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As Always, Jack
by Emma Sweeney

As Always, Jack is a book made up mostly of the letters of Jack Sweeney, written to his sweetheart at the start of their relationship. Emma Sweeney is Jack's daughter, and the sweetheart is her mother. Jack died while on active duty when Emma's mother was pregnant with her, and so Emma knew very little about him. The first time she saw a picture of him, she was ten years old.

As she explains in the first section of the book, Emma found these letters after the death of her mother. She generously shares them with us. The letters paint a picture of a charming young man who loves life and approaches it with humor and optimism. He has fallen in love, and he says so quite frankly, taking it seriously, but also not taking himself too seriously.

I loved reading the letters. Jack Sweeney was interested in writing, and even talked about finding a profession as a writer, and these letters show his talent with the written word. Learning who he was in the same way that Emma's mother learned about him was a really special introduction to him.

Emma Sweeney ends the book with a chapter describing what she learned after finding the letters. She also includes two very touching letters at the end, one written by her father just days before his fatal plane crash, and one by her mother to her mother-in-law (Jack's mother) a few weeks after Jack's death. Emma takes us on the journey of discovering her father, and pays a beautiful tribute to him in the process.

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   • As Always, Jack at Amazon UK
   • As Always, Jack at Amazon Canada

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