July 4, 1944
Silence in the idling Cadillac grew as suffocating as the city’s humidity. Hands clenched on her lap, Liz Stephens averted her narrowed eyes toward the open passenger window. Chattering ladies and servicemen flocked by in the shadows; up and down they traveled over the concrete accordion of entrance steps. The sting of laughter and music drifted through the swinging glass doors, bounced off the colorless sky. Another holiday without gunpowder for celebration. No boom of metallic streamers, no sunbursts awakening the night. Only the fading memory of a simpler time.
A time when Liz knew whom she could trust.
This is the beginning of a wonderfully written book by first time author Kristina McMorris.
In Letters From Home (Kensington Books), a Midwestern infantryman in the midst of World War II falls deeply in love through a yearlong letter exchange, unaware that the girl he’s writing to is not the one replying. Woven around this tenuous thread are three female friends whose journeys toward independence take unexpected turns as a result of romance, tragedy, and deception, their repercussions heightened by an era of the unknown.
Inspired by a true account, 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.
Kristina’s foray into fiction began in the fall of 2006 as a result of interviewing her grandmother for the biographical section of a self-published cookbook intended as a holiday gift for the family. Inspired by her grandparents’ wartime courtship, Kristina penned her first novel, a WWII love story titled Letters from Home. This award-winning debut is scheduled for release in trade paperback from Kensington Books (2-22-11; U.S.) and Avon/HarperCollins (5-5-11; U.K.). The condensed book rights have been sold to Reader’s Digest, and the film rights are represented by the prestigious Creative Artists Agency of Los Angeles.
Prior to her literary career, Kristina acted in numerous independent films and major motion pictures. She began hosting an Emmy-award winning television show at age nine, and most recently served as the six-year host of the WB’s weekly program Weddings Portland Style. Adding to her diverse résumé, McMorris is a professional emcee, literary workshop presenter, and former owner of a wedding/event planning business. Her previous writing background includes being a contributing writer for Portland Bride & Groom magazine and ten years of directing public relations for an international conglomerate.
A portion of Kristina’s sales proceeds from Letters from Home will benefit United Through Reading®, a nonprofit organization that video records deployed U.S. military personnel reading bedtime stories for their children. She is currently working on her next novel.
“A tough book to put down!…Sprinkled with fabulous historical detail and true-to-life characters, Letters from Home is a beautifully told story.”
–RT BOOK REVIEWS, 4-star rating
“Interspersing unflinching images of combat with more intimate, emotional scenes personalizes this historical period and will touch your heart….I enjoyed this book from beginning to end.”
–FRESH FICTION, Lenore Howard
“An absolutely lovely debut novel.”
–KRISTIN HANNAH, New York Times bestselling author of Firefly Lane
“An evocative and compelling storyteller, Kristina McMorris gives us a novel to savor and remember.”
–BEN SHERWOOD, president of ABC News and bestselling author of The Death & Life of Charlie St. Cloud
“Skillfully written…sweeps the readers away. The research and attention to detail commendably honor veterans of World War II.”
–LYNN “BUCK” COMPTON, famed WWII “Band of Brothers” veteran
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