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Perils and Pearls by Hulda Bachman-Neeb - Book Tour + Giveaway



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Book Details:

Book Title Perils and Pearls: In World War II, a Family's Story of Survival and Freedom from Japanese Jungle Prison Camps by Hulda Bachman-Neeb

Category:  Adult Non-Fiction, 190 pages

Genre Memoir / Japanese History

Publisher BristleCone Press


Release date:   September, 2019

Content Rating: PG: There
are mentions of decapitation and ugly jail or camp scenes and murder. 
No bad words, no expletives, no drug use and no drinking.


"The story of our 
Dutch family being ripped apart isn't unique. Millions suffered beyond 
description during the war. However, today, I have the opportunity to 
share our story with others so that they may know just how priceless 
their freedom is. That is my sincerest wish in bringing this book to the
general public." - Hulda Bachmann-Neeb



Book Description:




In World War II much of Asia fell under Japanese control after the 
attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. All non-Asians were 
imprisoned in concentration camps until August of 1945, the end of the 
war in the Pacific. This is the story of a Dutch family, resident in the
Dutch East Indies, that fell victim to the Japanese occupation and was 
interned in jungle camps throughout the war. It tells the journey from 
riches to rags, from fear and suffering, to the joy of freedom and 
recovery.




Author Interview
How did you do research for your book?
As I wrote in my book, I sat down with my mother, who would not speak about the Japanese concentration camp years, I guess out of self-preservation. But I had my questions. This was not a period in my life and in the lives of my relatives that could be ignored. So, mother sat down with me and talked and talked and talked. More research I did through the books in my family’s library and with the help of my eldest brother who keeps the family archives.

What made you write a book about Freedom and WWII in the Pacific?
I decided to write the book after my husband, a historian, and I had given many talks in and around the town we live in, Estes Park. We had been asked to talk about Freedom and the loss of it, a topic I am well acquainted with. We learned that not much was known about the Japanese aggression in the Pacific Rim in the Second World War and the civilian camps, so I decided to write a book about it.

Where did you get inspiration for your story?
I got the inspiration for the book observing, through my life, the strength of my mother and all the family members whom I knew had suffered greatly during the Second World War. They bravely carried on with their lives and had given their experiences a place.

There are many books out there about the Pacific War. What makes yours different?
I am hoping that my book is different from other books that have been written about  the events in WWII, because  it is a personal story and I wanted to show the strength, courage and compassion of women, the women in my book.

Where did you write?
I wrote my book in my husband’s workshop. It has two huge tables. On one table I spread out my paperwork, on the other I had my dictionaries and laptop. English is not my native language, I am Dutch and needed to make sure I had the right spelling.

If you could go back in time, where would you go?
As I was writing about ugly events, I yearned for a world that was better, or at least better in my imagination. The 18th century had its wars, but it had art and music. Or the years 30 -33, to see if I could figure out who this Son of Man was.


Meet the Author:




Hulda Bachman–Neeb was 
born in Indonesia of colonial Dutch parentage two years before the Pearl
Harbor attack on December 7, 1941. Because much of Asia fell under 
Japanese control, all non-Asians were imprisoned in concentration camps 
until August of 1945, the end of the war in the Pacific. As a member of 
the Dutch Foreign Service in her adult life, Hulda held assignments in 
twenty-five countries over a period of thirty-six years, retiring in 
1996. She is married to an American, James Bachman, a historian and 
author, and has dual citizenship. Hulda and her husband live in Estes 
Park, Colorado.


Connect with the author:    website ~ facebook ~ twitter


Tour Schedule:

Apr 13 – Working Mommy Journal – book review / giveaway

Apr 13 - Books,Dreams,Life  - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Apr 14 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway

Apr 14 - I'm Into Books – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Apr 15 – Library of Clean Reads – book review / giveaway

Apr 16 – StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Apr 16 - Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / guest post / giveaway

Apr 17 – Literary Flits – book review / giveaway

Apr 20 – Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway

Apr 21 – @momfluenster – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Apr 21 - She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway

Apr 22 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Apr 22 - Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway

Apr 23 – Olio By Marilyn – book review / author interview / giveaway

Apr 24 – Cheryl's Book Nook – book review / giveaway

Apr 27 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway

Apr 28 – Svetlana's reads and views – book review / giveaway

Apr 29 – Laura's Interests – book review / guest post / giveaway

Apr 30 – The avid Reader – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

May 1 – michellemengsbookblog – book review / giveaway


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