Friday, March 11, 2011

Book Review and Giveaway: Letters From Home

Title: Letters From Home
Author: Kristina McMorris
Publisher: Kensington
Published Date: March 1, 2011
ISBN: 978-0758246844
Pages: 352
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review.

I have one copy to giveaway of this book. Please leave a comment below to enter. The winner will be chosen on March 20.

Synopsis from Publishers Weekly:
This sweeping debut novel, told through letters and alternating points of view, is ambitious and compelling. During the turmoil of WWII, three Chicago roommates discover that matters of the heart cannot be controlled or planned. Betty Cordell hopes to avoid her mother's mistakes by marrying well. Julia Renard rejects a prestigious fashion internship in order to be waiting for her fiancé when he comes home from the war. Liz Stephens begins to question her future as a professor and a politician's wife as she corresponds with a soldier who thinks she's Betty. Deft description and solid research take readers to the trenches in Europe, a field hospital in Dutch New Guinea, and the glittering lights of Chicago society.

My review:
The war is raging in Europe in 1944 and lives are forever being changed by what was going on in the world. The story follows three women: Julia, Liz, and Betty; as they do their part for the war effort. However, events quickly make their lives take on unexpected roles that were not expected from their efforts. It is a story of love, romance, war, and how all of those together can complicate life and the world around you. The book contains a good amount of romance, yet it is written with an historical fiction feel that keeps the romance from overpowering the story. The book will be loved by those that are looking for a good romance, yet also will appeal to those that aren't romance genre fans. The book weaves a great story that I think all will connect with.

About The Author:
Kristina McMorris resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and their two sons. Her works of fiction have garnered more than twenty national literary awards and two nominations for the highly coveted Golden Heart®. She holds a B.S. in International Marketing with a language concentration from Pepperdine University. Having been saved as a newborn by Seattle Children’s Hospital, she is also an advocate of many charitable causes for children’s health and wellbeing. For her diverse accomplishments, she has been named one of Portland’s “Forty Under 40″ by The Business Journal. Her self published cookbook, Grandma Jean’s Rainy Day Recipes, sold at such stores as Borders and was featured in a variety of regional media (with proceeds benefiting the Food Bank).

Letters from Home is McMorris’s first published novel. A portion of the sales proceeds will benefit United Through Reading®, a nonprofit organization that video records deployed U.S. military personnel reading bedtime stories for their children. To learn more about McMorris and her work, please visit the author’s site.


  1. Thanks for the giveaway. I love that a portion of sales is going to help our soldiers.

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  2. I think it's fantastic that this book is helping our soldiers - it makes me want it even more.


  3. This giveaway is wonderful and using it to help the soldiers is special. thanks. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

  4. Thanks for this great giveaway which is going to a great cause. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  5. Looks interesting. And I love the idea of the United through Reading program. My husband is deployed and something like that would mean a lot to my small children. What a great idea!

  6. This book sounds unique and interesting. Thanks for featuring it. (Email in profile.)

  7. I would love to read this book—please enter me to win!

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  8. This sounds like an interesting book! I'd love to win a copy! Thanks for the chance.

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  9. I would love to read Letters from Home! Please enter me in this giveaway.

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    Sarah E

  10. This book is on my wish-list! I'd love to read it!

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