Wednesday, June 14, 2023

BENEATH A PEACEFUL MOON by Debby Lee, Reviewed by Trixi Oberembt

This was another great installment to the Heroines of WW2 series Barbour puts out. I've read a fair number of them and have enjoyed the historical details in each one. This one covers Navajo code talkers, Native Americans who were trained to convey coded messages on the front lines. A fascinating piece of history I'd love to know more about! Debby Lee brings that time to life in Beneath a Peaceful Moon.

Unfortunately it fell a bit short for me. The book didn't go into a lot of detail about code talkers. It skimmed the surface of what these brave men faced each day and how they preformed their jobs. I don't want every gory detail, of course, but a bit more depth would have made this more enjoyable. I don't read a lot of WW2 novels, but I still find the history to be intriguing and oftentimes learn things I didn't know before. The other thing, I felt this was more focused on the romance between John and Mary instead of the history of this time period.

All in all, it was a great story to get lost in. I liked it for the romance brewing between John and Mary, the camaraderie between officers, what it might have felt like in war time for both soldiers and civilians alike and for a good faith thread. John Painted Horse reminded Mary that no matter where they were shipped off to, God is always there just as the moon shines above the earth—steady and reliable. A great reminder for us all!

* I received a complimentary copy from the author and was not obligated to leave a favorable review. All opinions are my own. *

BackCover Blurb:
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? 

 Barbour Publishing, June 1, 2023
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