Sunday, August 17, 2014

{Blog Tour/Review} HOW MUCH DO YOU LOVE ME by Paul Mark Tag

File Size: 2499 KB
Page Count: 258
Copyright: August 10, 2014
Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc.

Book Summary:
(Taken from Amazon)

As the phone continued to ring, Kazuko bent over and picked up the cardboard. Fingers shaking, she steadied herself against the counter and stared. It took a fourth ring before she composed herself enough to answer. 

It was Patrick. “I was afraid that you had already left.” There was a pause. “Kazuko, are you there?” 

Kazuko’s heart was thumping hard. “I’m here, Patrick. You’re not going to believe what I just found—in the last place we would have ever looked.”

On December 7, 1941, Keiko Tanaka finds her whole world affected by the Pearl Harbor bombings. Normally friendly neighbors are suddenly suspicious of her Japanese ancestry, and her engagement to James Armstrong—a Caucasian—becomes a crisis rather than a celebration. Despite their parents’ protests, Keiko and James decide to marry before she is sent to the internment camps and he to the war.

Nearly sixty years later, Keiko’s daughter, Kazuko—born in the camps—attends to Keiko on her deathbed. However, a chance incident makes her suspect that her mother is harboring a secret. The truths she is about to uncover might unravel the family . . . and change her very perception of abiding love.

Lupe's Review:

Wow. Just wow. This book was incredible. I love historical fiction books, and this reminded me a bit like Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. Love, loss, war, romance. It had it all. I don't like to give away too much in my reviews anyways, so I won't here, but this book was truly remarkable. I had tissue next to me at some times, and at others held my breath. I would definitely recommend this to those out there who love to read historical fiction that is not so far in the past that we've forgotten it. I think that was another reason I loved it so much. Paul Mark Tag chose a very specific point in our history to remember and I applaud him for that. WWII was a difficult period, not just around the world, but here in America especially. To remember those who were put in the Japanese internment camps but with a side we normally would never know about-this book was really a wonderful read.

*An ecopy of this book was provided by the publisher for the purposes of this tour and in exchange for an honest review.

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