I truthfully can't recall having read another book in all my long love of reading that touched me the way this story has.
This story; "Love Letters for a Japanese Bride", begins at the latter part of World War Two with a young American sailor, Stephen E. Price, being shipped to the war-torn country of Japan. Only eighteen years old, this young man is torn with the desire to serve his country and his feelings that he must be unbiased in his dealings with the newly defeated Japanese. Little does Stephen know but as soon as his feet touch the soil of Japan, his life will forever change.
This story, as it unfolds, filled me with so many emotions, I felt; beauty, humbleness, great love, dedication, affection, spirituality, sadness, defeat, kindness, and so many more, many more. And I wasn't prepared for the ending which made me sit and wipe a good many tears from my old reader eyes.
This story makes the reader feel that somehow, somewhere, someway, all human beings should have the chance to feel or witness a love such as this. I hated to see it end and I just know that "Ryuko & Stephen" are smiling down on me.
According to the publicity material, the book was published by Mr. Price's second wife Arlene who states:
"I am publishing my late husband's book to honor him and this important love story. I have never met Ryuko, the heroine of the story, but I have come to know and love her."
This story was beautifully done and I commend "Mrs. Arlene Price" for having the love, courage and dedication to put the past aside and look for the future.
Will I recommend this story to others? I ALREADY HAVE, I LOVED IT!!!
Martha Stevens-David Column Magic City
Born in Los Angeles in 1935, the late Stephen E. Price was an American veteran who travelled across the globe and worked in a variety of professions. He lived with his wife, Arlene, in Logan, Utah. Stephen passed away in 2010.
"Love Letter: For a Japanese War Bride"
by Stephen E. Price
Pblished May 9, 2014
Hardcopy $17 Author's Website