A terminally ill children’s author who wrote a heartfelt letter about her husband in the hope that “the right person reads this… and another love story begins” has died from ovarian cancer.
During her final days, Amy Krouse Rosenthal was concerned about her husband’s future happiness, asking readers of The New York Times to consider a relationship with her husband.
“I want more time with Jason. I want more time with my children. I want more time sipping martinis at the Green Mill Jazz Club on Thursday nights. But that is not going to happen,” she wrote in an emotional piece titled “You May Want to Marry My Husband”.
“I probably have only a few days left being a person on this planet. So why I am doing this?
“I am wrapping this up on Valentine’s Day, and the most genuine, non-vase-oriented gift I can hope for is that the right person reads this, finds Jason, and another love story begins.”
Describing him as a handsome “sharp dresser”, a great cook, a wonderful father who brings her breakfast in bed, and a “dreamy” travel companion, she urged women to “swipe right” to find out whether Jason could be their next true love.
She even listed his height, weight, occupation, hobbies, how many children he has and the colour of his eyes to complete, in a way, a kind of endorsed dating profile.
The 51-year-old was diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer in September 2015 after she began experiencing “unusual pain” on her right side.
Ms Rosenthal wrote 28 children’s picture books and the recent memoir Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal attracted an outpouring of messages from people who have lost loved ones to cancer or who were also searching for their next life partner.