Friday, October 10, 2014

Literary Friday ~ Snow on the Tulips

Snow on the Tulips

Snow on the Tulips, takes place in the Netherlands during the World War II after Germany has taken over the Netherlands passive Dutch Army.  Most of the time when I read about World War II it is about the Jewish people feeling the hurt from the war or the Americans' struggle.  This book gives a view from how the people in the Netherlands felt the ugly of the time and also the hardship from the war.  This story is based on true events which happened to the author, Liz Tolsma's family.

Cornelia is a widow, she lost her husband in battle with the Nazi's on her wedding night.  She is a quiet person who is hiding her younger brother from the Nazis.  She prefers to live her life unnoticed because she has lost so much during the war.  She cares deeply for her family and is willing to help them anyway possible.  Although she is quiet and tries her hardest to avoid conflict with the Germans, she resists in her own little ways at first like not speaking German even though she is fluent.  Her younger brother was tired of hiding and wanted to join the local Resistance but his sister would not have it.  One evening there was a massacre near Cornelia's home.  The Nazis officers killed a group of Resistance, however, one German intentionally let his prisoner (Gerrit) live with only a fatal shot.

Gerrit was a man who puts God and his country about all else and arrives at her house needing help.  She is so scared for herself and her family she nearly let him leave but her younger brother insisted on helping Gerrit.  Gerrit is determined to find a way to continue his underground work although he is injured by asking Cornelia and her brother to aid him by giving word he is still alive.  Although Cornelia states no at first she gives in to keep her brother out of it.  

The two fight falling in love for reasons you will learn by reading the story.  Things in their lives start to unravel and Gerrit's life as well as her brother's life depends on Cornelia's actions.  She must draw upon her own courage and faith to become part of the Resistance in her own way after Gerrit tells her " Courage is not a feeling.  Courage is an action."  Cornelia ends up calling upon her older sister for help.   The book is filled with a lot of tragedy, love, and historical events.

I fell in love with all of the characters and I enjoyed this book immensely. I was so drawn into it.  I would highly recommend this book to any historical fiction or World War II lover, and cannot stress how much I enjoyed this story.  It is definitely one of my favorite books this year and well worth re-reading.



  1. What a lovely reading it must be. I'll see if I buy it. It's good to have a hope (and love) story happen in a date we associate with so much grief and pain.

    Thank you for recommending and sharing the brilliant synopsis.

    Have a wonderful weekend,


  2. Definitely purchasing this. I love books set in the World War II era. Thank you for sharing this with us Jolene.

    1. I really did enjoy it Mimi. I am with you, I love books set in this era for some reason.


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