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I'll Be Seeing You (I'll Be Seeing You #1)

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"I hope this letter gets to you quickly. We are always waiting, aren't we? Perhaps the greatest gift this war has given us is the anticipation..."

It's January 1943 when Rita Vincenzo receives her first letter from Glory Whitehall. Glory is an effervescent young mother, impulsive and free as a bird. Rita is a sensible professor's wife with a love of gardening and a generou
Paperback, 313 pages
Published May 28th 2013 by Harlequin MIRA (first published January 1st 2013)
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Suzanne Palmieri
Mar 25, 2012 Suzanne Palmieri rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I have to be honest with you, Goodreads readers.... I wrote this book with Loretta Nyhan. But Goodreads does not have a PEN NAME function yet. So of course, my review is biased! But hey, if you don't LOVE your novels, how do you expect others to love them? :) ~Suzanne Palmieri (Suzanne Hayes)
Sep 13, 2015 Victoria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Une si belle histoire, si touchante, qui m'a fait refermer le livre avec des larmes d'émotion et d'espoir sur les joues.
Paola (A Novel Idea)
Originally posted at Novel Idea Reviews

RATING: 3.5/5

I don’t know what it is, but I usually find myself liking books told through letters. I think it’s an especially good medium for historical fiction; it works like a charm for The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society, for example, and that’s one of my favorite reads (and re-reads) ever. There’s something about letters back and forth that makes a story so much more personal. It’s a quality that I think is becoming steadily overwhelmed
Ingrid Fasquelle
Dec 13, 2015 Ingrid Fasquelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Après une carrière de journaliste, Loretta Nyhan se consacre désormais à l'enseignement de sciences humaines ainsi qu'à l'écriture. Petites Recettes de bonheur pour les temps difficiles, coécrit avec Suzanne Hayes, est son premier roman. Auteur d'un premier ouvrage, The Witch of Little Italy, Suzanne Hayes vit avec son mari et ses trois filles à New Haven, dans le Connecticut. Après s'être rencontrées via le blog de Loretta, les deux femmes ont fait le pari fou de coécrire une œuvre sans jamais ...more
"There are times in a woman's life where she requires a veritable Greek chorus of women's voices to keep her on track."

Oh how I cherish these two friends, Rita and Glory!! Their friendship, is the kind of bond that every woman wishes to have; such honesty, raw emotions, fortitude, courage, strengths, weaknesses, joys, sorrows, trials, celebrations... It's the kind of kindred-spirited love that is indescribable.

To know that whatever you go through, no matter how ugly or messy or difficult or emb
Oct 06, 2015 Céline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Je viens de le refermer.. Mes larmes coulent encore.. Ce roman est vraiment bouleversant.. Sans doute celui qui m'a le plus émue jusqu'ici.. Rita & Glory vont horriblement me manquer.. D'ailleurs, elles me manquent déjà.. Un livre merveilleux qui me laissera un souvenir impérissable... ❤❤❤ ...more
Oct 26, 2015 Christelle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Christelle by: Victoria
Shelves: club-lecture-ms
J’ai trouvé le démarrage un peu lent rapidement compensé par le très bon équilibre de ce roman épistolaire.
Dans le fond, les lettres sont parfois courtes et parfois longues, parfois légères et parfois graves ; elles évoquent aussi bien recettes de cuisine, intimité des secrets du coeur, confidences de voisinage, conseils de jardinage, profondeur de la solitude, etc.
Dans la forme, les échanges entre Glory et Rita s’intercalent avec les V-mails aux soldats (Robert, Toby & Sal), les courriers a
I was drawn into this story by the emotional warmth of the two women who corresponded by mail during World War II. Matched as pen pals, Glory, the Massachusetts mother of two young children, begins corresponding with Rita, a woman twenty years older in Iowa. They were both worried about the military men they loved--Glory's husband and Rita's husband and son. The two women laugh and cry, ask advice, and offer emotional support. Women in their hometowns grouped together to roll bandages, knit sock ...more
Jun 08, 2013 Janga rated it it was amazing
I’ll Be Seeing You is an extraordinary book. It brings World War II on the American home front vividly to life. The details that Glory and Rita share remind the reader of the fear and loneliness those left behind experienced, of the terror the sight of a telegram delivery struck in their hearts, and of the courage they displayed by getting on with life and doing all they could for the war effort. The recipes they share show how people coped with rationing, and reminders of the scarcity of everyt ...more
Mar 27, 2013 India rated it really liked it
Wow. This book is simply beautiful.
My original intent behind reading this book was twofold.
I was intrigued by the premise, but not enough to take it home with first. Having grown up in a military family I was used to writing letters to my father while he was out to sea. They were short notes of love, but now that I am older and find bits of my own heart underwater with navy friends who are deployed I thought it might be best to wait and read this when they returned. Then the publisher se
Nov 15, 2015 Mathilde rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lus-en-2016
Je rêve d'une correspondance comme celle de Glory et Rita. Une très belle amitié que nous voyons se tisser lettres après lettres dans un contexte tellement difficile qu'est la 2nde guerre mondiale. Une histoire qui fait parfois sourire parfois avoir la larme à l'œil. Les personnages sont attachant et le style tellement joli. Je recommande à toutes les personnes aimant les correspondances et les réalités historiques des femmes (dé)laissé pour la guerre.
Glenda L
May 22, 2014 Glenda L rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful book! It takes place in 1940 during the war ... two women strike up a beautiful friendship, one in Massachusetts and one in Iowa, through letters. I wasn't sure what this book was going to be about, but I was pleasantly surprised. I wish I had the gift of correspondence. I would highly recommend this book.
Shannon Brown
Oct 14, 2013 Shannon Brown rated it it was amazing
This was one of the most wonderful books that I have read since reading Little Women in my youth... The characters and settings are so real. I grew up visiting my Grandparents frequently out in Iowa, and it was like being there all over again, just in a different time. I could even smell the recipes that Rita and Glory shared... I cried at the end, but I think the reason for the tears were just the fact that I knew the end was coming.. The end of the book... I just wish there was going to be ano ...more
Mar 11, 2014 Jeannie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
This was a beautiful book, I loved it!
A. R.
Jun 24, 2013 A. R. rated it it was amazing
I am giving this book my elusive 5 star rating, not because it was superior writing, and not because it was a gripping, page-turning thriller, but because this is one of the most honest books I have ever read.

"I'll Be Seeing You" is a book of letters exchanged between two women during WWII. By the end of this book, you could not convince me that the women and the people in their lives were not real. When I started this book I wondered how the authors, through letters, could devise plot and chara
Tara Chevrestt
When I first realized this book was written entirely in letters...I thought "uh oh...all telling, no showing."

I couldn't have been more wrong.

Yes, it's all told through letters, but the words draw you into the page. As I read, I stepped back in time, into the lives of two women left on the home-front during WWII. Everything--from their gardens to their recipes to their nosy neighbors all served to totally transport me and draw me in.

Two pen-pals develop an incredible bond. And I found myself com
Joyce Georgi
Feb 20, 2013 Joyce Georgi rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down.What a powerful book for women. It made me value those honest, true friendships. Those people that know you better than you may know yourself. The ones you can laugh with, cry with, pour your heart to....and it does not have to be face to face. It made me think hard about our fast paced world (quick emails, texts,etc...) and how it's nice to just take a moment and slow down. I remember the lonely feeling of living away from home and then seeing that wonderful, upli ...more
Sep 14, 2015 Clara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un roman pétri d’émotions, de peines, d’amitié sincère et sans contrepartie mais aussi de tendresse, de bons conseils et de complicité. A chacune des lettres, je me suis sentie réconfortée par les douces paroles de Rita et Glory pendant que leur monde se trouvait bouleversé. L’une des choses que j’ai le plus apprécié dans ce livre, c’est l’honnêteté de ton dont font preuve les deux femmes qui ne se sont jamais rencontré. Je me suis énormément attaché à elles, à leur faiblesse et à leur capacité ...more
Jun 26, 2014 prettybooks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Je compterai désormais ce roman comme l’un de mes favoris. Un roman épistolaire absolument magnifique qui nous fait partager le quotidien de deux femmes pendant la guerre. Cette amitié qui nait entre elles, simplement au travers de lettres, est bouleversante et magnifique. Un livre qu’on ne peut qu’aimer en raison de cette histoire d’amitié, de ce soutien et de la manière dont l’une aide l’autre à continuer à espérer, à continuer à vivre. Magnifiquement touchant.

Ma chronique : https://myprettybo
Sep 13, 2015 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ce livre est une bouffée de bonheur ! C'est ce genre de livres qui nous rappelle la chance d'être né ici et maintenant..
L'ambiance est très bien retranscrite. On attend, on a peur et on pleure avec ces deux femmes attachantes prises dans les affres d'une guerre si terrible...
A la fin de cette lecture, j'ai pensé à toutes ces Rita et ces Glory qui attendent elles aussi quelque part et dans d'autres pays...
Feb 09, 2016 Eibhileen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un roman frais, rempli d’optimisme, de joie de vivre, de petits plaisirs qui nous remontent le moral au quotidien. « Petites recettes de bonheur pour les temps difficiles » est à conseiller à tous les amoureux des romans épistolaires et à tous ceux qui recherchent une lecture cocon, pleine d’espoir.

Ma chronique sur le blog : https://sweetalmondandbooks.wordpress...
Oct 07, 2015 Amélia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-challenge
#ClubLectureMS, j'ai beaucoup aimé. J'ai ri, j'ai eu mal au coeur mais surtout, je me suis attachée à ces deux bouts de femmes. J'ai peut-être pas toujours été d'accord avec tout, Glory m'a parfois agacé au plus haut point, mais c'est ça aussi s'attacher aux personnages. A la fin, j'avais l'impression que c'était à moi qu'elles envoyaient les lettres.
Dec 09, 2015 Camille rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un très beau roman épistolaire qui nous fait vivre la guerre d'un autre point de vue, celui des femmes restées à la maison pendant que leurs hommes sont sur le front.
C'est une belle amitié qui naît entre ces deux femmes par le biais de lettres où tout type de sentiments se mêlent et où l'échange de recettes de cuisine n'est finalement qu'un prétexte pour partager beaucoup plus...
Oct 05, 2015 Yasmine rated it really liked it
Beautiful story about friendship, women, hope, love and loss. Brought me to the verge of tears quite often but mainly made me smile (and even laugh) - I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a light and optimistic read set in a fearsome and dark time in history.
Sep 14, 2015 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: clublecturems
J'ai adoré ! Ce livre a eu sur moi un effet feel good immédiat. Les détails de la vie en temps de guerre et le tempérament des personnages m'ont passionné.
Nov 24, 2015 Elodie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Une jolie découverte grâce à la première édition du #clublectureMS.
Ce livre porte bien son nom, l'histoire est pleine d'optimisme et de douceur, une réelle bouffée d'oxygène. Un vrai régal!
Patty Blount
Sep 17, 2013 Patty Blount rated it it was amazing
I’ll Be Seeing You by Suzanne Hayes and Loretta Nyhan

Contains Mild Spoilers

This epistolary novel is set during World War II, when two women as different as different gets find each other through a pen pal program. Glory Whitehall is a young mother living in New England and Rita Vicenzo is a middle-aged woman from Iowa. The war is the only thing they have in common – at first.

Rita’s only son and husband as well as Glory’s husband are all fighting in the war, stationed in different parts of the wo
Apr 08, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it
It's obvious why this is being compared to The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (which I loved) because it's an epistolary novel set during WWII. The difference is that this one is set in the US, and the pretext that starts the book is a woman whose husband is fighting has reached out to another in her situation (something set up by a women's group? the USO? that part's unclear). There's little here that deals with culture, unless one considers wartime recipes culture.

The mere fact
Jan 28, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Well first I have to wipe the tears from my eyes so I can see to write this review. When I explained to my husband what this book was about he said "That sounds boring". And I said "Yes, it really does, doesn't it...but it's not!" This book shouldn't have worked for me. I'm not a "girl's girl". I don't have many great female friends (think tea and Bunko), I prefer the company of men (think beer and bawdy jokes) (Hey, I'm a Scorpio). But I wanted to read this book because it was co-written by Suz ...more
Aug 13, 2016 Hymaya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: feel-good-book
J'aime beaucoup les romans épistolaires de manière générales, et certains font partie de mes romans préférés (84, Charring Cross Road, Le cercle littéraire des amateurs d'épluchures de patates) mais celui-ci ne restera pas dans les anales je pense.
J'ai bien aimé ma lecture, et au moment où la correspondance de Glory et Rita commençait à me lasser, d'autres missives entrent en jeu, ce que j'ai bien apprécié. Après, si j'ai adoré Rita et son entourage (surtout Roleyne et madame K), je n'ai pas bea
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