La Maternité de la Paix: The Celebrate Lit Blog Tour and Giveaway of What I Promise You

About the Book

Book: What I Promise You

Author: Liz Tolsma

Genre: Christian Fiction / Romance / Historical Fiction

Release Date: February 1, 2024

A Family’s History Is Lost to the Ravages of WWII in Southwest France

Noémie Treves, a young, pregnant Jewish woman, had her entire world shattered when she is arrested and taken to the Camp de Rivesaltes transit camp in Southwest France. No sooner does she arrive, though, than she assists in helping two young girls scheduled for transport escape to a nearby maternity hospital. The matron there befriends her and changes her name to help hide her. But nothing goes according to plan, and Hannah finds herself doing the unimaginable to save one precious life.

Caitlyn Laurant is haunted by recent events in her life and hopes becoming a nurse on the mission field will help her forget. While in training, she and her friends travel to France where her grandfather was born. What should have been an easy search for his birthplace turns into anything but and reveals secrets that no one alive has ever heard.

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Book Review

One thing that I always enjoy about Liz Tolsma’s novels is how she takes lesser-known facts about World War II and turns them into beautiful stories. What I Promise You is no exception. We all know France was involved with the war, but how much do we really know after that? Did we know how much the Vichy was under Germany’s thumb? Did we know about Rivesaltes, the transit camp located in France? Did we know about the maternity ward and the women who helped other women and children escape there from the transit camp? It amazes me how much we know about World War II, and yet, how much more there is to discover.

For me, dual timelines can be a hit or miss. I always feel like one timeline is lacking, to say the least, and I’m always disappointed. While I found I enjoyed Noemie’s story more, I did feel like both timelines were developed and I got to know each character personally. I hurt and cried with Noemie as she dealt with grief and loss, and, even at times, seemed to lose all hope. I felt for Caitlyn as she yearned for her lost friend and connected with her as she struggled with panic attacks. While these women live 80 years apart, as Caitlyn continues to research her grandfather’s past, the closer they come together.

Tolsma, however, doesn’t stop there. She surprises readers with a third timeline from the perspective of a mystery woman–one who isn’t revealed until the very end. Tolsma keeps her readers on the edge of their seats, trying to figure out who this woman is and why we are reading about her.

Overall, I would recommend this novel. The plotline, even with three timelines, moves smoothly and we get in-depth looks into these characters, their lives, and their heartaches. We get to walk with both of them through France and other places, both in 1942 and 2022. While this book is classified as historical romance, the romance is very, very subtle, which I personally appreciated. I felt the book leaned more towards Historical Christian Fiction than it did Historical Romance.

I had received a copy of the book as part of the Celebrate Lit Blogging Team and was required to give an honest review.

About the Author

Liz Tolsma is the author of several WWII novels, romantic suspense novels, prairie romance novellas, and an Amish romance. She is a popular speaker and an editor and resides next to a Wisconsin farm field with her husband and their youngest daughter. Her son is a US Marine, and her oldest daughter is a college student. Liz enjoys reading, walking, working in her large perennial garden, kayaking, and camping.

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The Story behind the Cover of What I Promise You

In the late summer, I got the preliminary cover for What I Promise You. While Barbour Publishing always does a great job with their covers, and the one they sent was very nice, I wasn’t crazy about it because it didn’t tell the story at all. The mansion that plays such a big part in the novel was nowhere to be seen. Barbour is fantastic when it comes to working with me to get great covers, so I asked if we could include the real mansion that the story is based on. Turns out that they were having trouble getting copyright permission to use any image they could find of the maternity home.

That was disappointing. But I got brave and let them know that I took a picture of it when I was in France last year, and they could use it, but I’m not a very good photographer and I only used my iPhone. I attached the photo to the email and didn’t hear anything for a while.

Then in October, I wanted to include a preorder link to the book on social media or something and went to Amazon to grab it. And there was the cover. I went back and forth between the cover and my picture, and sure enough, it was the picture of the maternity home I had sent them! So I not only wrote What I Promise You, but some of my photography is on the front. I never thought that would happen. Am I in the wrong profession?? Just kidding!

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, February 27

Life on Chickadee Lane, February 27

Lots of Helpers, February 28

Lighthouse Academy Blog, February 28 (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 29

For Him and My Family, February 29

Betti Mace, March 1

Devoted To Hope, March 1

She Lives To Read, March 2

Locks, Hooks and Books, March 2

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, March 3

Texas Book-aholic, March 3

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, March 4

Blogging With Carol, March 4

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, March 5

Lily’s Corner, March 5

Bizwings Book Blog, March 5

lakesidelivingsite, March 6

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 6

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, March 7 (Author Interview)

Southern Gal Loves to Read, March 7

Tell Tale Book Reviews, March 8

A Good Book and Cup of Tea, March 8

Cover Lover Book Review, March 8

Connie’s History Classroom, March 9

Holly’s Book Corner, March 9

Pause for Tales, March 10

Labor Not in Vain, March 10

Little Homeschool on the Prairie, March 11

Becca Hope: Book Obsessed, March 11

Lights in a Dark World, March 11


To celebrate her tour, Liz is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon e-Gift card and print copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


1 Comment

  1. This looks really good. Thanks for hosting this tour.

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