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Remember the Lilies

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How will two very different people find love—and survive the impossible circumstances of war?

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.

Contributor(s) Liz Tolsma
About the Contributor(s) Liz Tolsma
Liz Tolsma has lived in Wisconsinmost of her life, and she now resides next to a farm field with her husband andtheir two daughters. Her son proudly serves as a U.S. Marine. All of their childrenhave been adopted internationally and one has special needs. Her novella, Under His Wings, appeared in the New York Times bestselling collection, A Log Cabin Christmas. Her debut novel, Snow on the Tulips, released in Augustof 2013 and was a 2014 Selah Award finalist and a 2014 Carol Award finalist. Daisies Are Forever released in May2014. When not busy putting words to paper, she enjoys reading, walking,working in her large perennial garden, kayaking, and camping with her family. Pleasevisit her blog at www.liztolsma.blogspot.comand follow her on Facebookand Twitter @LizTolsma. She isalso a regular contributor to the Barn Doorblog (
ISBN-10 1401689140
ISBN-13 9781401689148
Release Date Jan 27, 2015
Weight (lbs) 1.1200
Height 8.40
Width 5.50
Length 384
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Thomas Nelson
Price $15.99
Format Paperback
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by Sally
Overall Rating
Life is was great in Manila Bay, Philippines for lady’s man, Rand Sterling. He was just where he wanted to be….a socialite on his arm and not only one, but two very prosperous night clubs. On December 8, 1941 everything changed for Rand and Manila Bay. The Japanese had invaded Manila, the pearl of the orient. Rand and thousands of others were put into Santo Tomas, an internment camp. It was here he met missionaries Irene Reynolds and her aunt. All Rand could think of, was when the war was over, he was rebuilding his night clubs and expanding throughout Asia and continuing the “good life”. As the war drug on, life in the camp became almost unbearable. There was very little privacy and little to eat so people began to die of starvation and beriberi. If starvation weren’t bad enough they had to endure the abuse by the Japanese on a daily basis. At one point Rand tried to escape and someone turned him in. He was captured and sent to prison and tortured. He was sent to the hospital where he and Irene became friends. Little by little they learned their lives were intertwined long before the war began. Each of them had a secret and if the other found out, they wondered if their friendship would survive.

This book is set in Manila Bay, Philippines in 1941. It is filled with suspense enough to keep you turning the pages. Although the author kept the atrocities of war at a minimum, she left lots of room for your imagination to fill in what she didn’t say. If you are a WW II history buff or a romantic at heart this is a book well worth reading. God’s love certainly abounds in the midst of war.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Thomas Nelson-Fiction, through NetGalley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.
(Posted on 2/15/2015)
Review by Barbara
Overall Rating
It wasn’t until I read Liz Tolsma’s blog about “Remember the Lilies” that I was able to picture the Santo Tomas Internment Camp in Manila, in the Philippines during the Japanese occupation. This picture made all the difference as I put together my thoughts about this novel.

Santo Tomas Internment Camp

I could not wrap my head around the description of this camp in the midst the campus of a former university. I was a little frustrated by this inability to picture this area in my mind. That’s how I judge a book sometimes. If I am able to picture the events in my mind, it’s almost like watching a movie as I read.

I downloaded a free Kindle copy of “Remember the Lilies” by Liz Tolsma from in return for my honest review of the book.

The story opens right after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the subsequent bombing of Manila and the occupation by the Japanese. Non-Philippines are interred here for the duration of the war or until their rescue by the American forces as they make their way to defeating the Japanese in the Far East.

Rand Sterling is a night club and casino owner in Manila who is interred. Irene Reynolds is a missionary working in the censure’s office at Santo Tomas. The two meet when Irene finds a note that was sent to Rand about a planned escape. She tries to warn him that the Japanese know about his attempt, but is too late. Rand is sent to Fort Santiago and tortured after his escape is thwarted. After he is released from Fort Santiago, broken in body and spirit, Irene finds him there. Both try to ignore their growing affection for the other because the time and place are not right. The constant fear of the Japanese and fear of reprisals for the tiniest infraction are their daily companions.

I really enjoyed reading this book. I read “Snow on the Tulips”, also written by Ms. Tolsma and very much enjoyed reading it. Because that novel was set in The Netherlands during World War II, I was unsure how this book would compare set in a different theatre of war. I thought that “Remember the Lilies” had some parts that were hard to picture. There were so many different things going on in the novel that I had a hard time keeping up.
(Posted on 1/29/2015)

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