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An Encouraging Sign of an Emerging Talent,
This review is from: Letters From Home (Paperback)
In the interest of full disclosure, the author happens to be a friend of mine, but she earned every one of the five stars in this review. She knew I would be honest in my appraisal of her work, and she risked asking my opinion anyway. I'm honored by her trust.
Letters from Home carries four distinct storylines and several subplots regarding the men and women of the Greatest Generation. It was a time when people lived for a glimpse of their loved ones' handwriting in the mail, and dreaded the arrival of a Western Union delivery boy.
There's a lot here to wrap your head, and your heart, around. Liz is settled into a relationship with a young man who is safe and with whom she has a long and comfortable history. Julia is engaged to a man she adores. Betty is a happy-go-lucky girl who would love nothing more than to sing. The men in their lives add complications both happy and sad, and everyone finds something new to consider in uncertain times. McMorris accomplished something that is quite difficult; she has written a heavily romantic novel that contains intelligent characters interacting in a believable way.
Throw in a nod to Cyrano, a great deal of soul-searching romance, and some truly suspenseful moments on the front, and you've got an excellent debut from a very promising novelist. If Letters from Home is an indication of what we are to expect from Kristina McMorris, we are very lucky indeed.