“Snow on the Tulips” by Liz Tolsma is historical fiction based on the true story of the author’s family who lived in Friesland, Netherlands during the Nazi occupation during 1940 to 1945. It is the story of the people who lived under the oppressive rule of the Germans during the war. Garrit Laninga was supposed to be shot by the Gestapo in February 1945 for being a part of the Dutch Resistance, but the soldier did not kill him. Garrit played dead until the execution team left the dead on the bank of the canal. Then he sought help in one of the houses across the canal. Johan and his sister Cornelia de Vries were hiding too. Cornelia lost her husband on the first day of the blitzkrieg into the Netherlands. She is determined that her brother will not be conscripted to work for the Germans or the Resistance for fear that he would never return home. What follows is a story of fear, faith and courage that the citizens of the Friesland villages and the members of the Dutch Resistance lived during the Nazi occupation.
I found this book to be a riveting fictional account of the lives of collaborators and regular citizen and desperation that they must have felt during the Nazi regime. I kept wondering if I could have been as selfless and courageous at these individuals who helped hide Jews, American airmen, and men from seventeen to forty-five who were being rounded up to work for the Germans. These men hid for years in attics, under houses, barns, anywhere to keep from being taken by the Nazis. This book may be a work of fiction, but I felt the reality of the situations as though I was there. I marvel at the courage and perseverance of the men and women who lived during this time and their struggles to stay alive yet help their country rid itself of the occupiers.
I received a free Kindle copy of this book in return for my honest review from Thomas Nelson Publishers and NetGalley.com.