“Remember the Lilies” by Liz Tolsma, book review
1941- Rand Sterling is the owner of not one but two successful clubs in Manila. But that all ends when the Japanese occupy the island and intern all Americans for the duration of the war. There he meets Irene Reynolds who is a missionary kid who grew up in the jungle with her aunt. As the weeks and month drag on, the internees learn to rely on each other for their very survival.
Rand attempts an escape to give assistance to the house boy who raised him, but his attempt fails and he spends several days in the jail being interrogated, hurt and starved. When he is released, he is very thankful that his life was spared. Over the next months, he and Irene become friends and more.
This novel is based on the actual account of Americans interned in the Santo Tomas Internment Camp in Manila. Several of the characters were fictional, but the general story was not. It is a story of WWII that was new to me, but a little sad too. But I did like to see how many worked together for the best of all, especially the children. And how the Christians did not lose hope, but were able to share their faith with others, many of who were brought to a saving knowledge before their untimely death or final release.
This was a good book to read. I enjoyed learning about the courage and team work of the internees. I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in WWII fiction.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Thomas Nelson, as a member of the BookLook program. All opinions expressed are my own.