My husband always calls himself the worst critic, as he likes just about everything; I am definitely a little more critical than he is, but my love for reading makes me usually enjoy most books. Every once in a while a book comes along that not only did I enjoy it, but truly loved.
This was the case with How Much Do You Love Me? a historical fiction novel by Mark Paul Tag. I received a copy of this book to review.
Keiko Tanka and James' surprise engagement is huge news to their families. Not only was their romance hidden from both of their families but their inter-rational relationship came at a time in American history when tensions were very high with the Japanese following the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
This historical fiction begins in the present day with Keiko's two children rushing to her bedside after a stroke has left her in a coma. A surprise visitor sets the kids Aunt on guard, making the now grown children wonder what happened in their mother's past, a past she rarely talks about; a past with years spent in the internment camps the government ordered Japanese Americans along the west coast into following the bombing.
The book flashes back to the 1930's and 40's and takes you through the Tanka's family experience as they are forced to leave their home and business. The author does a great job transporting you back in time, and then jumps to the modern day where more clues and mysteries are slowly revealed.
The book left me not able to turn the pages fast enough, trying to figure out what truly happened in the past. It is one of those books that when I finished, just left me sitting there with my head spinning thinking of all that happened.
This book addressees a difficult time in America's history in such a way that not only did I learn a lot but it had characters that I fell in love with and a story that flowed so well.
It is a quick read and I highly recommend it. This is also a clean book free of vulgar language, sexual content or graphic imagery.
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Disclaimer: I was given a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.