I have a really great romance and tragic war book to share with you called Remember the Lilies written by Liz Tolsma.
How will two very different people find love—and survive the impossible circumstances of war?
In 1941 Rand Sterling was a wealthy, womanizing club owner and an American of note among ex-pats and locals alike. Now two years later, Rand is just another civilian prisoner of war—one whose planned escape from the Santo Tomas Internment Camp could put him and others in grave danger.
Irene Reynolds grew up as a missionary kid in the Philippine jungle. Now she works for the paranoid Japanese authorities, delivering censored messages to the other American prisoners in Santo Tomas.
When Irene’s negligence leads to Rand’s failed escape attempt, Rand is sent to the torture chambers of Fort Santiago—and Irene suffers under the weight of her guilt. Yet when she crosses paths with Rand again after his unexpected return to the camp, something more than mere survival draws the unlikely pair together.
As life in Manila becomes more and more desperate, and another threatening letter finds its way from Irene’s hands to Rand’s, the reluctant couple struggles to find a way to stay alive . . . and to keep their growing feelings for each other from compromising the safety of everyone around them.
This story is just as good as the one called Snow on the Tulips that I reviewed a little while back. The same author that wrote that one, also wrote this one. She can definitely write some of the most romantic love stories in the middle of a war better than anyone else I can think of right now.
Irene and her Aunt Anita lived in Manila and work as missionaries but now Anita is sick and need of help or she will die. The Japanese are using Irene to keep tabs on the prisoners of war and she has had to do things she is very guilty about.
This story is about her struggle to survive in a prison camp and trying to keep her Aunt Anita alive when she meets Rand. But, she betrays Rand and because of that, he is taken to another kind of prison that is much worse than where they were.
Can he forgive her when he finally gets back to where she is being held? I don't know what I would have done in her shoes or his for that matter, but whatever happens, I believe you can only take so much torture and pain and anyone can break.
I hope you will take the time to read this story because it's about love, hope and yes, some tragedy but it also gives hope to those who needed it the most.
Liz Tolsma has lived in Wisconsin most of her life, and she now resides next to a farm field with her husband and their two daughters. Her son proudly serves as a US Marine. All of their children have been adopted internationally and one has special needs. When not busy putting words to paper, she enjoys reading, walking, working in her large perennial garden, kayaking, and camping with her family.