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Letters From Home Paperback – March 1, 2011
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Liz Stephens, Betty Cordell, and Julia Renard were roommates in Chicago back in 1944. Each with a different goal in mind, the story follows these women as their lives entwine and they strive to reach those goals. Along the way, they find that no matter what they planned, life happens and some of their journeys end in a much different place than originally intended. Liz starts out fully expecting to marry Dalton Harris, a friend since they were children who is now a young, local politician. Betty is set on marrying a man of means, unlike her mother, while Julia's dream is heading in the right direction now with a chance to intern for a very famous fashion design team. However, Julia is also engaged to Christian Downing, who is already overseas and while she waits for his return, knowing decisions will need to be made, his brother Ian returns from war, a changed man. Julia feels sorry for him but before she realizes it, those feelings begin to change to something more intense.
Enter the rest of the male characters with Morgan McClain, who with his brother Charlie, is enjoying a last hurrah at the Chicago USO Club before shipping out.Read more ›
Letters From Home takes us on a journey of the heart. A seamlessly woven timeline reveals the story of three young women struggling with their choices in love and personal expression. Will Julia abandon her heart's calling to marry her soldier? Will Betty overcome her self-judgments and rise to become something more? Will Liz marry her up and coming political beau or lose herself in a romance built on letters from a soldier she barely knows? Through lessons of choice and consequence our friends learn about trust, honesty, obligation, self-worth and sacrifice.
This book does have some heart wrenching scenes in the war trenches and the army hospital; although not graphic in nature they will stir up emotions for anyone who has lost a loved one in war. The romance is light and innocent. This is a good story to share and to open conversations.
Deftly written and rich with detail this story stirs the senses. McMorris tells a tale which will linger in your mind long after closing the cover.
Inspired by her grandparents' marriage, she has crafted a novel about three young American women during World War II, waiting out the War back in the States.
Two of the women are engaged to be married, while a third is hoping for success as a singer.
The story is structured around their lives as they wait for the War to end, wait for letters from their beaus in the military and, ultimately, deal with information that arrives in the mail.
All of this is wonderful and the book is easy to read.
The prose, however, falls flat, both the writing itself and the characterizations. The three heroines and their men never quite become real.
Nonetheless, author McMorris has done amazing research on the Pacific Theatre and its unique hardships, which often is overlooked in reports about World War II.
All in all, LETTERS FROM HOME is a lovely concept and worth the time spent reading it.
I was surprised at how much I liked this. The beginning was a little slow. But once I got the feel of the 4 characters giving their points of view, it went faster. I really liked all the characters too. Morgan was my favorite.
This is a realistic historical fiction set in 1944. It focuses on Liz, Betty, Julia, and Morgan. It shows the realities they faded during the war. And this did have some romance too. And a little bit of a hint of some sex scenes. But it was all done tastefully and keeping with the characters and the story.
I really liked this book. And I'm looking forward to trying some more by this author.
"Please forgive me, Morgan pleaded, eyes raised upward. It was then, in the numbing silence, when he finally dared wonder: Were prayers of murderers, when fighting on the “right side” of the war, ever heard— let alone answered?
“I’m heading out, girls. Either one of you want to join me and Dot for a triple feature? The Tivoli’s playing Cover Girl again.”
Ah, yes. Hollywood’s cure-all for the perpetually glum. A perfect example of why talkies weren’t always better than the silent pictures. At least in Casablanca the tragic ending was scripted out of realism, and the stars didn’t belt out lines in melodramatic show tunes.
From: Letters From Home by Kristina McMorris
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I really enjoyed this book! It is one of my favorites. I enjoyed the love stories mixed with the history. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
This was my second read by Kristina Mcmorris... I am now reading my way through as many of her books as I can find. What a great writer. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Carolyn Harkness
I ordered this book "good condition" and it came in excellent condition. So happy with my purchase.Published 20 days ago by Reagan brown
This was a surprising good read. I like how the author writes. I would recommend.Published 2 months ago by Jackie
Kristina McMorris has quickly become one of my favorite authors. I savor every word. I loved that this story was loosely based on her grandparents, and that it took place during... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tarheels
Sweet, touching, and a little WWII history on the side--I really enjoyed this.Published 3 months ago by Lynn Lovegreen
Good story line but sometimes I felt like many of the details did not advance the story or enhance the reading experience.Published 5 months ago by PKC in Cinti
This book touched me on so many different levels, engaging all of my emotions. It is a tender love story, but also a story of wartime, set amid the horrors, sadness, and... Read morePublished 8 months ago by SUSAN PETERSON