I have to admit that the main reason I asked to review Letters From Home was because of the beautiful cover photograph and design. Looking at the muted colors and bound letters made me feel nostalgic. Then I saw that the setting of the book was WWII, and so I decided to read it and review it.
Letters From Home is a romantic tale of three women and their soldier boys as the war keeps them apart. The book goes from love to heartache and back again as the couples struggle to maintain their relationships during extremely trying times. Here is a description of the book from the author's website:
1 1/2 cups shortening
2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs 1 cup shredded bran (or buds)
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
In a medium bowl, cream shortening. Add sugar, well-beaten eggs, and bran. Mix well. Sift together flour and baking powder, then add to mixture. Shape into two log rolls, cover in plastic wrap, and store in refrigerator. When desired, slice dough into thin disks and place on cookie sheet 2" apart. Bake at 350°F for approximately 8-10 minutes.
For more recipes, info on the book, book club ideas, and to view actual letters from WWII, visit Kristina's website.
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.
Online video interview (2 min.): www.tinyurl.com/McMorris