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Letters from Home by Kristina McMorris
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Letters from Home by Kristina McMorris is set in Illinois, France and New Guinea during WWII. Three young women learn hard lessons about wartime romantic relationships, career and family.

Liz is engaged to an up-and-coming law student and political campaigner, a childhood friend. Events in their future together are bound to be first-page news. Yet lately Liz feels like an ornamental accessory to Dalton. At a USO dance, she meets Morgan, a soldier leaving for the front. Their brief meeting makes a powerful impression on them both.

Liz's roommate Betty is an attractive blond. She's no scholar, has no career aspirations. She believes her only chance is to use her movie-star-bombshell good looks to catch a rich husband. At the dance, Betty avoids a drunken sailor trying to grope her by dancing with Morgan.

Liz's roommate Julia is a talented fashion design student, engaged to Christian, who's serving overseas. She's dedicated to being a good wife, which she believes means she must give up a chance at a fashion career. Waiting for her soldier, she visits his family, and is drawn into their issues.

Betty has no real inclination (or talent) to write a letter she promised to Morgan. Liz agrees to write for Betty, knowing letters from home can lift soldiers' morale. Unhappy at a waitress job, Betty abruptly enlists, and leaves the country. Her foolish idea she'll be husband-hunting in a tropical resort (as a WAC) meets harsh reality.

When Morgan writes back, Liz doesn't want to disappoint him. From July 1944 to October 1945, Liz keeps writing as Betty. Morgan thrills to receive her letters. Each pours out heart and soul to the other, sharing personal philosophy and dreams.

A sweet, sentimental celebration of family and romance, with intriguing historical details of WWII.

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April 14, 2019 – Shelved
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April 17, 2019 – Finished Reading

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