Be swept away to exotic places in Liz Tolsma's Remember the Lilies! Filled with mystery, romance, and a race to find a family before it's too late, you'll want to keep the pages turning.About the book:
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?
Tolsma has written a good story. The characters are believable and well done. The scene is painted in grim and realistic word pictures without grisly details. It is brutal enough as written.
The story covers characters who range from the wealthy owner of nightclubs, niece of a missionary, doctors, and nurses. They are reduced to living in huts or shacks made up of mats which do little to protect from rains and mud. They do have a "clinic" comprised of doctors, nurses, and nuns in captivity. Their captors, the Japanese, who guard them are uncaring and brutally harsh on them. The least infraction results in extreme measures of punishment. The children, too, are there and bring rays of sunshine into the midst of suffering. The adults give up of themselves and their meager food supply to care of these youngest amongst them.
The story of faith, redemption, perseverance runs strong through the darkness that is their struggle. The end is predictable because we already know who won WWII. But surprises are in the storyline. Surprises of joy in the midst of sorrow.
A good story. A good read. An opportunity for a romp into a bit of history with which we might not be familiar.
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