Ethie Coulter was born after her father Howard returned from the war in 1945. When his wife dies in bizarre circumstances, Howard must take on the burden of looking after 11-year-old Ethie and her two older brothers.
Howard was one of hundreds of Canadian soldiers sent to the Far East following the attack on Pearl Harbour. Surviving the fierce battle for Hong Kong, he became a POW. Yet Howard carries more than the physical and mental scars inflicted by his captors. Something happened in Hong Kong, a secret that he has carried for nearly two decades. Ethie, inquisitive and fearless, will be the one to work her way towards the truth and help her father come to terms with the past.
©2010 Donna Milner (P)2010 Isis Publishing Ltd
I wasnt convinced id chosen the best book when this first kicked off but as the story went on firstly through the eyes of a young girl then as the narrator it showed two stories running together giving both sides to the tragic circumstances but even through the sad story it certainly finished with a feel good factor. loved it
Piano man 2007
Like many books, the first few chapters are somewhat of an introduction to the main characters. Stick to it and you will be rewarded. The further you are the better it gets.
This story is about drama, family secrets, history (WW II ), struggle and the bond between a parent and his children.
The story is told 1 part by the 11 year old Ethie and on the other hand by a 20 year old soldier, Ethie's father, Howard in Hong-Kong.
Tears rolled down my cheeks as the last part of the story unraveled.
After hearing this story I think my problems in life are nothing compared to what some of our fellow humans have to endure.
About the narrators :
The narrators are both fantastic, they are even very VERY convincing when they take on the voice for the different characters. A+ !!!
I would recommend this book to anyone. Especially if you like family drama's that end well.
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