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Book review: ‘The Tulip Resistance’ tells of Dutch resistance to Nazi takeover

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"THE TULIP RESISTANCE," by Lynne Leatham Allen, Bonneville Books, $16.99, 256 pages (f)

In April 1940 during World War II, rumors and speculation about the German invasion were flourishing in Holland, despite the declaration of neutrality issued by the Dutch government.

Many Jews were preparing to flee, though residents also had faith that Germany would honor the declaration.

These are the opening scenes in the first chapters of the historical fiction novel “The Tulip Resistance” that describe the lives of the people in a small town in Holland during the Nazi invasion and subsequent Dutch resistance.

A Dutch girl named Marieka Coevorden is a main character, who lives a simple country life in the Netherlands. She begins the story a touch naïve as a delivery girl to her neighbors and the baker in town, but she gradually becomes an unexpected force in the Dutch resistance. With her parents and brother, Bastiaan, Marieka helps more than one refugee in the German takeover.

The story not only gives details of the Dutch family, but also of members of the German forces. Though many were harsh and ruthless in their treatment of the Jews, some had feelings of opposition and hesitancy toward the orders sent from Germany.

The book also touches on a deserter of the Nazi force, who also comes in contact with the Coevorden family. This man has a connection to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which is made known when he is injured near the beginning of the book, and there are references to God and faith throughout.

Allen, a resident of Wellsville, Cache County, also describes a few characters of the resistance who take physical action against the Nazi takeover of Holland. There is much strategy and surreptitiousness described throughout the chapters, adding to the plot and suspense.

“The Tulip Resistance” includes no foul language, however, there are descriptions of violence and killing in ambush and war scenes.

"The Tulip Resistance" gives great insight to the possible feelings of Dutch and German officers during the time of the Dutch resistance.

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