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A Photojournalist Risks Her Life to Save Children Full of intrigue, adventure, and romance, this new series celebrates the unsung heroes—the heroines of WWII. Journalist Nellie Wilkerson has spent the bulk of the war in London, photographing pilots taking off and landing—and she’s bored. She jumps at the chance to go to France, where the Allied forces recently landed. She e A Photojournalist Risks Her Life to Save Children Full of intrigue, adventure, and romance, this new series celebrates the unsung heroes—the heroines of WWII. Journalist Nellie Wilkerson has spent the bulk of the war in London, photographing pilots taking off and landing—and she’s bored. She jumps at the chance to go to France, where the Allied forces recently landed. She enlists Jean-Paul Breslau of the French underground to take her to the frontlines. On the journey, they come upon an orphanage where nuns shelter children with disabilities. Can they help save them before the Nazis come to liquidate it?  


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A Photojournalist Risks Her Life to Save Children Full of intrigue, adventure, and romance, this new series celebrates the unsung heroes—the heroines of WWII. Journalist Nellie Wilkerson has spent the bulk of the war in London, photographing pilots taking off and landing—and she’s bored. She jumps at the chance to go to France, where the Allied forces recently landed. She e A Photojournalist Risks Her Life to Save Children Full of intrigue, adventure, and romance, this new series celebrates the unsung heroes—the heroines of WWII. Journalist Nellie Wilkerson has spent the bulk of the war in London, photographing pilots taking off and landing—and she’s bored. She jumps at the chance to go to France, where the Allied forces recently landed. She enlists Jean-Paul Breslau of the French underground to take her to the frontlines. On the journey, they come upon an orphanage where nuns shelter children with disabilities. Can they help save them before the Nazis come to liquidate it?  

30 review for A Picture of Hope

  1. 5 out of 5

    Karren Sandercock

    American journalist Nellie Wilkerson has spent her time in England, taking photos of mothers waiting in ration lines and she wants to be on the front-line. The big push is about to happen, all the male journalist are going to land in France with the allied troops, and General Eisenhower doesn’t want a bunch of women journalists getting in the way. They write a letter to the general, informing him, women want a women’s prospective of the war, and they have send their husbands, brothers and sons t American journalist Nellie Wilkerson has spent her time in England, taking photos of mothers waiting in ration lines and she wants to be on the front-line. The big push is about to happen, all the male journalist are going to land in France with the allied troops, and General Eisenhower doesn’t want a bunch of women journalists getting in the way. They write a letter to the general, informing him, women want a women’s prospective of the war, and they have send their husbands, brothers and sons to fight! The Prague is a hospital ship leaving for Normandy, Nellie sneaks on board and nothing could prepare her for what she witnesses at Omaha beach. Nellie’s taking photos to send back to the Chicago Tribute, she finds herself close to the action and German soldiers are still patrolling nearby. She meets resistance fighter Jean-Paul Breslau, he and Nellie end up traveling through the French countryside together. They come across a little girl hiding in some bushes, they sneak into the town and what the Germans are doing is truly barbaric. They can’t leave little Claire, an orphaned child with special needs on her own, and they take her to a nearby convent. Here they meet three dedicated nuns, Sister Maria-Theresa, Sister Angelica and Sister Raphael. With the Germans in pursuit, Nellie and Jean-Paul need to get to safety in Switzerland, taking the nuns and three young special needs children with them on the dangerous journey. A Picture of Hope by Liz Tolsma, is based on true facts, while filled with the horror of what the Germans did during WW II, it’s also an uplifting story, about believing in what they are doing is good, god is always with them and guiding them on the right path. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and Barbour Fiction in exchange for an honest review, I highly recommend reading this enlightening book, and five stars from me. https://karrenreadsbooks.blogspot.com/

  2. 4 out of 5

    Deanne Patterson

    Barbour has an amazing series of books out called Heroines of WW11, of which this is one. These are brave women who risk it all for a very important cause during the time period of WW11. The author writes with a passion for her work rarely seen now a days. Immaculately researched we find a photojournalist who is bored with her assignments in London as she photographs mothers standing in ration lines. Wanting more and to make a difference she jumps at the chance to go to France. We can feel the tensi Barbour has an amazing series of books out called Heroines of WW11, of which this is one. These are brave women who risk it all for a very important cause during the time period of WW11. The author writes with a passion for her work rarely seen now a days. Immaculately researched we find a photojournalist who is bored with her assignments in London as she photographs mothers standing in ration lines. Wanting more and to make a difference she jumps at the chance to go to France. We can feel the tension in the story as the Nazis are here and they are determined to wipe out every "insignificant person". Determined to get to the front line photojournalist, Nellie enlists Jean-Paul Breslau of the French underground but there are many detrimental happenings in the pathway including finding a sweet, hidden special needs child. Nellie will do everything in her power including giving her life to keep the children safe from the advancing Nazis. Absolutely amazing book. I have read many WW11 books but none quite like this. This story will stay with me! I also enjoyed reading the author notes at the back of the book telling which part of the story was based on truth. Fascinating, I've learned a lot reading this book. Pub Date 01 Oct 2021 I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Staci

    1944 France American journalist Nellie is devastated that women are not allowed closer to the front lines. How can she capture the war in France from London? With a healthy does of bravery and little planning, Nellie finds a way to travel aboard a medical ship to Normandy arriving just after D-Day. Jean-Paul, whose mother is French and father a Nazi is part of the French resistance. His path crosses with Nellie as she develops a minute by minute plan to capture the war with her camera. Nellie quic 1944 France American journalist Nellie is devastated that women are not allowed closer to the front lines. How can she capture the war in France from London? With a healthy does of bravery and little planning, Nellie finds a way to travel aboard a medical ship to Normandy arriving just after D-Day. Jean-Paul, whose mother is French and father a Nazi is part of the French resistance. His path crosses with Nellie as she develops a minute by minute plan to capture the war with her camera. Nellie quickly realizes that the reality of war in France is much harsher than she imagined. This quote perfectly describes where both Nellie and Jean-Paul are at: "No matter what comes into our lives, God uses it in the best way for us. His ways and His plan are perfect. You will learn that in the coming days, though the lesson will be difficult." Both have memories from the past that weigh them down with guilt and regret. These memories also inspire them to be strong for those that cannot. Although neither had plans to be at a monastery with hidden children, that's exactly where God needed them to be. Definitely some suspenseful or tense scenes as they danced with danger. At times, Nellie's impulsive actions made me cringe, but those actions were in character for the heroine. Good second in the Heroines of WWII Series of the importance of women during the war. In this case, it was a female journalist that captures images bringing the reality of war to those that don't have a front line view. My gratitude to the publisher Barbour for a complimentary NetGalley copy of the novel. I was not required to post a review and all opinions expressed are my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Paula Shreckhise

    Great suspenseful WWII book! It is just after the Normandy Invasion and journalist Nellie Wilkerson wants to be at the front of the action to bring the truth to the Americans back home. After sneaking her way into France, she finds herself behind enemy lines and witnessing much more than she bargained for. “What is more important is that I captured the entire story in one shot. And that was my intention. So that, without a single word, the world would know what Hitler is doing. And that there is Great suspenseful WWII book! It is just after the Normandy Invasion and journalist Nellie Wilkerson wants to be at the front of the action to bring the truth to the Americans back home. After sneaking her way into France, she finds herself behind enemy lines and witnessing much more than she bargained for. “What is more important is that I captured the entire story in one shot. And that was my intention. So that, without a single word, the world would know what Hitler is doing. And that there is hope in the midst of the evil of this world.” Teaming with resistance fighter Jean-Paul, they come upon Claire, a frightened, Mongoloid child hiding from the dreaded Germans. They find refuge at a convent with three nuns. They learn much about their faith and hope from an elderly Sister, Maria-Theresa. “This suffering is meant to make our souls long for heaven. This world wearies us and weighs us down. Oh, but there is another world where we will never be weary and where we will never long for anything better.” There is much danger as they all flee to Switzerland . Ms Tolsma showcases the real heroes and heroines of WWII as she tells the story of Nellie, Jean-Paul, Claire and their companions. The real people and real-life situations are woven seamlessly into the journey from oppression, as well as a journey of faith. What seems like hopelessness turns into a hope for the future. Well done story opening yet another window into the events of WWII that we should never forget. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

  5. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    5 stars If you enjoy World War II historical fiction, this is the book for you. I have read many WWII novels but this was a different spin on it with the story revolving around a little girl named Claire who had Down Syndrome. I think I may need to re-read the ending because I was trying to read the book as fast as I could because I wanted so desperately to know how the story would end! The character of Sister Maria-Theresa was one that I loved. She had such strength and faith amidst the adversit 5 stars If you enjoy World War II historical fiction, this is the book for you. I have read many WWII novels but this was a different spin on it with the story revolving around a little girl named Claire who had Down Syndrome. I think I may need to re-read the ending because I was trying to read the book as fast as I could because I wanted so desperately to know how the story would end! The character of Sister Maria-Theresa was one that I loved. She had such strength and faith amidst the adversity that they were facing. Maria-Theresa always sought the Lord during the crisis and had such wisdom for those around her. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. The book is set to be published on October 1, 2021 and can be found here: A Picture of Hope (barbourbooks.com)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Shirley Chapel

    Beautiful WWII story with characters that leapt off the pages. This was my first time reading a book by this author and I thought it was the best novel I've read this year. It certainly deserves more than five stars. The story was very well researched and it was so realistic that I was totally drawn in from the first page. Very entertaining and unpredictable which is the way a war story should be. At times it was an emotional read and I found my self on the edge of my seat a time or two. Very we Beautiful WWII story with characters that leapt off the pages. This was my first time reading a book by this author and I thought it was the best novel I've read this year. It certainly deserves more than five stars. The story was very well researched and it was so realistic that I was totally drawn in from the first page. Very entertaining and unpredictable which is the way a war story should be. At times it was an emotional read and I found my self on the edge of my seat a time or two. Very well written book with a good ending. I will be wanting to read more novels by this author. This is Jean Paul and Nellie's story. The year is 1944 and the story takes place in France. The Germans have taken over the country and Jean Paul Breslau is part of the French Resistance group. Nellie Wilkerson is an American photojournalist for the Chicago Tribune. She has been sent to London to cover the war there. Because she is a woman she isn't allowed to go to the areas of fighting . She decided to sneak aboard a hospital ship posing as a nurse hoping to see some action and get photos to send back to her newspaper in Chicago. Jean Paul and Nellie get together and while trying to find the American soldiers they get deeper into German occupied France. They find a young girl with Down syndrome hidden in a hedge and they rescue her and care for her. If the Germans had found the child they would have killed her because the girl, Claire , was not perfect or normal. Jean Paul and Nellie are determined to find a safe place for Claire where the German Nazi soldiers won't find her. Will they be able to avoid the German soldiers that seem to be everywhere? What risks will they have to face to get Claire to a safe hiding place? I highly recommend this book to readers of World War Two Fiction and to Fans of the Author. It's the first book of Heroines of WWII series. The book is scheduled to be released on October the First of this year. I received a complimentary arc of this book from the Author and Publisher through NetGalley. A favorable review was not requested. All opinions expressed here are my own. #APictureofHope#NetGalley

  7. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Geaney

    "The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps." (Proverbs 16:9)  I begin my review with this verse because it applies so well to the story. When Nellie Wilkerson stole away on a medical ship, she planned to make her way to the front line in order to capture "...the entire story in one shot. ... So that, without a single word, the world will know what Hitler is doing. And that there is hope in the midst of the evil of this world.” God would use her ambition for a higher purpo "The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps." (Proverbs 16:9)  I begin my review with this verse because it applies so well to the story. When Nellie Wilkerson stole away on a medical ship, she planned to make her way to the front line in order to capture "...the entire story in one shot. ... So that, without a single word, the world will know what Hitler is doing. And that there is hope in the midst of the evil of this world.” God would use her ambition for a higher purpose—to save lives. Years ago, while on a mission trip in Southeast Europe, the pastor of the church we were serving recounted how the disabled and mentally ill suffered and perished in that country during WWII. As I read Nellie and the sisters' urgent desire to protect the orphans in their care, his words came to mind. Then and now, all lives matter to God and Tolsma boldly proclaims this truth through her writing. For those who enjoy a well-research novel, Tolsma delivers! Through this novel, I learned about the massacre in the village of Oradour-sur-Glane, Marianne Cohn's heroic acts, and how the village of Annemasse aided refugees. It's the author's blend of history and heart which leads me to recommend A Picture of Hope to you.  I received a review copy from Barbour Fiction. All opinions are my own. ~~~ Although the cover is beautiful, it does not accurately depict the characters in the story. Nellie prefers "her much more comfortable and practical pants" even though "Mama always told her she should wear dresses more..." while the sweet girl Nellie and Jean-Paul take under their protection is "maybe about four years old". These observations did not influence my review. *If you enjoy A Picture of Hope, you may also enjoy reading or watching The Sharps' War.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jeanette Fallon

    Anytime I read a book that is based during war I think of my Mom or her relatives. My Mom was born in England. She was there during World War I. She has told me her experiences as a young child during that time. This book - A Picture of Hope- brings us to a terrible time in our history. The unimaginable happened. Nellie was a photographer and felt that she was being left out of the important news stories. She was determined to change that. In doing so, she landed up in Nazi-controlled France. In Anytime I read a book that is based during war I think of my Mom or her relatives. My Mom was born in England. She was there during World War I. She has told me her experiences as a young child during that time. This book - A Picture of Hope- brings us to a terrible time in our history. The unimaginable happened. Nellie was a photographer and felt that she was being left out of the important news stories. She was determined to change that. In doing so, she landed up in Nazi-controlled France. In France, she met Jean-Paul, part of the French Underground. Nellie and Jean-Paul's journey was dangerous but absolutely necessary. They risked all to help others. I quickly turned the pages as I was so engrossed in their story. Would they survive? It was upsetting to read the atrocities that occurred in that time. But it is so important to not forget. I received this book from Barbour Books to review. Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV / Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    What a story. I’ve read several WWII books, some of them by this author. They always grieve me at the atrocities that occurred during the war. This book was unique as it follows Nellie, a photo journalist for the Chicago Tribune as she sneaks into France to cover the war. She connects with Jean Paul and they find a sweet little girl in hiding. She has Downs Syndrome. The Nazis would not hesitate to kill her because she was not perfect in their eyes. As they do what they can to save her, they end What a story. I’ve read several WWII books, some of them by this author. They always grieve me at the atrocities that occurred during the war. This book was unique as it follows Nellie, a photo journalist for the Chicago Tribune as she sneaks into France to cover the war. She connects with Jean Paul and they find a sweet little girl in hiding. She has Downs Syndrome. The Nazis would not hesitate to kill her because she was not perfect in their eyes. As they do what they can to save her, they end up at a convent. They have other children to try and save that are hidden at the convent. It’s a dangerous journey to get them to Switzerland and safety. Definitely makes you think about how these children were treated then and today. The author did an amazing job telling this story. I have the ebook, but listened to the audio version. The narrator chosen is excellent in my opinion. Highly recommend this one.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Heidi Chiavaroli

    Beautiful book! From endorsement: Grounded in little-known historical detail, A Picture of Hope is a suspenseful story filled with intrigue, romance, and mystery. Liz Tolsma uses the gritty setting of Nazi-occupied France to weave a compassionate tale of hope that illuminates the true worth and dignity of every human. A novel that is sure to please!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lucy

    A beautiful woven tapestry that pulls the threads of broken adults and children together and adds the strand of God to weave A picture of hope in the midst of tragic destruction. This first book in the new Heroines of WWII will leave you breathless and astonished as Ms. Tolsma paints a picture that draws you in and doesn’t let go till the last word. I will carry this story within me for a long while. The bravery and tenacity of Nellie is breathtakingly beautiful as she loves the special needs ch A beautiful woven tapestry that pulls the threads of broken adults and children together and adds the strand of God to weave A picture of hope in the midst of tragic destruction. This first book in the new Heroines of WWII will leave you breathless and astonished as Ms. Tolsma paints a picture that draws you in and doesn’t let go till the last word. I will carry this story within me for a long while. The bravery and tenacity of Nellie is breathtakingly beautiful as she loves the special needs children that Hitler deems undesirable. I was on the edge of my chair anticipating the next scene multiple times. One of my favorite quotes is, photographs don’t always have to be pretty. Sometimes they tell a story. That’s what I want mine to do. Tell the story of this war so the world knows what is going on and so our children and grandchildren and all those who come after us will never forget what happened on this beach or in these fields. This can apply today as we need to learn from history so as not to repeat it. May we strive to be like Nellie and Jean-Paul in helping others and in the quiet strength of the sisters. You definitely will need tissues and will need to put this on the top of your must read pile. I highly recommend this book and this author. I received a complimentary copy from CelebrateLit/author. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    I have come to the conclusion that I would read a phone book written by Liz Tolsma. She weaves a story that grabs the reader from the very first page and doesn't let go until that reader is worn out and left panting for breath. She takes her readers on journeys they may not want to travel, but she does it with grace and aplomb that make the reader glad they went on the particular reading journey. A Picture of Hope details the story of Nellie, a correspondent/photographer to the Chicago Tribune, I have come to the conclusion that I would read a phone book written by Liz Tolsma. She weaves a story that grabs the reader from the very first page and doesn't let go until that reader is worn out and left panting for breath. She takes her readers on journeys they may not want to travel, but she does it with grace and aplomb that make the reader glad they went on the particular reading journey. A Picture of Hope details the story of Nellie, a correspondent/photographer to the Chicago Tribune, who was sent to England to cover the war. Nellie was an intrepid character who hated being left out of the action and did what she had to do to get to France on D-Day. She got more than she bargained for and lives the adventure of her lifetime. She took a jeep ride with a soldier who was trying to get her into a town in France, but his driving left much to be desired. He overturned the jeep and killed himself, although Nellie came out of the accident largely unscathed. While hiding out in the woods outside of town, Nellie encountered Claire, a young girl of about four years who was what was termed in those days a Mongoloid, but would be known now as Down Syndrome. Inside the town, the German soldiers were burning a church with the women and children of the town trapped inside. After the soldiers leave, she poses Claire in front of the burning church and takes her picture. It was in these woods and town that she met French resistance operative Jean-Paul, who helped her get to the convent St. Roth. The nuns took her in with Claire and hid them. There were two other such children in the convent that they were hiding from the Germans who wished to exterminate them. But their hideout became too dangerous for them to stay put. This is a book that tells of more than the atrocities against the Jews; it tells the story of all the "cleansing" Hitler wanted to accomplish through targeting some of the most innocents there are. Nellie and Jean-Paul's work to protect these innocents and to give them a hopeful future is a mainstay of this book and make it the sensational read it is. I often read at night before going to sleep and I keep a pad of paper beside me to write down any notes I want to remember about what I am reading. In a conversation between Nellie and one of the nuns, Sister Raphael, Nellie asks, "Don't you ever get tired of all the evil in the world?" Sister replies, "That's what all of this is meant for." Nellie asks her, "All of what?" Sister Raphael answers, "This suffering is meant to make our souls long for heaven. The world wearies us and weighs us down. Oh, but there is another world where we will never weary and where we will never long for anything better." Later on in the book, Jean-Paul says, "Evil is strong. It has no boundaries. Only by God's goodness and grace is it contained. But someday, it will be eliminated--wiped away forever." Oh but I long for that day. This is a five star book, with two thumbs up, and a beautiful picture of a child to cherish. Barbour Publishing and NetGalley.com provided the copy I read for this review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    A Picture of Hope shows us what some heroes will do to save people from the evil that is hunting them down. Nellie Wilkerson is a photographer who is bound and determined to get into France and photograph what is happening. Since she is a woman journalist, she is not allowed to go over with the men, but she is resourceful and she finds a way. Meeting Jean-Paul is a boon as he agrees to take her closer to the war. Jean-Paul is a Frenchman working with the French underground movement. He mistakenly A Picture of Hope shows us what some heroes will do to save people from the evil that is hunting them down. Nellie Wilkerson is a photographer who is bound and determined to get into France and photograph what is happening. Since she is a woman journalist, she is not allowed to go over with the men, but she is resourceful and she finds a way. Meeting Jean-Paul is a boon as he agrees to take her closer to the war. Jean-Paul is a Frenchman working with the French underground movement. He mistakenly trusted a wrong man and he has paid the price for that. But when the Allies have reached the shores of Normandy he is set free. However, the fleeing Nazi's go with destruction and evil intentions in their hearts. As Jean-Paul escorts Nellie deeper into the war, they both stumble across a little Down's girl who they both know would be a target of evil as they would consider her less than. So together they seek safety all the while seeing the bigger picture and the dangers that people with disabilities and Jews are facing at the hands of the Nazi's. And all those who are helping in their escape. This was a harrowing adventure and knowing it is based on true events makes is all the more sobering. What evil men can do! The author has some great notes and she lists what is true and what is from her imagination. This is a good story that takes a different look at those who were being hunted. I was provided a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own. https://pausefortales.blogspot.com/20...

  14. 5 out of 5

    Johnnie Alexander

    The stakes are high when children—labeled as undesirable by the Nazis—and those committed to getting them to safety are in danger of losing their lives. In A Picture of Hope, gifted author Liz Tolsma brings us a story of heart-pounding courage and heartrending compassion in this must-read novel for fans of inspirational WWII fiction. A truly compelling story that still lingers in my thoughts.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sydney Long

    A captivating WWII novel that shows that hope can overcome evil. Photojournalist Nellie has been hanging out in a hotel in London for most of the war thanks to Eisenhower’s refusal to allow women journalists on the front line. Nellie, however, likes to press the envelope and stows away on medical ship heading to Omaha Beach. Determined to capture a photo to show the world what is really happening in German occupied Europe, Nellie stays behind when the ship returns to England. She runs into a mem A captivating WWII novel that shows that hope can overcome evil. Photojournalist Nellie has been hanging out in a hotel in London for most of the war thanks to Eisenhower’s refusal to allow women journalists on the front line. Nellie, however, likes to press the envelope and stows away on medical ship heading to Omaha Beach. Determined to capture a photo to show the world what is really happening in German occupied Europe, Nellie stays behind when the ship returns to England. She runs into a member of the french resistance, Jean Paul and together they find a little girl with a disability hiding in the bushes. Knowing full well what the Nazi regime thinks of people with disabilities, they make it their mission to get this little girl to safety and hope and faith lead the way. This book is a great weekend or beach read. It’s fast paced which I think reflects how quickly things can move during war time. I love that the characters are strong, compassionate and determined. While this story is one of pure fiction, there are certain historical figures that are mentioned throughout the novel and a couple of actual events. Reading the authors notes is a must! Thanks to NetGalley, Barbour Publishing and Liz Tolsma for early access to this good read!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)

    A Picture of Hope is another homerun from author Liz Tolsma. She weaves such a beautiful story of God’s love for everyone – even the people “we” (society) deem unworthy. The truth is we are all unworthy of God’s love, and yet He provides it. And why can’t we learn from that and do the same? Or take a lesson from Nellie. But more on that in a moment. Tolsma always has the most wonderful faith threads in her stories and this is no different. Yes, there were some woeful moments, that make you sad, A Picture of Hope is another homerun from author Liz Tolsma. She weaves such a beautiful story of God’s love for everyone – even the people “we” (society) deem unworthy. The truth is we are all unworthy of God’s love, and yet He provides it. And why can’t we learn from that and do the same? Or take a lesson from Nellie. But more on that in a moment. Tolsma always has the most wonderful faith threads in her stories and this is no different. Yes, there were some woeful moments, that make you sad, and ponder how such things could happen. But then there’s this moment of light. Clarity. Hope. And Tolsma puts them at the perfect times. Then there’s the research. Tolsma has such attention to detail in her books, from the setting, the historical aspects to the plot, the way the characters talk, and the types of characters there are. And confession – I visited Tolsma’s blog to see if she added any historical tidbits from her research and she has. I highly recommend you checking it out. I can honestly say that I felt like I was in France during this time period. Everything she wrote payed tribute to that. Liz Tolsma also has a way with character writing. Nellie is such a good heroine. She has a huge heart, she’s determined, and she values life simply put. She’s not afraid of getting her hands dirty, or taking chances. I love the way she is with the children in this story, especially Claire. Her character had such depth, such love. She truly was inspiring to me. And by far my favorite character. A Picture of Hope is a book to run to the store and buy. Or ask your library to purchase so lots of people can read it. It provides hope, courage, love, the gospel, and a plot line that will leave a mark on your heart. I highly recommend reading this beautifully written story. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Kidwell

    A Picture of Hope by Liz Tolsma Pub Date 01 Oct 2021 | Archive Date 01 Dec 2021 Barbour Publishing, Inc. Barbour Fiction Christian | Historical Fiction | Romance I am reviewing a copy of A Picture of Hope through Barbour Publishing Inc, Barbour Fiction and NetGalley: Nellie Wilkerson is a journalist who has spent the bulk of the war in London, photographing mothers standing in milk lines, but she’s bored so jumps at the chance to go to France, where the allied forces have only recently landed. Ther A Picture of Hope by Liz Tolsma Pub Date 01 Oct 2021 | Archive Date 01 Dec 2021 Barbour Publishing, Inc. Barbour Fiction Christian | Historical Fiction | Romance I am reviewing a copy of A Picture of Hope through Barbour Publishing Inc, Barbour Fiction and NetGalley: Nellie Wilkerson is a journalist who has spent the bulk of the war in London, photographing mothers standing in milk lines, but she’s bored so jumps at the chance to go to France, where the allied forces have only recently landed. There she enlists Jean-Paul Breslau of the French underground to take her to the frontlines. It is there they come upon an Orphaned little girl name Claire, the only surviving memory of her family and town, after the Nazi’s killed them all. Soon Nellie and Jean Paul get Claire to a Covenant that they heard takes children like Claire, but it isn’t long after they get there that they learn that the Nazi’s want to liquidate the Nuns and if the nuns are taken away, the children will be too and will certainly be killed, because these Mongloid Children would certainly be considered to be undesirable in the Nazi’s twisted idea of perfection, they wouldn’t be considered pure Aryans. A power novel set in World War 2 France, A Picture of Hope is a must read for fans of historical fiction, especially fans of fiction set in World War 2. I give A Picture of Hope five out of five stars! Happy Reading!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    There were many unspoken female heroes during WW II and I like how Tolsma has drawn from their experiences to create an engaging story. The story is full of suspense and highlights the role of women in the war effort. I like the emphasis on the importance of photography in documenting the tragedy so many were experiencing in Europe. The horrors of war in all its gruesomeness is well portrayed in this novel. Nellie was a hard heroine for me to like. She was headstrong and often got into danger bec There were many unspoken female heroes during WW II and I like how Tolsma has drawn from their experiences to create an engaging story. The story is full of suspense and highlights the role of women in the war effort. I like the emphasis on the importance of photography in documenting the tragedy so many were experiencing in Europe. The horrors of war in all its gruesomeness is well portrayed in this novel. Nellie was a hard heroine for me to like. She was headstrong and often got into danger because she made unwise choices. At times it made sense to me, getting that particularly telling photo. At other times I thought her a bit foolish, just needing to get out and check on things, not trusting those in charge. Nonetheless, she represents those daring to face danger and death to help others. This is another engaging and informative historical novel from Tolsma. I really like her note at the end detailing which parts of the novel are factual or based on the combined experiences of a number of people active in the war effort. I'll be watching for the next from her and the next in this historical series. I received a complimentary egalley of this book through Celebrate Lit. My comments are an independent and honest review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Bridgewater

    A Picture of Hope by Liz Tolsma starts with an American photojournalists who happens to be in England during The Battle at Normandy and her ability to capture the fallen soldiers and the horrors of World War II. The story travels through the countryside of France. Readers will be introduced to numerous French cities after the horror causes by the Nazi’s. The story takes place in a convent, reminding me a little bit of The Sound of Music. Plenty of moments that are breathtaking as the characters A Picture of Hope by Liz Tolsma starts with an American photojournalists who happens to be in England during The Battle at Normandy and her ability to capture the fallen soldiers and the horrors of World War II. The story travels through the countryside of France. Readers will be introduced to numerous French cities after the horror causes by the Nazi’s. The story takes place in a convent, reminding me a little bit of The Sound of Music. Plenty of moments that are breathtaking as the characters encounter Nazi’s soldiers again and again, allowing them to wonder if this is the moment that they meet their death. While the concept was interesting, the plot really did not capture my attention. It appeared to be the same action occurring over and over again. Like I mentioned earlier, Nazi’s appearing all the time. The heroine stuck me as a selfish person who wanted her pictures, so she thought of herself. Yes, she did do some heroism actions, but nothing to write home to America about. Being thoroughly well-read in the World War II, this novel really did not capture my attention. I received a complimentary copy of The Picture of Hope by Liz Tolsma from Barbour Publishing, but the opinions stated are all my own.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Anne Wolters

    This is a beautifully written, captivating, heartfelt story that takes place mostly in France during the Resistance, around 1944. Nellie is a Photo Journalist from the Chicago Tribune covering the stories of the war. Nellie is fearless and bold so has captured prize worthy photos of real life during this tragic time in history. Nellie needs to find a way to get her undeveloped film back to London for processing and publication.. An American solder, Clarence manages to get jeep and offers to driv This is a beautifully written, captivating, heartfelt story that takes place mostly in France during the Resistance, around 1944. Nellie is a Photo Journalist from the Chicago Tribune covering the stories of the war. Nellie is fearless and bold so has captured prize worthy photos of real life during this tragic time in history. Nellie needs to find a way to get her undeveloped film back to London for processing and publication.. An American solder, Clarence manages to get jeep and offers to drive her. Along the way, when the lane curved, Clarence, who was driving way too fast, didn't let up on the gas and skidded on the slippery road. Nellie manage to climb out, of the flipped over jeep, however, Clarence was not as fortune. Nellie endures through the cold of night with only the body of Clarence until Jean-Paul comes along and rescues her. He is part French and part German, however, being raised by only his French Mother, he supports and works for the Resistance, fighting against Hitler and the Nazis. This also includes his father, who is fighting along with the Nazi regime. Jean-Paul tells Nellie to come with him and assures her he will help her. She does and unknown to her she is embarking on the biggest, scariest adventure of her life. They end up hiding in a convent with three nuns, who are sheltering Mongoloid children. This is such a touching, inspirational story as Nellie and Jean-Paul encounter one threatening, horrifying situation after another while also keeping three precious children and three nuns safe. This is a story that will stay with you for awhile after the last page is turned. Thank you to NetGalley an Barbour Publishing for the advanced copy. All comments and opinions are my own.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    This is a *Must Read* book!! It hooks you on the first page and doesn't let go. It is a very emotional well written read and I highly recommend it. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing, Inc via NetGalley and was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own. This is a *Must Read* book!! It hooks you on the first page and doesn't let go. It is a very emotional well written read and I highly recommend it. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing, Inc via NetGalley and was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  22. 5 out of 5

    linda hole

    I loved loved This book. IT was something different from the other ww2 fiction i have read. It was about saving the different ones in the society. I loved the Main characters, their strength their hopes and their believes. For me the main thing the book was about fighting evil. . And IT made me Wonder what is normal and what is considered perfekt. Thank to netgalley for letting me read This e arc in exchange for an opinion

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    Liz Tolsma sure knows how to write incredible stories that will leave you thinking about the characters long after the book is finished! Im still thinking about them! I simply could not put this book down. I know one thing, it certainly has some memorable scenes in it. I eill not say because I don't want to spoil it. Tolsma can provide her readers with a vivid imagination and make you feel that you are there with Nellie and all the others. While the story made my heart sad, it also offered hope at Liz Tolsma sure knows how to write incredible stories that will leave you thinking about the characters long after the book is finished! Im still thinking about them! I simply could not put this book down. I know one thing, it certainly has some memorable scenes in it. I eill not say because I don't want to spoil it. Tolsma can provide her readers with a vivid imagination and make you feel that you are there with Nellie and all the others. While the story made my heart sad, it also offered hope at the end of a long dark tunnel for these poor people. It was so unfair!!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jeanie

    “By aiding a single individual, you have changed one world.” This intense, thought-provoking novel is written with excellence. It shows courage, faith, and a determination to make a difference the lives of others. It is one of the most impressive Christian historical fiction novels I have read in 2021. The author describes scenes so well, I felt as if I was there. Characters come to life through actions and conversations, full of wisdom worth pondering. Nellie still feels the effects of the horror “By aiding a single individual, you have changed one world.” This intense, thought-provoking novel is written with excellence. It shows courage, faith, and a determination to make a difference the lives of others. It is one of the most impressive Christian historical fiction novels I have read in 2021. The author describes scenes so well, I felt as if I was there. Characters come to life through actions and conversations, full of wisdom worth pondering. Nellie still feels the effects of the horrors she saw as a child in Mississippi and is now a photojournalist from Chicago. She and other journalists are at a hotel in 1944 London, awaiting news of the Allied troops invading western Europe. Women still hope to get permission to go to Normandy, where their male counterparts were already working. Nellie found her own way to Omaha Beach. She helped with the wounded and grieved for the many dead. Circumstances brought her and Jean-Paul, a member of the French resistance, together, and he was to help her return to England. They somehow got behind enemy lines where they found a giggly four-year-old girl hiding in bushes. She had Down Syndrome, reminding Nellie of Velma, a precious girl back home that Nellie had cared for. They went to the nearby village to find the family of the child, and saw a church burning while Germans guarded it. The three found a place to hide overnight and, the next day, learned what happened. The child, named Claire, is the only survivor of her family and her village. If caught, those with disabilities would meet with the same fate as Jews. They were told of a convent where nuns hid and cared for children with Down Syndrome. Jean-Paul and Nellie seek the best way to get Claire to the convent through occupied France. Nellie took pictures everywhere they went, wanting desperately to return to England and send developed photos and stories to her editor. She wants to show the world the truth and so more men go fight for freedom. Part of her is willing to leave Claire in the loving care of the nuns. Part of her does not want to ever leave the precious girl as she had Velma. I loved the experiences Nellie and Claire had at the convent, especially with Sister Maria-Theresa. Only a heart as scarred as that of the elderly nun could minister to the wounds Nellie still carried, the same way that the scarred hands of the Savior had tended to Sister Maria-Theresa. Her faith and prayers showed Nellie a new level of living. At times I was angry with Nellie for the chances she took that could have compromised the nuns and children. Through Maria-Theresa and others, we are pointed gently, lovingly, to the Lord, demonstrating how we can get through some of the most terrible events imaginable. It struck me how devastating and terrifying the people in the occupied countries lived for so long. Even so, the author shared events with sensitivity, sparing the reader from the full impact. There are valuable lessons throughout. I appreciated the author’s notes, including actual events, people, and the real photo that led to A Picture of Hope. I highly recommend this novel to those who appreciate beautifully written Christian historical fiction that demonstrate a life of faith and hope in WWII Europe. From a thankful heart: I received a copy of this novel from Celebrate Lit and NetGalley, and this is my honest review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Janelle

    A Picture of Hope was a great novel set in World War 2 exploring not only the kinds of women who were heroines in their own right. But it also deals with some of the glossed over gruesome facts of the Nazi regime, in this case, how cruel the Nazis were to anyone who had a disability or special needs. It is tragic what happened! However, this novel provides the story of a girl with Downs Syndrome, who through the kindness of strangers, survives and escapes to safety. I was gripped from the very be A Picture of Hope was a great novel set in World War 2 exploring not only the kinds of women who were heroines in their own right. But it also deals with some of the glossed over gruesome facts of the Nazi regime, in this case, how cruel the Nazis were to anyone who had a disability or special needs. It is tragic what happened! However, this novel provides the story of a girl with Downs Syndrome, who through the kindness of strangers, survives and escapes to safety. I was gripped from the very beginning of the novel and found myself getting anxious every time it seemed like something awful was going to happen, especially to young Claire who already had experienced so much tragedy in her life. I loved getting to know more about what life was like in Nazi-occupied France at the time. Although, I feel like love is the wrong word to use because of how terrible life was, especially those who refused to give their allegiance to Hitler. I also liked getting to know the characters, I’ve already mentioned Claire, who I’d love to read about again to find out how she fares after World War 2. I also enjoyed getting to know Nellie, however, she did annoy me with some of her rash decisions that almost put others in danger. There were times it felt like she cared more about her career than helping others. However, I also liked Jean-Paul and how we see just how far he is willing to go to help those in need. I also appreciate how we see both characters struggle with the past, particularly with the men their fathers turned out to be, as well as why God allows so much suffering. One of my favorite characters though has to be Sister Maria-Theresa and her wisdom and care, not only for the children she takes care and her fellow nuns, but also for both Nellie and Jean-Paul, who are both struggling with a lot of things. There was a quote that stuck out to me while reading the book about suffering that is poignant and I wanted to share it in this review. It is something that Sister Raphael says to Nellie when she is questioning why God allows so much sin. She replies with the following: “‘This suffering is meant to make our souls long for heaven. This world wearies us and weighs us down. Oh, but there is another world where we will never weary and where we will never long for anything better.'” (p.133) Overall, I really enjoyed A Picture of Hope and getting to know more about the overlooked people of World War 2. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is a fan of historical fiction, particularly that set during World War 2. 4/5 Stars *I received a copy of this book from the author and Celebrate Lit in exchange for my honest review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Luana Cavalcanti

    It was my first book by Liz Toslman and it was great experience. It's a historical fiction during World War II. For me, first 30% of the book was slowly. But after, it was a good rhythm, full of tension and a lot of things happened. I shipped Nellie and Jean-Paul since their first encounter. I loved the three nuns: Sr. Maria-Theresa, Sr. Raphael and Sr. Angelica. I don't know if the author has a religion but I really like the way she wrote them. I was very surprised because religious people usuall It was my first book by Liz Toslman and it was great experience. It's a historical fiction during World War II. For me, first 30% of the book was slowly. But after, it was a good rhythm, full of tension and a lot of things happened. I shipped Nellie and Jean-Paul since their first encounter. I loved the three nuns: Sr. Maria-Theresa, Sr. Raphael and Sr. Angelica. I don't know if the author has a religion but I really like the way she wrote them. I was very surprised because religious people usually are portrayed in books or in films in a bad way. But not in this book. As a catholic, I really appreciated it. So well done, author! I especially loved Sr. Maria-Theresa. Her wisdom and faith despite all she had been through was incredibly inspiring. Claire and the children was so lovely. It was important to showed the prejudice that they suffered. The romance was beautiful and made me happy. I'm looking forward to read any future books of the author. Thank you Netgalley and publisher for free ARC in exchange of honest review. All thoughs are my own. 🇧🇷Foi meus primeiro livro de Liz Tolsman e foi uma ótima experiência. É uma ficção histórica durante a Segunda Guerra mundial. Para mim, os primeiros 30% do livro foi lento. Mas depois teve um bom ritmo, cheio de tensão e muitas coisas aconteceram. Eu shippei Nellie e Jean-Paul desde o primeiro encontro deles. Eu amei as três freiras: Ir. Maria-Theresa, ir. Raphael e ir. Angelica. Eu não sei se a autora tem alguma religião mas eu realmente gostei a maneira que escreveu elas. Eu fiquei muito surpresa porque pessoas religiosas são geralmente retratadas nos livros e filmes de uma maneira ruim. Mas não nesse livro. Como católica, eu realmente apreciei isso. Então, bom trabalho, autora! Eu especialmente amei ir. Maria-Theresa. A sabedoria e fé dela apesar de tudo o que ela passou foi incrivelmente inspirador. Claire e as crianças foram tão amáveis. Foi importante mostrar o preconceito que eles sofreram e o livro recordou bem. O romance foi lindo e me fez ficar com coração quentinho. Obrigada a Netgalley e a editora pela ARC para uma resenha. Todas as opiniões são minhas.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Joy

    MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK I was happy to be able to review another Liz Tolsma story and this one did not disappoint. Nellie‌ ‌Wilkerson wants to show the world what is really happening behind the scenes in WWII, and being a photographer‌, she is determined to do just that. But she needs the help of Jean-Paul, and the two find more than they ever dreamed one their journey. Helping nuns and an orphanage of children with disabilities can be challenging, but determination kept them going. I like Nellie MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK I was happy to be able to review another Liz Tolsma story and this one did not disappoint. Nellie‌ ‌Wilkerson wants to show the world what is really happening behind the scenes in WWII, and being a photographer‌, she is determined to do just that. But she needs the help of Jean-Paul, and the two find more than they ever dreamed one their journey. Helping nuns and an orphanage of children with disabilities can be challenging, but determination kept them going. I like Nellie’s strong personality and the fact she would stop at nothing to get the pictures she wanted to send to America. This story is full of historical facts and is well researched and very well written. The twists and turns make the story even more intriguing and enjoyable. I enjoyed getting to know the characters more as the story unfolds, though at times it’s not easy reading the issues happening. I am one who reads every page from front to back, so in reading the authors notes, I enjoyed learning the true facts and what are the authors imagination. I like how Tolsma brings to story to life weaving the facts and fiction together. It’s heartbreaking to know there are so many things we don’t know about WWII, many suffered beyond what we could ever imagine. I like that Liz Tolsma writes about children with Downs Syndrome, and the delegate way she writes them into the story, even though it is a difficult issue to discuss. I’m thankful to Barbour and these authors who are bringing to life these heroines and their stories. If you enjoy stories set in the WWII Era, you will enjoy A Picture of Hope. This one is Five Stars for me. A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Iola

    Nellie Wilkerson is an American reporter based in London who wants to be able to cover the 1944 D-Day landings in Normandy. When her boss refuses, saying only male reporters can go, Nellie heads to Southampton, talks her way onto a hospital ship where she helps tend the multitude of wounded. She sneaks into France with her camera to find her story, and finds herself trapped behind enemy lines. She teams up with Jean-Paul, a member of the local resistance, to try and get back to Allied territory. Nellie Wilkerson is an American reporter based in London who wants to be able to cover the 1944 D-Day landings in Normandy. When her boss refuses, saying only male reporters can go, Nellie heads to Southampton, talks her way onto a hospital ship where she helps tend the multitude of wounded. She sneaks into France with her camera to find her story, and finds herself trapped behind enemy lines. She teams up with Jean-Paul, a member of the local resistance, to try and get back to Allied territory. Jean-Paul’s father was German, a brute of a man, so Jean-Paul chose to stay in France with his (now dead) mother when his parents divorced. But he speaks the language well enough to pose as German when necessary. That’s something that comes in handy. The two witness the Nazis burn a church, murdering all the townsfolk inside, and find a sole survivor – a girl with Down syndrome. The story therefore becomes their story of travelling across France towards Switzerland to escape the Nazis, in a kind of Sound of Music way. The story was fast-paced, with plenty of action. The writing was good, but I didn’t find the plot as compelling as I have with some other fiction set around this time and place. It all seemed a bit contrived. The research was excellent, and many of the most dramatic scenes were straight out of history. But that was the problem: it felt as if the characters had been created and thrown into the plot simply to show these parts of history. I would have preferred more focus on the characters. Overall, this was a solid novel, but not one I’d reread. This novel is part of the Heroines of World War II series, in which each book is written by a different author and with a different setting. The only common factor is World War II, which means each story can be read as a standalone novel. Thanks to Barbour Publishing and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Connie Saunders

    A Picture of Hope is a book of the heart! There are heartbreaking scenes that you won't forget but there are also heartwarming moments that you'll long remember. Author Liz Tolsma has written a stunning story of hope and survival that features fictional characters and real heroes of WWII, and she's based it on the true accounts of the Allied Forces landing in France in 1944. Photographer Nellie Wilkerson wants a chance to see the war in action, but soon gets more than she bargained for. Can she A Picture of Hope is a book of the heart! There are heartbreaking scenes that you won't forget but there are also heartwarming moments that you'll long remember. Author Liz Tolsma has written a stunning story of hope and survival that features fictional characters and real heroes of WWII, and she's based it on the true accounts of the Allied Forces landing in France in 1944. Photographer Nellie Wilkerson wants a chance to see the war in action, but soon gets more than she bargained for. Can she and a French resistance fighter rescue a special-needs little girl before the Germans destroy everything in their path? Will they live long enough to explore the romantic feelings that they are beginning to feel toward each other? I'm a fan of historical fiction, so I appreciate that Tolsma shares what is true, what is fiction, and the names of the people who actually lived this history. She possesses a special talent for fleshing out true facts and weaving them into a story that we all want to read, and A Picture of Hope is the perfect example. This is an exciting story with danger, suspense, and amazing characters, but the addition of hope, faith, and compassion make it an inspiring story to savor! A Picture of Hope is a fantastic addition to the Heroines of WWII series from Barbour Publishing and I recommend it to all who enjoy historical Christian romance. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. These are my own thoughts.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Challice

    Journalist Nellie decides to go undercover in order to get on a ship bound for the beaches of Normandy. Her goal is to capture the photos and tell the story to the mothers and wives back home that look for a female perspective. What Nellie got instead was a story that she will never forget! What I enjoyed about this character is that she is the kind of character that isn't perfect! She jumps into things thinking she can be invincible and more often than not ends up creating a bigger problem. But Journalist Nellie decides to go undercover in order to get on a ship bound for the beaches of Normandy. Her goal is to capture the photos and tell the story to the mothers and wives back home that look for a female perspective. What Nellie got instead was a story that she will never forget! What I enjoyed about this character is that she is the kind of character that isn't perfect! She jumps into things thinking she can be invincible and more often than not ends up creating a bigger problem. But you see Nellie learn to let go and let God, as it were. I have dear ones in my life that remind me of Nellie, they love and protect fiercely and charge with one goal in mind. For Nellie its about the job and proving herself to others, but most of all to herself. Her past plays a part in her determination to not run away from danger, but face it. I also enjoyed how the author, Liz Tolsma, incorporated many of the horrific moments of WW2 from Normandy, to the church where a whole town was killed, save a few, to a remarkable woman who risked all to save children. I knew of these events and to make them even more personal, Tolsma weaved these moments into the lives of her characters. My absolute favorite thing about this story was Tolsma's use of mentally handicapped kids that created joy in hard moments, and smiles with their sweet innocence. We need more of them in our books.

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