Together Through Korea and Alzheimer's


Non-Fiction - Memoir
342 Pages
Reviewed on 04/08/2016
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Author Biography

Bereft when her husband died, Joyce Sorensen unearthed and reread his 1950s love letters from Korea. She felt compelled to write a memoir in his honor and serendipitously found a pathway that eased her grief. Retired from a social work practice where her writing could have been found on medical charts, she discovered her passion for writing. She lives in Litchfield Park, AZ.

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Reviewed by Chris Fischer for Readers' Favorite

Together Through Korea and Alzheimer's by author Joyce Sorensen is a beautiful retelling of the loving relationship between the author and her husband Dick, through joys and triumphs as well as fear and grief. Joyce and Dick fell in love at just sixteen years old, even though they came from families with vastly different beliefs. They marry at nineteen, and soon afterwards, Dick is sent to Korea, while Joyce and their baby daughter return to live with her parents under difficult circumstances. The story continues to follow the couple's lives and relationship all the way through Dick's eventual diagnosis with Alzheimer's disease and his death. The couple experience a great gift at the end of Dick's life, and he is able to communicate with Joyce in a moving and special way that will bring readers to tears and provide faith in the power of love.

I very much enjoyed Together Through Korea and Alzheimer's. Author Joyce Sorensen has shared a very personal and emotional story in a beautiful way that her readers will be able to connect with and relate to. The Sorensens' story is one that shows the beauty of a relationship that has overcome many trials and tribulations with love, support and grace. Any reader who loves a story that takes place through an interesting period of time (the Korean War) and deals with issues that many families face, or a reader just looking for a great love story in general, would enjoy this book. I highly recommend it to such readers, and hope that we might get to read more from author Joyce Sorensen in the future.