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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. 5 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. 5 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

    Chautona Havig

    Probably Liz Tolsma's best book ever, Snow on the Tulips is a haunting, inspiring, and rich tale of love. Not just the love of a sweetheart but of family and the Lord Himself. Knowing the story was inspired by the author's family history during the Nazi occupation of Holland only served to make the story that much more memorable. The characters are so realistic, so flawed and delightful, so relatable. The story itself is one we see over and over in WWII and yet it's one I've never read before. Br Probably Liz Tolsma's best book ever, Snow on the Tulips is a haunting, inspiring, and rich tale of love. Not just the love of a sweetheart but of family and the Lord Himself. Knowing the story was inspired by the author's family history during the Nazi occupation of Holland only served to make the story that much more memorable. The characters are so realistic, so flawed and delightful, so relatable. The story itself is one we see over and over in WWII and yet it's one I've never read before. Bravery in the midst of fear, determination to fight when all hope should be lost, God's hand showing when it seems as if evil has won--it's all in here. Recommended for lovers of WWII fiction, for readers who love faith shining on every page without getting preachy, and for gentle romance that never goes over the top. Not recommended for readers who prefer to pretend that there is no evil in the world for the Lord's people to battle against.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Lapeyrolerie

    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).

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 5 out of 5

    Historical Fiction

    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.

  8. 5 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

    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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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)]

  12. 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.

  13. 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...

  14. 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.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cara Putman

    Liz Tolsma's Snow on the Tulips is a haunting WWII story set in the Netherlands that reminded me of Bodie Thoene's early books. A young woman is pushed outside of what she knows she should do in order to do the right thing. In the process she pulls those she loves deeper into the web of deception and danger as the Germans actively look for the resistance member she is protecting. And just as tulips peep through the snow, so hope peeps through the pages of this book. Liz Tolsma's Snow on the Tulips is a haunting WWII story set in the Netherlands that reminded me of Bodie Thoene's early books. A young woman is pushed outside of what she knows she should do in order to do the right thing. In the process she pulls those she loves deeper into the web of deception and danger as the Germans actively look for the resistance member she is protecting. And just as tulips peep through the snow, so hope peeps through the pages of this book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Jordan

    Catching up on reviews of other books by Liz Tolsma I read in last two years. Her books are so historically accurate, and her stories pull me into the heart of World War II devastation and Nazi occupation with heartache yet suspense. Great read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Karen

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

  18. 5 out of 5

    Belinda Vlasbaard

    4,5 stars - English Ebook 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  ives are forever altered. Although scared of 4,5 stars - English Ebook 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  ives 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 discovered this book years ago but balked at purchasing or reading it. For some reason, I thought Cornelia and Gerritt's story would be boring. I am so happy to have been proven wrong. This characters and circumstances are written with a creative hand and simple, yet sharp and memorable, imagery. Snow on the Tulips is a wartime romance, but it doesn't veer into melodrama. If anything, Cornelia and Gerritt's romance is sweet, but secondary to the reality in which they live. Better, as harsh as that reality is, hope always exists, not only for our two main characters but for those around them. Speaking of our two main characters, they are beautifully developed, as are secondary cast members. Cornelia especially is one of the most unique wartime heroines I've met. Unlike many of her ilk, she isn't eager to fight for freedom. If you didn't know better you would assume she didn't have a courageous bone in her body. But, as other characters learn when they make that assumption, they're dead wrong. Cornelia is arguably the most courageous, steadfast, and faithful character in the cast. Her growth toward courage is the book's most engaging arc. This isn't to say the other characters are a bunch of losers. Oh, no! Gerritt, as Cornelia's hero, does a great job of protecting her while trying to stay loyal to the Resistance, and goes through a great journey of learning when to risk his neck and when to stand down. Cornelia's sister Anki and her husband Piet give us a probing look into the gray areas of moral and spiritual law - that is, would God ever have us disobey authority? When, how, and why? Even impulsive Johan, who many readers say they found annoying, has a purpose in Snow on the Tulips. At his core, Johan is the impulsive soul we all think we'd be when faced with a Nazi-like danger, but still has a lot to learn and a lot of growing up to do. And don't we all?

  19. 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 : )

  20. 4 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.

  21. 4 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 5 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

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)

    When I read the afterword at the end of this novel and learned that some of the circumstances are based on real events from the lives of the author's ancestors, I appreciated it all the more for bringing to life the intensity of living in a Nazi-occupied country. While there is anxiety, pain, fear, loss, and grief, the author also successfully portrayed hope, familial bonds, patriotism, compassion, and love. I felt like I was on the edge of my seat, wondering what direction the story would go. T When I read the afterword at the end of this novel and learned that some of the circumstances are based on real events from the lives of the author's ancestors, I appreciated it all the more for bringing to life the intensity of living in a Nazi-occupied country. While there is anxiety, pain, fear, loss, and grief, the author also successfully portrayed hope, familial bonds, patriotism, compassion, and love. I felt like I was on the edge of my seat, wondering what direction the story would go. The spiritual growth of the characters is inspiring. The point in the novel where I became the most emotional was when Cornelia and Gerrit sing together the hymn "We Gather Together". The words are so profound and apply to their struggles so well. I highly recommend this book, and look forward to reading the author's new release, Daisies are Forever. (ARC provided via Netgalley for unbiased review)

  28. 5 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.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Karen R

    This is an engaging, exciting tale set in the Netherlands at the end of WWII, based on a true life experience of the author's family. There are some great examples of faith, courage, mercy and love in a time of war. Makes you think about what you'd do if put to the test. Had a hard time putting it down. I'd highly recommend it, especially if you enjoy historical fiction! This is an engaging, exciting tale set in the Netherlands at the end of WWII, based on a true life experience of the author's family. There are some great examples of faith, courage, mercy and love in a time of war. Makes you think about what you'd do if put to the test. Had a hard time putting it down. I'd highly recommend it, especially if you enjoy historical fiction!

  30. 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.

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