In the early 1940s, Jeremiah Prins was a 12-year-old living a content life as the son of a school headmaster in the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia). When Holland declared war on the Japanese in 1941, the situation changed swiftly. The Japanese army invaded, and Jeremiah and his family were placed in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp-a camp Jeremiah finally escapes and returns to Holland. Yet wartime complications force him to abandon a marriage engagement with Laura Jensen. The young man flees to California, where he struggles with the lingering anger and war stress he faced as a child.
Determined to find some kind of redemption, a now-elderly Jeremiah tries to make sense of his life by journaling of all that he does not want to reveal to his children about his past, intending to leave his writings as an apology after he is gone.
An online encounter puts Jeremiah in touch with his true love from the war years, Laura, and when they meet again, it triggers the time bomb of long-buried secrets. Even seventy years later, if uncovered, these secrets can harm everyone who matters to Jeremiah.
I’d never read anything by Sigmund Brouwer before and I’m always willing to read a book by a new author. Though it is very hard for me to step out of my comfort zone of my preferred circle of well-known and beloved authors, I do try to read books from new authors whenever I can.
I liked reading about the main character,Jeremiah Prins,pretty well. Just the way that the author used his voice in the story was really ground-breaking.I was intrigued by both Jeremiah and his mother’s story. It was very interesting to read about.
There was also one part in this book that was so gripping and suspenseful that if more of the story was written like that I think I would have enjoyed this story a whole lot more. I don’t want to spoil it but it was so suspenseful that it actually reminded me of another book I’d read and enjoyed. If anyone has read Lemony Snicket’s book series, “A Series of Unfortunate Events” you’ll see what I’m talking about.
The heroine, Laura, was one of the biggest elements of the story as well but I didn’t really have that connection to her character like I did with the hero for some strange reason. I wish that the author would’ve included her character more in the story. To me, I thought that this story would’ve been more like a love story taking place during the war. It kinda was a love story but it wasn’t what the story was solely built upon.
I think that the book cover was absolutely stunning! I will admit that it was the book cover that drew me into reading this story. The book cover was just so well done. Enough said!
Overall, this was a pretty good read. Though there were some parts of the story that seemed to lag to me. The author wrote about a certain part of WWII that I didn’t really have an idea about which was something interesting as well. There were also many parts in the story that were absolutely gripping and heart wrenching. The “Thief of Glory”was a pretty good read about a boy growing up in the war times.
My Book Rating: (3.5 stars)
I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.
~Author Sigmund Brouwer~
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