Precious In His Eyes
A Picture Of Hope by Liz Tolsma is a marvellous Christian historical novel. It is part of the Heroines Of World War II series but can be read as a stand-alone.
The novel is set in occupied France in 1944. The war is turning but the evil acts continue. The leading characters are an American female war correspondent and a French resistance fighter. At a time when trust is in short supply, the pair are thrown together, trusting in the dark.
Both leading characters have hearts to help the vulnerable – in this case it is children with Downs Syndrome who had no worth in the eyes of the Nazis. The leading characters need to navigate their way to neutral Switzerland.
Hearts are swollen with love as the children put their trust in their rescuers. Lives are put on the line. “If not us, then who?” It reminds me of the story of Esther “for such a time as this.”
Blending Fact With Fiction
The Silver Shadow by Liz Tolsma is a marvellous Christian historical novel and part of the True Colors series.
It is a fascinating novel set in Denver in 1900 and based on true crimes. Fact blends with fiction to produce a cracking tale.
We witness the plight of women. They were seen as the weaker sex who need to stay protected in the home. It was deemed unsafe for them to walk the streets after dark. Women may have received the vote but were still viewed as unworthy by some. There were some plucky women who were determined not to be put down by chauvinistic attitudes and who actively sought out the perpetrator of the crimes against women.
Women were prejudiced against in the workplace. The leading lady longs to be a serious journalist but is given the frivolous social events of females to cover. Her writing skills are not taken seriously by either her employer nor her father.
The characters were well drawn and realistic. The women with their caring attitudes, looked out for each other.
Hope In Jesus Alone
The Gold Digger by Liz Tolsma is a mesmerising and horrific Christian historical novel. It is part of the True Colors series.
The novel is set in 1907-1908 and based on actual events. This makes it all the more horrific. An air of mystery still surrounds the case today.
There is the issue of trust. We do not always know whom we can trust or who is telling the truth. We need to press into God, lean on Him and pray for discernment and clarity within our situations.
The Bible tells us to take care of widows and orphans. We witness this within the novel.
God Will Provide
The Refrain Within by Liz Tolsma is a heart-wrenching Christian historical novel set in Hungary in 1944 at the height of the Nazi occupation. It is the third book in the Music Of Hope series but can be read as a stand-alone.
We witness the bravery of those who do what they have to do to protect their loved ones. Some are driven by guilt at what they failed to do when they were just twelve years old. All are driven by love.
In contrast we see those who sided with the Nazis to make life more comfortable for themselves. Personal gain exists side by side with sacrificial love.
War presents choices. We can choose to do the right thing or not. Whatever we choose to do, we must be prepared to live with the consequences of our choice.