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The Juno Letters (Volume 1) Paperback – August 1, 2014
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About the Author
I have coffee most every morning at my "office" - a small table in a 1920s style restaurant and hotel called the Olympic Club in Centralia, Washington. Visitors assume I work there, some think I am the manager. I direct people to the bathrooms - the urinals in this place are a tourist attraction all by themselves. This is where I write. The chaos and atmosphere prepare me for the day, and everyone in town knows if you need to talk to me, just drop by the "Oly Club.” Most don't know that I have a master's degree in business, and have run my own technology company for nearly twenty of my last forty working years. I won a national championship on horseback, raced sailboats, wrestled octopus, baby-sat a killer whale, and once was a cook on a salmon purse seiner. I have read "A Soldier's Burial” aloud over General Patton's grave in Luxembourg, and said a prayer of thanks at the very spot at Margaret in Belgium where the German panzers were stopped outside Bastogne. I cried on Omaha Beach in Normandy and in the gas chamber at Dachau. I wear a silver Stetson and boots when I travel and answer to "Hey, cowboy!' in several languages. I have led an interesting life - married thirty-plus years, have three children, five grandchildren, and twenty-five foster children. I am now free to pursue my passion for writing - especially about the two great wars of the twentieth century. I cherish my role as "author-in-residence," or that crazy guy at the table by the urinals - it depends on your perspective.
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I'm a big fan of history, and an even bigger fan of the world war era. I recently had the great pleasure of reading In L.W. Hewitt's The Juno Letters a tale of true friendship and love that transcends both time and distance. Set during the ravages of both world wars you will follow Lawrence Hewitt (Private Andy Anderson's grandson) as he attempts to unravel the mystery of un-mailed correspondence between his grandfather and Antoine Bouchard in the late days of the second war.
The book is rife with historical information of actual battles and troop movements, but does not read like a textbook as many historical novels tend to do which I found refreshing. I couldn't help myself as I spent my entire day looking deeper into the many battles and unlocking the stories that lay hidden within, and that is what Hewitt has created with a masterful storyteller's stroke. The world of Anderson and Bouchard, the human desire for for love, joy, and friendship combine with the horrors of war to form a wonderful story.
If you are looking for a great tale to uplift you, and teach you something of the human spirit grab the Juno Letters by L.W. Hewitt. I wholly recommend it.
After reading this book I felt sufficiently moved to review it and let others know what a great read it is.
The author's writing style is both fluent and captivating. At times it seems the reader is reading a memoir of sorts but it is a technique brilliantly executed by the author who constantly switches between the "present day" and the past events that form the basis of the story.
Of course, this fictional story is based on real people and one of those is the author's grandfather who first served as an infantryman in France in the Great War. That is the setting for the first meeting between the grandfather and a POW. A friendship develops between the two and results in a series of letters between them (the Juno letters) which are only discovered many years after the end of the Second World war.
The plot switches constantly and intriguingly between the "present day" research into the meaning of the letters and the story flashbacks as the truth unfolds during the Great War, the between years, and the Allied invasion of Normandy on D-Day.
A fantastic book!