Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sweetness of Letters

Hello friends,

That last week has been a writing whirlwind for me. I'm trying to finish up The Vampire Novelist so I have something to pitch to agents at the Spring Intensive at the end April. Everything is flowing beautifully. I'm averaging about 3k words/day, which is AWESOME! In order to meet my goals, I will be keeping the blogging to a minimum.

With that being said, I would like to tell you about a wonderful book I read earlier this month and before I re-entered my writing cave. Letters from Home by Kristina McMorris.

This is a WW2 love story that follows three different ladies lives during that time period. It gives a multifaceted point of view how the war changed these girls lives and that of the men they loved. From the first chapter when Liz, the main character, goes to a USO dance and she meets Morgan, I was sucked into 1944. I felt I was there at the dance listening to the music, smelling the warm July air, feeling the humidity of Chicago, and seeing all those soldiers out having one night of fun before they were shipped off to the trenches. Throughout the whole book, I was drawn into their world and I felt I as experiencing those emotions. I cried. I laughed. And boy was I sad when I read the last few sentences. It wasn't because of the ending, but because it was the END. I reread the last three pages at least five times before finally closing it. With each reread, came the "sigh."

This is a book for both women and men to enjoy. I HIGHLY recommend it. If you like Nicholas Sparks and Kristin Hannah type of books, this one while make your whistle sing. It is pure sweetness that will warm your heart.

Click HERE to purchase your very own copy or visit your local Barnes and Noble.

Kristina McMorris was inspired to write this novel after her grandmother showed her the stack to letters she and her grandfather had exchanged during their courtship while he was in the military and during WW2. Below is a picture of THE letters that Kristina brought to her book signing event. This is her debut novel. I have to say, I'm so honored to belong to the same chapter of fabulous writers that she does. Go Roses! And go Kristina!

Have a wonderful week everyone and Happy Spring!!!


1 comment:

  1. Hi Melania,

    I love your new blog title! When I first looked at your blog a few weeks back and saw your beautiful cat pictures, I secretly thought why didn't you include "cat" or "feline" in your title. It seemed so obvious!

    Yours is a fun blog! I'm amazed at how much reading you get done. Do you know about Goodreads? It's another way to further develop an online presence and following. Since you read voluminously and have interesting comments about the books you read, I think you would enjoy GoodReads. I'll send you an invite.

    Like you, I read "The Canidates: Delecroix Academy." I love that book. A secret school for super powers. How very interesting.

    I'm a bit behind in my reading. LETTERS FROM HOME is on my to be read stack. I can't wait to see how the author portrays the era and then I'll zoom on back to your blog to reread your commentary again. By the way, you took a great photo of the letters/book!