Thursday, February 12, 2015

Remember the Lilies Review


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? (Goodreads)

My Review

I will say I had high expectations for this book as I have enjoyed the author's previous two books. This story, while standing alone from the others, is also set during World War II only the setting is in Manila, Philippines. It's always interesting to read about different settings during this time but I feel like this book could have been a little better. I couldn't really get into the story line, the romance felt forced and the characters didn't intrigue me as much. I like Irene well enough but at times she grated on my nerves. I think I liked the secondary characters more so than the main two. I liked the history part of the story and how people were treated over the course of the war, I just wish there had been more depth with the characters and storyline.

I wish I could say I loved this book but I did love the first two books.

Three and half stars.

"I received this book from Litfuse for free in exchange for an honest review."

This gripping new tale from Liz Tolsma, Remember the Lilies, is a must-read for fans of WWII-era fiction. When Irene is attacked by a sinister Japanese guard and their secrets are exposed, she and Rand must learn the true meaning of forgiveness—if they can stave off starvation until the American troops bring freedom.

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