Mike and Sharon from California

Mike and Sharon from California

Dear Lance, Sharon and I are back in sunny southern California after our long and wonderful time in France.  First, let me say that Sharon and I agree that we were very lucky to have met you and had the pleasure of sharing an evening with you. Our only regret is that we didn't have more time to spend together. But we will always remember you as part of a wonderful trip to Paris.  Please let me extend a sincere invitation to visit with us whenever your are passing near Los Angeles. We only live an hour north of LAX and would love to see you again someday.  I didn't really get started on When the Tulips Bled until we came back to Paris after our time in Provence. But once we settled into our apartment I had more time to relax and read. Lance, I truly enjoyed the book and the story and wondered throughout how each character was linked to your wife's family. As I recall the story is based on some of their experiences. Correct?  I think it is so important to see WWII (or any war for that matter) at the personal level you offer in the book. In addition to portraying the real hardships experienced by the occupied Dutch you did a great job of portraying the great moral dilemmas faced by each and every citizen...and how some succeeded and some failed in this great test. The drama of real history is much more intense and revealing than any fiction. What a shame that so much is lost along with the lessons it teaches us. As I read the book I couldn't help asking myself if I would have been bold enough to standup to the Nazis? I'd like to think I'd be like Harry and join the Underground ... but when you have a family or loved ones to protect it's not so easy...as you clearly show.  As noted above, I really identified with Harry...I suppose that what one would expect of a person who spent his life in the military. I would love to hear more about the underground.  By the way, you did a good job of telling the personal story while in the background you also showed the progress of the War. W ell I guess the best review of an author is whether you'd recommend his book to a friend or read other works. I intend to do both Lance.  Thank You Very Much for the gift of the book and the pleasure of meeting you and your lovely wife.  We hope you had a wonderful time after we parted...and especially that we may cross each other's path again someday! All the Best, Mike and Sharon W
Lance Grimstone
2015-09-29T15:51:25+10:00
Dear Lance, Sharon and I are back in sunny southern California after our long and wonderful time in France.  First, let me say that Sharon and I agree that we were very lucky to have met you and had the pleasure of sharing an evening with you. Our only regret is that we didn't have more time to spend together. But we will always remember you as part of a wonderful trip to Paris.  Please let me extend a sincere invitation to visit with us whenever your are passing near Los Angeles. We only live an hour north of LAX and would love to see you again someday.  I didn't really get started on When the Tulips Bled until we came back to Paris after our time in Provence. But once we settled into our apartment I had more time to relax and read. Lance, I truly enjoyed the book and the story and wondered throughout how each character was linked to your wife's family. As I recall the story is based on some of their experiences. Correct?  I think it is so important to see WWII (or any war for that matter) at the personal level you offer in the book. In addition to portraying the real hardships experienced by the occupied Dutch you did a great job of portraying the great moral dilemmas faced by each and every citizen...and how some succeeded and some failed in this great test. The drama of real history is much more intense and revealing than any fiction. What a shame that so much is lost along with the lessons it teaches us. As I read the book I couldn't help asking myself if I would have been bold enough to standup to the Nazis? I'd like to think I'd be like Harry and join the...