In 2005, while clearing the house after the death of her mother, the author came upon a cache of letters. In an old “Lux” soap box, in a basement storage cupboard above the oil tank, were 302 letters, cards and telegrams in bundles tied with pink ribbons, the significance of which was instantly apparent. Many months later, having read all the letters, and shed a few tears, the idea of a book was born. The project finally got under way in 2008, becoming a retirement project and labour of love. Now, four years later, the book is complete and tells a story of love and hope amidst the frustrations of war and separation, and a relationship that survived for 53 years and into eternity.