About the Book:
In the midst of World War II, a Midwestern infantryman falls deeply in love through a yearlong letter exchange, unaware that the girl he’s writing to is not the one replying. Woven around this tenuous 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.
Inspired by a true account, 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.
About the Author:
Kristina McMorris lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two sons. Her foray into fiction began in the fall of 2006 as a result of interviewing her grandmother for the biographical section of a self-published cookbook intended as a holiday gift for the family. Inspired by her grandparents’ wartime courtship, Kristina penned her first novel, a WWII love story titled Letters from Home. This award-winning debut is scheduled for release in trade paperback from Kensington Books (2-22-11; U.S.) and Avon/HarperCollins (5-5-11; U.K.). The condensed book rights have been sold to Reader’s Digest, and the film rights are represented by the prestigious Creative Artists Agency of Los Angeles.
Prior to her literary career, Kristina acted in numerous independent films and major motion pictures. She began hosting an Emmy-award winning television show at age nine, and most recently served as the six-year host of the WB’s weekly program Weddings Portland Style. Adding to her diverse résumé, McMorris is a professional emcee, literary workshop presenter, and former owner of a wedding/event planning business. Her previous writing background includes being a contributing writer for Portland Bride & Groom magazine and ten years of directing public relations for an international conglomerate. A portion of Kristina’s sales proceeds from Letters from Home will benefit United Through Reading®, a nonprofit organization that video records deployed U.S. military personnel reading bedtime stories for their children. She is currently working on her next novel.
You can visit her website at www.kristinamcmorris.com
I absolutely fell in love with this debut! Kristina McMorris has definitely got what it takes to hook her readers from the start and keep them hooked long into the night, until they reach that very last page. Her style is absolutely stunning as she writes of love and war, and even mixes it with some laughter here and there.
The characters she created are life like and complex. They all became my favorite and they all became my family for the duration of reading this novel. Each set of characters-Liz, Dalton and Morgan, Julia, Christian and Ian, Betty, Junior, and Leslie- had different stories to tell yet, Kristian McMorris blended them intricately, making them seem like one magnificent story.
This is a fairly fast read, for when you open it, the story comes alive and you are captured. While it’s based on facts, it’s fictional wowing work that fills your heart to overflowing with amazing writing talent and a story that touches a deep and hidden place in the readers heart. It takes you back to a time when “letters from home” are all the “boys” depended on to get them through the war.
That, blended with the love, will make this 5 star novel one that I will always remember and that I will recommend to anyone who asks me about a really fantastic, heartwarming story about love. I can’t wait for another novel like this from the new and highly talented author, Kristian McMorris!
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*This book was provided for review by PumpUpYourBook!*