|Thief of Glory
By Sigmund Brouwer / WaterBrook PressAt 70 years old, Jeremiah Prins is seeking redemption by journaling about everything he could never share with his children—including his time in a Japanese POW camp and his abandoned marriage engagement. But when an online encounter puts Jeremiah in touch with his wartime fiancee, his secrets risk destroying everything that he loves. 336 pages, softcover from Waterbrook.
I should have known there would be tears from this book by looking at the era this story takes place in. Sigmund Brouwer is a wonderful writer and I have enjoyed past books by him. Even though the story is well written and very good I do not just recommend this to anyone. If you have a hard time dealing with the things that have happened during World War 2 then I would say “don’t read this.” It’s heart wrenching in so many ways. So much pain and hurt. However, that said the story is fantastic. You see a side to the war that you may never have seen before. I had read several stories from this period but they were all based in Germany or Pearl Harbor. This one is on the other side of the world and takes place in what we now call Indonesia. I could not even begin to imagine the pain and horror that these people experienced and I feel no recounting of the stories of this era can do it justice.
This is a fictional story so its all made up. I’m sure there is some truth to how those in the Japanese camps were treated and what many had to go through. I love that at the end of the book you see how the author’s family is tied to this era and part of our world’s history. If you like history about this time period then I recommend picking this one up. I will tell you it might be a bit hard to read especially when you can read between the lines of what is happening.
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