Book Review, Historical

Book Review – Saving Grace


I posted about the first two books in this series already, earlier.

I just finished listening to this book today, the third in this series.

And wow! This one is the best yet! Think nurses caught in the middle of WWII on those tiny little Philippine Islands…

Blurb from Amazon:

The last enemy to be destroyed is death. (1 Corinthians 15:26) Through years of poverty, racial tension, and legal battles, Ruby Graves has suffered the worst the Great Depression could throw at her. But an enemy she couldn’t possibly imagine awaits just over the horizon. After she and her brother, Henry, escape to the tropical paradise of the Philippine Islands, Ruby volunteers as a nurse at a medical clinic in Manila. Although surrounded by beauty, Ruby can’t shake her guilt over leaving Matthew behind, even if it was for his own good. And even worse, God hasn’t spoken to her since the fateful day at Cold Spring. Meanwhile, Matthew Doyle arrives in the Philippines with the Corps of Engineers, determined to live the life of faith that Ruby would have wanted for him. Despite the rumors of impending war, he’s drawn to the islands’ promise of adventure, and, like many of his fellow soldiers, believes the superior forces of the United States would quickly thwart any attack from Japan. But everything changes on the morning of December 8, 1941. As the Japanese close in on American forces in the Philippines, Ruby, Matthew and Henry are swept onto the jungle peninsula of Bataan in a desperate attempt to hold out for reinforcements. New enemies emerge, testing their strength beyond anything they could have ever thought possible. Can Ruby and Matthew find their way back to each other, and survive the onslaught of the Japanese assault? Saving Grace is the highly anticipated third installment in the Healing Ruby series by Jennifer H. Westall.

Here’s the review I posted on Goodreads:

This is the riveting third book in the Healing Ruby Series.
I’ve had the privilege of experiencing all of these, through the audio version. Absolutely a must-read story!
Ruby has gone through so much already.
Now, in this book, she is working as a nurse in the Philippine Islands, and is caught in the middle of the terribleness of WWII. (Be forewarned–there is much detail included here, regarding the war, it might be a bit much for some readers. Nothing too graphic, but yet, that war was so awful, and must be described as such!)
The author wrote this novel in a very authentic way, staying true to historical facts as much as possible. I really knew little to nothing prior to reading this book, about what those nurses experienced there in that terrible place and time in history.
Ruby is as caring and generous as ever.
Matthew! Yes, they meet again (whew!). So much heartache and baggage to work through.
Her brother Henry.
If you’ve read the earlier ones, you will feel compelled to continue reading their saga. And if you get a chance, be sure and listen to the audio version–it absolutely enhances the story!
I received a complimentary audio version of this story, which did not influence my opinions–all opinions shared here are my own opinion entirely.

I really don’t know how much more I can share, I don’t want to give any spoilers.

I really liked this series, and this book in particular! This author has tremendous talent for bringing those days to life. I felt the bombs of the jap bombers, the shaking of the ground, the danger, I was right there with Ruby. If you enjoy history, I can almost promise you will like these.

My main disappointment at this point is that the fourth book is not yet available in audio version. The narrators that have done this series have also done a fantastic job. From here on out, I will always be able to hear Ruby Graves’ voice speaking…



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