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Remember the Lilies by Liz Tolsma

Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko

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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?

My Review:

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I had previously read Liz Tolsma’s WW2 books, and have been looking forward to reading this one as well. I believe I looked forward to it more after having the privilege of meeting her this last fall.

This is an unusual story, much like her other stories, it does not follow the traditional WW2 storyline. Instead, you are transported into a land far away, experiencing the cruelty and starvation that caused the USA to fear the Japanese. You will be living in an internment camp, where freedom is only an illusion. The twists and turns of the story take you down a path that you will be unsure you want to travel, but the story will keep you reading.

I was reminded of the book “Evidence not Seen by Darlene Diebler Rose“. Even though, it took place in a different country,  the story of an American held in a Japanese internment camp rang true to me. I love how you can trust the research that Ms. Tolsma put into her stories. They have the basis of truth, which would allow you to use these in a high school curriculum as historical reading.

The topic is in itself, not the prettiest, but it is done in a way that older high school students will benefit from it’s telling, even when it addresses parts that are not as lovely. Another great read from a wonderful and sweet author.

This book was provided for me for review by NetGalley and the publisher. The thoughts contained herein are my own.

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Every Tear a Memory by Myra Johnson

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Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko

Description

Joanna Trapp found adventure serving in France as a “Hello Girl” for the Army Signal Corps, but she still mourns her doughboy sweetheart killed in battle. Returning to Hot Springs, Arkansas, she takes a job as a switchboard operator at the Arlington Hotel and quickly discovers that after her experiences overseas, civilian life proves dull.

Thomas Ballard still regrets he was medically ineligible to serve in the war and feels inferior to those who did, especially his war-hero brother, Gilbert. When Thomas finds himself attracted to Joanna, he strives to match her adventurous spirit, when all he really wants is to settle down, raise a family, and earn respect as a successful businessman. As romance blossoms, can two such different people learn to accept not only their own but each other’s God-created individuality . . . or will love change them both?

My Review:

There is a frightful lack of communication in this story, which makes it a little frustrating to read. I always wish people would speak to one another. Lily was one of the most complex enigma’s as her siblings and she refuse to communicate with one another. They keep secrets that didn’t need to be kept. But then, that is the perfect picture of teenagers at that time in their life.

However, despite this, I found that the story was interesting. Joanna finds a job working as a switchboard operator, which I find fascinating. The prejudice against women was still alive and well in this time period as demonstrated through  the story. Women were held to much higher standards than men, not much unlike they are today still.

This book would be appropriate for teens, although it does have a romantic story in it.

This book was provided for me for review by NetGalley and the publisher. The opinions expressed herein are my own.

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In Perfect Time by Sarah Sundin

Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko

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Book Description: (From cover)

Bold, sophisticated, and flirtatious, Army Air Force flight nurse Lt. Kay Jobson collects hearts wherever she flies, leaving men pining in airfields all across Europe. So how can ruggedly handsome C-47 pilot Lt. Roger Cooper be all but immune to her considerable charms? In fact, he seems to do everything he can to avoid her.

Still, as they cross the skies between Italy and southern France, evacuating the wounded and delivering paratroopers and supplies, every beat of their hearts draws them closer to where they don’t want to go. Can they confront the fears and misunderstandings in their pasts?

Sarah Sundin seamlessly weaves together emotion, action, and sweet romance into a tale that transcends time and calls us to believe in the power of love.

My Review:
I can never pick up a Sarah Sundin book without expecting something great! She takes characters that are imperfect, with flaws, and tells a story that almost everyone can relate to. They have pain in their pasts, they make mistakes or don’t believe they are worth more than what they already have to offer. She takes their stories and shows how God believes they are worth more than that.
She works the story, with the history of the time so that you learn a ton of history without realizing it. I have never been disappointed yet with a Sarah Sundin book and I know you will not be either.

I really related with Roger more than Kay, in this book, which is unusual for me, but Ms. Sundin captured the essence of someone that has a lot of talent, but has believed for so long they are not capable of reaching those dreams, that they just gave up.

You will want to read this book if you love historical fiction, and if you don’t love historical fiction, you have to try her books, because you will fall in love!

As far as if you are looking for a historical read for your teen, because Ms. Sundin does address some issues in her books, including the fact that Kay portrays herself as a flirt and “loose”, leads to some less than savory encounters which would need to be discussed with your teen if she reads it. I think it could be a great learning experience, both because of the history, but also in discussing how our parents words really can effect us in our lives. This story addresses a hard topic of how parents need to believe in their children and say encouraging words to build their children up to give them the best advantage in life.

So, in conclusion…don’t wait to buy this book! Head out and buy it now, and pick up her others if you haven’t read them either! I aim to own every book she writes!

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