Genre: Historical Fiction
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 384
Date of Publication: August 2, 2022
My Rating: 5 Stars
In this remarkable historical fiction book by Sara Ackerman this dual timeline story introduces readers to Isabel Cooper. She was the only woman codebreaker in a group to where she was assigned. Her responsibilities mainly were to decipher secrets, mostly by the Japanese. Isabel has a strong reason for taking on such a dangerous assignment. She was still devastated by the loss of her brother. His tragic death was one of thousands who lost their lives in the attack on Pearl Harbor.
We also meet Lu Freitas, a struggling journalist who has a new assignment to cover the grand opening of a stunning hotel during the year 1965. As she works with an older photographer she stumbles into a mystery. This mystery actually leads back to the events in World War II and a secret that no doubt had a strong impact on Isabel.
Two timelines. Two stories that blended into one. This book hit the mark of success on many levels. First of all, the spelling of Hawai’i. This stayed true to the cultural way to say the name of our 50th state. More than that, the conflict between a beautiful location and tragedy is made so very clear by recalling that dreadful day in 1941. Since the book moves on to 1965, with the hotel being revamped, the beautiful environment on the Kohala Coast is explored even more than it was during those dark days of the war. No matter the scenario, becoming absorbed in this book was so very easy thanks to the excellent writing, stunning imagery, flawless research, and compelling characters.
Many thanks to MIRA and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Author Website: https://www.ackermanbooks.com/