Daisies are Forever
By Liz Tolsma
This is an incredibly moving story. Set at the height of the European theater, Germany hes been closed in by the Western allies and the Russian Red Army and the Third Reich's fall is imminent. This is the setting in which California born Gisela Crammer finds herself. The years she has lived in Germany are not ones of happiness, but rather sorrow and guilt.
With the Red Army mere hours away from the home of her grandfather and cousin, Gisela is forced to flee with her cousin's two young daughters. As they flee to the west Gisela comes to the aid of an escaped British POW, claiming that she is his wife.
Mitch Edwards has been in a German prison for years and when the opportunity to escape presented itself he took it. But he wasn't prepared for the dangers would face him starting with his accent. When a beautiful young woman claims that they are married - Mitch is given a chance to survive in this tide of refugees.
Their journey towards freedom is fraught with dangers - air raids, SS officers, the ever approaching Red Army, the weather, and a shortage of food. But through it all it is also a journey of faith and trust. Gisela and Mitch have to learn to let go of their individual guilts and accept that God is in control and always had been.
Daisies are Forever is a book that should appeal to fans of the Thoenes - the characters will touch your heart as they struggle to survive in a world that is in the midst of change. This book is not your normal historical fiction that happens to be set in World War II, but rather this is story of the lives of a small group of people trying to survive long enough to see the end of Hitler's War. This is a book you don't want to miss reading.
I was provided a copy of this book through the BookLook bloggers program in exchange for my honest review.