Thursday, March 17, 2011

Letters From Home Blog Tour


In the midst of World War II, a Midwestern infantryman falls deeply in love through a yearlong letter exchange, unaware that the girl he's been writing to isn't the one replying.

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 conversation—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.

Kristina McMorris lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two sons. Her 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.). Various book club rights have been sold to Reader's Digest and Doubleday, 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. For more, visit


Letter from Home
Kristina McMorris

Liz Stephens’ life was fine. She was in school for a career she thought would make her happy. She lived with her two best friends, Betty and Julie and had the perfect boyfriend. However one night at the USO would change her life forever. While attending Betty’s concert at the USO she meets one of the soldiers, Morgan McClain, attending the concert. They instantly click which kind of scares and excites Liz. They talk and dance and a harmless accident sends Liz to the restroom, upon returning she finds her new friend dancing with her roommate, Betty. Seeing this as a sign that she should forget about the feelings swirling inside her, she goes home.

Betty exchanged address with Morgan and wants Liz to write a letter to him, since she writes beautiful letters. Liz doesn’t want to, but agrees because she owes Betty who did a favor for her. She pours her feelings into the letter about their first meeting and wishing him a safe return. They send it off in hope that he will write back, never knowing it will be the start to new friendship for one of them.

This story had me from the premise. I enjoy letter writing and the thought of falling in love while writing them intrigued me. This was a time when the world was changing. Women were making life changing decisions. The women in this story had to decide what truly made them happy. Being a housewife vs a fashion designer, writer or even a life helping others.

Ms. McMorris draws you into their lives and as you turn the page, you wonder how it will end. I enjoyed the letters in the story; it was almost like reading poetry they were so lyrical. I could understand why they fell in love reading them.

3.5 Stars – GREAT
Reviewed by LaShaunda C. Hoffman

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