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 review: This is an intriguing story about standing up for what's right, no matter the cost. I liked that it's told from a different angle than most, from the Dutch perspective. I hadn't heard much about what went on there and parts of the story are based on true events! There's a touching romance as Cornelia falls for Gerrit, but is afraid to risk her heart again. The story really made me think about what I would have done in their situations. Gerrit was actively helping people, while Cornelia didn't want to get involved. Cornelia's brother-in-law thought they should obey the Germans because God said to submit to the authorities, yet his wife felt compelled to help the Jews and Gerrit. It made me wonder if I would have the courage to do something. One thing that felt odd to me was that sometimes a comment seemed out of place in a conversation. Also, even though Gerrit thought Cornelia was married, he touched her a couple of times, which didn't seem to fit with his Christian faith. I think fans of historical romance or war stories would like this book.
I received a free copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.
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Meet the author: 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. Add a dog and a cat to that mix and there's always something going on at their house. She's spent time teaching second grade, writing advertising for a real estate company, and working as a church secretary, but she always dreamed of becoming an author.
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