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Wednesday, March 11, 2015


Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
Release Date:  February 10, 2015
Pages:  384
Genre:  Historical Fiction
4 Stars⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Book Description:  Irene and Rand come from very different walks of life. Will they find common ground in their fight to survive?

Irene has grown up in the jungle as a missionary with her Aunt Anita, but now she and countless others are imprisoned by Japanese soldiers at the Santo Tomas Internment Camp in the Philippines. Irene and her aunt are safe there, and she keeps busy with her duty of delivering censored messages to the camp’s prisoners, but like everyone else, she prays for the war to end and for her freedom. Rand is a wealthy, womanizing American, whose attempted escape from the internment camp has put himself and others in danger. When Rand and Irene’s Aunt Anita meet one another in the hospital, Irene learns more of his story and her heart is determined to save his family. But the danger outside the walls of the hospital worsens every day, and life in this exotic place is anything but luxurious. Can Irene find Rand’s family before they disappear forever? And can a humble missionary woman and an arrogant man find common ground in the face of their biggest fears?

Wanda's Thoughts:  Manila, Philippines – WWII – These are trying times where nothing is easy and nothing is as it should be. The horrors of war and survival are told in detail. The Japanese were horribly cruel and maintained strict control of the prisoners. Taking place in the Philippines, in a Japanese internment camp, this is a setting that I was not familiar with during WWII. Conditions were terribly grim and at times unbearable. This is a story of faith, survival and forgiveness told with slight religious overtones.

The writing is just what you’d expect from this author, well researched and easy to read. Liz Tolsma certainly knows how to weave historical facts into fiction. The middle of the story did seem to lose its flow, and my interest declined somewhat, but soon picked up and I became fully engaged again. I highly recommend with a 4 star rating.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Book Look Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.

About the Author: Liz Tolsma has lived in Wisconsin most of her life, and she now resides next to a farm field with her husband, their son, and their two daughters. All of their children have been adopted internationally and one has special needs. Her novella, Under His Wings, appeared in the New York Times bestselling collection, A Log Cabin Christmas. Her debut novel, Snow on the Tulips, released in August of 2013. Daisies Are Forever released in May 2014. When not busy putting words to paper, she enjoys reading, walking, working in her large perennial garden, kayaking, and camping with her family. Please visit her blog at and follow her on Facebook and Twitter (@LizTolsma). She is also a regular contributor to the Barn Door blog.