A boy coming of age in a time of war…
the love that inspires him to survive.
For ten year-old Jeremiah Prins, the life of privilege as the son of a school headmaster in the Dutch East Indies comes crashing to a halt in 1942 after the Japanese Imperialist invasion of the Southeast Pacific. Jeremiah takes on the responsibility of caring for his younger siblings when his father and older stepbrothers are separated from the rest of the family, and he is surprised by what life in the camp reveals about a woman he barely knows—his frail, troubled mother.
Amidst starvation, brutality, sacrifice and generosity, Jeremiah draws on all of his courage and cunning to fill in the gap for his mother. Life in the camps is made more tolerable as Jeremiah’s boyhood infatuation with his close friend Laura deepens into a friendship from which they both draw strength.
When the darkest sides of humanity threaten to overwhelm Jeremiah and Laura, they reach for God’s light and grace, shining through his people. Time and war will test their fortitude and the only thing that will bring them safely to the other side is the most enduring bond of all.
I received this book some time ago. I'm sad to say I couldn't really get into like I do with most historical fiction, especially WWII fiction. I want to try it again one day because I have heard so many friends tell me how wonderful this author is and it may just take some getting used to. I really hope do hope so.
I will give a more updated review when that happens and I hope it will be with happy reviews. :)
For now, I give this book a 3.0 out of 5 stars.
I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for my unbiased review