Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Snow on the Tulips


Many years ago I worked in the Cokesbury store in Nashville. My job was ordering the textbooks for Vanderbilt Divinity School, bibles and the category called "inspirational books." It was one of the best jobs I've ever had. I especially liked talking to our customers and giving and getting book recommendations. One of the recommendations was "The Hiding Place," by Corrie Ten Boom. Corrie's story of her family, faith and life in the Netherlands during World War II moved me profoundly and deepened my interest in this period of history. I was delighted when I was given the opportunity to read "Snow on the Tulips," by Liz Tolsma, a beautiful novel about this era.

Though fiction, it is based on the author's family stories, and it is moving and engaging. We follow Cornelia, a war widow, and her family through the last months of World War II. Of course we know the time frame and what will happen, but our characters do not and I was so anxious for them and the outcome. The novel answers the question, "What would you do?" in times of crisis and fear. There is also romance, family ties and a nation that has been tried and tested by war. The characters are filled with faith and I loved reading this book, and happily, highly recommend it. I'd like to request a sequel. I would love to know what Cornelia does after the war.

There is a great giveaway going on now, which is on the top right of this blog, and here is the link if you would like to buy a copy.

Today seems the perfect day to write this review, as we had our first snow flurries. Happily, they didn't stick, but it was gloves and hat weather and my foot got cold in shoebootie. I need an extra sock, too.  

I hope you're keeping cozy and enjoying a nice cup of tea or cocoa. As always, thanks for visiting and take care of yourself.

Please note, I was given a copy of "Snow on the Tulips" for review via the Litfuse Publicity Group, but the opinions are all mine.  

12 comments:

Lynn said...

sometimes I'll buy a book because of its cover even though I know nothing about the author or the storyline, this cover would catch my interest :-).

Jacquelineand.... said...

It looks like a wonderful read!

Theresa said...

Beautiful book! Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

Nellie said...

This sounds like a really good book for me to add to my list.

Corrie Ten Boom was an amazing lady!

All the Cokesbury stores are now closed.:-( A sign of the times.

Have a good Wednesday, and keep warm!

Terra said...

I think I would enjoy reading this book, and I always like your recommendations. Corrie Ten Boom was a wonderful person and writer, I agree.

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

This sounds like a great book. I love "The Hiding Place," though it has been many years since I read it. I like the movie that was made from it, too.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

I love the title and enjoy reading inspirational books. I am now reading Suite Francaise which also takes place during WW II.

Ann said...

The cover is so pretty, looks like a very good story. Thanks for stopping by today.
Ann

Susie said...

Carol, It was pretty here and so cold. I would have loved to sit on the porch...but brrr. Hope you are enjoying you retirement. It is nice to have a tea when you like isn't it. xoxo,Susie

TARYTERRE said...

The book sounds interesting. Keep your toes warm in your bootie.

Mevely317 said...

Appreciate your fleshing-out the story, Carol.
Naturally reluctant to venture outside "my" authors comfort zone, it's always nice when someone makes a personal recommendation!

I'd love to experience a snowflake ... or two or three.Alas, it was 92-degrees yesterday!

Paula said...

I am currently writing a novel based on stories from my mother's family. Family based memoirs and novels are great!