How Much Do You Love Me?
Paul Mark Tag
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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.