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...more
This is the second historical fiction by Flora Simpson about this particular area of ...more
Along 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 quickly learn to live with less than nothing as they escape to the mountains to stay hidden from the Japanese.
I appreciate the disclaimer at the start of the book regarding the use of racial slurs. I ...more
When Japan attacks, Gina avoids doing the best, wisest, safest thing time ...more
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!
1. Interesting story about an aspect of WWII I was not familiar with: the Pacific theater, specifically the Philippines. So, I learned.
2. Relatively thoughtful approach to the racism and colonialism the West brought to the Philippines. I would have liked a bit more growth on Gina's (and maybe other characters') part, but it was there.
3. The pacing was good. No bogging down in minuscule details. Enough interest to keep ...more
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 quite 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 ...more
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! ***
I 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 ofAlong The Broken Bay, as you don't often see ...more
I’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 ...more
We follow along with Gina, the somewhat pampered wife of an expat, living in Manilla. When war breaks out, she flees the city with her daughter and best friend. Author Flora Solomon gives ...more
Gina Thorpe is living a charmed life as an American in the Philippines in 1941. She has servants and enjoys all the comforts of an upper-class lifestyle. Her husband Ray has been called to active duty because of the tensions with Japan, but Gina isn't worried. Then, the unthinkable happens: the Japanese invade and the US and Philippine Armies are ...more
So much focus is paid to the European theater that this was a refreshing look at what happened in the Pacific theater. Told from Multiple woman’s points of view made it touching and heartfelt. Historical details were spot on and emotions ran high. I highly recommend this book for those who love World War II stories
Interesting story about people , civilians mostly, who were survivors of the Philippines after the Japanese took it from General MacArthur during the beginning of WW 2.
These people did extraordinary things to help the resistance. Families were moving constantly in the mountains and the woods to avoid detection. They had to scavenge for food not only for themselves but for the resistance soldiers.
They were eventually discovered, captured and tortured. Few survived.
History and historical fiction have become my favorite reads. Enjoyed this one immensely. Have read "We Band Of Angels", a true story of military nurses in Manilla when invaded by the Japanese who ultimately wound up interned at Santo Tomas. Along The Broken Bay follows those events precisely. The conditions and treatment at Santo Tomas were also spot on. All the events in between seemed so realistic that it seemed like non fiction. Truly a great representation of the ...more
Although I applaud the author for her interest in this time in history her setting does not evoke the at atmosphere or culture of the Philippines or the U.S. at that time. She is writing about people who in their recent history had just lived through world war two and the depression, we were no where near a culture where a character's mother survived a disease and was retiring to the beach. The gastronomic delights that your characters dream of hit the American palate long after ww2. ...more
The story is more than one life, Gina. It's about the resistance fighters, their families and loved ones, the priests and nuns, the doctors and nurses, everyone who was stuck behind enemy lines trying to stay alive and keep others alive too.
I found this book awe inspiring I hope everyone will read it!!!