Thursday, November 7, 2013

Snow on the Tulips by Liz Tolsma



Welcome to the Litfuse Blog Tour for Snow on the Tulips by Liz Tolsma!

ABOUT THE BOOK:

A stranger's life hangs in the balance. But to save him is to risk everything.

The war is drawing to a close, but the Nazis still occupy part of the Netherlands. After the losses she's endured, war widow Cornelia is only a shadow of the woman she once was. She fights now to protect her younger brother, Johan, who lives in hiding.

When Johan brings Gerrit Laninga, a wounded Dutch Resistance member, to Cornelia's doorstep, their lives are forever altered. Although scared of the consequences of harboring a wanted man, Cornelia's faith won't let her turn him out.

As she nurses Gerrit back to health, she is drawn to his fierce passion and ideals, and notices a shift within herself. Gerrit's intensity challenges her, making her want to live fully, despite the fear that constrains her. When the opportunity to join him in the Resistance presents itself, Cornelia must summon every ounce of courage imaginable.

She is as terrified of loving Gerrit as she is of losing him. But as the winter landscape thaws, so too does her heart. Will she get a second chance at true love? She fears their story will end before it even begins.

MY THOUGHTS:
Wow. I could not put Snow on the Tulips down – I read it in just a few hours, finishing the book at 1 in the morning!

I can't ever resist a WWII story, and Liz's was impressive. She successfully portrayed the struggle between doing wrong...or obeying God. Or is some wrong right when it goes against evil? Is lying ever ok when it protects someone from a murderer? With God-fearing husbands and members of the Dutch Resistance, Liz artfully told both sides of the coin.

Snow on the Tulips was also a very emotional story. I had a hard time reading in several spots as my tears blurred the words on the page. I can't imagine going through the same difficulties many of those men and women had to endure. What choice would I make? Would I react passively...or would I get involved?

I most enjoyed that Liz was inspired to write her story from true accounts in her own family's history! I love historical fiction for that very reason!

If you enjoy riveting page-turners, Snow on the Tulips will not disappoint!

That's what I thought! Click HERE to see what other reviewers are saying!

Thank you to Liz and Thomas Nelson through Litfuse for sending me a copy to read and review!

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**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Gunpowder Tea by Margaret Brownley



Welcome to the Litfuse Blog Tour for Gunpowder Tea by Margaret Brownley!

ABOUT THE BOOK:
In a case that could change her career, Miranda uncovers a love that will change her life.

When Miranda Hunt sees the classified ad for an heiress to the legendary Last Chance Ranch, she knows assuming the identity of Annie Beckman is the perfect cover. As one of the finest agents for the Pinkerton Detective Agency, Miranda has been tasked with apprehending the Phantom---an elusive and notorious train robber thought to be hiding on the sprawling ranch.

But she isn't the only one at the ranch with something to hide. Wells Fargo detective

Jeremy Taggart is working undercover as well. Their true identities may be a secret, but it is impossible for Jeremy and Miranda to hide the sparks flaring between them.

Neither is about to let romance interfere with such a huge case. Besides, Miranda hasn't removed Jeremy from her list of suspects yet. The closer they get to uncovering the identity of the Phantom, the more dangerous he gets---and no one on the ranch is safe.

The longer Miranda and Jeremy spend working together, the harder it becomes to keep their feelings in check. Their careers-and their lives-depend on solving this case. Love will just have to wait.

MY THOUGHTS:
I'm not a huge fan of comedic fiction (I prefer the serious side of things), but I've enjoyed the stories I've read of Margaret's. She has just the right balance of sobriety and humor.

Gunpowder Tea is the last book in her Brides of Last Chance Ranch series...and I thought it was the best one! I've always liked stories involving detectives, especially Pinkertons!, and when the first chapter involved a woman Pink, a thief, a stray shot at a funeral, and an overreacting, hysterical widow, I knew Margaret had done it again. I suspected Gunpowder Tea would be delightfully dangerous.

It was great! Gasps and giggles... with an ending (and criminal) I didn't expect.

If you haven't read books 1 and 2, you should! You don't have to, but it makes the ending of Gunpowder Tea all the better!

That's what I thought! Click HERE to see what other reviewers are saying!

Thank you to Margaret and Thomas Nelson through Litfuse for sending me a copy to read and review!

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