Book: What I Would Tell You
Author: Liz Tolsma
Genre: Christian Fiction / Romance / Historical Fiction
Release date: January 1, 2023
DNA Test Unlocks a Family Mystery
Sephardic Jew Mathilda Nissim watches in horror as the Germans invade her
beloved city of Salonika, Greece. What angers her most is the lack of resistance
her people put up to their captors. In secret and at great risk to her life, she
continues to publish her newspaper, calling her people to action. She doesn’t
trust God to help them. When she and her husband find out they are expecting
a child, Mathilda may have to resort to desperate measures to ensure her
Three generations later, college student Riley Payson and her cousin take a
popular DNA test only to discover they don’t share any common ancestors. In
fact, the test shows Riley is a Sephardic Jew from Greece. This revelation
shakes Riley’s tenuous faith and sends her on a journey to discover what
happened to her great-grandmother and how all this relates to her faith and
her life today.
What I Would Tell You Excerpt 3
“Soon Greece will fall to them. There’s no doubt about that. They’re coming with their tanks and their guns. We have nothing.”
“No, that’s not true.” She swallowed hard and rose from the chair, not clicking off the radio. “We have the power of our words.
I have to get a special edition of the paper out to keep the people informed of what is happening and prepare them for when the Nazis arrive in Salonika.”
Asher, his dark hair mussed, crossed the small distance between them and grabbed her by the shoulders. Gave her a small shake. “No, you will not do such thing. When they get here, they’ll find your writings. You’ll be under arrest for sure. Instead of producing more, we have to destroy everything you have. All of your work. Every paper you ever published. All the printing machines, the ink, all of it. Without delay.”
“Por favor, don’t ask me to get rid of it. It’s more important than ever now. How can we call our people to action if there isn’t a Jewish newspaper?”
“They’re going to shut down all the newspapers, both the big ones and the small ones like yours. Do you believe the Nazis will allow you to continue producing such inflammatory rhetoric?”
She stepped back, out of his grasp, as if he had struck her. “Inflammatory? How can you say such a thing? I thought you supported me and my work.”
“I didn’t mean that.” He softened his voice.
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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.
Please visit her website at www.liztolsma.com and follow her on Facebook, Twitter
(@LizTolsma), Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest. She is also the host of the
Christian Historical Fiction Talk podcast.