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Home Front Girls

(I'll Be Seeing You #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  4,466 ratings  ·  788 reviews
Dear Glory,

Loneliness is built into the fabric of this war, isn't it? I say a little prayer before I stick my hand in the mailbox. The "Rockport, Massachusetts" stamp on the front of an envelope means the clouds will part, revealing a brilliant sun....

It's January 1943 when Rita Vincenzo receives her first letter from Glory Whitehall. Glory is an effervescent young mother
Paperback, 329 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Park Row (first published January 1st 2013)
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Suzanne Palmieri
Mar 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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)
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
Dec 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
A wonderful book written in letters between two women who become pen pals during WWII. We learn about their secrets, feelings, family and more. The story seems plausible. I do wish it would have ended a little differently.
"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
Connie G
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 ...more
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
Fields of the dead

And through it all, two women wrote




on paper with steady hands.

Home Front Girls is a story of the power of the written word, as letters are exchanged between two very different women, from one American state to another, in the heat of World War II. It is a story that opens our eyes to the home front experience, to the women left behind, while their loved ones fought in a war that they may never return from. Home Front
May 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When two women from divergent backgrounds begin corresponding with one another, an unlikely bond of friendship is forged. Set on the home front during WWII, Rita and Glory write letters to one another. In them they reveal to one another their hopes, fears, dreams and stories of the family, friends and neighbors. They share heartache, love, loss, sacrifice, joy and recipes. The book is written solely letters. The story captures the heart and spirit of the women of the 1940s and the indelible ...more
Aug 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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good writer of this book loved it.
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Mar 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Glenda L
May 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
A. R.
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Solid, beautiful, moving FIVE STARS. This is the most beautiful "love story" I've ever read - a love story to friendship and between friends. I am undone. It reads light and even humorous, but there is so much depth to it. If I could pack all my beliefs about friendship into one book, it would be this one. Glory and Rita (aka Jaime and Elizabeth) demonstrate all that is good about women and friendships, and yet, they are so very flawed. I am quite sure no other book I've read on WWII has given ...more
Shannon Brown
Oct 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
This was a beautiful book, I loved it!
Scottsdale Public Library
Glory and Rita are two pen pals who have never met. It begins in 1943 during World War II when Rita receives her first letter from Glory. They don't have much in common initially, but they begin a friendship that supports them both solely through correspondence. The characters in the story give a unique perspective of the people who serve and those waiting at home. More than a World War II story, what was most meaningful to me was their friendship. Although not a traditional friendship, each ...more
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
Joyce Georgi
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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, ...more
Oct 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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.
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
True confessions. Part way through the book I got mad at a plot twist and wasn't sure I would continue. I set it aside for a little bit, but remembered the glowing reviews of a friend who had read it and decided I might give it just another little baby chance. I am glad that I did. What a wonderful story and a true homage to the lost art of letter writing. While I would still hold up the "Potato Peel" book as still my all time favorite "letter writing format" of a book. This one holds its own in ...more
Annissa Armstrong
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was a good historical fiction book of the bond of 2 women who became pen pals during WWll. Both of their husbands are in the war and one of the two women also has a son who joins the war effort. I wish there was more to the finished very quickly and I was wanting more.
Patty Blount
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Apr 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-library
Such a unique bit of writing. Two very different women brought together through the loneliness of waiting through war. Through the writing of letters these two women battle through the horrible losses that war brings. This partnership mirrors the teaming up of these two remarkable authors. Each one taking on the task of a character Glory(Suzy) and Rita(Lorretta)with one never having met the other. Well done ladies...looking forward to your next. It sounds like it will be just as captivating. ...more
First time I have ever read a book written entirely in a letter format (epistolary novel) and I loved it! In the past I have been leery of the style but now I will never again refuse a book because of it. A beautiful story and brilliant how the author handled the style. The author pulls the reader so much into what is happening that you forget that you are merely reading letters. My recommendation is simple, read it!
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
Disclaimer: This ARC was given to me for free in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley.

I thought this was a pretty good read. Quite powerful, and a moving friendship between women in WWII.
Donna Lewis
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book about women supporting women, absolutely necessary during war, while the men are off fighting. As mentioned in the book, bringing a child into a world at war happens because if you waited for the right world there would only be dandelions and cockroaches on the planet. “I love being a woman. A woman among amazing women. Women who understand just how much we need one another.” Marvelous.
Charlotte Lynn
Mar 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: must-read

In 1943 the woman were being left home while the men went to war. Rita Vincenzo and Glory Whitehall are two such women, left behind not knowing where their men were, what they were doing, or if they would make it back to them in one piece. These ladies exchanged letters sharing their fears, triumphs, and live with each other. The friendship between Rita and Glory was not like most friendships since these ladies never met each other. Their friendship was actually made by the picking addresses and
By: Suzanne H. Palmieri & Loretta Nyhan
Published By: harlequin MIRA
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Book Blog For: GMTA

"I'll Be Seeing You" by Suzanne H. Palmieri & Loretta Nyhan was one of those reads that I couldn't but down until the very end and then I was left thinking Wow, what a read. This novel was written of two women on the home front, Rita and Glory, who had never met in real life who become pen pals. Their husbands were overseas during WWII. This
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