created, I had a lot of trouble getting into the story. There a moments of action, but most of the book is emotionally driven and though I can respect what the author was getting at, I found the relative lack of momentum difficult to get lost in. The relationship between Cornelia and Gerrit presented a second hurdle for me. Tolsma really delves into their individual struggles to open themselves to one another after being burned by loss and betrayal, but I don't feel their relationship with one another read as strongly as the ones that had come before. I expect that kind of contrast author to author, but to see it in single volume was a bit of a letdown. One last note for those secular readers who dabble in inspired lit. Snow on the Tulips is Christian fiction and though the blurb downplays the content, the plot is interwoven with moderate to strong religious themes, similar to the work of Tricia Goyer and Tracie Peterson. Personally, I don't care one way or the other, but if this is the kind of thing that prevents your enjoyment of a story, consider this fair warning and please, don't take out your frustrations out of Tolsma or her work. A solid debut, Snow on the Tulips is a heartwarming wartime romance, sure to appeal to fans of A Distant Melody and While We're Far Apart.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    This was a new author for me and a nice introduction. While I would have enjoyed less romance the different points of view were welcomed. I enjoyed reading about Piet and Anki as well as Johann and Cornelia and Gerrit. I had trouble sympathizing with Piet and didn't always understand Cornelia or Gerrits motives but the suspense at times was engaging. I did find so much talk about Hans a little strange, he seemed to play such a big role in this book and he was dead long before it started. Corneli This was a new author for me and a nice introduction. While I would have enjoyed less romance the different points of view were welcomed. I enjoyed reading about Piet and Anki as well as Johann and Cornelia and Gerrit. I had trouble sympathizing with Piet and didn't always understand Cornelia or Gerrits motives but the suspense at times was engaging. I did find so much talk about Hans a little strange, he seemed to play such a big role in this book and he was dead long before it started. Cornelia's emotions started becoming repetitive. In all a very interesting read. I would certainly re-visit this author.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Reet Champion

    All for nothing...that's what it was, all for nothing. Cornelia de Vries has been sheltering her brother from what would be certain death if the Nazis discovered his presence. She isn't about to let him go slave away in a German factory. But after all her hardships and all the anxiety what does he do? Oh, just brings home a well-known and wanted Resistance member who managed to survive an execution. Not wishing to become involved but at the same time not wanting to turn away a mortally wounded m All for nothing...that's what it was, all for nothing. Cornelia de Vries has been sheltering her brother from what would be certain death if the Nazis discovered his presence. She isn't about to let him go slave away in a German factory. But after all her hardships and all the anxiety what does he do? Oh, just brings home a well-known and wanted Resistance member who managed to survive an execution. Not wishing to become involved but at the same time not wanting to turn away a mortally wounded man, Cornelia and her siblings gradually nurse Gerrit Laninga back to health while evading the meticulous searches carried out by the Germans. But everyone knows, it's only a matter of time before they are discovered and carried away to be punished...or killed. With a careful blend of history and adventure Liz Tolsma weaves a stunning tale of heartache and chilling madness. From a quiet but hurting town to a field of death World War II Netherlands is brought to life. It's hard to believe I put off reading Snow on the Tulips for as long as I did. It had everything I enjoy in a novel AND it was clean. The writing drove home the fears the Dutch must have felt living under the Nazi regime. I've done quite a bit of reading on different aspects of World War II over the years and am well aware of what all went on. It's quite nauseating when one thinks about it and difficult to comprehend. But we do. Still if you would like an eyeopener, to get the feel of the fears suffered, read this book. You won't regret it. Now I want to know if there is anymore to come? I was so disappointed when the book came to an end because I wanted more! It says a lot about a story when one stays up into the wee hours of morning struggling to finish before the alarm clock goes off to announce a new day...and then the next day one doesn't regret the loss of sleep. I look forward to reading whatever Ms. Tolsma throws readers' ways. DISCLAIMER: In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising” we would like to note that we received an electronic copy of “Snow on the Tulips” from NetGalley.com provided by the publishers, Thomas Nelson, in exchange for our honest review. reetchampionbookreviews.wordpress.com

  8. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Title: SNOW ON THE TULIPS Author: Liz Tolsma Publisher: Thomas Nelson August 2013 ISBN: 978-1401689100 Genre: Historical 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 Resi Title: SNOW ON THE TULIPS Author: Liz Tolsma Publisher: Thomas Nelson August 2013 ISBN: 978-1401689100 Genre: Historical 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. 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. Gerrit and Cornelia become real on the page, and I had to keep reading to find out what happened to them. When the Nazi’s come looking for Gerrit, does he escape? What will Cornelia do to protect him? We know how the war ended… but read how some people might have reacted to the invasion. Highly recommended. I can’t wait for the second book, Daisies Last Forever, coming in May 2014. $15.99. 336 pages.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sherri

    Wonderful audio experience of this author's debut novel. The narrator should get an award! A horrible time in history that is not described in specific detail but not glossed over easily either. The relationship development between Cornelia and Gerrit, a Danish resistance worker. He is narrowly survives execution and takes refuge with Cornelia and her brother Johann. The characters of her sister, Anki, and brother-in-law Piet are interesting developed. Tolsma shows the characters of Gerrit and Pi Wonderful audio experience of this author's debut novel. The narrator should get an award! A horrible time in history that is not described in specific detail but not glossed over easily either. The relationship development between Cornelia and Gerrit, a Danish resistance worker. He is narrowly survives execution and takes refuge with Cornelia and her brother Johann. The characters of her sister, Anki, and brother-in-law Piet are interesting developed. Tolsma shows the characters of Gerrit and Piet living out their Christian faith in different ways. This audio version was only as satisfying due to the narrator. The voices and emotion! If there were sound effects it could be radio theater. Please make this into a movie someday.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Liz Tolsma

    I'm so excited to share that my very first WWII novel, Snow on the Tulips, is for sale for $1.99 on Kindle. With my 6th WWII novel, The Refrain Within, releasing in a couple of weeks, this is a great prelude to the next book. To this day, Gerrit and Cornelia are some of the favorite characters I've ever written! Because of my Dutch heritage and the fact that this is based on a family story of true courage during the war, I have a special connection to the book. It was a 2014 Carol Award finalist I'm so excited to share that my very first WWII novel, Snow on the Tulips, is for sale for $1.99 on Kindle. With my 6th WWII novel, The Refrain Within, releasing in a couple of weeks, this is a great prelude to the next book. To this day, Gerrit and Cornelia are some of the favorite characters I've ever written! Because of my Dutch heritage and the fact that this is based on a family story of true courage during the war, I have a special connection to the book. It was a 2014 Carol Award finalist. I hope you love it as much as I loved writing it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Beautiful story based on a true story at the end of WWII. Such courage and faith. So inspirational.

  12. 5 out of 5

    JoAnn Yerem

    "Snow on the Tulips" is the story of a Dutch family drawn into the resistance during World War II. It is based on the author’s family history. It’s a little over dramatic but it’s an interesting, tension-filled WWII story. It also highlights the "Christian" responses of each character. Is it "Christian" to allow a wanted man to die? Is it "Christian" to follow orders? Is it "Christian" to just pray and not help? Doesn’t develop this, just asks the questions. The book's characters each have a dif "Snow on the Tulips" is the story of a Dutch family drawn into the resistance during World War II. It is based on the author’s family history. It’s a little over dramatic but it’s an interesting, tension-filled WWII story. It also highlights the "Christian" responses of each character. Is it "Christian" to allow a wanted man to die? Is it "Christian" to follow orders? Is it "Christian" to just pray and not help? Doesn’t develop this, just asks the questions. The book's characters each have a different response.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sally

    In February 1945, Nazi soldiers lined up ten Dutch resistance fighters and executed them. It was common practice in occupied Europe, and this is the opening scene of Snow on the Tulips. Miraculously, Gerrit survives and he is later rescued by idealist Johan. For the next two months, Gerrit, Johan and Cornelia are involved in a deadly game of cat and mouse as they attempt to avoid capture or assassination by the Nazis. Johan and Cornelia’s sister, Anki, is also brought into their secret, which pu In February 1945, Nazi soldiers lined up ten Dutch resistance fighters and executed them. It was common practice in occupied Europe, and this is the opening scene of Snow on the Tulips. Miraculously, Gerrit survives and he is later rescued by idealist Johan. For the next two months, Gerrit, Johan and Cornelia are involved in a deadly game of cat and mouse as they attempt to avoid capture or assassination by the Nazis. Johan and Cornelia’s sister, Anki, is also brought into their secret, which puts her at odds with her husband, Piet. As Canadian and other Allied troops advance through the country, the Germans grow more desperate and the situation for the Dutch becomes more precarious. This book has several great attributes. The characters are individuals with their own opinions, hopes, dreams and fears. Gerrit and Piet are counterpoints to each other; both have a strong Christian faith but live it out in different ways. There are characters who get involved with the resistance, regardless of the cost, and those who want to live quietly and remained unnoticed by the Germans. I became fond of Cornelia’s employer, feisty old Frou de Bruin. Historical accuracy in a novel is always important to me. Obviously, I wasn’t in 1940s Europe. From what I’ve read, however, this book incorporates many historical facts. Suspected members of the Dutch resistance were rounded up and summarily executed without due process. Dutch homes were raided, and able-bodied men were rounded up and sent to Germany to work for the Nazi regime. Snow on the Tulips doesn’t hide these disturbing facts, but they’re not written in horrific detail either. Finally, this novel asks a couple of important questions for us to consider. Is it ever okay to lie to someone, especially if it saves a life? Gerrit posits that it is, and brings up the Biblical story of Rahab. Secondly, what is the cost of complete obedience to God and are we willing and ready to pay that price? Thank you to Thomas Nelson for my free copy of Snow on the Tulips, which I received from the publisher’s Booksneeze program in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    ASC Book Reviews

    What a fabulous book! Excellent writing and wonderful suspense I didn't want to put it down!!! The battle and over all war is expressed so thoroughly I felt like I was right there beside the characters. This is such a fabulous journey that I love all the more after finding out the real life aspects to the story! Liz has become one of my new favorite authors! From the pain and fear expressed in the beginning grows a strong, faith filled, and brave story and characters. I am nearly speechless thin What a fabulous book! Excellent writing and wonderful suspense I didn't want to put it down!!! The battle and over all war is expressed so thoroughly I felt like I was right there beside the characters. This is such a fabulous journey that I love all the more after finding out the real life aspects to the story! Liz has become one of my new favorite authors! From the pain and fear expressed in the beginning grows a strong, faith filled, and brave story and characters. I am nearly speechless thinking about this wonderful book. I love all of the characters from the brave Cornelia to the spunky Frau de Bruin! I learned so much about the war and loved the Spiritual messages throughout! These pages are filled with love, faith, courage, suspense, sadness, pain, beauty, fear, and protection from The One that can protect us from everything by using instruments only He can control! From the beginning I loved the twists and they kept coming all the way through, and there is so much more than what the book description lets on. I loved all the different characters and how they all come together in ways that I didn't see coming. This is a Must Read that has made it to my Favorite Books list! It is a story that can't be missed and I can't recommend this book enough! Liz Tolsma takes you on an amazing journey that will keep you turning the pages and wanting more even after it's over. I can't wait for her next book! Songs: "We Gather Together" by Union Of Sound, "Leaning On The Everlasting Arms" by Alan Jackson, "Believer" by Audio Adrenaline, "My Deliverer" by Mandisa, and "Carry Me" by Josh Wilson and while I don't think all of this song goers with this book the chorus does and I just had to add it! :) "Overcomer" by Mandisa Psalm 56 ~ASC *I received this book for the purpose of publishing it. This in no way affected my opinion and the above is how I truly feel about Snow on the Tulips. ~ASC

  15. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

    I was drawn into the story from the first page when Gerritt is being led to his death by a firing squad for working with the restistance in the Netherlends. The research and effort to make this story sound authentic is evident. The Christian lessons are always good and far from "preachy" as some reviewers have said. But I have to admit that I enjoyed the beginning and the end the best. The middle part seemed slow, but all the scenes with the resistance, Gerritt dressing in a German uniform to get I was drawn into the story from the first page when Gerritt is being led to his death by a firing squad for working with the restistance in the Netherlends. The research and effort to make this story sound authentic is evident. The Christian lessons are always good and far from "preachy" as some reviewers have said. But I have to admit that I enjoyed the beginning and the end the best. The middle part seemed slow, but all the scenes with the resistance, Gerritt dressing in a German uniform to get someone out of prison, steaing ration cards, and much more held my attention. Here is a few reasons why I didn't enjoy the middle of the story: -Anki's point of view seemed almost forced. I didn't feel like she needed to be part of the story. And I would have preferred if she had been more submissive toward her husband's wishes. Her story seemed unfinished at the end. -I wasn't comfortable with the romance and (view spoiler)[I liked Gerritt and Cornelia much better before they fell in love or if they weren't together. Every time they touched she felt warm all over, or fire ignited inside of her...or some such thing. And telling Cornelia's employer that their kiss was innocent just made me shake my head (hide spoiler)] . -(view spoiler)[ Cornelia thinks of her wedding night with Han's. Not detailed (hide spoiler)] . -My favorite character was probably Johan and I wished there would have been more detail concerning his life. The ending was liberating (in more than one sense) and full of action. I wouldn't condemn this book as I know what work it takes to write a story during World War 2 (or any other time frame for that matter :)). It is only my personal convictions and opinion that certain parts should have been handled differently.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Joyce

    Library copy. Recommended by, among others, Sarah Sundin. It had to be good. It is. Snow on the Tulips is the story of a family during the Dutch Resistance in World War II. I was somewhat familiar with this period of history. The author did a great job of putting the reader right there. Sarah Sundin said the book kept her up at night. I agree. The reader lives right through the Resistance with the book characters. It is a dark story because that is what happened. But it was not hopeless. One thing Library copy. Recommended by, among others, Sarah Sundin. It had to be good. It is. Snow on the Tulips is the story of a family during the Dutch Resistance in World War II. I was somewhat familiar with this period of history. The author did a great job of putting the reader right there. Sarah Sundin said the book kept her up at night. I agree. The reader lives right through the Resistance with the book characters. It is a dark story because that is what happened. But it was not hopeless. One thing, the title. I like the title, but there were too many references to it in the book. There only need be one in my opinion. I love this about the book: The author showed two diametrically opposed points of view regarding what was the right thing to do in this situation (the war) before God. She presented both with equal conviction, and worked the story beautifully around it. I loved that. I could do with less romance in historical fiction. I thought it was a bit overdone, but that could be me. Overall I enjoyed the author's style in this well told story. The glossary of Dutch words was quite helpful, and handy in the front of the book. The best part of the book was reading the Story Behind the Story at the end. I would never have guessed that this story was taken so closely from the real events in the life of her family. She did a seamless job of turning it into a wonderfully readable story!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tima

    The Nazis are trampling through the Netherlands and Cornelia is trying to survive until they leave. She has already been dealt a tragic blow and just wants to coast until the war is over. But one night she hears a firing squad and her brother shows up at her door with a severely wounded man. She's already hiding her brother Johan. She can't hide Gerrit or she runs the risk of dying. Can she find the courage to hide two men and lie to the Nazis. I was a little skeptical when I picked up this book The Nazis are trampling through the Netherlands and Cornelia is trying to survive until they leave. She has already been dealt a tragic blow and just wants to coast until the war is over. But one night she hears a firing squad and her brother shows up at her door with a severely wounded man. She's already hiding her brother Johan. She can't hide Gerrit or she runs the risk of dying. Can she find the courage to hide two men and lie to the Nazis. I was a little skeptical when I picked up this book. It takes a special talent to write about such a dark time in history, without the book being dark and depressing itself. But Tolsma accomplished this wonderfully. There were definitely some dark parts, it was a war story after all. But the theme of hope and survival seemed to overshadow this for me. The story is part love story, and part drama. But it's also a story of faith and redemption. I received this book free of charge from Booksneeze in exchange for my honest review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Katie Hamstead

    This novel mostly follows Cornelia and Gerrit. To begin with we have an awesome action scene as we watch Gerrit be taken to his execution, but somehow, he survives. Soon, Cornelia's brother, Johan, who hides away so as not to be taken to fight, finds Gerrit, injured and struggling to hide, and brings him home. This story begins and ends really well. Action, tension, excitement. But for me, the middle lagged. Cornelia's sister and her husband seemed to be dead weight for me, and when events unfold This novel mostly follows Cornelia and Gerrit. To begin with we have an awesome action scene as we watch Gerrit be taken to his execution, but somehow, he survives. Soon, Cornelia's brother, Johan, who hides away so as not to be taken to fight, finds Gerrit, injured and struggling to hide, and brings him home. This story begins and ends really well. Action, tension, excitement. But for me, the middle lagged. Cornelia's sister and her husband seemed to be dead weight for me, and when events unfolded, I didn't feel the way I wanted to feel. I can't really say much without spoilers on that. I also struggled to feel the passion between Cornelia and Gerrit. I felt like they were telling me they loved one another, but I just didn't feel it. All up, it's a good story, an interesting perspective on WWII. But I can't give it a higher rank because it didn't grab me and keep me reading and the characters didn't make me love them.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    4.5 stars. This was almost impossible to put down...WW2 suspense. Widowed Corrie just wants to hide until the danger is over, but Gerrit has just miraculously survived a German impromptu firing-squad, and has urgent need of shelter and medical care. And somehow, no matter how much she wants to, she can't turn him out, hungry and wounded, into the certain death of the open. Slowly Gerrit's example shows her that sometimes the only option is to stand and face down the evil that threatens. (view spoi 4.5 stars. This was almost impossible to put down...WW2 suspense. Widowed Corrie just wants to hide until the danger is over, but Gerrit has just miraculously survived a German impromptu firing-squad, and has urgent need of shelter and medical care. And somehow, no matter how much she wants to, she can't turn him out, hungry and wounded, into the certain death of the open. Slowly Gerrit's example shows her that sometimes the only option is to stand and face down the evil that threatens. (view spoiler)[ To be frank, it was Piet's decision that took the half star away from this book. While I know it was realistic and that many men of faith took the same action, I hated that he was either so blind or so foolish as to do it. He went, knowing the Allies were close, knowing exactly what sort of government he was going to help and enable. His first duty was to his pregnant wife; his second to thwart the unGodly plans of Nazi Germany; he failed both and paid with his life. (hide spoiler)]

  20. 4 out of 5

    Brooke (i blog 4 books)

    I don't know how to talk about this book without giving too much of the plot away, but let me encourage you to please read this book! The characters, plot, setting, and overall story were absolutely magnificent, and I am anxiously awaiting the author's next book. I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson's Booksneeze program in exchange for my fair and honest review. My full review on i blog 4 books: http://iblog4books.blogspot.com/2013/... My full review on Amazon: http://www.amazon.c I don't know how to talk about this book without giving too much of the plot away, but let me encourage you to please read this book! The characters, plot, setting, and overall story were absolutely magnificent, and I am anxiously awaiting the author's next book. I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson's Booksneeze program in exchange for my fair and honest review. My full review on i blog 4 books: http://iblog4books.blogspot.com/2013/... My full review on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/review/R7J22JGN...

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cait

    I really wanted to like this book, but I didn't. I love historical fiction, but this book was dry, uninteresting, and really cheesy. The characters were not interesting at all and I couldn't get into the story. There was insta-love and quite a few unbelievable aspects that really ruined the story. This was a disappointment. I really wanted to like this book, but I didn't. I love historical fiction, but this book was dry, uninteresting, and really cheesy. The characters were not interesting at all and I couldn't get into the story. There was insta-love and quite a few unbelievable aspects that really ruined the story. This was a disappointment.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kellyn Roth

    Yet ANOTHER book I can't review because it's simply been too long! I can't remember a lot about it. I did enjoy it greatly, though. Yet ANOTHER book I can't review because it's simply been too long! I can't remember a lot about it. I did enjoy it greatly, though.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Based on true events, Snow on the Tulips was a moving read about Cornelia and her siblings during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. Filled with relatable characters, the author showed many aspects of war from the Resistance fighters to the women who stayed at home and tried to keep their families fed and safe. Yet each one did their part, often behind the scenes without anyone knowing the risks they were taking. Having lost her husband on her wedding night, at the start of the war, four yea Based on true events, Snow on the Tulips was a moving read about Cornelia and her siblings during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. Filled with relatable characters, the author showed many aspects of war from the Resistance fighters to the women who stayed at home and tried to keep their families fed and safe. Yet each one did their part, often behind the scenes without anyone knowing the risks they were taking. Having lost her husband on her wedding night, at the start of the war, four years on and Cornelia's life is one of fear and dread. However, despite this, she risks her life to hide her young brother and together they nurse Gerrit, a man with strong convictions fighting to stop the Germans, back to health. The romance that developed between Cornelia and Gerrit was touching, although I think too much emphasis was placed upon it. Despite this, there was still plenty of tension, danger, drama and action as people put their lines on the line to save others. In fact, I think the most powerful line in the book was when Gerrit said to Cornelia, Courage is not a feeling. Courage is an action. From the start I was drawn to the lives of Gerrit, Cornelia and her family as they tried to survive these dark times, and I often found myself hoping they would all make it to the end of the war safely. I also enjoyed how both Gerit and Cornelia grew and brought out the best in each other. Snow on the Tulips was an engaging read about courage, hope and love, and I will be looking for more novels by this author.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Maria Chapman

    I absolutely loved this book. It really highlighted the courage of people during world war 2 who hid jews or others the germans, were opposed to, for whatever reason. It also really highlighted, the dilemma of right and wrong. Sometimes people had to lie to the Germans in order to protect those they were hiding, just like Rahab in the bible, or when people smuggle bibles in to areas where they are not allowed. I think they were obeying God's law instead of man's in those examples. This was also a b I absolutely loved this book. It really highlighted the courage of people during world war 2 who hid jews or others the germans, were opposed to, for whatever reason. It also really highlighted, the dilemma of right and wrong. Sometimes people had to lie to the Germans in order to protect those they were hiding, just like Rahab in the bible, or when people smuggle bibles in to areas where they are not allowed. I think they were obeying God's law instead of man's in those examples. This was also a beautiful love story. There was so much more to this story. I would be here forever trying to unpack it all. The Narration was fantastic. The narrator brought so much life to the characters. I am highly recommending this book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    Once I started reading "Snow on the Tulips", I had to do some research on the Dutch resistance during World War 2. I knew about *some* of the Resistance fighters in Europe and the activities they engaged in in wartime, but Ms. Tolsma's novel brought home to me what it *could* have been like to live in the occupied Netherlands during this time. The story-behind-the-story (in the author's note at the back of the book), is an amazing set of circumstances! It is April, 1945 (almost to the end of the w Once I started reading "Snow on the Tulips", I had to do some research on the Dutch resistance during World War 2. I knew about *some* of the Resistance fighters in Europe and the activities they engaged in in wartime, but Ms. Tolsma's novel brought home to me what it *could* have been like to live in the occupied Netherlands during this time. The story-behind-the-story (in the author's note at the back of the book), is an amazing set of circumstances! It is April, 1945 (almost to the end of the war!) Cornelia's brother Johan is curious about the gunshots he hears nearby, and once it's safe, he goes to investigate. He finds a survivor of a German execution (and yes, that *really* happened), and brings him home to hide him. Cornelia is reluctant at first to take the risk (the punishment for harboring an escaped prisoner is all too real), having already lost her husband to the war. "Mem and Heit should never had died. I should have gone out and gotten the medicine for them." "There was no medicine to be had." "You don't know what I would have found." "Doctor Boukma would have had the medicine if there had been any. It's not your fault and it's not mine. Risking your life won't bring them back." "And mourning will never bring Hans back." Her brother sounded far older than his years and not at all like the kid who came home a couple of months ago." A few quibbles: the food shortage seems to be somewhat glossed over. There is mention of the bakery having only very small loaves of bread left and ration books, and some mention of coffee and tea substitutes (some of the characters resort to drinking hot water)....but somehow I thought the difficulties were not portrayed as realistically as they could have been (if you go for months and years without sufficient food, wouldn't it be on your mind daily?) Another situation that seemed a bit unrealistic to me was the impersonation of a German soldier in the dark of night in the middle of a building.... I have a hard time believing the sentry would have let that one go! However I did some homework and read up on the Dutch Resistance, and they did some very daring and courageous things! There were questions brought up that were good to mull over; how far does one go to survive during wartime when your village is occupied by enemy soldiers? do you just 'get along' as best you can, or do you try to help those who are unjustly persecuted? what if it means imprisonment or death? What is the Christian's response to occupation by a conquering nation whose values seem utterly godless? "He summoned the strength to tap the code Gerrit had taught him. Three knocks, pause, two knocks, pause, three knocks. He dropped the knocker against the door and held his breath. Steps sounded from inside and stopped. "Who is it?" a masculine voice asked. At first, his words squeaked and cracked. He cleared his throat and tried again. "I have come with a delivery for you." "Bread or milk?" "I have some vegetables." He didn't know what it all meant - Gerrit hadn't explained - but the man on the other side of the door must have understood the code. "Good. Carrots, potatoes, or beets?" "Green beans." "Green beans? Are you sure?" Johan thumped his head with his fist. Had he made a blunder? ... After a very long minute, the door creaked open and a hand pulled him inside." The dilemma that Corrie faced was realistic enough, as we all have trouble moving forward from a loss like hers (and really happened in the author's family! to lose your husband the day after your wedding? unbelievable!) However, I did think that the romance between Gerrit and Corrie could have had less focus in the middle of the book. Although I like a little romance in a novel, I did think the romance in this one was a bit too overdone (maybe, just 'dragged out' a bit much). On the whole, this novel was a good read. It is written from a Christian perspective. The characters pray, remember Scriptures to encourage them as they head out into dangerous territory, and make decisions based on what they feel the Lord would have them do. I am looking forward to reading Liz Tolsma's next book, another WW2 novel, "Daisies are Forever" to see how her writing has developed. "Snow on the Tulips" was an enjoyable read overall for me, as I found myself unable to forget the characters, and had to keep going back to read the next part of the story! and that (in my eyes) is the best recommendation a book can have : )

  26. 5 out of 5

    Bethany

    A captivating story set in the World War II full of adventure, danger, faith and love all in this exciting debut novel from author Liz Tolsma that will keep you turning pages and wanting more! So, I am sitting here, wondering how I could possibly write a review that does this book justice, and convinces you that you just positively must read it very soon if you are a historical fiction/WWII fan. I've been blown away by this novel! This being Liz's debut novel, I wasn't sure what to expect, but si A captivating story set in the World War II full of adventure, danger, faith and love all in this exciting debut novel from author Liz Tolsma that will keep you turning pages and wanting more! So, I am sitting here, wondering how I could possibly write a review that does this book justice, and convinces you that you just positively must read it very soon if you are a historical fiction/WWII fan. I've been blown away by this novel! This being Liz's debut novel, I wasn't sure what to expect, but since it looked interesting, and because I've been interested in reading more WWII fiction, I decided to give it a try. Boy am I glad I did! Otherwise I'd have been missing out on one of the top favorite books on my favorite reads of 2013 list! Where to begin? Ah! There was literally nothing I didn't like about this book. Then it had everything I ever could asked for in a novel, and then some, I just loved every aspect of it! There were so many things I loved about this novel, including how big a part of faith and Christianity was to the characters, how much history was involved (It was based on a true story! How cool is that?!), all the words that were in three different languages to give you a taste of the culture (The glossary at the front of the book was super helpful in this area!), how wonderfully it was written, how the character development was superb, just everything! So let's start with the characters. I loved all of them, and like I mentioned earlier, the character development throughout the story was just spectacular. I loved seeing them grow both physically, but more importantly spiritually and found it a delight to read. I really enjoyed getting a in depth look at what it was like for a young woman trying to survive a war, and really opened my eyes to a lot of things about war that I'd never thought about and made me feel for the characters and connect with the story. Another thing I mentioned earlier that I really admired and appreciated in this novel was how big the aspect of faith and trust were to the characters in this book. Several times throughout the story the authors would quote memorized Scripture, pray, or encourage the other to keep going through Christ-like encouragement. I really admire it when authors make Christ a strong foundation for the characters, because it adds depth to the story. It's not just about them. It's about God, which to me is an enormous plus in a novel. I also loved how much history was involved with this story. It's based on a true story of Liz's relative, and there was so much information on the war and even included lots of words in three different languages which you could translate through the glossary in the front of the book. I loved this because you feel like you are really there immersed in the time period and it left me with a greater knowledge of this world war. So when I started this book, by the first couple pages I was literally hooked. It started with such action as a young Resistance workers are literally walking escorted by German soldiers - to their death. These young men are lined up and shot for punishment of working with the Resistance workers again the Germans. After being lined up and shot, and left for dead, one of the men shot fakes his death and escaped later with his life, though suffering a nasty and dangerous wound that needs immediate attention all because his executer missed his target. So as you can probably tell, it's the kind of story that just races with excitement and pulls you in from the very beginning with dangerous excitement! And that's just the beginning! It gets better and better with each chapter and is for sure a thrilling page turning heart racer! Towards the end of the story, it had gradually built up suspense with each page, and the ending was just spectacular! Overall, I was just blown away by this novel and simply cannot wait for more of Liz's books! I would highly recommend this book to any historical fiction or WWII lover, and cannot stress how much I enjoyed this story! It's for sure a favorite of 2013 and a definite re-read! N o t e :: I would like to sincerely thank Thomas Nelson publishers for providing me with a complementary copy of Snow on the Tulips to read and review through BookSneeze.com. I was not paid to write this review, and all thoughts expressed are completely my own, honest and unbiased.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Johnson

    Title: Snow on the Tulips Author: Liz Tolsma Pages: 314 Year: 2013 Publisher: Thomas Nelson Absolutely fantastic! Those were the first words I thought when I finished reading this excellent book by Liz Tolsma. The fictional story is set during WWII and centers on the Dutch Resistance Movement against the Germans and their occupation of the Netherlands. If this isn’t one of your favorite time periods, please allow your dislike to be put aside for this story. As the story begins, Gerrit Laninga is being Title: Snow on the Tulips Author: Liz Tolsma Pages: 314 Year: 2013 Publisher: Thomas Nelson Absolutely fantastic! Those were the first words I thought when I finished reading this excellent book by Liz Tolsma. The fictional story is set during WWII and centers on the Dutch Resistance Movement against the Germans and their occupation of the Netherlands. If this isn’t one of your favorite time periods, please allow your dislike to be put aside for this story. As the story begins, Gerrit Laninga is being marched to his execution as he has been captured by the German Gestapo and found guilty of sedition against Germany, which carries the death penalty. Gerrit has maintained his faith in God throughout the many difficult trials and circumstances he has found himself in over the last few years as a resistance worker. Will the Lord deliver him yet again? Johan Kooistra is a young, 20-year-old, Dutch male who, until recently, had been hiding on his uncle’s farm to escape the Germans, who are on the lookout for any able-bodied male between the ages of 17 and 45 to serve the Fatherland. Johan longs for adventure and thinks the Dutch Resistance can provide the adventure and he can serve his country at the same time. As the story progresses, Johan is constantly at odds with his sister, Cornelia, and others who don’t want him to join the resistance, but want him to stay in hiding. Johan is out disobeying the German curfew one night and finds a wounded man. He takes the man home to be nursed by his sister. Cornelia de Vries is 24 years old and has been a widow for four years. Her husband was killed the day after they were married. The Germans have occupied her country for so long, and they have defeated her spirit. They have taken so much from her, but she will not allow them to take her brother. She fiercely defends him. She wants nothing to do with the wounded man Johan brings home, but knows it her Christian duty to care for him. Without her care, he will die. She reluctantly agrees to take him in, but as soon as he is better he must go. As time goes by, she discovers she cares for this man, but she can never give her heart to another, right? 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. My rating is 5 stars. Note: I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book. The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspo.... Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson...

  28. 5 out of 5

    Victor Gentile

    Liz Tolsma in her new book “Snow On The Tulips” published by Thomas Nelson brings us to the life of Cornelia de Vries in 1945. From the back cover: 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 Gerri Liz Tolsma in her new book “Snow On The Tulips” published by Thomas Nelson brings us to the life of Cornelia de Vries in 1945. From the back cover: 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. 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. I recommend this book highly and I do look forward to the next book from this highly talented author. You can find “Snow On The Tulips” at a discount at http://www.deepershopping.com/item/to... If you would like to listen to interviews with other authors and professionals please go to www.kingdomhighlights.org where they are available On Demand. To listen to 24 hours non-stop, commercial free Christian music please visit our internet radio station www.kingdomairwaves.org Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. 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.”

  29. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    Snow On The Tulips by Liz Tolsma is a Christian historical novel. It is set in the first few months of 1945 in the occupied Netherlands, as the second world war is drawing to a close. Cornelia and her brother Johann have already lost so much in the five years occupation. Cornelia tries hard to protect twenty year old Johann who longs for adventure. Sneaking out one night, he rescues injured resistance fighter Gerrit. This tests Cornelia to the limits as if Gerrit is found in their house, they wil Snow On The Tulips by Liz Tolsma is a Christian historical novel. It is set in the first few months of 1945 in the occupied Netherlands, as the second world war is drawing to a close. Cornelia and her brother Johann have already lost so much in the five years occupation. Cornelia tries hard to protect twenty year old Johann who longs for adventure. Sneaking out one night, he rescues injured resistance fighter Gerrit. This tests Cornelia to the limits as if Gerrit is found in their house, they will all be punished. Liz Tolsma shows Cornelia to be a 'mothering' character. She desires to keep everyone safe. Cornelia lost her husband Hans on their wedding night and the first night of the war. She has lived in fear of loss ever since. Cornelia is shown to the reader as incredibly brave. She is resourceful and has survived the war so far. She doesn't think she is brave, merely doing what needs to be done in order to survive. She believes in God and thinks that "God used small people to accomplish big goals." She is only one, but if everyone does what they can, then great things can be achieved. Within the novel the great courage of the people living through the occupation is shown. People take risks to protect others. "Courage is not a feeling. Courage is an action." The brave Netherlanders are contrasted with the brutal Nazis. Liz Tolsma shows how complicated war can be. It changes people for better or for worse. There can be pockets of kindness within the Nazis and there are people willing to betray fellow countrymen. Cornelia believes in God but believes that He took Hans from her. Cornelia cannot see the free will in Hans choosing to go and fight. She also believes that Hans chose his country over her. War is never simple and there are no black and white answers. Hans was doing what he believed to be his duty. God is a God of love but Cornelia does not recognise Him as such. Will anything make her see God's true nature? I enjoyed Snow On The Tulips. As a historian with a passion for World War II literature, I found it informative into the hearts and minds of characters - their fears, hopes and dreams. Although a work of fiction, it is based on some factual happenings. Liz Tolsma writes excellent novels which educate and inform as well as narrate a story.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    With the Netherlands still occupied by the Nazis, war widow Cornelia is just a shell of who she was before the war. She really just wants the war to be over and her brother to be able to come out of hiding. When her brother sneaks out one evening and returns home with an injured Dutch Resistance member, Cornelia doesn't want to help him. But she can't turn him away. As she nurses Gerrit back to health, she finds herself drawn to him. Yet can she bring herself to love someone who is involved in s With the Netherlands still occupied by the Nazis, war widow Cornelia is just a shell of who she was before the war. She really just wants the war to be over and her brother to be able to come out of hiding. When her brother sneaks out one evening and returns home with an injured Dutch Resistance member, Cornelia doesn't want to help him. But she can't turn him away. As she nurses Gerrit back to health, she finds herself drawn to him. Yet can she bring herself to love someone who is involved in such a dangerous profession as the Resistance? This is the first book I've ever read by Liz Tolsma. I did read it in about 2 days mainly because of the way the suspense built up. I'll be honest. I skimmed large sections of print because it was too wordy. Corrie struggled with her faith. She truly didn't understand how God would take her husband from her. Yet through her grief, Gerrit's gentleness wakened her heart to love again. Other characters came across as being a bit more shallow despite the fact that the author tried to give them depth. Did I like the book? Well yes I did? I enjoy WWII books, but I'm really mixed on this one. But if this type of story appeals to you, you may just love it. It was based on a true story. I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson's Booksneeze program for the purpose of reviewing. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Recommended to fans of WWII, Sarah Sundin, Susan May Warren, Anne Frank, Corrie Ten Boom Rating - 3 stars - the story was good and I did enjoy it, but I felt that there was something off about it and couldn't put my finger on it.

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