I was recently asked to read the book My MacArthur and provide a review as part of the WOW women on Writing tour. I usually do not write about history or politics but this book struck my interest. So here is my review.
The year is 1930. The place: Manila. Douglas MacArthur is the most powerful man in the Philippines, a United States colony. He’s fifty years old, divorced, and he falls in love at first sight with a ravishing young Filipino woman. He writes her a love note on the spot. Her name is Isabel Rosario Cooper, an aspiring movie actress. One glance at his note and she thinks of him as my MacArthur.
MacArthur pursues his romantic obsession even though he’s breaking numerous taboos. She reciprocates his affection because he could open doors for her financially struggling family. That MacArthur happens to be handsome compensates for the fact that he’s as old as her father.
When MacArthur is appointed the U.S. Army chief of staff, he becomes the youngest four-star general and one of America’s most powerful men. Out of hubris, he takes Isabel with him to America without marrying her.
Amid the backdrop of the Great Depression, MacArthur and Isabel’s relationship persists like “a perilous voyage on turbulent waters,” as she describes it. In 1934, after four years of relationship, MacArthur leaves Isabel for fear of a political scandal.
The general goes on to become the iconic hero of World War II, liberating the Philippines and rebuilding Japan. Isabel drifts in Los Angeles unable to muster the courage to return to Manila.
Print Length: 285 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Sand Hill Review Press
I read the book in one sitting. It was a beautiful but to me sad love story. Part of me wanted to not like the main character but based on the times and circumstances I had no choice but to understand the decisions that were made.
I felt as though the author did research on the time period and included facts that went along with the time. She also used some language that would have been used in that area which made the book come more alive and be more realistic.
One thing I liked was that the author focused on the emotions that were felt. It was a romance but did not go into the physical intimacies like so many romances do. The book focused on what each person felt and how they responded.
It is based on truth and there was enough detail that I went and looked up the main characters because the book left me wanting to find out what happened to them next.
All in all I would say while not my particular cup of tea I am happy to have read it and would recommend it to others. You could tell alot of research, time, and effort went into getting the facts as accurate as possible.
About the Author
Cindy Fazzi is a Filipino-American writer and former Associated Press reporter. She has worked as a journalist in the Philippines, Taiwan, and the United States. My MacArthur, published by Sand Hill Review Press, is her literary debut. She writes romance novels under the pen name Vina Arno. Her first romance book, In His Corner, was published by Lyrical Press in 2015. Cindy’s second romance novel, Finder Keeper of My Heart, was published by Painted Hearts Publishing in 2018. Her short stories have been published in Snake Nation Review, Copperfield Review, and SN Review.
You can find Cindy at –
Author Website: https://www.cindyfazzi.com/
— Blog Tour Dates
November 5th @ The Muffin
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November 6th @ Coffee with Lacey
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November 7th @ Beverley A. Baird’s Blog
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November 8th @ The Frugalista Mom
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November 9th @ The Frozen Mind
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November 11th @ Bring on Lemons
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November 13th @ Mommy Daze: Say What??
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November 16th @ Amanda’s Diaries
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November 16th @ Chapters Through Life
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November 19th @ Madeline Sharples Blog
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November 20th @ Let Us Talk of Many Things
Visit today’s blog where you can catch Cindy Fazzi’s post on overcoming prejudices against romance writers.
November 21st @ Mam’s Rants and Reviews
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November 25th @ The World of My Imagination
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November 26th @ Break Even Books
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November 28th @ Charmed Book Haven Reviews
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November 29th @ Memoir Writer’s Journey
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November 30th @ Joyful Antidotes Blog
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November 30th @ The Uncorked Librarian
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December 1st @ Charmed Book Haven Reviews
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December 2nd @ Author Anthony Avina’s Blog
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December 2rd @ 2 Turn the Page Book Reviews
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