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But operating undercover in the spotlight has Gina struggling to stay a step ahead of the Japanese She’s risked everything to take a stand but her club is a house of cards in the eye of a storm Can Gina keep this delicate operation running long enough to outlast the enemy or is she on a sure path to defeat that will put her family her freedom or even her life at ris One of the better Kindle First reads I've received Here's why I liked it1 Interesting story about an aspect of WWII I was not familiar with the Pacific theater specifically the Philippines So I learned2 Relatively thoughtful approach to the racism and colonialism the West brought to the Philippines I would have liked a bit growth on Gina's and maybe other characters' part but it was there3 The pacing was good No bogging down in minuscule details Enough interest to keep going but no annoying cliff hangers4 Characters were pretty well developed In Gina's life there was an ever changing cast of characters so it would not make much sense to delve too deeply Still there was enough5 The research Solomon the author did her homework6 The emotions How can you read a book about wartime without emotion? And yet I have read some in the past7 The snippets from Ray's journal that started each chapter I really wondered if this was based on a real life American prisoner of war Very nice touchWhat I would have changedNot much except perhaps some of the dialogue which sounded a bit too 21st century at points Overall I enjoyed this book However some may find parts of it disturbing BITE (A Mate Of His Own risked everything to take a stand but her club is a house of cards in the eye of a storm Can Gina keep this delicate operation Home Alone running long enough to outlast the enemy or is she on a sure path to defeat that will put her family her freedom or even her life at Dr. Grass ris One of the better Kindle First Deadly Fallout (Red Stone Security, reads I've God's Hammer received Here's why I liked it1 Interesting story about an aspect of WWII I was not familiar with the Pacific theater specifically the Philippines So I learned2 Relatively thoughtful approach to the Akshyay Mulberry Vol.One racism and colonialism the West brought to the Philippines I would have liked a bit growth on Gina's and maybe other characters' part but it was there3 The pacing was good No bogging down in minuscule details Enough interest to keep going but no annoying cliff hangers4 Characters were pretty well developed In Gina's life there was an ever changing cast of characters so it would not make much sense to delve too deeply Still there was enough5 The Six-Moon Trail research Solomon the author did her homework6 The emotions How can you Como Abrir Mentes Fechadas read a book about wartime without emotion? And yet I have The Harlem Hellfighters read some in the past7 The snippets from Ray's journal that started each chapter I Longman Introductory Course for the TOEFL Test really wondered if this was based on a Mustard Seed Magic real life American prisoner of war Very nice touchWhat I would have changedNot much except perhaps some of the dialogue which sounded a bit too 21st century at points Overall I enjoyed this book However some may find parts of it disturbing

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Along the Broken Bay

From the bestselling author of A Pledge of Silence comes a story of resistance intrigue and risking it all in the WWII Philippines December 1941 War has erupted in the Pacific spelling danger for Gina Capelli Thorpe an American expat living in Manila When the Japanese invade and her husband goes missing Gina flees with her daughter to the Zambales Mountains to avoid c A different view of WWIIAlong the Broken Bay by Flora Solomon is a well written story of an Italian American woman and her child trapped in Manila during the WWII invasion by Japan Living a priveledged life with cooks maids and nannies prior to the occupation she and other resident Americans uickly learn to live with less than nothing as they escape to the mountains to stay hidden from the JapaneseI appreciate the disclaimer at the start of the book regarding the use of racial slurs I understood as I read the book that as offensive as some of the language may be these were the words that were used at that time historically accurateI enjoyed this book a fresh view of WWII in an abundance of novels recently published focusing specifically on the action in Germany and Europe The descriptive writing painted pictures allowing me to clearly see and experience the story There were moments I could hear the monkeys screaming in the trees feel the fear as the enemy passed by This is the first book I've read by this author but will definitely read This book will be available 7119 I highly recommend

review Along the Broken Bay

Apture or worseDesperate for money medicine and guns the resistance recruits Gina to join their underground army and smuggles her back to Manila There she forges a new identity and opens a nightclub where seductive beauties sing dance and tease secrets out of high ranking Japanese officers while the wildly successful club and its enemy patrons help fund the resistance I selected this book to see a perspective of WWII in the Philippines Unfortunately the main character was so vapid and unlikeable that I didn't care what happened to her Gina is a society woman caught up with Junior League looking good and that's all She has a daughter that is raised by the help and she has an undying faith in General MacArthur Her husband is with the army and tensions are mounting with Japan When Japan attacks Gina avoids doing the best wisest safest thing time after time When she finally flees the city she forces her young maid to come with her despite her maid's protests that she wants to stay in the city with her mother Her maid is native Filipino you know that because she speaks in broken English and has primitive believes which Gina mocks The maid saves the children from Japanese soldiers and then after the family has been evacuated further into the mountains announces that she is returning to the city to be with her mother Gina is upset because who would unpack and organize for her and commented I don't cook Seriously? This vapid woman supposedly does some espionage later in the book but I find that hard to believe with how worthless she is in the beginning I don't care enough to keep reading


10 thoughts on “Along the Broken Bay

  1. says:

    Colonialist claptrap I couldn't finish this book because of the paternalistic and problematic view of the Philippines The characters are written with the assumption that they are white odd for a book that takes place in the Philippines Don't worry about being able to tell the Filipino characters apart from the white characters though because they're all caricatures with dark skin and black hair who speak in broken English and are mocked for continuing to follow some of the indigenous traditions that colonizers failed to wipe outHere is an excerpt from Pacita Pestano Jacinto's diary Living With the Enemy which she kept during the Japanese occupation Notice how a Filipina describes her countrymenConcentration of enemy civilians has been going onMy houseboy was delirious 'Hang them the traitors' he shouted over the fence He stopped to pick up a stone but I stopped him'You are not to meddle' I told him sharply You must leave it to the Americans whatever must be done'Ay naku Those Americans They are too kind They do not know An enemy must be to the end an enemyNow contrast this with Solomon's portrayal of a houseboyGina's maroon LaSalle roadster gleamed but Miguel the houseboy continued to polish it He babied the car like it was his own 'Her all gassed up You want the top down?'Solomon portrays Filipino domestic workers in a stereotypical way and has them speaking in broken English whereas Pestano Jacinto's diary affords them the dignity they deserve and also accurately reflects Filipino English


  2. says:

    After Japan bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941 Japan invaded and occupied the Phillipines All Americans soldiers and civilians were taken prisoner Some American families were imprisoned or they escaped into the mountains to hide from the enemy Many of us know of the Bataan march and the atrocities inflicted on our men and women This is the story of a family and soldiers who through guerrilla tactics fought back This is the second historical fiction by Flora Simpson about this particular area of fighting during WWII in the Pacific According to the author the story was developed based on written experiences by those who were there I thought the novel was uniue in its theme and was extremely well written Character development was extraordinary The protagonist a woman whose heroic deeds helped her own family and those soldiers fighting with the resistance Thanks to and the “First Reads” program I was given a prerelease of this novel Highly recommended


  3. says:

    A different view of WWIIAlong the Broken Bay by Flora Solomon is a well written story of an Italian American woman and her child trapped in Manila during the WWII invasion by Japan Living a priveledged life with cooks maids and nannies prior to the occupation she and other resident Americans uickly learn to live with less than nothing as they escape to the mountains to stay hidden from the JapaneseI appreciate the disclaimer at the start of the book regarding the use of racial slurs I understood as I read the book that as offensive as some of the language may be these were the words that were used at that time historically accurateI enjoyed this book a fresh view of WWII in an abundance of novels recently published focusing specifically on the action in Germany and Europe The descriptive writing painted pictures allowing me to clearly see and experience the story There were moments I could hear the monkeys screaming in the trees feel the fear as the enemy passed by This is the first book I've read by this author but will definitely read This book will be available 7119 I highly recommend


  4. says:

    The book gets off to a slow start with too much description and character background that could wait to be incorporated into the narrative later on in the story It soon picks up and rattles along at a fair pace right up until the end It is most certainly a roller coaster of action and emotions In fact roller coaster is very apt If you think about it that ride takes you slowly to the top of the first climb and then dives and twists and turns and it makes your head and body spin You scream you laugh you cry This book will do all of that to youThe author has obviously done a lot of research for this book She has done as I always advise people who want to write who ask me What is your top tip for potential writers? I say to them Read a lot She has made disassembled real characters from the wartime Philippines era and reassembled them into her fictional characters The result is very authentic and believableOnce you are into the third of fourth chapter you will find this book difficult to put down It is skillfully written I always wanted to know what would happen next The end of a chapter was definitely NOT the time to switch off my bedside lightYour emotions will be stirred right up to the endI highly recommend this book to all my friends


  5. says:

    I selected this book to see a perspective of WWII in the Philippines Unfortunately the main character was so vapid and unlikeable that I didn't care what happened to her Gina is a society woman caught up with Junior League looking good and that's all She has a daughter that is raised by the help and she has an undying faith in General MacArthur Her husband is with the army and tensions are mounting with Japan When Japan attacks Gina avoids doing the best wisest safest thing time after time When she finally flees the city she forces her young maid to come with her despite her maid's protests that she wants to stay in the city with her mother Her maid is native Filipino you know that because she speaks in broken English and has primitive believes which Gina mocks The maid saves the children from Japanese soldiers and then after the family has been evacuated further into the mountains announces that she is returning to the city to be with her mother Gina is upset because who would unpack and organize for her and commented I don't cook Seriously? This vapid woman supposedly does some espionage later in the book but I find that hard to believe with how worthless she is in the beginning I don't care enough to keep reading


  6. says:

    Overall this was a good book I enjoyed most of it However I deduct one star for good reason It was clear to me and later confirmed the author has never been to the Philippines She can get away with that for many but I knew and it caused me to stand back a little instead of becoming utterly immersed in the setting She did fake it uite well though It was a shame because the book was meticulously researched and really did justice to those terrible times Even a few weeks in Luzon would have helped enormously into getting to the essential heart of Filipinos and their culture instead of attempting to replicate parts in this novel by way of “distance learning”The faking also occurred with some of her characters as I could not uite connect with some of them Some were simply too shallow They felt like outline sketches at times when I yearned for flesh color and zipThe same can be said for the plot as good as it was It plodded too many times perhaps understandable because there are only so many ways to write a scene in a nightclub where you fear for your life because you are a spy surrounded by a fearsome and loathsome enemy But you know what? The author pulled off a difficult job I recommend this book to anyone with an interest in WW2 historical fiction PS shall I let you into a secret? I’m a grown man and I cried at the end of this book


  7. says:

    I was given an Advance Reader copy of this book Excellent read Well written account of World War 2 in the Philippines beginning with the Bataan Death March Flora writes with a sharp eye for detail Her characters are well developed and the plot keeps your interest If you enjoy historical fiction I recommend this book Along the Broken Bay is a good read


  8. says:

    One of the better Kindle First reads I've received Here's why I liked it1 Interesting story about an aspect of WWII I was not familiar with the Pacific theater specifically the Philippines So I learned2 Relatively thoughtful approach to the racism and colonialism the West brought to the Philippines I would have liked a bit growth on Gina's and maybe other characters' part but it was there3 The pacing was good No bogging down in minuscule details Enough interest to keep going but no annoying cliff hangers4 Characters were pretty well developed In Gina's life there was an ever changing cast of characters so it would not make much sense to delve too deeply Still there was enough5 The research Solomon the author did her homework6 The emotions How can you read a book about wartime without emotion? And yet I have read some in the past7 The snippets from Ray's journal that started each chapter I really wondered if this was based on a real life American prisoner of war Very nice touchWhat I would have changedNot much except perhaps some of the dialogue which sounded a bit too 21st century at points Overall I enjoyed this book However some may find parts of it disturbing


  9. says:

    Finished reading July 19th 2019 Manila's magic was gone replaced by an undercurrent of fear potent enough to be sensed by an observer A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing in exchange for an honest review Thank you view spoilerI have always had a weak spot for historical fiction and especially if the story is set during WWI or WWII I admit I was sold as soon as I read the blurb of Along The Broken Bay as you don't often see a WWII fiction setting in the Philippines and Gina's story of working in the resistance sounded absolutely fascinating I was looking forward to fully emerge myself in what I thought would be a new favorite story but sadly fate had a different reaction for me in store Because while I still think that the premise of this story is fascinating unfortunately I can't say I enjoyed the execution all that much I'll try to explain below whyFirst of all I have to state that the description of the Manila and Zambales mountains settings is thorough and gives us insight in the local flora and fauna It made the Philippines come alive and gives this WWII fiction read an exotic vibe I can't say I was too happy with how the local population was described though nor how the main characters interacted with them The demeaning way the locals their culture and how they interacted was described left me with a very bad taste in my mouth and for me it crossed the line of racial discrimination I think that the fact that rich Americans and Europeans living in Manila might have seen the locals in that way back in the 1940s is no excuse to degrade certain characters in such way Likewise I found Gina to be too much of a typical 'rich white woman with prejudices' cliche; her constant whining and complaining about the precarious situations she suddenly finds herself in not only distracting but also highly highly annoying I really couldn't stand her character and as the story was basically build around Gina it was really hard to convince myself to stay invested in the story In fact I had such a strong averse reaction to her that I confess that I probably wouldn't have made it to the final page if this wouldn't have been an ARCThe pace in Along The Broken Bay is uite slow as well and combined with my repulsion for the main character and the way the story treated the local population I ended up struggling considerably to reach the final page I still think the premise on its own is intriguing and it was interesting to learn about how the resistance operated and their network in general The nightclub was also an interesting twist; the dangers of the operation adding a hint of suspense to the story The little chapter introductions featuring the thoughts of Gina's husband Ray while he is separated from his family were likewise a nice touch And while Along The Broken Bay clearly wasn't my cup of tea despite my love for the genre I've also seen that most people seem to have a very positive reaction to this story so definitely don't give up yet if you are intrigued by the premise hide spoiler


  10. says:

    What an unbelievable but based on facts storyI’ve not read many stories about World War II in the Phillipines but this one and the author’s previous book A Pledge of Silence certainly opened my eyes to the fact that the Americans who were living there when the war broke out were treated so inhumanely under their Japanese captors Both books are truly eye openers about the war in the Pacific that so little is heard about These books contain very graphic and disturbing scenes that while fiction are based on true facts If you are a fan of historical fiction you won’t want to miss either of these books


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