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A Healing Place Paperback – June 25, 2010
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From the Author
My name is Joyce Shaughnessy, and WWII has become a recent passion of mine. I have met many veterans and their families and they always thanked me for my story of their horrible time under Japanese oppression. My next story is titled The Unsurrendered, A Search for Jacob. It is about the groups of guerillas who formed to fight the Japanese behind the lines, much like the French partisans. I hope you will enjoy it. It has much more of a romantic thread running through it, with a Filipina, Carla, saving her husband, Jacob from certain death. I hope you will give all my books a chance. You will find them to be entertaining. I have reviews on goodreads.com --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From the Back Cover
A Healing Place is a story based in the 1930's and 40's which emphasizes the power of love, sacrifice, courage and prayer. The Miller family, Amos, Molly and their three daughters live throught he trials and hardships of the Dust Bowl of The Great Depression. They manage to find a place where, through their love for each other, prayer, and a sense of community, they can overcome those hardships and become a stronger family.
In the 1940's during WWII, the family deals with the horrible sacrifices and inspiring courage of the men and women in uniform and their families. The Miller's own son-in-law is caught in the "Bataan Death March". Their examples of bravery in the face of the brutality of the war exist today, in the men and women who are put in "harm's way." It is through their sacrifices that we are able to enjoy the freedom that this country affords us.
A Healing Place is one of five Xlibris books chosen to be showcased at the World's largest Book Fair in Frankfurt, Germany. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Top customer reviews
The Miller family is forced to face the loss of their farm, starvation, devastation, like I've never been witness to, and thank God for that. Through all of their hardships and trials, they never stopped believing in each other, the power of family, and they never once let their faith dwindle.
This was beyond just a history lesson for me. After their long journey, going from camp to camp to try to find work, food, and shelter, they end up in Texon, Texas. The author, according to her blog, actually lived there as a child so the details are quite believable. Just like her details throughout this wonderful, inspirational novel, could not only be seen vividly in my mind, but I felt like I was there. I could feel my skin crawl when they had to clean out the 4 inches of dust and dirt from their home, the many insects..The depression was the first devastation then on top of that, came Black Sunday.
I knew that the POW's in WWII were tortured by the Japanese. But through Jed, a character I fell in love with in the beginning, I felt such sorrow, compassion, and that part of the book, definitely gave me a knew respect for those who were and are in the service.
An amazing author, an amazing book.
All in all, Joyce writes in such a down to earth style, you feel like you are there and a part of the story.
A remarkable piece of literature. I am so glad that I made her acquaintance and found this story.
Pattimari, author, therapist, and owner of PnPAuthor Magazine