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Friday, March 20, 2015

Book Review - REMEMBER THE LILIES by Liz Tolsma

Liz Toslma is at it again, creating stories from difficult aspects of World War II, this one about an internment camp in the Philippines while the Japanese were in control of Manila. I marvel over the amount of research Liz had to have done to create this beautiful story.

Rand Sterling,an American, had a thriving business in the Philippines before the War. Or rather two. He owned two thriving businesses and had one pretty girl after another on his arm all the time.

But when the Japanese took over, his wealth and prestige went out the window. Americans and other enemies of Japan were thrown into the Santo Tomas Internment Camp. One of the other residents is Irene Reynolds, who had been a missionary in the jungle. Irene works for the enemy in their censor's office, screening letters and messages in order to earn a bit to help care for her blind aunt, Anita.

One day Irene fails to provide a message to Rand in time to prevent his attempted escape from Santo Tomas. He's captured and sentenced to the dreaded prison, Fort Santiago, a place from which few people escape. Most are tortured until they die. Irene is consumed with guilt.

It will take a miracle, and if you buy this book, you can pray for them as they go through their physical and mental torments on the way to...what?

Available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Christian Book Distributors.
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