Monday, February 16, 2015

Book Review - Remember the Lilies


Can Irene and Rand stave off starvation until the American troops bring freedom?

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.


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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"Remember the Lilies" is a book that will captivate you, shock you and draw you in and keep you there. I read this book in one day because I just couldn't put it down. 

Irene and her aunt, Anita, have been captured on an island in Manila by the Japanese during World War II. Anita raised Irene as her own after her parents abandoned her. Anita and Irene have been serving the area as missionaries, bringing hope and the Gospel to those around the jungle. Rand Sterling is a rich, nightclub owner, who is also captured in the camp and, when he and Irene meet, it's love at first sight.

The story takes us through the hardships that these people endured - the horrible conditions, the lack of food because it was withheld from them, the disease, and the torture that many endured. I didn't really know anything about this area of the world during World War II so it was very interesting to read about what happened. It was so heartbreaking to see what these people went through!

I really liked how Irene, and especially Anita, shared and lived their faith. Anita truly lives for the Lord and she affects those people around her in a positive way. I love how she is able to lead several to Christ because of her walk with the Lord. I also liked how we see Rand change so much through the book because of his observance of Anita and Irene.

There is a strange twist to the book towards the end that I really didn't care for and found implausible, but it wasn't so distracting that it changed my love for this book as a whole. I really enjoyed this book as a historical romance and found the history so interesting. I highly recommend this book and give it 5 out of 5 stars!

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group

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Blessings - Julie

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