“After the Fall” by Lisa Bingham is a war-time novel set just before and during the fall of the Philippines to the Japanese. We follow Glory Bee O’Halloran as she deplanes in Luzon, Philippines to entertain the troops. Because she is pregnant she has been sent by her lover, a married senator, for a “vacation” to the estate of his good friend. The first night she stays at the plantation house, she meets John Macklin, the foreman. After the Japanese invasion, Glory Bee and John will be thrown together while trying to escape the enemy.
Major Rosemary Dodd is with the nursing corps stationed at Fort Stotsenberg. She and her nurses are in for the fight of their lives as the Japanese bomb and strafe the island before finally invading. Rosemary comes to depend on Lt. Riley Gilhouly, a member of the press corps. They become romantically involved and dependent on each other. During the coming months as they try to evade being captured by the Japanese, circumstances make it hard for them to be together. I marveled at the courage and selflessness of the nurses and doctors who risked their own lives to save fellow soldiers. Even though this is a work of fiction, I can easily see that these events could have created the same types of situations. I was loathed putting this book down when I had to. I just wanted to read the whole thing at one sitting.
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