Daisies are Forever by Liz Tolsma is a fascinating read about an aspect of World War II that I haven’t read much about thus far. Through the eyes of Gisela Cramer, an American woman living in Germany, readers learn about the plight of the German people near the end of the war as the Americans, British, and Russians literally levelled whole towns in an effort to force Hitler to concede defeat.
As the Russians approach the town Gisela is living in with her cousin and grandfather, Elle, her cousin, begs Gisela to take Elle’s two young daughters to the perceived safety of Berlin where Gisela’s parents live. Elle, a nurse, feels compelled to stay and care for the grandfather who can’t be moved and for the wounded of their town. As Gisela travels, she finds herself protecting others along the way, including an escaped POW from Britain who poses as her husband to conceal his identity.
Tolsma kept me interested and curious throughout the book, though the time in Berlin, the last third of the book or so, became quite disturbing. Her notes about the inspiration for the book made me glad all over again that I had read it. The story is based on facts from the lives of two of her ancestors, people who really experienced much of what is revealed in the book. The book is a testimony to God’s Presence and care through unimaginable circumstances and to the value of endurance and fortitude.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for this honest review.