Tuesday, August 2, 2022

BLOG TOUR - The Codebreaker’s Secret


Dual-timeline historical fiction for fans of Chanel Cleeton and Beatriz Williams, THE CODEBREAKER'S SECRET is a story of codebreaking, secrets, murder, romance and longing.


Cryptanalysist Isabel Cooper manuevers herself into a job at Station Hypo after the attack on Pearl Harbor, determined to make a difference in the war effort and defeat the Japanese Army by breaking their coded transmissions. When the only other female codebreaker at the station goes missing, Isabel suspects it has something to do with Operation Vengeance, which took out a major enemy target, but she can't prove it. And with the pilot she thought she was falling for reassigned to a different front, Isabel walks away from it all.


Rookie journalist Lucy Medeiras has her foot in the door for her dream job when she lands the assignment to cover the grand opening of Rockefeller’s new hotel–the most expensive ever built. The week of celebrations is attended by celebrities and politicians, but Lucy gets off on the wrong foot with a cranky experienced reporter from New York named Matteo Russi. When a high-profile guest goes missing, and the ensuing search uncovers a decades-old skeleton in the lava fields, the story gets interesting, and Lucy teams up with Matteo to look into it. Something in Matteo's memory leads them on a hunt that involves a senatorial candidate, old codes from WWII, and Matteo's old flame, a woman named Isabel.

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Title:   The Codebreaker’s Secret
Author:  Sara Ackerman 
Publisher:   MIRA
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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Sara Ackerman is a USA TODAY bestselling author who writes books about love and life, and all of their messy and beautiful imperfections. She believes that the light is just as important as the dark, and that the world is in need of uplifting stories. Born and raised in Hawaii, she studied journalism and later earned graduate degrees in psychology and Chinese medicine. She blames Hawaii for her addiction to writing, and sees no end to its untapped stories. Find out more about Sara and her books at www.ackermanbooks.com and follow her on Instagram @saraackermanbooks and on FB @ackermanbooks.

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