Snow on the Tulips

Snow on the TulipsAll 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.

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8 thoughts on “Snow on the Tulips

  1. You’ve got the knack for reviews: under 400 words, engaging the potential reader with vivid descriptions that go beyond the labels of genre and the blurb on the back of the book. You give the reader all the info to decide if they want to blow their $ on it or not. I cannot tell you how many books I’ve purchased that I’ve grown to rue.

    • You’re too kind. 🙂 It’s been great fun writing up reviews (although I’ll be the first to admit I have my off days).

      Isn’t the virtual community a wonderful thing? Book reviews – and non-book reviews – have kept me from making some serious buying mistakes and then some. By the way, are you a member of Goodreads?

      • Well, I would never think that! As you can see my reading choices aren’t always very intellectual. Next stop “Bad Kitty”. And yes I do sometimes read “Bad Kitty”.

        (A very stupid thought just crossed my mind) —> To be honest, I didn’t know Julia Child wrote adventure stories. Does the dish run off with the spoon? 😉

      • hehehe…no “mastering the art of French cooking” & “outlander” are certainly of different genres! PS what’s “Bad Kitty?” It can’t be more embarrassing than the ‘Twilight Saga.’ No, I take that back, Meyer is a good writer. It’s that “50 Shades” crap…treasonous to the written word.

      • “50 shades of C***” – Great title and likely more appropriate given the content (and no I didn’t read either of those, but besides “Twilight” and “The Hunger Games” little else has been on many bibliophiles’ tongues).

        As for Bad Kitty it’s a children’s cartoon series – http://badkittybooks.squarespace.com/ The cat is a monster!

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