(1) What is your favorite book? [Bible excluded]
Liz: That’s almost like asking a mother who her favorite child is! As far as classics go, I loved A Tale of Two Cities. Lynn Austin is one of my favorite authors and her book Hidden Places was amazing. I was also inspired by Sarah Sundin’s debut novel A Distant Melody.
(2) If you could walk into any book, what literary character would you want to be?
Liz: Elizabeth Bennett. Come on. The chance to be married to Mr. Darcy?
(3) If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Liz: I have a long bucket list. I would love to return to Vietnam and work there for an extended period of time. The country and the people are beautiful. The Netherlands, the country my family is from is also on the list as is South Africa (safari) and Australia.
Daisies Are Forever
Gisela Cramer is an American living in eastern Germany with her cousin Ella Reinhardt. When the Red Army invades, they must leave their home to escape to safety in Berlin.
However, Ella is a nurse and refuses to leave, sending her young daughters with Gisela. During their journey, Gisela meets Mitch Edwards, an escaped British POW. She pretends she is his wife in order to preserve his safety among other Germans, especially one wounded German soldier, Kurt, who has suspicions about Mitch’s identity. Kurt also has feelings for Gisela and tries to uncover the truth about her “marriage.”
Their journey to Gisela’s mother in Berlin is riddled with tragedy and hardship, but they strive to keep Ella’s daughters safe so they can reunite with their mother. During the journey Gisela and Mitch begin to develop feelings for one another beyond friendship. They reach Berlin, but their struggles are far from over. Gisela and Mitch must learn to live for the day and find hope in the darkest of circumstances.
In this moving, historically accurate portrayal of WWII Germany, the characters learn that, even with destruction all around them, some things last forever.
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. All of their children have been adopted internationally and one has special needs. Her novella, Under His Wings, appeared in the New York Times bestselling collection, A Log Cabin Christmas. Her debut novel, Snow on the Tulips, released in August of 2013. Daisies Are Forever released in May 2014. When not busy putting words to paper, she enjoys reading, walking, working in her large perennial garden, kayaking, and camping with her family. Please visit her blog at www.liztolsma.blogspot.com and follow her on Facebook and Twitter (@LizTolsma). She is also a regular contributor to the Barn Door blog.
Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives
Snow on the Tulips August 2013
Daisies Are Forever May 2014
Where the Hibiscus Blooms winter 2015
A Log Cabin Christmas now available