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 Capture Or Worse.Desperate 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.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 Risk 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 out.Here 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 countrymen Concentration 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 enemy Now contrast this with Solomon s portrayal of a houseboy Gina 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. 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 unique 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. 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 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 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 accurate.I 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 7 1 19, I highly recommend. 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 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 you.The 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 believable.Once 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 light.Your emotions will be stirred, right up to the end.I highly recommend this book to all my friends. 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 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 quite connect with some of them Some were simply too shallow They felt like outline sketches at times when I yearned for flesh, color, and zip.The 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. 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 fiction, are based on true facts If you are a fan of historical fiction, you won t want to miss either of these 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 view spoiler 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 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 why.First 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 ARC.The pace in Along The Broken Bay is quite 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 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 readers glimpses into a variety of things that happened in the Philippines after the Japanese invasion We see Gina living in the jungle, witnessing the Baatan Death March, returning to Manilla as a spy, and eventually being imprisoned and tortured While all this was interesting and opened my eyes to the atrocities of the time, I found I was never really centered, never connected with any of characters as it felt they were just tools to showcase the next horror I wanted to feel for the characters, instead I had of a general sense of their powerlessness and anger at their situation.Overall, I enjoyed reading Along the Broken Bay and appreciated it as an intro to the War in the Pacific. SurvivorsInteresting 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.