About the Book
Mary’s Language Skills Could Help End the War in the Pacific
Full of intrigue, adventure, and romance, this series celebrates the unsung heroes—the heroines of WWII.
Mary Wishram, an orphaned Yakima tribal member, aches for her brother who suffers in a POW camp in the Philippine Islands and her Japanese friends who languish in a relocation center. Determined to end the war by any means necessary, she employs her language skills to become a spy. Leaving Camp Pendleton for the South Pacific, she faces escalating threats of peril to help bring her loved ones home.
John Painted Horse, a proud Navajo, struggles with the loss of his father who died in WWI for a country that didn’t consider him a United States citizen. Though his home state doesn’t offer him the right to vote, he joins the Code Talker program at Camp Pendleton. Thrust into mounting danger in the South Pacific, he hopes to bring long overdue recognition and honor to his people, no matter the cost.
Will these two wounded souls find healing from their past traumas and a deeper relationship with God, before it’s too late? Or will they lose their chance at love, and everything they hold dear?
In My Opinion
The romance in Debby Lee’s Beneath a Peaceful Moon starts early in the story and deepens as Miriam and John enter the war (which is halfway through the book).
A lot is happening in this story. From corruption in the war offices, spy rings, code talkers, romance, and Miriam’s missing brother. The multiple plot devices do keep the story moving at a quick pace.
But the book blurb does not match the pages inside. Much of the book is set in the US as Miriam and John prepare for their roles across the ocean. Very little detail was shared about the code talkers or the setting once the two main characters arrive in the South Pacific. And I didn’t enjoy the multiple missed connections at the end of the story.
One or two would have been fine, but it almost became comical how often the author had our hero and heroine just missing each other. The most disappointing part about that for me is it took away from the potential of a more satisfying ending instead of the abrupt one we got.
An interesting premise that is interesting but needed a more in some areas and less in others.
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