Monday, February 21, 2011

LETTERS FROM HOME: REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

GIVEAWAY ENDED
LETTERS FROM HOME
BY KRISTINA MCMORRIS

ABOUT THE BOOK:
In the midst of World War II, a Midwestern infantryman falls deeply in love through a year long letter exchange, unaware that the girl he's writing to is not the one replying. Woven around this main thread are three female friends whose journeys toward independence take unexpected turns as a result of romance, tragedy, and deception, their repercussions heightened by an era of the unknown. 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. 

Inspired by Kristina McMorris's grandparents' courtship, LETTERS FROM HOME is a love story/women’s fiction novel aptly described as The Notebook meets Saving Private Ryan. The book is set for release in trade paperback on February 22, 2011 from Kensington Books (U.S) and Avon/HarperCollins (U.K.), and as a condensed book club feature from Reader's Digest. 

SPECIAL HIGHLIGHTS AND PRAISE FOR LETTERS FROM HOME:
- Reading Group Guide and 1940s recipes featured in book
- Recipient of a dozen national literary awards
- Film rights represented by CAA

-"A tough book to put down!...Sprinkled with fabulous historical detail and true-to-life characters, Letters from Home is a beautifully told story."
...RT BOOK REVIEWS, 4-star rating

"Interspersing unflinching images of combat with more intimate, emotional scenes personalizes this historical period and will touch your heart....I enjoyed this book from beginning to end."
...FRESH FICTION, Lenore Howard

"An absolutely lovely debut novel."
...KRISTIN HANNAH, New York Times bestselling author of Firefly Lane

"An evocative and compelling storyteller, Kristina McMorris gives us a novel to savor and remember."
...BEN SHERWOOD, president of ABC News and bestselling author of The Death & Life of Charlie St. Cloud

"Skillfully written...sweeps the readers away. The research and attention to detail commendably honor veterans of World War II."
...LYNN "BUCK" COMPTON, famed WWII "Band of Brothers" veteran

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kristina McMorris is an award-winning author and graduate of Pepperdine University. A host of weekly television shows since age nine, including an Emmy-award winning program, Kristina lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two young sons who enjoy turning any cylindrical household object into a superhero weapon. For more, visit Kristina's website bio HERE!

AUTHOR INTERVIEW:
1.  Welcome, Kristina! Thank you for this interview. Can you first tell us where did you get the inspiration or idea for this wonderful book?

Several years ago, I was creating a Christmas present for the family, a self-published cookbook featuring recipes my grandmother had collected and created over decades. While interviewing her for the biographical section, she began to talk about her courtship with my late grandfather. That's when I discovered, much to my amazement, that they had dated only twice before tying the knot, as their relationship had developed almost entirely through an exchange of letters during World War II. Grandma Jean then retrieved from her closet a gorgeous stack of letters, each page full of the love and hope that had helped carry them through such an uncertain time.

After leaving her house, I continued to think about those letters, and wondered how different their relationship might have been if their correspondence had been anything less than truthful. This thought soon became the core idea behind LETTERS FROM HOME.

2. Do you see yourself in your characters? Which characters are easiest or more difficult to write?

I've definitely sprinkled aspects of my personality into several of the characters in the story, but not any one character in particular. Strangely, I find the men much easier to write than the women. I'm not quite sure why, but when it comes to the scenes featuring GIs chatting, bantering, or even arguing, the words just flow across my computer screen. I often joke that it must be a reflection of a past life.

3. What books would you say have made the biggest impression on you, especially starting out?

When I first started writing LETTERS FROM HOME, I was barely a fiction reader, sadly enough. So I had a lot of catching up to do. I soon discovered works by Jodi Picoult, and since I'm such a fan of analogies and metaphors, she was a wonderful influence. After completing several versions of my book, I contemplated moving on to contemporary settings, mainly because the historical research was often both grueling and overwhelming. But then I read WATER FOR ELEPHANTS by Sara Gruen and THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak, and I realized that no novel sweeps me away like a historical one. There's just something magical about stepping back in time and experiencing a sense of life during a very different era.

4. What is the next or current book/project you are working on?

I'm happy to share that I just turned in my second novel, BRIDGE OF SCARLET LEAVES, to my publisher. Essentially, it's about a Caucasian violinist who secretly elopes with her Japanese-American boyfriend—against societal molds and families' wishes—the night before Pearl Harbor is bombed.

I'll leave it at that for now, as I don't want to give too much away. But I will say that I'm extremely proud of this book, in which I was able to infuse a unique perspective of living between two cultures, since I myself am half-Japanese though was born and raised in America.

5. What is something about you that you would want people to know about you that we probably don’t know?

I only need two hours of sleep a night. Okay, not really. But I wish that were the case, since I always feel like I need about a hundred more hours in the day to get through my perpetually scary to-do list.

6. What is your best advice to anyone, including young people, who want to be writers?

Strive for your goal, develop your craft, and don't give up. Let your passion, not others' opinions, guide your stories. And most all, stay true to your voice, the way you see the world. You can improve upon everything else in your manuscript, but don't let anyone edit out what is uniquely yours.

7. I understand you're donating a portion of the proceeds from Letters from Home to a charitable cause. Can you share more about that?

I'm very excited to be supporting United Through Reading®, which is a nonprofit organization that video records deployed U.S. military personnel reading bedtime stories for their children. With the way the program promotes literacy while bringing together loved ones separated by tours of duty, I felt they were a perfect fit, and I can't say enough about their amazing work. More information is available at www.unitedthroughreading.org/military

MY THOUGHTS/REVIEW:
Set during World War II, from Chicago to the battles waging in Europe, from a USO club to a military field hospital, Kristina McMorris has created a moving story in LETTERS FROM HOME. This narrative was inspired by the true love story of her own grandparents’ romance and how their correspondence during the war resulted in their eventual loving union. Revolving around three female characters, LETTERS FROM HOME will grab you from the first page and not let you go until you have finished by looking at the wonderful “war time” recipes McMorris has included in the back of the book.

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. Although Morgan would have been quite happy to continue his life at home, he thought it best he sign up to watch over his brother Charlie as he had done for most of his life given that Charlie could be rather impetuous. When Morgan and Liz meet at the USO, there is immediate chemistry, but when Morgan, always the good guy, goes to help Betty, Liz leaves thinking she had probably imagined it. What could she be thinking anyway when she is destined to be with Dalton?

One thing leads to another and Betty begins to write to Morgan overseas but feels she is inadequate in her writing skills and asks Liz for help. With Betty’s persuasive personality, Liz agrees and soon Morgan and Liz are writing meaningful, deep letters with Morgan picturing Betty while it is Liz he is really falling for. Betty makes a sudden patriotic, but possibly dangerous decision to join the Woman’s Army Corp and in doing so, finds a real romance of her own.

As LETTERS FROM HOME goes on, switching from battle fields to the home front, from the men to the women, McMorris writes with a personal touch that really keeps the reader “in the moment” and waiting to see which direction each character will go next. When the war ends, each of the women now has to come to terms with decisions they have made. What will happen when the men come home? Will Julia follow her dream or continue along the path she has started on? Will Liz be married safely to her childhood friend or take a chance on someone she thinks she has feelings for as a result of those letters? What will become of Betty and who will she finally wind up with, if any? And what IF all the men don’t come home? The ending stayed with me as it is one that left me thinking about each character and the choices they made for quite a while. Was I surprised, you might ask? I will say this, war can change people and sometimes we have to ask if we really knew that person to begin with. The fact that Kristina McMorris has written with such depth and emotion, reflected in her characters, the ending, and the story overall. I think you will only know what I mean by reading LETTERS FROM HOME by Kristina McMorris and make your own judgment. 





GIVEAWAY

 THANKS TO KRISTINA, I HAVE ONE
NEW COPY OF LETTERS FROM HOME
TO GIVE TO A LUCKY WINNER!
--U.S. RESIDENTS ONLY
--NO P. O. BOXES
---INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS
IN CASE YOU WIN!
--ALL COMMENTS MUST BE SEPARATE TO
COUNT AS MORE THAN ONE!

HOW TO ENTER:

+1 ENTRY:
COMMENT ON WHAT READ ABOUT THE BOOK, MY REVIEW,  AND THE VIDEO THAT MADE YOU WANT TO WIN LETTERS FROM HOME

+1 MORE ENTRY: BLOG OR TWEET ABOUT THIS GIVEAWAY AND COME BACK AND LEAVE A LINK THAT I CAN FOLLOW

+1 (or MORE) ENTRIES: ENTER SOME OF MY GIVEAWAYS THAT HAVE LOW ENTRIES (BETTER CHANCES FOR YOU TO WIN) AND GAIN EXTRA ENTRIES FOR THIS BOOK. ENTER HIS OTHER WIFE AND/OR BETWEEN THE PLUMS AUDIO BOOK AND/OR PROMISE CANYON. THEN COME BACK AND COMMENT WITH JUST THE NAME OF THE BOOK AND YOUR EMAIL AND YOU GET EXTRA ENTRIES HERE FOR EACH! (IF YOU ALREADY ENTERED THEM, JUST SAY SO AND YOU STILL GET THE ENTRY)

+1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT ON SOMETHING YOU FIND INTERESTING WHEN VISITING KRISTINA McMORRIS' WEBSITE HERE

GIVEAWAY ENDS AT
6 PM, EST, MARCH 15!
GOOD LUCK!

122 comments:

Karen B said...

I love that it came about because of her grandparents' letters!!
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Karen B said...

I've entered BETWEEN THE PLUMS - audio book.
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Karen B said...

I've entered PROMISE CANYON.
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Karen B said...

She has letters that her grandfather wrote, plus those of many others, on her website. So touching.
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Steve Capell said...

JUMPIN JEHOSOFUR or maybe I should say Jehoshaphat ... I guess the news that comes in the form of letters may not be from who you may think it is from. This analogy plays out in modern day TV news as well.

I somehow found this review to be absolutely tantalizing ... especially if this a Private Ryan / The Notebook all rolled into one.

This also brought back memories of all the letters I wrote my wife back when we were dating. My work required me to travel up to two weeks at a time and those evenings I was writing letters almost every night. My wife has saved everyone of them.

I will drop my name into your contest and let it be known that I wrote my name on this letter and no one else. Thanks for hosting this contest.

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debbie said...

I love that the book is based on letters of that time. I am afraid, that is becomming a lost art with our technology. I also like that there are recipes from the 40's. I love trying older recipes. I would love to read this book.
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debbie said...

I entered his other wife giveaway.
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debbie said...

I entered between the plums giveaway.
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debbie said...

I entered the promise canyon giveaway.
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Tore said...

I love that she wrote the book because of her grandparents letters. I think that is really neat. I would love to read those letters. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

suburban prep said...

Recently the first Pres Bush was on a morning show and the and his wife talked about their love and the letters they would write to each other. This book reminded med of t hat snipped because it was grandparents and love letters.

suburban prep said...

McMorris's works of fiction have garnered more than twenty national literary awards.
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Carol N Wong said...

The main thing that interests me is the letters written during WWII by her grandparents. I have an old leather suitcase full of letters that my mother and father wrote during WWII. I have often thought they would make an interesting book!

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Carol N Wong said...

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Carol N Wong said...

I entered the contest for 'His Other Wife'.


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Margie said...

This sounds like a wonderful, touching book. Letter writing is a lost art now that we have email. I love to get hand-written notes. I too like that the book is based on her grandmother's experiences.
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Margie said...

already entered for The Other Wife
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Carol N Wong said...

I entered the contest for 'Between the Plums' audio book.


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Margie said...

already entered for the Plums audio book
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Carol N Wong said...

I entered the contest for 'Promise Canyon'.


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Margie said...

In 2000, the author compiled hundreds of her grandmother's favorite recipes for a holiday gift. It quickly snowballed into a self-published cookbook.
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Carol N Wong said...

On the author's website, I found a
'An 1940's historical tibits' and I just had to take it. Got five out of 10 correct. There was only one question that I was 100% sure was the one about'Praise the Lord and pass the ________________.


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traveler said...

This novel is intriguing and lovely because of the background and the meaningful letters. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

traveler said...

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traveler said...

The letters that are displayed and the website is unique and special. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

petite said...

Letters that are written from the heart and then saved so that this book could be written is wonderful. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

petite said...

I am amazed at her awards and the fabulous collection of letters. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

petite said...

I entered Promise Canyon. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

petite said...

I entered His Other Wife. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

Pamela Keener said...

What an intriguing concept & I absolutely love the tie in w/military members reading to their children who are without them while they serve.
Love & Hugs,
Pam
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holdenj said...

I think it sounds like a great story, set in a time period I always enjoy. My great-aunt was a WAC and it was how she met my great-uncle. Thanks!
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holdenj said...

I entered His Other Wife.
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holdenj said...

I entered Between the Plums.
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holdenj said...

I entered Promise Canyon.
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Pamela Keener said...

I entered "His Other Wife"
giveaway.
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Pam
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holdenj said...

I love the layout of Krisinta's homepage, with the old typewriter and photos surrounding it. She has a couple of 1940's recipes under the Extra Treats section and although the pea dish looks beyong me, the Bran Butterscotch cookies would be a win!
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Renee said...

how can anyone not love a story of love letters during the War?

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Renee said...

His Other Wife

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Margie said...

+5 Swag
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Margie said...

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bermudaonion said...

No need to enter me - I have the book. I just wanted to say you've really piqued my interest.

Rebecca O said...

For sure, that the inspiration for this book came from her very own grandmother and grandfather's love letters they exchanged during WWII! I love when real like experiences {the authors own or otherwise} influence their writing {well, at least what they choose to write about anyway}.

Thanks for the chance.
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Laura H. said...

Why do I want to win this book?
1. I love stories set during World War II!
2. This book was compared to "The Notebook" and I loved that book!
3. It's inspired by a true story involving the author's grandparents.
This book is definitely going on my TBR list and I will be keeping my eye out for this author!

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Laura H. said...

Tweeted giveaway: http://twitter.com/#!/MamaHendo3/status/39780194818461696

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Laura H. said...

Already entered "His Other Wife" giveaway.

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Rebecca O said...

I entered His Other Wife.
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Laura H. said...

Already entered "Between the Plums" audiobook giveaway.

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Laura H. said...

Already entered "Promise Canyon" giveaway.

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Laura H. said...

Deborah's compliation of her grandmother's recipes for a holiday gift turned into a self-published cookbook with proceeds going to the Food Bank. I would love to get my hands on that cookbook!

Laura H. said...

February FB fan bonus entry (Laura G. Henderson).

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CherylS22 said...

I love reading books from the WWII era & I love the idea that this book was inspired by actual events.
Thanks for the giveaway!
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CherylS22 said...

Entered the His Other Wife giveaway
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CherylS22 said...

Entered the Between The Plums giveaway
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CherylS22 said...

What a great front page to Kristina McMorris' web site! Has a wonderful nostalgic feel to it.
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CherylS22 said...

FB Fan February Bonus Entry
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Connie said...

I want to read this book because it reminds me slightly of The Notebook. I think it will be a great story plot since it has a twist. My grandparents wrote to each other during the war and my grandmother kept every note written to her. Letters were very important in those days. Thank you for a wonderful giveaway! :)

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rbooth43 said...

"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." reminds me of the movie "The Lost Valentine! starring Betty White. I Dvr'd and have watched this movie three times. What a beautiful love story and what a tear-jerker!
I also have letters from my brothers while they were in World War II, one brother in the Marines and one in the Navy!
Thanks!
Rebecca
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Kristina said...

Oh my goodness, I'm overwhelmed by everyone's kind words! Thanks so much for taking the time to visit my website. I'm glad you enjoyed the extra features there, and hope you enjoy the read.

With warm wishes,
Kristina

Sandra K321 said...

I would like to read Letters from Home because the idea it is based on seems very intriguing and the fact that it is based on her grandparents' letters help make it real.
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captainliss40 said...

I find a book that appears to be the intersection between The Notebook and Saving Private Ryan to be quite intriguing. captainliss40(at)gmail(dot)com

Linda Kish said...

This sounds like a very romantic story.

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Linda Kish said...

I entered between the plums giveaway.

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Linda Kish said...

I entered his other wife giveaway.

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YWLiang said...

Well, what made me want to read this book because it reminds me of Lisa Kleypas's Love in the Afternoon and I loved that book! :D


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YWLiang said...

What I find interesting: She sacrifaced her sleep in order to compile "hundreds of her grandmother's favorite recipes for a holiday gift"! Incredible.

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rubynreba said...

I'd like to read this because it sounds like such a touching story and the letters sound great!
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MRWriter said...

I like that it's inspired by her grandparents and since I enjoyed "The Notebook" and "Saving Private Ryan" I'd probably like this very much.

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MRWriter said...

She has an amazing giveaway on her site right now. I cut & pasted info here:

Enter to win this nostalgic memory box of gorgeous stationery from Oblation Papers and more (valued at $150!) by submitting a love letter by March 31, 2011. It can be short or long, funny or heartwarming, poetic or satirical, real or made up.

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Susan said...

I entered Promise Canyon.

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Susan said...

Kristin self published a cookbook.

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MRWriter said...

I entered Promise Canyon Giveaway.
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MRWriter said...

I entered His Other Wife Giveaway.
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Commchick said...

I would love to win this book because it has penpals that fall in love.

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loveangel132 said...

Looks like a great book, I love reading letters.

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bison61 said...

the sacrifices made in love and war – and the chance encounters that change us forever. this sounds like a wonderful read

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mamabunny13 said...

I like that it's about REAL letters...it's been so long since I've recieved a letter by snail mail.
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I entered "His Other Wife"
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mamabunny13 said...

I entered "Promise Canyon"
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mamabunny13 said...

I like that there is a historical quiz on her site
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Amy said...

I am intrigued by the story in Letters from Home because it is based on the true life story of the author's grandparents and their correspondence during the war. I'd also love to win this book because the relationship between people during war time interests me. It's such a difficult, stressful period, yet people manage to make it work and actually meet and eventually marry mainly because of mail correspondence. Additionally, people involved in the war effort often become friends for life, another type of relationship formed as a result of war. It's amazing as well as fantastic and heart-warming!

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Amy said...

Kristina McMorris' website is fantastic with the design including all sorts of wartime items, such as postacards, letters, photos etc. My favorite part is the 'Extras' section of real wartime correspondence sent to Kristina by her fans who have these letters in their family. It's such a wonderful tribute to the men and women who fought in WWI & II as well as to Kristina's book.

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Amy said...

I entered the giveaway for His Other Wife

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scottsgal said...

I love books that take us back to a simpler day and time
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scottsgal said...

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scottsgal said...

entered 50 harbor street
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gcpeach17 said...

I love the cover and the story line. I love the way the author speaks...so articulate. Your review was great and I am looking forward to reading this debut book!

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gcpeach17 said...

I entered the audio giveaway...'Between the Plums'.

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gcpeach17 said...

I've also entered Robyn Carr's 'Promise Canyon'.

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- Marybeth I. said...

I love WW II dramas and novels - I also like the letter theme. this one is going on my book list for sure

hedgerhousehold said...

I like the fact that the book was inspired by her grandparents love story.
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hedgerhousehold said...

HIS OTHER WIFE
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hedgerhousehold said...

I love her homepage.
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hedgerhousehold said...

I tweeted
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keeper said...

I have always believed in the power of words especially when in a written letter. I have read true stories of how deep and powerful love relationships all began because of letters. I also felt that my own love story would begin and last through letters. It almost came true even in the modern age. Just maybe ….

I like things deep and letters just dig right down to the heart. I can't wait to read this story! You had me at letters! I love hearing stories from my grandparent's age and now from my parent's age … seems a simpler time and more precious …

I first saw a blurb in Woman's Day so I did some web surfing. I found this review!!! Thank you!!
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Love that she has some of her grandparents' letters on her website. So endearing. joleehamlin [at] comcast [dot] net

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millsmcg said...

This sounds like it will be a lovely story. I find it interesting that the author based it on her grandparents' love story.
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Meredith said...

I like that there are recipes from the 40's in the book. I bet they are thrifty and would stretch a budget!

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She has a few letters from WWII posted on her website.

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