Book Review: Letters From Home by Kristina McMorris

In the midst of World War II, a Midwestern infantryman falls deeply in love through a yearlong letter exchange, unaware that the girl he’s been writing to is not the one replying.

Chicago, 1944. Liz Stephens has little interest in attending a USO club dance with her friends Betty and Julia. She doesn’t need a flirtation with a lonely serviceman when she’s set to marry her childhood sweetheart. Yet something happens the moment Liz glimpses Morgan McClain.
They share only a brief conversation—cut short by the soldier’s evident interest in Betty—but Liz can’t forget him. Thus, when Betty asks her to ghostwrite a letter to Morgan, stationed overseas, Liz reluctantly agrees.

Thousands of miles away, Morgan struggles to adjust to the brutality of war. His letters from “Betty” are a comfort, their soul-baring correspondence a revelation to them both. While Liz is torn by her feelings for a man who doesn’t know her true identity, Betty and Julia each become immersed in their own romantic entanglements. And as the war draws to a close, all three will face heart-wrenching choices, painful losses, and the bittersweet joy of new beginnings.

Beautifully rendered and deeply touching, LETTERS FROM HOME is a story of hope and connection, of sacrifices made in love and war—and the chance encounters that change us forever.

Letters from Home is a Historical Fiction novel set during the last year of World War 2. It centers on and is told from the alternating perspectives of 3 friends Liz, Julia and Betty as well as a Private First Class Morgan McClain.  At the start of the book I was really only interested in Liz & Morgan’s stories but by mid book I was drawn into Julia & Betty’s stories as well.

Portions of this novel were completely predictable but a couple of the characters lives did not turn out how I anticipated they would which kept my interest in the storyline.

Well written with a nice mix of romance, friendship and heartache. This book seemed to be well researched and true to what life was like during the war.  If you enjoy historical fiction give this one a try.

Content: Language and innuendo as would be expected from enlisted men, implied sex but not graphically described.

Rating: 4 Stars

Source: From author for blog tour