Book Review: Remember the Lilies by Liz Tolsma

Remember-the-LiliesMore high marks for a World War Two Christian historical fiction favorite…
Interred by the Japanese, missionary Irene Reynolds comes across a mysterious note while working at the censor’s office. She memorizes the parts she must black out and delivers it to wealthy nightclub owner Rand Sterling. Before she knows what’s happening, she’s drawn into a web of secrets and danger.

Rand Sterling wants nothing more than to reopen his nightclubs once the war ends. But slimy Frank Covey wants his hand in the till—and has news that could threaten Rand’s reputation if it became public. More importantly, beautiful and intriguing Irene Reynolds cannot discover this information if he expects to persuade her to become his wife.

When Irene is attacked by a sinister Japanese guard and their secrets are exposed, they must learn the true meaning of forgiveness—if they can stave off starvation until the American troops bring freedom.

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Liz Tolsma joined the team of World War Two Christian fiction authors just a few years ago but already is marking a strong mark on readers who enjoy the genre for its heroism, romance, and call for justice. Remember the Lilies, Tolsma’s third novel in her Women of Courage series, encapsulates all the drama that brings this period alive: dangerous conditions, unjust actions, romance against all odds, and a dashing hero and beautiful heroine. Drawing on faith and history to bring this often overlooked period to life, Tolsma’s Remember the Lilies will surely capture readers’ hearts and minds through its unique storyline.

Missionary Irene Reynolds desires nothing more than to continue her aunt’s good works by continuing to serve in the jungles of the Philippines. The invasion of the islands by the Japanese, however, threatens the stability of her missionary life—especially when she comes across a confidential note written by man whose wealth and power is dangerous in the wrong hands. Nightclub owner Rand Sterling works and plays hard…risky at any time but especially within the walls of a Japanese internment camp and faced with starvation, brutal disease, and harsh captors. Under the watchful eyes of strangers who will do anything to see their enemies perish, Rand and Irene face their faces and demons as they fight for themselves and their family to survive World War Two in the Pacific.

World War Two is a subject rife with themes that are gritty and raw. I enjoy Tolsma’s books because she is not afraid to tackle these subjects—in Remember the Lilies, the plot-lines surrounding the theme of rebirth out of devastation. Rand and Irene, the two protagonists of Tolsma’s third novel, both struggle with past hurts and current harsh conditions. The author uses lilies, a flower common to the Philippines, to symbolize the rebirth of beauty even when situations are at their lowest point. Those reading into the spiritual themes of the novel will connect even more with Tolsma’s theme as she brings in Rand and Irene’s faith to their characters. Scenes of lilies growing out of bombed out gardens and being described from Scripture bring beauty to the page as Tolsma’s character learn to depend upon their faith during times of absolute desolution and depravity. Remember the Lilies easily reminds readers that problems encountered in modern times are often minimal compared to those trials faced by those during the Second World War.

Remember the Lilies is novel well recommended for those who like historical fiction, especially set during World War Two. This book is Christian fiction, so readers looking for a strong faith element will find a clean story based upon the characters’ relationships with God.

RATING: 3.5/5 stars


liz tolsma“New York Times” best-selling author Liz Tolsma is the author of Daisies are Forever, Snow on the Tulips, and the contributing author of “A Log Cabin Christmas.” When not busy putting words to paper, Liz enjoys reading, walking, working in her large perennial garden, kayaking, and camping. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband and children, all adopted internationally.

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