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He Wrote Her Every Day: A true story of love & courage in WW2

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A love story and true account of the Second World War. Perfect for fans of personal memoirs, military history and historical biographies.

Though I’m far away, my thoughts and love are always with you. Take good care of yourself for me, and I’ll do the same for you...

In 1944, James William Hendrickson, Jr. , a young munitions worker, received the devastating news th
Kindle Edition, 307 pages
Published December 6th 2018 by Sapere Books (first published September 12th 2013)
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Cristie Underwood
This memoir was so much better than a love story, as it was told via a soldier's letters home to his love that he promised to write to everyday he was away. The letters not only captured the love that he had for the woman he was writing to, but they gave insight into what daily life was like for a soldier during World War II.
Feb 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three stars: An unforgettable snapshot of history.

When Jim Hendrickson sets off for war in 1944 he leaves with a promise to his young bride. He will write her every day while he’s away. Jim manages to fulfill that promise. He writes Irene faithfully, even if that means writing at night in the latrine or on the road. There is nothing more important to him than his beautiful bride. This is Jim’s story of love and war as he treks across Germany in search of his brother, while his heart remains bac
Jan 24, 2019 rated it liked it
The actual letters included in this book were fascinating! I started the book thinking that that was what the whole thing was going to be because I love original letters/diaries/etc. but then the book wound up being an odd mashup of Jim's real letters and the author's semi-fictionalized narrative of what Jim did while overseas. I get what the author was going for, and I appreciate the creativity, but I found it to be a little too ambitious, especially when Irene's perspective was randomly brough ...more
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I received this book "He Wrote Her Every Day" from NetGalley and all opinions expressed are my own. Hard book to get into. I liked reading the letters but it sort of become boring after a while. The book just didn't hold my interest.
Amy Leonard
This is a sweet story of Jim and Irene Hendrickson. It chronicles the experience of WWII through the eyes of Jim in letters that he sent to Irene while stationed in Germany.

While the story was sweet, I felt that it lacked a “Wow” moment. I would have liked to have seen more from Irene’s perspective. More of a story behind the letters.

I was provided this book by net galley for free in exchange for my honest review.

Bonnye Reed
GNAB Through the daily notes and letters sent home to his wife and family in 1944 by Private James William Hendrickson, Jr., and conversations between his wife and mother, we see WWII with it's many diverse experiences and personal sacrifices through the eyes of this family. It is presented very well, keeping you on the edge of your seat, and brings to those war facts you already know a softening, a sense of humanity often lost in the shuffle.

This was an excellent addition to my History Researc
Jenn Webley
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing

In 1944, James William Hendrickson, Jr received the news that his fighter-pilot brother, Bill, had been shot down over Germany and taken as a prisoner-of-war. Then and there, Jim decided to enlist and bring his brother home even though that would mean leaving his new wife, Irene, behind. He made her a promise - he would write to her every day while he was away. Gail Lindenberg, their daughter, uses the original letters as well as conversations with
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
He Wrote Her Every Day is a compelling portrayal of sacrifice and love, with a behind the scenes look at World War II. Built around scores of letters written home, this touching memoir presents a detailed picture of the life, thoughts, and emotions of a young soldier, Jim, writing home to his beloved wife, Irene. His observations of army life, comradeship, and heroism offer an enthralling personal perspective on the events of World War II in Europe. From his cross country trek from a California ...more
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a story based on actual letters written between a WWII soldier stationed overseas and his wife. (The book is written by their daughter.) It gives details of what war life was like without getting into gory details, which I appreciated with this book. It also gave details on the trials these men went through trying to get back home once the war was over. This wasn't something I had read about in other WWII books and never gave much thought to but I found the waiting difficult, I can only ...more
Jan 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A very sweet series of letters from Jim, a newly wed American soldier to his wife Irene during WW2.. The letters themselves are sweet and poignant, full of longing for the wife he's left behind. Interspersed with these are pockets of history, contextualising some of the letters and these are a narrative between Jim and and the other soldiers in his regiment. Although the author assures us that these narratives are as accurate as possible, they almost take away from the authenticity of the letter ...more
Jane Cable
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful memoir that really captures the lives of ordinary GIs during the latter stages of WW2. Not so much the fighting, but more the moving around, the boredom, the cameraderie and of course, the missing home.

It's a lovely read in itself, but for anyone interested in researching the era it's an absolute must. I'd thoroughly recommend it.
Mrs T
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A story of love across the continents during WW2

A lovely insight into one soldiers experience of being away from his home and family during WW2. This book shows the strength gained from hope and love in some of the darkest days of the 20th century. So beautifully written that you feel the pain of separation and live in hope of a safe return and happy ending.
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice easy read of what life was like for wives waiting for loved ones coming home
Deborah Sweeney
Mar 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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FULL DISCLOSURE: I was not asked to review this book and I purchased my own copy. I am interested in reading books about World War II which are based upon real letters since I have worked to transcribe and publish my own grandparents' letters as well.

He Wrote Her Every Day is a tribute to James William Hendrickson, Jr., who served in the Army during World War II. Years later, author Gail Lindenberg received an old box containing her father’s letters from her widowed mother. The resulting book is
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