World War II is one of my favorite time periods to read about. Daisies are Forever takes us on a journey from Prussia to Berlin as Gisela escapes Prussia with her nieces, befriends an English POW, and reunites with her mother. It's what happens on the way to Berlin and once they arrive that molds a wonderful story. When Gisela hears Mitch (an English POW parading as a SS officer) speaking with a German woman questioning why he isn't off fighting in the war she detects an English accent. In order to save Mitch from being reported she pretends he is her husband and in turn takes both he and his friend under her wing. As her journey to Berlin continues her traveling party grows in size as Kurt (a wounded German solider) joins her party as well as Audra, a German woman who has her sights set on getting out of Germany and making a better life for herself. Perhaps my favorite part of the story is the two older Holtzmann sisters that unfortunately have dementia but their comments about where they think they are and what they think is going on is hilarious. They certainly provided a much needed comic relief in what is otherwise a very grim and serious situation at times. The relationship between Gisela and Mitch is interesting and often complicated as Kurt and Audra try to interfere. I really don't want to give away the meaning behind the title of the book because I feel as though that is truly the heart of this story so I encourage you to read this one and find out for yourself why daisies are forever. This is the second in a series but I haven't read the first one and I had no problem reading this one without having read the first one.
Book DescriptionGisela must hold on to hope and love despite all odds in the midst of a war-torn country.
Gisela Cramer is an American living in eastern Germany with her cousin Ella Reinhardt. When the Red Army invades, they must leave their home to escape to safety in Berlin.
However, Ella is a nurse and refuses to leave, sending her young daughters with Gisela. During their journey, Gisela meets Mitch Edwards, an escaped British POW. She pretends she is his wife in order to preserve his safety among other Germans, especially one wounded German soldier, Kurt, who has suspicions about Mitch’s identity. Kurt also has feelings for Gisela and tries to uncover the truth about her “marriage.”
Their journey to Gisela’s mother in Berlin is riddled with tragedy and hardship, but they strive to keep Ella's daughters safe so they can reunite with their mother. During the journey Gisela and Mitch begin to develop feelings for one another beyond friendship. They reach Berlin, but their struggles are far from over. Gisela and Mitch must learn to live for the day and find hope in the darkest of circumstances.
In this moving, historically accurate portrayal of WWII Germany, the characters learn that, even with destruction all around them, some things last forever.
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