Irene and Rand come from very different walks of life. Will they find common ground in their fight to survive?
Irene has grown up in the jungle as a missionary with her Aunt Anita, but now she and countless others are imprisoned by Japanese soldiers at the Santo Tomas Internment Camp in the Philippines. Irene and her aunt are safe there, and she keeps busy with her duty of delivering censored messages to the camp’s prisoners, but like everyone else, she prays for the war to end and for her freedom.
Rand is a wealthy, womanizing American, whose attempted escape from the internment camp has put himself and others in danger. When Rand and Irene’s Aunt Anita meet one another in the hospital, Irene learns more of his story and her heart is determined to save his family.
But the danger outside the walls of the hospital worsens every day, and life in this exotic place is anything but luxurious. Can Irene find Rand’s family before they disappear forever? And can a humble missionary woman and an arrogant man find common ground in the face of their biggest fears?
My thoughts and giveaway:
First, I love the vintage looking cover. It’s so soft yet kind of mysterious as well.
Second, I think Liz Tolsma is becoming my favorite historical romance writer, at least in the WWII era. I love how she takes this time period that many of are familiar with and takes us to places during the war that maybe we have never heard of or never given much thought to. Not only do you get a great read but you get a little history lesson as well 🙂
There truly never was a dull moment in this book. Each chapter Liz upped the stakes for the two characters.
I loved Irene’s heart (our heroine). She truly cares for others but has her own wounds to overcome as well, an absent mother and father. And then she discovers a secret about her father that could jeopardize her new friendship with Rand.
Then there’s Rand who is finding his way in this new world of not being in control of everything. There were times I felt he was a bit over-confident, but that was his personality. Deep down he was a nice guy who God was going to work on.
I can’t forget to mention Anita, Irene’s aunt. She is a voice of God’s truth and wisdom in this book and I adored her character.
Overall, I recommend this read to anyone who loves historical romance.
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