"Interesting contemporary romance"
Amerasian Professor Tam Nguyen is the US Fish and Wildlife
Game Warden on the Pacific's Midway Islands. She meets
Navy Lieutenant Bowie Prince when he and his unit step down
on the islands after a highly classified yet successful
incident in Laos. Though he is grungy looking she is
attracted to him, but Tam declines to breakfast with him.
Bowie attends his debriefing before continuing on to Hawaii.
Tam's mom still loves the American SEAL she met in her
native Viet Nam in 1972. Though she has a picture of her
American dad, Tam never met him and assumes he chose not to
come back or he died. Because of something Bowie said
about insignia, Tam takes out the picture, but notices that
one of the other men looks like Bowie. His obvious
relative can identify her father, but does she want too
learn the truth that she believes will hurt her mother?
Then there is Bowie who she finds too handsome, but Tam
refuses to become involved with a sailor like her mom did.
MIDWAY BETWEEN YOU AND ME is an interesting contemporary
romance that provides an engaging look at the Amerasian
population plus those Vietnamese who left for the United
States in the late 1980s as part of the Orderly Departure
Program. The flashbacks to 1972 provide powerful
understanding into the complexity of a relationship between
an American military and a local while the prime plot
focuses on Tam and Bowie. Both themes converge into a
strong "in uniform" novel that entertains yet furnishes the
audience with an insightful tale.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 24, 2002