Remember the Lilies
By: Liz Tolsma
Publisher: Thomas Nelson-Fiction
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.