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Letters From Home

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* 2011 Goodreads Choice Awards semifinalist for Best Historical Fiction *

Chicago, 1944. Liz Stephens has little interest in attending a USO club dance with her friends Betty and Julia. She doesn't need a flirtation with a lonely serviceman when she's set to marry her childhood sweetheart. Yet something happens the moment Liz glimpses Morgan McClain. They share only a brief
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Paperback, 364 pages
Published February 22nd 2011 by Kensington Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Tatiana
In our age of email, text messaging, and high-tech cell phones that condense entire lives into tiny gadgets formerly reserved for spies, Kristina McMorris’ debut novel, Letters From Home, is a welcome dose of nostalgia, a love letter in itself for a simpler time, when patience truly was a virtue and a hand-scrawled note was treasured above all else.

The novel chronicles the radically diverse wartime adventures of four individuals: roommates Liz Stephens, Betty Cordell, and Julia Renard, and Priv
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Nancy
Although this isn’t a true epistolary novel (one that is written as a series of documents, usually letters), the plot is driven in an epistolary sense as the narrative is built around a series of letters. Most of the correspondence takes place between Liz, a female college student and Morgan, a young soldier she meets briefly at a USO dance in Chicago during WW II. They form an instant mutual attraction, but through a series of misunderstandings, she ends up writing to him under the guise of her ...more
Melissa Snider
Let me start this off by saying I read this book front to back in 2 days. It was that good. I found myself staying up until 2 am both nights because I just needed to know how the story unfolded. I tried to read it about a year ago, got a few pages in, and put it down. This time I was fresh off reading "Next to Love" by Ellen Feldman and wanted another historical fiction (romance) set during WWII. Truth is, I will pick up any book concerned with our Greatest Generation...

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Molly
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
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Peggy
The book takes place during World War II.It is the story of three women who have been friends since childhood.The story is through letters and each of the three womens' points of view. It takes you from the trenches of war,to a field hospital in Dutch New Guinea to high society Chicago.
Stephanie (StephTheBookworm)
It’s 1944 in Chicago, in the midst of World War II. Three young women Liz, Betty, and Julia, friends and roommates, are each coming to a crossroads in their lives. Liz is supposed to marry her childhood sweetheart, Dalton, but now she’s not so sure, especially after she meets Morgan, a soldier, at a USO dance, and feels an immediate connection… but he’s being shipped out the next day. Julia’s meant to marry the love of her life, Christian, who’s also overseas, but is offered a prestigious fashio ...more
Kathleen Kelly
This story is inspired by the author's own grandparents. It takes place primarily in 1944-45 in Illinois, Dutch New Guinea and France. Brothers Morgan and Charlie McClain who are in Chicago, before shipping out to France, go to a club and there they meet Liz, Betty and Julia. Each chapter is told in a different characters voice and we learn more about each of them. A lot of this story is told in letter format between "Betty" and Morgan. Betty had originally asked Liz to pen a letter to Morgan an ...more
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My Synopsis:
Liz Stephens is at a crossroad in her life. She has been in a relationship with her childhood friend, Dalton Harris. For the most part, Liz is content in this relationship. During a chance meeting at a USO dance, Liz meets Morgan McClain an enlisted soldier who will be shipped off to war the next morning. In that brief moment in time, Liz feels such a strong connection with Morgan that will shake her up and make her question her relationship and all that she knows. A misunderstandin
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Delilah Marvelle
What I loved about this book was that it was more than a love story. It was a friendship story between women trying to be strong in an era that tried to strip them of not only that strength but their identity. Beautifully written, I felt like I was reliving the past as it really might have been.
Jodi
I got swept away by the what ifs of this book. What if you met and lost your true love on the same day? What if you really weren't the person you'd been pretending to be? What if you wanted to change but no one else wanted you to change? And of course the World War II era just added to the romance.
Elisabeth Naughton
So much history, so much emotion. This is an author to definitely be on the look out for.
Glenda
Liz Stephens has little interest in attending a USO club dance with her friends Betty and Julia. She doesn't need a flirtation with a lonely serviceman when she's set to marry her childhood sweetheart. Yet something happens the moment Liz glimpses Morgan McClain. They share only a brief exchange--cut short by the soldier's evident interest in Betty--but Liz can't forget him. Betty asks Liz to pen a letter to Morgan for her and then she leaves to join the WAC and forgets all about him. Liz contin ...more
Vaughn Roycroft
Ever Know a WWII Vet? Do you have any relations, living or deceased, who served in World War II? If you think not, are you sure? After all, over 16 million Americans served in uniform during the war. That’s not to mention the millions who worked to arm, equip, transport, or otherwise support them. And this at a time when the population was less than half today’s; about 139 million. Chances are you are recently descended from someone greatly affected by this monumental conflict.

Have you ever wond
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Karen
I enjoyed Kristina McMorris's book very much. Here is my 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
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Alyce (At Home With Books)
Letters From Home is the story of three girlfriends, their boyfriends, and how the war drastically changes all of their lives. The main characters of the book are Liz and Morgan (a soldier), who are writing letters back and forth to each other. The special twist to the story is that Morgan thinks he is writing to Betty. The story bounces back and forth between the girls at home and Morgan at the front lines. Betty and Julia’s stories are told as subplots, and each of their stories leaves you wan ...more
Hallie Sawyer
Dec 18, 2011 Hallie Sawyer rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Hallie by: Erika Robuck
LETTERS FROM HOME, published in March 2011 by Kensington Books, is set in 1944 Chicago. The story begins with three roommates, Liz, Betty, and Julia, as women on the cusp of their adult lives. Julia is waiting for her fiancé to return from the war, Liz is getting ready to marry her childhood sweetheart, and Betty has her sights set on joining the USO as a singer. However, things in life don't always happen according to plan.

Liz agrees to pen a letter for Betty to a young serviceman, Morgan McCla
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Brenda
I am a huge fan of historical fiction and when I read that "Letters From Home"was inspired by the love letters of the authors grandparents I was totally hooked.

Set during WWII, the story revolves around three young ladies Liz, Betty and Julia,who have been best friends since they were thrown together as lab partners in freshman science.The three of them live in Elizabeth (Liz) Stephens grandparents home. Each have their own aspirations in life, Liz plans on marrying her childhood friend Dalton,
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Adriana
Despite the 3 star rating, I really, really liked this story. But I'm not giving it a higher rating because I felt it could have been so much better. There were essentially four central characters in Letters from Home. Liz, Julia, and Betty, three housemates, and Morgan, the GI they all meet the night before he ships out to Europe. Ms. McAllister gave all three equal time, but I felt the story would have worked better if she had focused on Morgan and the girl he exchanged correspondence with, th ...more
Connie Cox
love, Love LOVE this book.
I've always skittered away from the WWII era. My parents were teenager during that time and my mother talks of it with great nostalgia. She is 81 years old now, and is still taken in by all the propoganda. My Viet Nam era head just couldn't handle her romanticizing, so I avoided that whole significant piece of history.

Until now.....
Kristina McMorris has written a novel of war time emotions that rings of truth, sincerity and bravery for both those who fought and for thos
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Robyn
There comes a time when we each must weigh our obligations and values against our heart’s true yearning. For Liz, Julia, and Betty that time is 1944, and the world is at war.

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 L
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Sue
Apr 27, 2013 Sue rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Sue by: Stefanie
Shelves: wwii
I really enjoyed this story of three roommates in Chicago during WWII. They meet Morgan at a USO dance the night before he ships out and although he has a connection with Liz, a misunderstanding gets him an address and invite to write from Betty. She asks Liz to answer the letter for her and they begin a heartfelt correspondence that will change both their lives, as Morgan falls in love with "Betty", the author of the letters. Julia has a fiance and a possible career and has to make some choices ...more
Gaile
I found this one to be rather slow paced at first. The author shifted POV at the beginning of each chapter. The shifting from character to character made it difficult for me to remember details about each one as it was easy to get them mixed up. Finally I got on track and began to read with enjoyment. The second half was better than the first half.
The story begins in 1944 when a young soldier is about to depart for war. Betty gives him permission to write her but then she asks Liz to write in he
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Dianne
I love reading about the 1940's.
It's hard to believe this is her first novel and I will be reading her next one!
It was great to read a book set in the 40's That was primarily set in the US instead of Europe you could almost hear the big band music in the background and see them dancing at the USO as you read. This is one of the few books that I have read recently that I have liked all the characters. The book flows so well that you almost fell like you are with them as they go about their lives
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Wanda Gibbons
My sister told me about this book and I borrowed a digital copy from the library before we hung up the phone so I could read it on my iPad. Liked how the characters and story lines were woven together. A look at life back in the States as well as for soldiers during WW11. I copied the following from Goodreads.com.

Chicago, 1944. Liz Stephens has little interest in attending a USO club dance with her friends Betty and Julia. She doesn't need a flirtation with a lonely serviceman when she's set to
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Carla
I won this book as a Goodreads Giveaway.

An absolutely delightful book! Once I started reading it I couldn't put it down- anxious to find out how the characters' lives were going to unfold. I thought the author's attention to detail regarding the time period was excellent, and enjoyed the change of perspective each new chapter brought. I would definitely recommend this book.
V.M.
Dec 02, 2013 V.M. rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: my-kindle
LOVED IT!!!! It was such a great book. It made me cry, laugh, then cry some more. I am hoping there is a 2nd book to the series. I want to find out how things work out for Liz and Morgan. I want to know how things work out for Betty and Julia and see if they get the happy endings. Please tell me there will be more. Such a great book!! A must read.
Barb
A World War II love story. The story follows the tale of three friends and two brothers. And so follows their tale as they try and figure out and find love. The twist is the engaged girl starts writing one of the brothers in the war pretending to be her roommate. I liked it. It kept me up well past my bedtime to see what happened next.
Pamela
I can't remember the last time I felt like I was actually inside a book, living the story- Not just reading its pages.

Letters From Home is stunningly amazing. It has quickly made its way to my favorites shelf!! A tender look at both sides of the WW 2 perspective, home vs. battlefront.

READ IT!
Sarah
Aug 25, 2014 Sarah rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: wwii
3.5 stars. It's a pretty standard war romance novel, so don't go in expecting anything amazing and groundbreaking. But for what it was, it was really pretty good. The characters are well-rounded and generally likable, the plot is swift, and the writing, while often cheesy, was not overbearing or distracting. Although the blurb suggests that the book focuses exclusively on Liz and Morgan, there are actually three main characters (Liz, Betty, and Julia) and they each get fairly equal attention in ...more
Allison Treharne
What a lovely lovely book to read. Sat down after lunch with it and finished it by 7pm!! Shed some tears, laughed but most of all, was gripped all the way through. Have really enjoyed this.
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KRISTINA MCMORRIS is a critically acclaimed author published by Kensington Books, Penguin Random House, and HarperCollins UK. Her works of fiction have garnered more than twenty national literary awards and appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestsellers lists. Inspired by true personal and historical accounts, her novels include LETTERS FROM HOME, BRIDGE OF SCARLET LEAVES, and THE PIECES ...more
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