With All My Love is a story about my father.
It is a compilation of letters, documents and photos that tell the story of my father’s life from 1941 until his death in 1950. Since I had just turned one when he died, I only knew my dad through stories, photos and his letters.
In October, 1941, my grandmother encouraged her four daughters to send birthday greetings to a family friend in the army. Rosemary not only sent a card, but began shipping chocolate chip cookies. That was the beginning of a long-distance relationship resulting in a written proposal just weeks before D-Day. This letter and hundreds of others were treasured and protected in a special box.
My father was such a gifted writer that when I read his letters, I feel transported back to the 1940’s, I understand his undying love for my mother and share his respect for nature. I laugh at his humor, cringe at his cynicism (which I seem to have inherited) and cry at his short life.
To honor my father, I have published this book so that others may know him. Joe Boyle lived only 35 years, but my hope is that his story will live on forever through this book.