Liz Tolsma is the author of several WWII novels and prairie romance novellas. She is a popular speaker and an editor and resides next to a Wisconsin farm field with her husband and their two daughters. Her son is a U.S. Marine. She enjoys reading, walking, working in her large perennial garden, kayaking, and camping. Please visit her blog, The Story behind the Story, at and follow her on Facebook, Twitter (@LizTolsma), and LinkedIn. She is also a regular contributor to the Pencildancer blog and the Midwest Almanac blog.


Welcome back to the blog, Liz. I’m so honored to have you here today. Congratulations on your recent release, The Second-Chance Brides Collection. Such a pretty cover!

Tell us how the idea came about for your novella, What the Heart Sees.

I was asked to be in a collection about second-chance brides, and it could be any time from the Revolutionary War through WWII. Since I love writing WWII, I knew I’d write about that era. I’ve had an idea about German POW camps in the U.S. for a number of years, and as I did research on it, I found that there were people in Wisconsin who had German relatives in camps in the state and would even visit them. From there, the idea took off for the heroine to discover her summer fling in a camp in her hometown.

I love hearing behind-the-story details. 😉

Do you have a favorite quote from the book?

“He’s so vanilla pudding when I want chocolate éclair.” You’ll have to read the book to figure out what that means. 🙂

Love it! 🙂 Which character in this story are you most looking forward to readers meeting?

Miriam Bradford, the heroine. She’s feisty and a little saucy.

Can you tell us one of your favorite books you’ve read so far this year?

The Illusionist’s Apprentice by Kristy Cambron. Wow. That’s all I can say.

That was such a great book. Love her stories!

Do you have a favorite book cover?

Like you said in your introduction, this book cover is so beautiful. I love all the covers Barbour comes up with for their novella collections. Not only are the covers lovely, but they have the ragged edges, the flaps, and there is artwork on the inside of the front and back covers. They are gorgeous books just to pick up and hold in your hands.

I totally agree. They’re such fun to read as a paperback. Thanks for visiting with us today, Liz. Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Thank you! Yes, the first book in my next WWII series, The Melody of the Soul, is scheduled to release in January 2018.

Love the title! Congrats, Liz. I’m looking forward to it already! 🙂


Liz has graciously offered to give away a copy of The Second-Chance Brides Collection. Enter below and it could be YOU! ;)

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Thanks for entering! Contest is open only in the U.S. and ends September 5, 2017.  The winner will be notified by email. Happy Reading, everybody! 😉