Posted by: irenesroth | November 4, 2017

Love, Bill by Jan Krulick-Belin

This is a wonderful memoir-type story about the enduring power of determination, love, family, and the unbreakable bond between fathers and daughters. I loved the book from beginning to end!

Jan Krulick-Berlin inherited 100 of her father’s precious letters to her mother during World War II. The letters were wonderful and tender accounts of the love two people could have for each other, despite the fact that they were separated by war.

Since Jan lost her dad from an early age, she didn’t know her father. She was only six years old when her Mom got the awful news that would shatter their world forever.

Using her skills as an art historian, she compiled this wonderful and precious book which uncovers all the details of her parents’ great love story.  The letters made me cry and wonder why we need war in the first place. But that takes me from the main themes of this wonderful memoir.

To write this book, Jan embarks on a pilgrimage to Paris, Morocco, and New York. She talks to strangers and people who gave her more tidbits on her Dad’s ordeal at that time of his life.

Along the way, she learns about the war in North Africa and the horrific fate of the Jews there as well as bringing her closer to her own cultural roots. The trip comes full circle when Jan finds the Jewish-Moroccan family who provided her father a feeling of home. She is then able to bring about one of her father’s expressed wishes in the letter which he could not fulfill because he didn’t long enough.

It is wonderful to see how love can carry and the heart can go on even after death by knowing how much the person was loved.

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth


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