Publication Date: March 1, 2011
Genre: General Fiction/ Romance
Format I Read: Paperback/Tradeback
Book Blurb: 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 exchange--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.
My Thoughts: This is a wonderfully written book that will take you for a ride through the early 1940's. You go back to a simpler time where women were just starting to get comfortable with who they were. Women still needed husbands and approval from their family. Dating was very simple in this time. Little kisses were generally stolen and left a blush between the two. This made the story very sweet and a nice change. Kristina really weaves several stories all into one book. There is heartbreak and love all in this book. We get to know three women in this book as they are emerging into womanhood; Liz, Julia, and Betty. Betty I think would fit in wonderful with women now a days! She had that spunk about her and I would like to think if Betty was real she was one who led woman right acts. We also meet several men who are serving the country. This is where the letters play a part. Liz write to Morgan whom she met and feels a connection too, even though she is engaged to another gentleman. She however thinks he would rather have her room mate Betty, so she pretends the letters are from Betty. Betty has taken off to serve the country and has no idea about the exchanging of letters that is taking place. Julia's fiancee is also in the war, however she is feeling a connection with his brother.
You will genuinely enjoy this story. It will be one you will want on your bookshelf and to pass among friends until everyone you know has read it.
**This book was provided to me by the publishers in return for my honest review.**