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Reviewed by Rita Vetsch for Readers' Favorite
More Than Anything in the World is a very special true story in time, delicately written by Kathleen S. Mueller. This novel is a biography of Kathleen’s parents, Frank J. Mueller and Marion Altenburg Mueller, and their experiences during World War II. This remarkable story starts on Thanksgiving Day, 1941, when Frank joined the U.S. Army. He meets the love of his life, Marion, on February 13, 1942, while she was employed as a registered nurse. They fall passionately and deeply in love and marry on December 19, 1942. Frank and Marion then start corresponding by letters, and this novel contains many of the nearly 1,000 letters they wrote to each other during that time. Their letters and story are filled with intrigue, laughter, love and adventure. Through these letters, we find the true story of Frank and Marion which includes a rare and intimate look into their life and struggles during the World War II era.
This completely inspiring, romantic, comedic, and intricately written biography had me at the Introduction, and from that point on, I could not put it down! This biography was extremely organized, easy to read and even contained detailed footnotes at the end of the pages which were very helpful in understanding the full scope of their love story. It is a biography about two very ordinary people, but it is anything but ordinary; it is truly EXTRAORDINARY! The reader is able to visualize the World War II era complete with the lingo from the 1940’s which had me laughing and crying. The love story between Frank and Marion is very intimate, tender and heart-rending. It left me envying the previous generation and how much they treasured every moment and enjoyed life to the fullest. Complete with photos, letters, cards and advertisements from the 1940’s, and the most compiled and gorgeous family tree I have ever seen, this biography is a must read!