Rand Sterling is living the life and loving it. While operating his two very popular nightclubs he is staying busy and making money with ever present thoughts of expanding his influence. But when World War II comes to Manila his world is thrown into a disarray. After a failed escape attempt from a Japanese internment camp Rand comes very near death for his troubles. While convalescing in a hospital he meets Irene Reynolds. Together they forge a friendship that is threatened by their intricate pasts. Overcoming both and the many present dangers is going to be a long and hard road.
My interest in the Pacific theater of World War II stems from more than just being a history nerd, but it is something that I will not go into right now. So suffice to say when Remember the Lilies came up for review AND I seen that the author was Liz Tolsma I was thrilled to bits. While I don’t think that last two books that I have read in this series are up to par with the first it’s still well worth a read. Not many books in this genre touch on the Japanese occupation of the Philippines and how it affected not only the American civilians but also Filipinos. And it was not a pleasant experience for both of the latter parties. The story is more character driven than anything else. There is scattered action and a lot of blackmailing but mostly the characters are forced to confront their pasts as they choose to make both honest and foolish decisions.
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