Loyalty to family. Trusting instincts. The will to survive. These virtues are deeply embedded in a mature Dutch teenager, Annika Wolter. Her attributes prove useful as she navigates typical coming-of-age insecurities and a blossoming romance with a handsome lieutenant in 1939 Batavia, Java.
Nothing prepares her for the distress of Hitler’s attacks on European countries followed by Japan’s bombing of Pearl Harbor, toppling her idyllic life in the Dutch East Indies colonial society and separating her from the man she loves. Uplifting events from a true story showcase how determination, nursing basics, and language skills keep a young woman and her mother alive in the worst Japanese internment camp in the Pacific. If you admire clever women and unfailing love in a tropical wartime setting, you will be captivated by Sapphire Promise.
Uncaged Review: I’ve actually had this book read
for a bit, but I think it took a while for me to digest
this book well enough to write a review. This
book is not like anything I’ve read, and mind you,
I don’t read biographies or even war era books
often and I know this is all based on a true story.
The amount of research to tell this story correctly
is mind blowing to me, but this author has done
her due diligence and has told a story so engrossing
that once you start reading, you won’t put it
down. The story of Annika is not only heartbreaking
at times, it’s also heartwarming. The love she
has for the lieutenant and her mother is unwavering
The author is able to take us back in time, with
her beautiful descriptions that enhance the reading.
There isn’t too many books that I can compare
this too and what is great about these type
of books, is that I learn when I read since it’s all
based on true events and people. Highly recommended.
Too bad 5 stars is the limit.
Reviewed by Cyrene