Daisies Are Forever, A Fall of Marigolds: Book Giveaway, Book Reviews

Here are two great fiction reads I think you’ll enjoy: Daisies are Forever, by Liz Tolsma, and A Fall of Marigolds, by Susan Meissner. And you can win the first one in a book giveaway. Be sure and read today’s blog to see how you can enter the book drawing giveaway for Liz Tolsma’s book.

Here are my reviews of the two books:

Daisies Are Forever


I stumbled onto Liz Tolsma’s debut novel, Snow on the Tulips, last year and enjoyed it. So when her new book, Daisies Are Forever, was released this year, I didn’t hesitate to offer a book review. Another historical fiction book, this time set in 1945 during World War II near the fall of the Third Reich, this one focuses on a twenty-year-old  American, Gisela Cramer,  and part of her family members living in Prussia and their escape from the invading Russian army.

She collides with a British soldier posing as a German officer, protecting him from the eyes of other immigrants and SS soldiers by pretending to be his wife. What follows next is a roller coaster ride of close calls and dangerous experiences as they take turns protecting each other trying to avoid the ravages of war still terrorizing them and their “family.”

Because her book’s inspiration is based on the stories of two women, one of them her aunt, Liz captures well the characters’ emotions and historical accuracy with tug-at-the-heart events of those difficult days. I found this period of history and lesser known turn of events in the war both interesting and intriguing. Liz doesn’t spare the sadness, pain, or tragedy of war. And at times, you may feel as if you’re in the middle of it.

Romance is a slow but steady factor in this historical fiction, often clashing with family loyalty, deceit, and the need to survive. But combined with emerging faith, caring hearts, and stubborn love, this unlikely couple clings to—and fights for—the desperate hope that they will triumph over the ugliness of war.

Liz is a great writer, and I look forward to her next book.

The publisher sent me this book in exchange for a review.

You can find out more about Liz Tolsma on her website.

A Fall of Marigolds


I found Susan Meissner’s books a couple of years ago and fell in love with her writing. I quickly caught up on every book she had written. She has become one of my favorite fiction authors. Each time I read one, I think, “that’s her best.” Until I read the next book. That’s the way I felt with A Fall of Marigolds. Like fine wine, she brings out the best each time.

In her “contemporary” stories Susan is a master in bringing two time periods together, past and present. In her gifted, literary prose style, she connects a New York nurse, Clara Wood, who witnessed her loved one’s death in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, with a young widow and specialty fabric store worker, Taryn Michaels, whose husband perished in the New York Twin Towers’ attack. The Shirtwaist Fire, perhaps a little known event in 1911, provided an intriguing bridge to join the familiar 9-1-1 tragedy a century later.

As Susan transports the reader back and forth, making the connection between the two women’s stories, she does so with tenderness and a tug on the heartstrings, using a beautiful, floral scarf, an old photograph, and a stranger to paint the picture. Through skillful craftsmanship, strong characters, and vivid word pictures, Susan takes you into the world of the two women, each stuck in an “in between place,” where you can feel and sense the emotions and confusion of lost love, and the inner struggle to break free to a brighter future. Heavy with themes of love and sacrifice, Fall of Marigolds is characteristic of Susan’s books, always written from a Christian world view.

I thoroughly enjoyed Fall of Marigolds, and was eager to review it. I’ll look forward to reading her next one.

You can find out more about Susan and her books on her website.


If you want to be entered in the book giveaway for Liz Tolsma’s book, Daisies Are Forever, please leave a comment below letting me know why you’d like to win the book. One name will be drawn in two weeks. After the drawing, if I don’t hear from the winner within the week, I’ll draw another name.

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17 Responses to “Daisies Are Forever, A Fall of Marigolds: Book Giveaway, Book Reviews”

  1. Anna John on May 13th, 2014 8:56 am

    I am a reader and enjoy reading Christian books; therefore I would enjoy winning Daisies are forever..

  2. Ronda on May 13th, 2014 9:57 am

    I am always seeking books that will inspire me and love all things about history. Especially WW2 and the UK.

  3. Rita Rucin on May 13th, 2014 10:13 am

    I would love the book because I was born during WW2 – in fact, my father could not join the army because of me, they did not let father’s with new borns get into the military. I love reading books about this era.

  4. Linda on May 13th, 2014 10:24 am

    Would really enjoy reading the book as I think it would connect me with my heritage, and also allow me to enter into the lives of women who were impacted by what was going on around them……just as we are today.
    Thanks for the opportunity to enter for the draw 🙂

  5. Priscilla Adams on May 13th, 2014 2:03 pm

    I would like to enter the book drawing giveaway. I enjoy learning more about that period of history because my father served in WW2 before I was born.

  6. Marcella Snyder on May 13th, 2014 5:04 pm

    I am an avid reader and always enjoy reading books by authors that are new to me. From the reviews these are books I would enjoy. Thanks so much, Marcella Snyder

  7. Sheri Price on May 14th, 2014 12:57 pm

    I’d love to win because I love historical fiction. This would be a great summer read!

  8. Mary T on May 15th, 2014 10:28 pm

    Rebecca, I do not read much fiction, but the reference to historical fiction peaked my interest. I love to read and enjoy learning about the history of the way people lived in their time. Seems we have lost some of the simpler things in life in our time. Lots to think about and learn from the past. Thx for sharing!

  9. Amy Kittel on May 16th, 2014 3:39 am

    I had the opportunity to meet Liz last fall during the release of Snow on the Tulips and hear her speak on the way she collected stories of WWII vets and families living during the war and melded them all into her own story. It was truly an awesome thing to hear about. I can’t wait to read Daisies Are Forever and read more of these great, authentic WWII stories. Thanks!

  10. Caryl McAdoo on May 18th, 2014 3:00 pm

    Hello, Rebecca, and thank you for a great review of both these authors’ new books. The WWII is an intriguing time of history to read about. Historical novels so bring the era to life – much better that World History in high school! 🙂 Blessings from Texas!

  11. Jennifer Bretsch on May 19th, 2014 7:42 pm

    I am not familiar with Liz Tolsma’s books, but I think “Daisies are Forever” sounds to be a fantastic book. WWII is such a fascinating time in history to read about. My grandfather fought for the US in Germany during the war and I am always interested in reading books that might help me understand his experiences better.

    Thank you so much for this great giveaway. =)

  12. Joe Sanders on May 20th, 2014 2:07 pm

    I would love to give the book to my wife. The setting of war and uncertainty is so akin to ours – Hitler was thought the Antichrist! My wife is uncertain, Christian she is, and somewhat fearful and would love for this romantic fiction to help buttress up her faith in the One is our Strong Tower.

  13. Miriam Lozano on May 21st, 2014 11:13 am

    I love reading stories about WWII, survivors of the Holocaust and relationships started during those years. Always brings me to tears when I think of all the suffering that took place, but mostly how God restored and set them free from the horrors they faced. This is why I would love to win a copy of Daisies are Forever. Thank you.

  14. RUTH MCMULLIN on May 23rd, 2014 5:30 am

    I would live to have the book since I haven’t read any of her writing and from your recommendation, it sounds like a good one, well worth reading. 🙂 Thank you

  15. Migdalia - @MsLatina on June 3rd, 2014 5:20 am

    I would love to win Daisies Are Forever. Based off your review, it seems like a wonderful book! Thank you for the opportunity.

  16. Amy Kittel on June 23rd, 2014 11:29 am

    It’s been more than a month since this giveaway was posted. I’ve been waiting to see who the winner was. Is it posted somewhere else?

  17. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on June 23rd, 2014 9:56 pm

    Amy, I’m sorry you missed that announcement. It was in the blog:
    http://www.rebeccabarlowjordan.com/what-makes-your-heart-sing/ I usually announce the winners of my book giveaways within 2-3 weeks of the giveaway opening to give everyone an opportunity to enter. Keep watching for future giveaways! And thanks for checking on that!

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