"I hope this letter gets to you quickly. We are always waiting, aren't we? Perhaps the greatest gift this war has given us is the anticipation "
It's January 1943 when Rita Vincenzo receives her first letter from Glory Whitehall. Glory is an effervescent young mother, impulsive and free as a bird. Rita is a sensible professor's wife with a love of gardening and a generous, old soul. Glory comes from New England society; Rita lives in Iowa, trying to make ends meet. They have nothing in common except one powerful bond: the men they love are fighting in a war a world away from home.
Brought together by an unlikely twist of fate, Glory and Rita begin a remarkable correspondence. The friendship forged by their letters allows them to survive the loneliness and uncertainty of waiting on the home front, and gives them the courage to face the battles raging in their very own backyards. Connected across the country by the lifeline of the written word, each woman finds her life profoundly altered by the other's unwavering support.
A collaboration of two authors whose own beautiful story mirrors that on the page, I'll Be Seeing You is a deeply moving union of style and charm. Filled with unforgettable characters and grace, it is a timeless celebration of friendship and the strength and solidarity of women.
The story is a good reminder that each generation and culture has its own particular challenges and yet, at the core, perhaps we are all striving for the same love and security. When we are weak and tempted, a true friend might serve as a moral thermometer. And when our hearts break from grief and loss, a friend can be a lifeline, a reminder that life must go on, even in the face of tragedy. (Reviewed by Sarah Tomp).
Suzanne Hayes and Loretta Nyhan have crafted a highly evocative and nostalgic story that is sweeping in its depth and entirely unforgettable. Further, their protagonists, Glory and Rita, possess a genuine warmth and wisdom that serves to remind us of how ordinary people can, and often do, achieve extraordinary things – even if only through acts of solidarity that remain largely unknown. This book is not just a celebration of women, but of the power of written words and their ability to transcend time and place…
Timeless and universal...[a] deeply satisfying tale.
Starred Review. Engaging, charming and moving, a beautifully rendered exploration of WWII on the homefront and the type of friendship that helps us survive all manner of battles.
Margaret Leroy, author of The Soldier's Wife
A wonderful affirmation of the life-enhancing potential of female friendship.
Marisa de los Santos, bestselling author of Love Walked In
I devoured this story in one greedy, glorious gulp. Oh, the women! I love them. I love their families and their voices and their stories. I bet you'll love them, too.
Sarah Jio, author of The Violets of March
A delight! I'll Be Seeing You made me want to get out a pen and paper and write a friend a good old-fashioned letter.
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Ration books distributed to individuals and families dictated the quantities one could buy. The various items still needed to be paid for, but could not be purchased without the proper stamps. The goal was equity; in hopes that every family would be able to obtain their fair share of the coveted goods while being able to properly provide for...
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