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.
I loved this story of these two long distance letter writing ladies who through tears, trials and time became “sisters” and best friends! Glory picks a name out of a hat at a support group for military wives and starts writing to “Garden Witch” a woman in Iowa with a knack for gardening. Soon “Garden Witch” a.k.a Rita starts writing back. They pour out their dreams, fears, and souls to each other. They pray for each other in times of sickness, give each other advice on victory gardening and even share recipes in times of rationing. The bond they share is one that can not be broken by differences in age or distance in miles. They share a love for each other that is very strong.
I was intrigued to learn that the co-authors, as of the printing of this book, had not met! It makes the book more genuine to me to know they are not sitting next to each other on their laptops sharing ideas over the tops of their monitors. For the most part they e”mail” letters back and forth to each other and that is how the story develops!
If you like books about friendship and the war years (but mostly about friendship) you will love this story and the women it. 4/5 stars