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Along the Broken Bay

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  5,560 ratings  ·  454 reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 389 pages
Published July 1st 2019 by Lake Union Publishing
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Frankie J. Greer Did you actually read the book? Have you read Winds of War? There are many books written about WW 2 but not many personalized as this one regarding…moreDid you actually read the book? Have you read Winds of War? There are many books written about WW 2 but not many personalized as this one regarding civilians in the Philippines.(less)
Janet The author says that while the characters are fictional, she based them on actual people's stories that lived in the Philipines during the war.…moreThe author says that while the characters are fictional, she based them on actual people's stories that lived in the Philipines during the war. (less)

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Christine-Marie Dixon
Jun 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
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 ...more
Fred Shaw
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
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A different view of WWII

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
Lance Greenfield
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Kara Prem
Jun 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up
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
Jeff Siebold
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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!

Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
One of the better Kindle First reads I've received. Here's why I liked it:

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
Stephen Bentley
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 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
Yvonne (It's All About Books)

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! ***

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D. Jane Akins
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an unbelievable, but based on facts, story.

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
Jun 29, 2019 rated it liked it
This, surprisingly, was a pretty easy read. The author's style isn't laden with too much description, but instead, just enough to draw the reader into the time and place. I've read zero books about the war in the Pacific until this one and really feel as though I came away with a sense of the tragedy of the war.

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
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wwii, fiction-misc
It was a privileged lifestyle the Pearl of the Orient offered her, and she trusted that General MacArthur would never let the Japanese anywhere near it.

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
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The story takes place just before World War 2 comes to the Philippines. It centers around Gina Thorpe, an American living in Manila with her family. Once the Japanese invade the city and her husband is missing, she decides to run to the mountains to hide. She ends up getting connected with guerilla fighters and stays with them for a while, until they convince her to return to Manila to fund raise for the resistance. She opens a night club and much of the book is her turmoil with living amongst ...more
Karla Jay
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fresh look at WWII

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
Linda Sharp
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it

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.

Carla Suto
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
ALONG THE BROKEN BAY by Flora J. Solomon is a work of historical fiction that tells a gripping story of the Japanese invasion and occupation of the Philippines during World War II. As many books as I have read about World War II, I was unfamiliar with this aspect of the Japanese aggression in the Pacific theater. The main character, Gina Capelli Thorpe, is an American woman living in Manila with her husband and daughter. She and her ex-pat friends are leading an exciting and privileged life in ...more
Kenneth J. Olsen
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating WWII story

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
Carlida Finch
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Good start

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.
Cristina Kiefer
I am finally done with this book. Not really a fan of the writing style, but the story needed to be told. Growing up, I remember my mother telling us unbelievable stories of the Japanese atrocities perpetuated on the local Filipinos in occupied Manila. I only half believed her. She told of the family fleeing to the mountains, too. And of living in Manila while my father had to work for the Japanese... fearful of being killed if they did not comply, but also fearful of being considered ...more
Victoria Rodríguez
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a book that I liked a lot because I don't know much about what happened in the Philippines during World War II. The book was so good that I couldn't stop reading it. I liked that the narrative was always constant, there are no slow moments, the story its so interesting that made me pay attention the whole time. The story is about Gina Capelli Thorpe, wife of Raymond Thorpe who is working for the United States Army, they have one daughter, Cheryl. I think it's hard to live during this ...more
I am fussy about my audible books and this one is a winner. It is very well written and researched plus I learned some history about the fighting in the Philippines between the United States and Japan. This was an audible listen for me and it is one of those that is so well written and entertaining that you hate for it to end. It starts out with an American wife and her young daughter who get trapped in Manila when the Japanese invade the country. They flee to the mountains and then she is ...more
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very interesting and startling book. Having read many WWII historical novels set in Europe and just a very few set in the Pacific, it was amazing to read of the takeover of the Philippines. The main character is likely a representation of the experiences of many Americans living in Manilla when the Japanese invaded those islands. It definitely made me want to know more about the history of the Philippines as well as more of the people themselves. I recommend the book but be warned, it is not ...more
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was like a show stopper for me - I just wanted everything to stop so I could keep reading it. The story revolves around a woman, her family and other characters and their lives during WWII in Manilla. I've read several books set in WWII but never about what happened in the Philippines. It gave me another perspective of the war. I felt the book was well written. The incredible strength of the characters - some loosely based on real people - was awe inspiring. Now, I want to read Flora ...more
Jessica Heck
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It takes place in the Philippines during WWII. Although I’ve read many novels about the time period, this was the first I’d learned of the Philippines part in the war. The story was absolutely compelling and extremely well-told. The characters felt extraordinarily real, lending weight to their feelings and experiences.
Ginger Gritzo
Jan 26, 2020 rated it liked it
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Its overwhelming to think of all the horrors that occurred simultaneously during WWII.
Brian J. Fox
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent historical fiction

I had reservations about reading this as it would remind me of the viciousness of war . The author does a marvelous job of creating characters based on actual heroes. It was impossible to put down!
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesting historical novel

I didn't know much about this subject and now I know some more. I look forward to reading some nonfiction .
Jun 23, 2019 marked it as to-read
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Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of the best historical fictions I’ve read in a long time.
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Philippines , the people and those that made it through World War II

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!!!
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