Pat Smith Hopper

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I'm an art educator who lives in coastal Rockport, Texas with my husband John. We are the parents of four grown children and grandparents to seven wonderful grandchildren. "Always, Ian" is my first book and was a deep exploration into my father's letters home during WWII. In all, I transcribed 275 letters. Writing the narrative in this book, reading my dad's letters, looking at photographs and researching the major battles of WWII has been a wonderful way to capture my family's history and gain a much deeper, intimate insight of a soldier's life. I'm sharing this journey with you, the reader. While you didn't know my dad personally, I'm sure you will enjoy the same richness, emotional depth and first-person account of what life was like dur ...more

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Pat Smith Hopper I lugged a box of handwritten letters from place to place for almost 30 years. Initially, I simply wanted to preserve my father’s letters for my…moreI lugged a box of handwritten letters from place to place for almost 30 years. Initially, I simply wanted to preserve my father’s letters for my family. I had no intention of writing or publishing a book. However, as I read the letters I wanted to understand what was happening in the WWII at that time so I began researching timelines, events and looking for pictures. As my research began to build and I got knee deep in transcribing the letters, it became clear that my dad’s stories and WWII experience would resonate with people far beyond my own kin. I turned my family history project into a historical book I think people from any generation can enjoy and learn from.(less)
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Always, Ian: The Discovered...

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