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Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite
Forgotten Letters by Kirk J Raeber is the story of Robert, who moved to Japan at the age of eight because his father was taking over the responsibility for a parish in Japan. Robert is soon fluent in Japanese and forms a strong friendship with a girl, Makiko. Years later, however, Robert's family is forced to return to the USA. They stay in touch with their Japanese friends by exchanging letters. World War II changes everything. Robert joins the air force and is shot down over Japan. Destiny joins him with Makiko again - and tears them apart once more. Years later, Robert tries to find Makiko again, but will he find her alive?
Forgotten Letters by Kirk J Raeber is a very interesting book that gives people a realistic insight into the problems of World War II, and the American relationship with Japan. Readers also get to see how innocent people in Japan had to suffer because of the decisions people in high positions made. The story of Robert and Makiko could have been real, and it is moving. You get to know the character of Robert, and you hope for the best for him. The book is a page-turner and you don't notice the passing of time while you travel to Japan and the USA with Robert. The writing is excellent and draws you right in. You can see that the author knows his stuff about Japan, and about the consequences of war. The descriptions are very good and, as a lover of Japan myself, I could not find any faults.