How Much Do You Love Me?

How Much Do You Love Me?

by Paul M. Tag

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Lovers James and Keiko marry quickly before James goes to World War II and Keiko to an internment camp. Sixty years later their daughter Kazuko, born in the camps, uncovers a secret that could overwhelm the family. Discover the very definition of human love and self-sacrifice in this saga of war, mystery, and romance.

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ISBN-13: 9781462114474
Publisher: Sweetwater Books
Publication date: 08/12/2014
Pages: 239
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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How Much Do You Love Me 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
l_manning More than 1 year ago
The Tanaka family works hard and appreciate all the opportunities they've been given. The father, Isamu, moved to the United States looking for work. He eventually acquired a picture bride, Akemi, and they raised a wonderful family of 4 children. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor though, everything began to change. Freedoms they had taken for granted suddenly seemed taken away from them. People began to question their loyalty. The Japanese living in the US were soon forced to leave everything they had and live in camps. Daughter Keiko has fallen in love with someone who is not Japanese, and so she hurries and marries him before he leaves for for war. Meanwhile, in the present, Keiko's two children are dealing with their mother's illness. A mysterious stranger come to visit, and Shizuka and Patrick begin to learn all about the past their parents tried to hide. What they learn changes everything. I was very interested in this book. The internment camps during World War II are an awful part of our history that I feel we often try to forget. This book was an excellent reminder of a past that should never be repeated. Mixed in with the stories of life in the camp is a story of Keiko Tanaka Armstrong's two children. Their mother is at the end of her life, and her children are finding out things they never knew about their family. Something doesn't seem quite right though, and as Shizuka works to unravel the mystery, things become even stranger than she had imagined. I actually guessed the resolution to the mystery then thought I must be wrong because it was kind of out there. Turns out I was correct! It made for a very sad ending though. I wanted to give everyone involved more time to work through things, but that was not to be. There is a little romance, a little mystery, and a lot of history in this book. The jumping back and forth from past to present wasn't too jarring for me, so that helped me to enjoy the book. Sometimes I did want to skip ahead though as the stream of one part of the story was sometimes interrupted to get to the other part of the story. This was an enjoyable book to read though. History buffs and people interested in the treatment of the people in internment camps should definitely read this book. Book provided for review.
literarycarnation More than 1 year ago
Great Historical Fiction Read! As a high school student, I heavily recommend this book as an insight into the period of the internment camps for teenagers. Book clubs, history classes, curious readers, this book is ideal for anyone. You read, you're hooked, you learn . Thank you, Paul, for sharing your hard work with the world. I am looking forward to more great works from you as I grow up. P.S. The surprise was completely unexpected!!
Amish1949 More than 1 year ago
So, if I could give this book beyond 5 stars, I would do it! This story took me through many emotions-some negative- shame, anger,sadness, but also, some very positive ones- joy,admiration,kindness,and the greatest one-love. Love knows no barriers,in this story, a couple of a mixed marriage is proof of that, in spite of the many contradictory circumstances,that existed. I loved this story! Thank you, Mr.Tag, for an awesome book! I highly recommend this book! 1 like ·
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book at my local Barnes & Noble store after it was described to me as 'historical fiction' - a genre I'm very fond of. When I started the book I simply could not put it down. The story was riveting. I hope for more from this author; I enjoyed it immensely!
KMH3030 More than 1 year ago
How Much Do You Love Me follows two different plot lines, one in which Keiko, a young Japanese American during WWII, who is forced to move away from her home and into a Japanese internment camp after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The other storyline is set sixty years later, when Keiko lays in a coma, and Keiko’s daughter begins to look into her mother’s past. The stories intertwine, showing a past that Keiko had worked to leave behind. This story really brought to life the tragic history of the internment camps; Keiko’s story is well told, following her experiences from the small town she lives in, how sentiment turned against her family, and the harsh adjustment to being forced from her home, her husband, and into the internment camp. The author does a great job of making all of this feel very true to life, all the while telling Keiko and her daughter’s stories. I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow!!! This historical fiction provides insight into Japanese internment camps, the topic not normally discussed when referring to WWII, and is the ultimate love story. I caught myself holding my breath, shedding tears and being completely surprised during this book...even in the final chapter. Not many books can evoke so many different emotions and, the best part, is that you have a chance to learn something you didn't know. I don't want to give anything away, but you will not be disappointed. A must read! I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Kiwigummy More than 1 year ago
I bought this book when the author was doing a book signing at my local Barnes and Noble. How Much Do You Love Me? is a novel about the internment of Japanese and Japanese-Americans in America during WWII. It's a topic I read about a lot in other titles such as John Okada's No-No Boy, Joy Kogawa's Obasan, and David Gutterson's Snow Falling on Cedars. How Much Do You Love Me? switches off between two points of view. One is in year 2000 Monterey, California, and the other is 1942 Bellevue, Washington. The main characters are Kazuko, a strong-willed social worker playing a gumshoe truth-seeker and Keiko from the past, Kazuko's beautiful mother who bore a secret from her children. The plot is poignant, but for me, it took a backseat to the main narrative of describing the Japanese Internment Camps from Keiko's POV. The first few chapters flow smoothly, and I think any history major can appreciate the novel's dedication to historical accuracy. But if I have any criticism of the book, it's that the characters seem too perfect from a literary point of view. They don't have the cynicism I'd expect from internment prisoners, but are calmly collected. They rationalize why they were interned, seeing the humanistic side of the government, attributing it to paranoia. I would've liked to see more flaws in the characters. This is why I think the historical account of the internment was more compelling to me than the life events and motives of the characters. Overall, I thought How Much Do You Love Me? was a well-written novel full of wholesome characters placed in a disenfranchised situation. It's well grounded in history. There's no antagonist, unless you count the unjustified internment of American citizens by their own government. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction, best read in cold weather served with hot cocoa.
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read that included the Japanese internment camps, as a matter of fact I didn’t even realize that this had happen during WW II.   I can actually understand why it is not a part of history that the US should be proud of or even discuss often.  Just the fact that the Japanese, whether US citizens or not, had to leave their homes just in case they were spies broke my heart.   Although, seeing how Keiko and her family handled it and how they were able to build their family ties tighter it ended up being not all bad.   I am not saying that it was okay they were sent there, more that some good did come from it.    But now on to the book, absolutely amazing.   Going between 1942-1942 and 2000 could be tricky, but Paul Mark Tag did it perfectly.   Instead of having two separate stories that sometimes intertwined, this is one story that is told exactly how it needed to be.  The flashbacks gave history that needed to be shared and told, while the present is searching for clues of what the secret is.  While the secret was kept until the end of the story, I can honestly say I had no clue what it was going to be.  I had theories, but none ended up being what happen.    I have to recommend this book.  World War II fans, mystery fans, and historical fictions readers will all love this story.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow, not how I expected this book to turn out. Do not put this book down.  I was into this book for history, love story and heartbreak. What I wasn't expecting was the mysteries of twist and turns that wouldn't allow me to put this book down. You will be pleasantly surprised on how this book ends.  I say bravo!   ***I received a free copy of this book for an honest review*** 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fascinating, mysterious, educational love story that I could not put down. I was always trying to read as much as I could so I could find out the mystery of the Tanaka family. I learned so much about the tragedy of Japanese internment during World War II. This important subject is not discussed enough, and Paul Mark Tag has created a way to teach us about it while telling a marvelous story with characters that you will come to adore.  
thegreenreader More than 1 year ago
This book is one of those books where when you finish reading it, you are in just absolute awe. It is very touching and one of this years best books. I was also very surprised how easy it was to read and understand what was going on. I would definitely recommend this to someone who just wants a good and touching book to read. After I was done reading this book, I found myself wanting to learn a whole lot more about World War ll and wanting more books like this hidden gem.       
PeggyBrooksPD More than 1 year ago
I am always excited when I read a book that touches my heart. This is that book. Not only is it a wonderful read, beautifully written, and well-researched, it has a surprise ending that really did take me by surprise. I recommend this book (and the other books written by Paul Mark Tag).
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
How Much Do You Love Me? by Paul Mark Tag is an interesting Historical set in the 1940' s and 2000. A strong, tender tale which takes place during the World War II era. Two young lovers much deal with prejudice, romance,love and lost. Do have tissues on the ready, you will need them. Dramatic, emotional and tender. WW II buffs are sure to enjoy, as well as romance readers. Well written with tender and strong feelings. The characters are enduring, and engaging. A very well written tale of romance and love. Received for an honest review from the publicist and/or publisher. Rating: 4 Heat rating: sweet Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
MRShemery More than 1 year ago
Wow. Just wow. This book was incredible. I love historical fiction books, and this reminded me a bit like Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. Love, loss, war, romance. It had it all. I don't like to give away too much in my reviews anyways, so I won't here, but this book was truly remarkable. I had tissue next to me at some times, and at others held my breath. I would definitely recommend this to those out there who love to read historical fiction that is not so far in the past that we've forgotten it. I think that was another reason I loved it so much. Paul Mark Tag chose a very specific point in our history to remember and I applaud him for that. WWII was a difficult period, not just around the world, but here in America especially. To remember those who were put in the Japanese internment camps but with a side we normally would never know about-this book was really a wonderful read. *An ecopy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is set in WWII and shifts back and forth between 1941-42 and 2000. In 1941, James and Keiko are in love and want to get married. He's white and she's Japanese and they're not sure how their families will handle the news. Then, Pearl Harbor is bombed and they move their plans up since they know war is coming and James is planning to enlist. Their families take the news fairly well and James isn't too worried about leaving until the government decides to send all the Japanese-Americans to internment camps. In the year 2000, Keiko has had a stroke and is in the hospital. Her daughter, Kazuko and her son Patrick are worried about her. They get a visitor, a man by the name of Takeo Sato who knew her mother's family at the Japanese internment camps. As Kazuko starts talking to him, he reveals stories that her family has never told her and she starts to sense that her mother is keeping a secret from her. She turns to her Aunt Shizuka for answers, but she's not talking. Their father, James, now has Alzheimer's so they can't turn to him, either. I loved the history, the characters and the mystery in this book! I haven't read a lot of books about the Japanese internment camps and I feel like I have a better understanding of why this isn't really talked about. Keiko's family showed a lot of strength and courage through a difficult time for all of them. As Keiko's daughter, Kazuko, started looking for the family secret, I was wracking my brain trying to figure out what it could be. I figured it out a little bit before the reveal, and it is stunning. And then after that, there was another reveal that I didn't see coming which stunned me even more. It made the story that much better to me, too. I loved the flashbacks and getting bits and pieces of the story here and there. I loved Keiko's relationship with James, her in-laws and her immediate family. Her daughter Kazuko was a loving daughter and sister and determined to find answers to her questions. She really had to dig deep and I enjoyed going on her journey with her. This is a book that I am still thinking about and it's definitely worth reading!! I received a copy of this book to review. My opinion is 100% my own.
JMGuy More than 1 year ago
Moving, uplifting How much did I love this book? Let me count the ways. It showed me, vividly but without preaching, that our country's incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII was morally wrong. It showed me what it felt like for them, many of whom were U.S. citizens, to be forcibly uprooted and transported long distances to internment camps where living conditions were extremely harsh.  But above all, How Much Do You Love Me showed me the power of love to survive and flourish under the most trying circumstances I could imagine. The ending, which took me totally by surprise, is one of the most moving and uplifting endings I have ever read. Thank you, Paul Mark Tag! 
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
5 STARS Might want tissues handy. I really cared for these characters. I shed lots of tears from joy to mourning, and felt terrible that our Country did that to our citizens. It was a emotional time, and dangerous time of WW2. Lots of drama. The plot is about one family Tanaka. It follows what happens to them after Pearl Harbor. It was unheard of a mixed raced marriage. Because of Keiko and James marriage things go a little easier on the Tanaka at least to the property and things left behind. The story jumps from present to back in the past a lot. As Kazuko Armstrong tries to find out what happened to her family. They did not talk a lot about the war. It draws you into wanting to know more about them. It is not a easy story to read when you realize that stories like this was happening to a lot of real people. Akemi Tanaka she has 4 children not a citizen Isamu Tanaka He is a truck farmer not a citizen Father Keiko marries James Armstrong. She is a twin to Misaki Misaki twin the twins are super close to each other. Masao only son Shizuka the baby of the family Harrison Armstrong Father to James, Benjamin, and Wally He is a lawyer. Barbara Armstrong Mother James Armstrong in love with Keiko. Joins the Navy I liked knowing about the past so we don't make the same mistake again hopefully. It is a powerful tale of love of family. I was given this ebook to read so I could give a honest review of it and be part of it's blog tour.
lovingthebooks More than 1 year ago
This book is BEYOND AMAZING! SO TOUCHING! FANTASTIC! Keiko's family rents a farm from James' family because Keiko's parents are first generation Japanese and therefore cannot own their own land here in America. And Keiko and James have a secret...they have fallen in love...something almost forbidden. Now the Japanese have bombed Pearl Harbor... Keiko's family knows what is coming for their family and the internment that is inevitable. So Keiko and James decide to marry before James volunteers to fight in World War II. "Sixty years later their daughter Kazuko, who was born in the camps, uncovers a secret that could possibly overwhelm the family." "Discover the very definition of human love and self-sacrifice in this saga of war, mystery, and romance." SO. SO. SO. GOOD! DON'T MISS THIS ONE! The twist in the plot is mind-blowing it is SO INCREDIBLY HEART-TOUCHING!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel is a rich and tender love story shown through the lens of racial divides, prejudice, and war. Told in two different time periods, the tale of James and Keiko seamlessly flows back and forth between the 1940's and 2000. Full of history, culture, and fascinating family dynamics, this is a story you won’t soon forget.