Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Review: Letters from Home by Kristina McMorris

I must admit, I picked up this book for two main reasons: #1 The cover, isn't it beautiful?  #2 After reading the Bungalow by Sarah Jio, I wanted to read another story that took place during this same time period.  I was not disappointed, this is a very good story about women and their friendships, loves, losses and struggles during WWII.  I truly enjoyed the story and am looking forward to reading Kristina McMorris' next novel, "Bridge of Scarlet Leaves".

SYNOPSIS by Barnes & Noble
Chicago, 1944. Liz Stephens has little interest in attending a USO club dance with her friends Betty and Julia. She doesn't need a flirtation with a lonely serviceman when she's set to marry her childhood sweetheart. Yet something happens the moment Liz glimpses Morgan McClain. They share only a brief exchange—cut short by the soldier's evident interest in Betty—but Liz can't forget him. Thus, when Betty asks her to ghostwrite a letter to Morgan, stationed overseas, Liz reluctantly agrees.
Thousands of miles away, Morgan struggles to adjust to the brutality of war. His letters from "Betty" are a comfort, their soul-baring correspondence a revelation to them both. While Liz is torn by her feelings for a man who doesn't know her true identity, Betty and Julia each become immersed in their own romantic entanglements. And as the war draws to a close, all three will face heart-wrenching choices, painful losses, and the bittersweet joy of new beginnings.
Beautifully rendered and deeply moving, Letters from Home is a story of hope and connection, of sacrifices made in love and war—and the chance encounters that change us forever.


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