What compels me to stay the course with our memoir, Together Through Korea and Alzheimer's, when I could be working on the next book?
It has become crystal clear to me, based upon the broad variety of comments from readers, that Dick's life inspires people.
"I find myself gravitating closer to him, and actually becoming friends with him through his touching words and boundless love for his family."
"How very blessed you (Joyce) are to have been adored by such a man . . . "
"Dick's letters are individual marriage counseling sessions for us all. I could not help but be inspired to be a far better husband, partner and father than I have been. Dick's passion, unplumbed depth of love for Joyce, fidelity and ethical conduct amidst the stress of a grim wartime environment are the qualities we as Americans need to emulate."
"Dick's letters are some of the most poetic expressions of love I've ever read."
There are those who react to the depth and devotion of the sixty-four year love story that somehow survived countless obstacles. For others, it is the military history and the yearning of a young soldier writing from Korea. Some connect to the brief description of Alzheimer's effect on our relationship. A few comment on the mother-daughter conflict and the discovery they are not alone—nor guilty— in their struggle. Dick's beautiful conversations during his last days prove the consistency of his devotion.
There are now seventeen five-star reviews on Amazon, also on Goodreads and other sites. Readers' Favorite has given it five-stars. On September 24, Ebay named it Our Top Pick.
One woman purchased twelve copies and considers her Christmas shopping well on its way.
Encouraged by the success of Dick's story, the book remains the focal point of my life. It is available on Amazon in both print and eBook, and on order from bookstores.
I am deeply grateful to all readers and particularly to those who have reviewed the book.