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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 and their two daughters. Her son proudly serves as a US Marine. All of their children have been adopted internationally and one has special needs. When not busy putting words to paper, she enjoys reading, walking, working in her large perennial garden, kayaking, and camping with her family.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (August 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401689108
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401689100
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. Add a dog and a cat to that mix and there's always something going on at their house. She's spent time teaching second grade, writing advertising for a real estate company, and working as a church secretary, but she always dreamed of becoming an author. When not busy putting words to paper, she enjoys reading, walking, working in her large perennial garden, kayaking, and camping with her family. She'd love to have you visit her at www.liztolsma.com or at www.liztolsma.blogspot.com.

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I highly recommend this book to fans of historical fiction.
Ruth A. Hill
This is a story of redemption, love, overcoming fear, and finding the courage to do God's will even in the most dangerous of circumstances.
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This book was well done with a great story line and deep characters.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Erin Davies on November 2, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Most reviewers have a niche and WWII fiction is mine so it's really no surprise that I jumped when offered the chance to read Liz Tolsma's Snow on the Tulips. Set during the German occupation of the Netherlands, the book should have been a slam dunk which is why I am a little surprised at my halfhearted reaction to it.

Inspired by family history, I really liked the basic premise of this story. The inherent truth in the circumstances each character faced made Snow on the Tulips a very relatable and down to earth piece. Stark and at times bleak, Tolsma doesn't shy away from the grim realities of life under occupation and I found her candor an admirable aspect of her work.

Now if I found the subject matter so great, why am I going with only three stars? Despite my appreciation for the history Tolsma incorporated into this piece and the realistic character portraits she created, I had a lot of trouble getting into the story. There a moments of action, but most of the book is emotionally driven and though I can respect what the author was getting at, I found the relative lack of momentum difficult to get lost in.

The relationship between Cornelia and Gerrit presented a second hurdle for me. Tolsma really delves into their individual struggles to open themselves to one another after being burned by loss and betrayal, but I don't feel their relationship with one another read as strongly as the ones that had come before. I expect that kind of contrast author to author, but to see it in single volume was a bit of a letdown.

One last note for those secular readers who dabble in inspired lit.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Connie Brown on May 14, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I like many different kinds of fiction. This story based on what could have been in the Netherlands during WWII is very thought provoking. The suspense, romance, danger and faith are very realistic. The interaction between the characters was very good and I wish some things had been different. I know that some of the things depicted actually happened to the people. We've been told of the horrors of war and this brought it to the forefront. I am glad that the death and destruction was not graphic. You were told what happened and enough description to picture it in your mind. Ms. Tolsma did a great job in giving us a story of courage, faith, and love. Good book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Talbert on November 18, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I have to admit, I don't normally like books that are set in other countries or other time periods. I feel like I have to stretch my brain to understand them, when I just want a light read. But I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed "Snow on the Tulips" by Liz Tolsma. It's a fictional story set in the Netherlands, and has every topic you could ask for, from war to romance to courage and faith to suspense. The author does a great job of adding drama to the story, and it seems very realistic. I really enjoyed the characters and I really enjoyed the story.

I would definitely recommend this book, even if you don't usually enjoy historical fiction. Like I said, I was surprised at my enjoyment of this book, even though I put off reading it for a couple of weeks. Once I started reading it, I finished it really quickly because it was very good.

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity Group and Thomas Nelson for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lighthouse88 on October 31, 2013
Format: Paperback
Absolutely fantastic! Those were the first words I thought when I finished reading this excellent book by Liz Tolsma. The fictional story is set during WWII and centers on the Dutch Resistance Movement against the Germans and their occupation of the Netherlands. If this isn’t one of your favorite time periods, please allow your dislike to be put aside for this story.
As the story begins, Gerrit Laninga is being marched to his execution as he has been captured by the German Gestapo and found guilty of sedition against Germany, which carries the death penalty. Gerrit has maintained his faith in God throughout the many difficult trials and circumstances he has found himself in over the last few years as a resistance worker. Will the Lord deliver him yet again?
Johan Kooistra is a young, 20-year-old, Dutch male who, until recently, had been hiding on his uncle’s farm to escape the Germans, who are on the lookout for any able-bodied male between the ages of 17 and 45 to serve the Fatherland. Johan longs for adventure and thinks the Dutch Resistance can provide the adventure and he can serve his country at the same time. As the story progresses, Johan is constantly at odds with his sister, Cornelia, and others who don’t want him to join the resistance, but want him to stay in hiding. Johan is out disobeying the German curfew one night and finds a wounded man. He takes the man home to be nursed by his sister.
Cornelia de Vries is 24 years old and has been a widow for four years. Her husband was killed the day after they were married. The Germans have occupied her country for so long, and they have defeated her spirit. They have taken so much from her, but she will not allow them to take her brother. She fiercely defends him.
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