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(Women of Courage #2)

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Gisela must hold onto hope and love despite all odds in the midst of a war-torn country.

Gisela Cramer is an American living in easternGermany with her cousin Ella Reinhardt. When the Red Army invades, they must leave their home to escape to safety in Berlin.

However, Ella is a nurse and refuses to leave, sending her young daughters with Gisela.During their journey, Gisela m
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Published May 13th 2014 by Thomas Nelson (first published May 6th 2014)
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Belinda
3,75 stars - Hardcover 🦋🦋🦋
Quote from the book : Her cousin was getting Renate ready but again she didn’t speak as she pulled a wollen sweater over her daughter’s head. As Gisela helped her sister Annelies to sit on the bed next to her
and pulled two heavy wollen socks on, the child looked on her with great grey round eyes, “Where are we going?” “ On an adventure, isn’t that fun”. Gisela willed her tremmbing fingers to tie the little shoe faster. 🌹🌹🌹
This read comfirmed for me that on both “sides”
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Iola
It is early 1945, and Gisela Cramer is fleeing East Prussia with her young nieces, to join her mother in Berlin, away from the advancing Russian Army. Mitch Edwards is an escaped POW, trying to find his way back to the British Army. The two meet, and Gisela pretends to be Mitch’s wife in order to save him from the Germans.

Gisela annoyed me right from the beginning, because it felt like I was supposed to know her background, why she kept collecting waifs and strays. She took responsibility for
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Andrea Cox
If it weren't for Kurt, this book would be added to my favorites list. His obsessive love disorder was frightening and it came to an unlikely end as well (people with obsessive disorders don't listen to reason as swiftly nor as easily as he did).

There was a major inconsistency that bothered me, and I'll try to avoid spoiling it as I explain a bit. Mitch and Gisela discovered a plot set against them, yet they both still fell for its trappings. If they knew about it, why would they not be on their
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Alicia
Lack of character development and too many plot holes prevented me from really enjoying the story, but it was worth the read for the historical detail (i.e. the terrifying final days of war in Germany). 2.5 stars.
Karen
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I even liked this book better than the first one. Beautifully written. It was so hard to read of the struggles of ordinary citizens on both sides of the war as it came to an end. The bombings, the brutality, the inhumanity, but it was good to read and realize the horrors of those that died and lived went through.
Kellyn Roth
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review to come.

Thoughts for now: the endingggg just needed helpppp it was too fast. So yeah.
Wanda
Wow! Another powerful read by Liz Tolsma - I couldn’t put this one down. The characters are vibrantly drawn and brought to life in this achingly sad novel – a story of bravery and survival.

This is a totally different perspective of WWII and one that I’m not familiar. I’ve read much about the Holocaust and what the Nazis did to the Jewish people. But this is a story of German refugees, set on German soil, near the end of the war. It portrays how the German people also suffered under Hitler’s wic
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Joleen
Germany, WWII

Mitch Edwards, a British POW for 5 years, disguised as an SS officer just escaped from a German stalag. Trying to make his way back to Allied troops through Germany, he was confronted and nearly found out because of his British accent. However, Gisela came to his rescue claiming he was her husband.

For the next several months they try to escape encroaching Soviet troops and nearby bombings as they make their way from Prussia to Berlin, where Gisela's mother and father were when she
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Mary
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sometimes we go through life wondering what if ... what if I would have turned left instead of right, what if I would have done 'A' or 'B', what if I hadn't run? Unfortunately it stalls us from understanding the reasons why those choices seemed so right at that time. In between the question mark we go through our daily lives, facing battles that we take for granted because we're so stuck on the 'what if'. Tolsma takes that issue of faith a bit further and places her characters in a real battle - ...more
Kathleen E.
May 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Friday, May 23, 2014
Daisies are Forever by Liz Tolsma, © 2014
Women of Courage series, Book 2

The second book in the Women of Courage series, Daisies Are Forever, released May 6, 2014. Set in East Prussia and Berlin at the end of the war, American born Gisela Cramer must stay one step ahead of the Russian troops. Her task is complicated by an escaped British POW, two old women, two little girls, a wounded German soldier and a young woman with big dreams. When they reach Berlin, will they really be
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Dorothy
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one is a story taking place during WWII in Germany. Gisela was an American but originally from Germany. Her parents decided to move their family back to Germany just before the war broke out. Because of many occurrences Gisela was living with her Grandpa and cousin. However the Russians were now invading Germany and killing, looting, and raping as they advanced. So, it is decided that Gisela, 2 addled aunts, and her 2 young nieces must escape and travel to Berlin. The trip if hard and two e ...more
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“Gisela Cramer is an American living in eastern Germany with her cousin Ella Reinhardt. When the Red Army invades, they must leave their home to escape to safety in Berlin.
However, Ella is a nurse and refuses to leave, sending her young daughters with Gisela. During their journey, Gisela meets Mitch Edwards, an escaped British POW. She pretends she is his wife in order to preserve his safety among other Germans, especially one wounded German soldier, Kurt, who has suspicions a
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Annette
May 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Source: Free copy from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for a review.
Summary:
Early February 1945.
Gisela Cramer is a young woman, living with her cousin Ella and her daughters, and their grandfather in Heiligenbeil, East Prussia. Gisela is American born, but moved to Germany as a young girl with her German born parents. Gisela left her parents and relocated to Heilgenbeil, when the bombings began in Berlin. When the Russians close in on the town of Heiligenbeil, a difficult decision is made. E
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Ibjoy1953
May 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition



Description of the book

Gisela must hold on to hope and love despite all odds in the midst of a war-torn country.

Gisela Cramer is an American living in eastern Germany with her cousin Ella Reinhardt. When the Red Army invades, they must leave their home to escape to safety in Berlin.

However, Ella is a nurse and refuses to leave, sending her young daughters with Gisela. During their journey, Gisela meets Mitch Edwards, an escaped British POW. She pretends she is his wife in order to preserve his
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Reet Champion
Gisela Cramer has suffered through one of the most devastating experiences a person could go through. As the lone survivor of a "massacre" that resulted in the death of her aunt and two young cousins at the hands of Russian soldiers Gisela struggles with guilt. It kills her to have to leave yet another cousin and her elderly grandfather as Russian forces fast approach their home. But for the sake of her cousins two small children it must be done. And so she embarks on a journey that will dramati ...more
Beth Strand
“Daisies are Forever” Grabs but Doesn’t Hold the Reader
Gisela Cramer was sent to East Germany to keep her safe from the war but the Russians have brought the war to her doorstep, again, and she finds herself running for her life while charged with keeping her two nieces safe. Mitch Edwards has survived most of the war in prison since his capture by the Germans in 1940. His recent escape puts him in danger from all sides. A chance meeting with Gisela forms an unlikely alliance that may blossom in
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Anne Campbell
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maybe because I'm partial to World War II, maybe because I prefer romances that aren't "fluffy," or maybe just because it's good writing, but I loved this book.

The point of view is different. Most WWII books I've read are from the viewpoint of Americans. In this one, the heroine is German, but Gisela's heart is in California where they had lived in her childhood. Her father had dragged them back to Germany before the war started, determined to fight for the Fatherland. Now she must get her two
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Mazzou B
Captivating story. Perfect for young adults. Some of the content is not suitable for younger readers. Good Christian message, interesting story.

Very engaging- heart-touching- interesting- historically-accurate- good message- good romance

From the first chapter, I was captured by this book. I was instantly drawn into the world of the characters within. This new Christian novel by award-winning author Liz Tolsma takes place in war-torn 1940 Germany. Unusually, this book comes from the perspective o
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Staci
Dec 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
This second WWII novel by Liz Tolsma tells the story of Gisela, a German and Mitch, an Englishman. The book sheds light on what it was like to be a German when the Russians moved into Germany. Clearly, Mitch was at risk before the Russians arrived. In their charge were two young girls.

I've not read any novels of the perspective of a non-Jew German and their experience in Germany. This particular novel was based on two different true stories.

Adding to the novel were two sisters with dementia tha
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Amy
May 02, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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One reason my author tagline is "Deep-Rooted Fiction (TM)" is that I write stories rooted in real history—stories about real people, real places, real events. As such, I had very high hopes for this World War II story based on the true-life experiences of two of the author’s relatives. And while this book certainly provided a window into an unusual time and place in world history, it failed to live up to all of my expectations.
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Abbie Jo
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whoo. What do I say about this book? I wanted to scream at the injustices people faced and cry at the sorrows that happened in each chapter. I loved this book. This series is one I would recommend greatly.
Raechel Lenore
May 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic! Review to come!
Erin
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Things were not good in East Prussia in early 1945. The Russian army was advancing towards Germany, and thousands of residents were fleeing for their lives. When a young nurse refuses to leave her ailing grandfather, she entrusts her two small daughters into the care of her cousin Gisela and sends them out into the frozen countryside. Gisela soon finds herself in charge of a motley crew of survivors, trekking towards Berlin in the hope of outrunning the brutal Red Army soldiers.

British prisoner
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Pat
Daisies Are Forever is set in World War II in Berlin. Gisela was born in California to an American mother & German father. They move to Germany before the war starts. She is sent to relatives to live when the Russians invade Germany. She has to leave due to her cousins being killed She once again has to leave her grandfather and cousin behind. Her cousin sends her two little girls with Gisela to Berlin for safety. One the way she becomes part of a group trying to survive the Allies bombing Germa ...more
regan
Feb 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5*

I have VERY mixed feelings about this book.

The plot was amazing. There were many twists and turns, there were lots of exciting and interesting events and this book definitely kept me on my feet. I also liked what happened in all these events. None of them really made me angry.

The emotion was okay. The author has incredibly good word choice and description but I still didn’t really feel anything while I read this book. Maybe it’s because I couldn’t relate to any of the characters.

Speaking
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Deborah Robb
This is the story of Gisela Cramer, an American living in eastern Germany with her cousin, during the end of the war. When the Red Army invades, they have to leave their home and travel to Berlin. However, her cousin refuses to leave their grandfather and asks Gisela to take her daughters with her and get them to safety in Berlin. Gisela's journey begins with the two small children and three elderly neighbors. Along the way, she meets Mitchell, a British POW, Kurt and Audra. Over the course of s ...more
Lisa Abere
Jul 06, 2020 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I do enjoy WW2 historical fiction and I've read a ton of it, but this book was at the bottom of the quality pile. It sounded intriguing but was a major disappointment. There is no beginning, middle and end- just a bunch of disjointed, repeating events that really don't seem to build to any climax. There was no real character development; nothing to make you identify or even sympathize much with Gisela. The Americanization of the supposedly British Mitch (starting with the fact that no Brit at th ...more
Anne
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The characters (an American-German girl, a British guy posing as a German, and assorted menagerie of other interesting and unusual characters) and the setting (Prussia and Germany at the end of WW2 and the advance of the Red Army) were so unique, I had high hopes for this book. But it didn't deliver.

I'm not a writer, so I can't say for sure what exactly should be fixed, but all I can say is the writing seemed choppy and underdeveloped. This book has all the elements of what could be a great nov
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Karen Mcnicol
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this story of Gisela Cramer, a German-American girl whose family moved back to Germany before the war started to escape the depression in America. Tragedy strikes Gisela again and again but she survives and helps save the lives of her nieces, her pretend husband and many others in this gripping tale of Germans who are trying to flee the soviets at the end of the war. (she ends up marrying her pretend husband Mitch.).
Janet Merrell
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
I enjoyed the book. I think the author is very good at crafting a unique storyline that may teach you something new about WW2. Although her characters are engaging, I don't feel she is quite as polished as some of the more popular Christian fiction writers out there. Still found the struggle of Gisela and Mitch to be interesting enough to keep me quickly turning the pages. ...more
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