Hi friends! Today I am going to tell you of the next book on my list that I have read. It is a special book. Let me tell you why.
I first learned of this book on our friend Coralie's blog. I thought this book sounded so interesting I had to check it out for myself. And the funny thing is that this book is written by two American authors. Why is this funny? Well, Coralie is French, and I read about this book after I translated dear Coralie's blog into English.
I checked my library, and sure enough, I was able to order this as an audio book from another library as an interlibrary loan. Once this audio book came, I listened to it while I stitched. Oh my goodness, what a wonderful book! This is a book about friendship. Two women who develop a long lasting, deep, wonderful friendship. All through the mail. That's right! They are pen pals during WWII. I was so touched. I was so inspired. I loved it. I had to email Coralie afterwards and tell her so.
Do you know that after my email I received a reply back from Coralie also? She was moved by my email as well! She wanted to know if it was possible if two women could possibly become friends and pen pals just as Gloria and Rita did many years ago? Can we do it now without texting. Without emailing? Just writing to each other? Maybe even share recipes and tips along the way as they did? Well I immediately answered her with a resounding YES!
And so we have begun.😊 We have each written. And will continue to do so. How neat is that?!
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. 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. 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 have an update for you on our dear friend Scott. He had his surgery yesterday to remove his cancerous kidney. Yes, Scott's kidney was removed. So was his spleen, and 20-30% of his pancreas. In one month his cancer doubled. His surgery was successful. Scott now has a long road ahead. Oh friends. Let us surround this dear couple in prayer. Please do not forget that dear Jenny herself is fighting for her life with her own battle against breast cancer. Thank you. I pass on all these prayers and well wishes to Jenny. And she shares them all with Scott. They have told me time and time again how grateful they are for them. How much they mean to them.
I have something very different to share with you next time. I am almost done with it. I have been working at it this week. I just have the finishing to do. Nope. Not sharing details. I am keeping you guessing.😉 It is not cross stitch. Something I have been wanting to do for years now and finally said, "Now is the time. DO IT!"
Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed my story of how Coralie and I became pen pals and are becoming true friends.💕 I appreciate you taking the time to comment. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. John 10:28
Stitching and praying,