American Soldier and Nurse’s Love Survive amid the Horrors of War

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Sweeping historical romance awaits readers in Joyce Shaughnessy’s new book.

A gripping historical romance is set to touch readers’ hearts as author Joyce Shaughnessy tells them a tale of a blossoming love affair amidst the backdrop of World War II in the Philippine Islands. Made available through Xlibris, Blessed Are the Merciful is told from the viewpoint of an American soldier and an American army nurse.

Nine hours after Pearl Harbor, the Japanese attack the Philippines, starting a war against the United States that was to last four years. Elton and Susan have fallen in love and there is no escape from the Japanese. The soldiers fight desperately for six months on the Bataan Peninsula, with the Army nurses at their side, rendering aid when possible. Finally, dying of starvation and disease, the Army discovers that the United States cannot send any supplies or men to fight the Japanese because they are committed to the European campaign first. The Army ultimately must surrender.

Elton is forced to walk the Death March and to witness horrifying atrocities during the rest of the war at Camp O’Donnell, Cabanatuan, and on the Hell Ships, where Americans are murdered by Japanese cruelty and neglect. Susan is interred at Santo Tomas and secretly aids the Filipino Guerilla movement. Following his escape from a Hell Ship, Elton becomes involved with the Sixth Army Rangers when they free Cabanatuan Prison Camp behind Japanese lines.

Although this is a work of fiction, the story involves the inhumanity and terrible consequences of war. It is a story about what happens to ordinary people when they are caught in extraordinary times. In understanding what happens when war is waged, people can strive toward the goal so that history does not repeat itself. For more information on Blessed Are the Merciful, interested parties may log on to

About the Author
Joyce Shaughnessy lives in Midland, Texas with her husband and they have two daughters and four granddaughters. Her previous book is A Healing Place.

Blessed Are the Merciful * by Joyce Shaughnessy
Publication Date: April 5, 2011
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 220 pages; 978-1-4568-9818-2
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 220 pages; 978-1-4568-9819-9
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4568-9820-5

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