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Home Front Girls

(I'll Be Seeing You #1)

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4.12  ·  Rating details ·  3,962 ratings  ·  719 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 fr
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Paperback, 336 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
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Pamela
"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
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Andrea
Aug 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
good writer of this book loved it.
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 sock ...more
Janga
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 everyt ...more
India
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 me...at 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
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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 chara
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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 ano ...more
Jeannie
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
This was a beautiful book, I loved it!
Lady Em
Checks the boxes for avoidance: Harlequinesque, treacly writing and WWII romanticization, and the word "Girls" in the title.
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 wom ...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 com
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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, upli ...more
Jaime
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 m ...more
Yasmine
Oct 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jen
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
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 wo
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Laura
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
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Mary
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 Suz ...more
Margaret
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.
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
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Arlena
By: Suzanne H. Palmieri & Loretta Nyhan
Published By: harlequin MIRA
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Book Blog For: GMTA
Review:

"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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Barbara Sissel
May 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have a weakness for old letters. There were trunks full of them in my great-grandmother’s attic, written in assorted spidery, elegant hands. My sister and I have taken turns setting them in order, reading them aloud to each other, deciphering the words as we go along. There are stories in them, countless journeys are chronicled. A person’s heartfelt thoughts, their fears, sorrows, joys are captured there on the yellowing, crumbling pages. So when I heard of this novel, I’LL BE SEEING YOU, by S ...more
Jan
Apr 16, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The serendiptious creation of “I’ll Be Seeing You” is more fascinating than the novel itself. Writers Suzanne Hayes and Loretta Nyhan met in writers’ blogs online, became friendly, and began writing each other as women whose husbands were serving in WWII. Hayes wrote as Glory, 23 years old, mother of two young children, living in Rockport, MA, and Nyhan became Rita, of Iowa City, in her early 40s, whose son was also a soldier. The concept took off and the letters became the epistolary “I’ll Be S ...more
Susan
Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: women-s-fiction
I thought this would be a sweet epistolary read about two female pen pals holding down their respective forts while their men were off fighting WWII - but I'll Be Seeing You was so much more than that. The two authors have distinct, unique voices and the letters they write to each other as Glory and Rita tell of their honest struggles to find themselves and stay sane, even if that means sometimes making less than honorable choices. The secondary characters they write about (and who make a few ca ...more
Laura Beth
**I received a complimentary copy of this book through Goodreads in exchange for an honest review.**

Wow. This was an incredible book. It's the first fictional book I've read based on letters only and I was fascinated. Set in America, during WWII, two women become USO pen pals to support each other through the war as their husbands and a son are fighting. They are very different - socioeconomic levels, age, area of the country, etc and yet they form a unique bond. I enjoyed reading about the time
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Kasey
Sep 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adored this book. The line, "I'm familiar with the contents of every chamber of your aching heart, but I have no idea what your hair color looks like in the sun," made me swoon. It was like the line, "You had me at hello," in JERRY MCGUIRE. I have a number of friends I've met online through blogging, etc., that I feel this way about and it stunned me how perfect the words were, but also how fitting for WWII and for today.

There are so many beautiful lines in this book, so many heart breaks, so
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