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    Heather B. Moore

ISBN: 9781639931538

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Under the Java Moon

by: Heather B. Moore

Based on a true story, this gripping WWII novel captures the resilience, hope, and courage of a Dutch family who is separated during the war when the Japanese occupy the Dutch East Indies.

Java Island, 1941

Six-year-old Rita Vischer cowers in her family’s dug-out bomb shelter, listening to the sirens and waiting for a bomb to fall. Her charmed life on Java—living with other Dutch families—had always been peaceful, but when Holland declares war on Japan and the Japanese army invades Indonesia, Rita’s family is forced to relocate to a POW camp, and Rita must help care for her little brother, Georgie.

Mary Vischer is three months pregnant when she enters the Tjident women’s camp with thousands of other women and children. Her husband, George, is somewhere on the Java Sea with the Dutch Navy, so she must care alone for her young children, Rita and Georgie, and her frail mother. The brutal conditions of the overcrowded camp make starvation, malaria, and dysentery a grim reality. Mary must do everything she can to keep her family alive.

George Vischer survives the bombing of his minesweeper but feels little hope floating on a small dinghy in the Java Sea. Reaching the northern tip of the Thousand Island would be a miracle. Focusing on the love of his life, Mary, and his two children, he battles against the sea and merciless sun. He’ll do whatever it takes to close the divide between him and his family, even if it means risking being captured by the Japanese.

Under the Java Moon highlights a little-known part of WWII history and the impact of war on Indonesia, its people, and the more than 100,000 Dutch men, women, and children who were funneled into prison camps and faced with the ultimate fight for survival.

Meet the Author
Heather B. Moore is a USA Today best-selling and award-winning author of more than seventy publications. She has lived on both the east and west coasts of the United States, including Hawaii, and attended school abroad including the Cairo American College in Egypt, and the Anglican School of Jerusalem in Israel. She loves to learn about history and is passionate about historical research.
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About This Book

ISBN: 9781639931538
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Publish Date: September 5, 2023
Page Count: 384

“In Under the Java Moon, Heather B. Moore brings to life the seldom remembered history of the Dutch people interred in Japanese prison camps. This compelling novel will draw you in and won’t let you go.”
—Marriane Monson, author of Frontier Grit and The Opera Sisters

“A masterwork of historical fiction, set against the backdrop of a forgotten battlefield in World War II. You will come to love the gentle characters in this story as you fear for them, mourn with them, and ultimately share in their triumph. I love this book!”
—Jerry Borrowman, author of Compassionate Soldier and An Ocean of Courage