May 27, 2015

The Tulip Resistance

A review copy was provided

by Lynne Leatham Allen

Pulled into a war she doesn't understand, Marieka Cordoven is just a Dutch girl who wouldn't dare resist the Germans. But helping a wounded German soldier- a defector- changes her mind about everything. This tense historical drama delves into the intricacies of the Dutch resistance, its grit to defy orders, and its plan to do what is right.

"Hidden among the tulips are refugees, messages, 
and hope"

Marieka parked her bike next to the fence as Miss Remi opened the door, holding a cloth to her cheek.

“Miss Remi, what happened? Where are your chickens and pig?”

Miss Remi pulled Marieka inside and shut the door. “The Germans came. They said they had a right to confiscate the pig and chickens to feed their army. I protested, but one of them struck me.”

My Review
I have read a lot of books about WWII in Germany so when I saw that this book was based in Holland I was really intrigued.

I was fascinated with how well this story portrayed, and made me think about, the life that wartime quickly day the children are teasing and pulling pranks, then simply overnight there is this drastic change... chickens and pigs are being confiscated by the army, curfews are enforced, food is being rationed, people are being beaten in the streets, and friends have to go on the cannot even imagine.

It also made me really ponder who I might be more like had I been thrown into such circumstances...

Would I be like the men in the book who felt compelled for whatever reason to go against their own people, whether it be for money, power, or to save their own lives-

Would I be like the brave men and women who chose to do what is 'right', even though they would face dire consequences if they were ever caught-

Would I be someone who has to hide in a hole in the ground to keep safe from the enemy knowing that I was putting the family who is protecting me in jeopardy, but having no other choices to keep alive-

A RIVETING tale of one young girl, who through her bravery, gets caught up performing one small act after another helping the resistance.


About the Author
Lynne Allen grew up in Othello, Washington. She met her husband at Ricks College and they were married in the Idaho Falls Temple. She now lives in Cache Valley, Utah, and has six children. After 25 years of designing cakes professionally, she is now retired and works in the temple. Lynne loves art, drawing, tole painting, oil painting, pastels, sewing quilts, clothes, gardening, and learning anything and everything she can.


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