The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.
My rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ (five stars)
In 1924, eight-year old Robert Campbell accompanies his missionary parents to Japan where he befriends a young Makiko Asakawa. Robert enjoys his life there, but the dark tides of war are rising, and it won’t be long before foreigners are forced to leave Japan.
Torn from the people Robert has come to think of as family, he stays in contact by exchanging letters with Makiko, letters that soon show their relationship is blossoming into something much more than friendship.
The outbreak of total war sweeps all before it, and when correspondence ends with no explanation, Robert fears the worst. He will do anything to find Makiko, even launch himself headfirst into a conflict that is consuming the world. Turmoil and tragedy threaten his every step, but no risk is too great to prove that love conquers all.
|Genre(s):||> Historical Japanese Fiction
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Smiling, Makiko moved the mirror away but kept it aimed at his back. “Now what do you see?”
He saw the red mark surrounded by smooth pale skin. “My birthmark?”
“Look again,” Yumi said. “A red circle against a white background. Doesn’t it look like the flag of Japan?”
Robert had to agree. “Yes, it does.”
“Then that’s good,” Makiko said. “I’m sure that’s what Kaito saw as well. The flag of Japan is a good-luck symbol. This will protect you.”
This book begins with the first visit to the house of their deceased parents. The find of old letters in the attic starts the riveting story of Robert Campbell.
With “Forgotten Letters”, Kirk Raeber and Mario Acevedo have created a remarkable, well-elaborated story with interesting characters. It was easy to get into the story, I was drawn in – often too close for comfort. Robert is very complex, likeable; the other characters are of sufficient depth – according to their relevance. Kirk Raeber and Mario Acevedo created a remarkable story that offers food for thought on war, its reasons, its process. The story proceeds at a steady pace, carefully portraying the main persons and their feelings; it comprises a lot of interesting turns, and has a great flow. “Forgotten Letters” is intense, thought-provoking, and unforgettable; I shed a major share of tears.
This is a book for you if you like stories with a meaning, carefully elaborated plots with memorable characters, historical fiction, as well as food for thought.
P.S:: I admit that I hesitated when offered to read this book. I am glad that I read it, do not regret it in the least.
|Cover||⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ (four stars)|
|Writing||⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ (five stars)|
|Plot||⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ (five stars)|
|Characters||⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ (five stars)|
|POV||Third person – past tense|
|Language|| (decent enough)
|Violence||😡 (violence; war scenes: torture, fatalities; Hiroshima)|
|Sexual content||😳 (some kisses, mild scenes; mentions of rape)
About the author
Kirk Raeber is an emergency room physician. He has always had a strong interest in World War II history and especially in the war in the Pacific. He served in the US Navy and was stationed in Japan for one year. Forgotten Letters is his first novel. He lives in California with his wife and his three Anatolian Shepherds.
Kirk’s quote on his co-author: “Mario Acevedo, my co-author, is a very talented writer who helped make my dream come true with his vision and imagination. I appreciate all his hard work, expertise, and professionalism.”
Connect with the Author:
Amazon: Kirk Raeber
FB Forgotten Letters: https://www.facebook.com/Forgotten-Letters-814455975239863/
Book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z36V5Lqdjhk&feature=youtu.be
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What about you? What did you think about “Forgotten Letters”? Or – if you did not yet read “Forgotten Letters” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?
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