Beneath the Wall

Beneath the Wall

by Eryn Laplant


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Hidden beneath the wall, a journal.
With the answers to everything.

First a mystery guest shows up at the funeral for Jesse Parker's mother, Julianne. Then a hidden box reveals papers that claim Jesse's brothers were adopted. All it takes is one more surprise discovery for the real truth of Julianne's life to be brought to light.

Hidden from Julianne's children is a journal containing the deeply personal story of her time as a combat war journalist in Vietnam. Mixed among her tale of the bombardment of war and harsh reality of being the only female amongst Camp Dakota's troop of Marines, is the history of Julianne's relationship with Sergeant Mack Roberts, the son of a WWII sailor and Japanese woman. Both Mack and Julianne are outsiders in a sense-bound together by love, and torn apart by war.

Yet the secrets that follow in the pages of his mother's journal show far more than an average love story as Jesse learns how twisted fates can become, and how a selfless attempt to give him and his siblings the most normal lives possible will turn everything they've ever believed about themselves on end.

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"BENEATH THE WALL is the impressive debut novel of Eryn LaPlant.LaPlant paints us an entire picture - the ugliness and heartbreak of war along with the deep emotional bonds that the people living in this hell require in order to survive it.Her characters Julianne and Mack are fully drawn people and I'm most impressed with her ability to pick me up and place me in the setting; her descriptions are so wonderful.Count on some tears, some laughter and a lot of cheering for this man and woman to fight through the many challenges of their difficult lives to find their own happy ending."
EPIC Award winning author, Laurie Larson

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781934912485
Publisher: Black Lyon Publishing
Publication date: 09/01/2012
Pages: 310
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finished “Beneath the Wall” and all I can say is WOW. For a first novel Ms. LaPlant has a wonderful talent for story telling that puts the reader on an emotional rollercoaster. This is a romantic novel that spans the present time to a period in the 1960’s using the Vietnam War as a backdrop. Though she is probably too young to remember that time in history, her research is excellent which places realism into the story. We all love a good love story and this one has well developed lead characters that transcend time with a long forgotten period in American History. I am a Vietnam veteran serving with the United States Marine Corp and can honestly say that I was emotionally drained when I turned the last page. BRAVO Ms. LaPlant, I believe you knocked this one out of the park for a first novel.
MySecretBookSpot More than 1 year ago
Beneath the Wall by Eryn LaPlant 5 out of 5 stars  Julianne Parker's funeral opens a world of questions for her son Jesse.  At his mother's funeral he learns she had a whole other life before she became a loving mom to him and his two brothers.  While searching through her belongings for answers to his many questions Jesse finds a side of his mother he never knew.   Julianne Parker was a civilian reporter in Vietnam.  The journals Jesse finds tells of her experiences in Vietnam, the soldiers she mets, the battles they faced and the heroes they became.  It tells of her love for a soldier named Mack Roberts and their fight to be together.  As Jesse reads his mom's journals he comes to see a side of his mom he never knew existed.   This story has just the right amount of everything.  It has the right amount of love, romance, sex, suspense and mystery.  The battle scenes are very realistic.  The descriptions are good. I felt like I had learned about the war as well as read a good book. I recommend this book and will be reading more by this author. *Complimentary copy received in exchange for an honest review* Susan, My Secret Book Spot
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I’m gonna tell you right off the bat, Eryn LaPlant is a friend of mine. But instead of working for her, that actually worked against her.  You can never imagine that your great, goofy, silly friend could write such an INCREDIBLE book! I was absolutely floored! Eryn wrote this?! My Eryn?!  I mean, I knew Eryn was a good author from the tidbits I had read, I just didn’t know she was a great author. I had the nerve to think that since I was a more seasoned author that surely the younger, less experienced writer, Eryn LaPlant, might benefit from my wisdom, while it was I who should have been learning from her. Let me just tell you, you are going to be rooting for Mack and Julianne when you read this story. They are just so well portrayed! And the amount of knowledge Eryn displayed about Army life— from Army hospitals to sniper training, from what is contained in a ration to describing specific events of the Vietnam War—she nailed it! Or at least she convinced someone who has never seen a day in a military camp that she did. This story is gut-wrenching, the love between Mack and Julianne was palpable, the horror of war felt with each well thought out word. Julianne manages to be both tough and sensitive, and Mack is a hunk and a half. Love him! I didn’t figure out the mystery aspects either, although they made sense in the end. In closing I want to just tell you that you should buy this book, not because Eryn is my friend, but because it is a trip worth taking!
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