I’ll Be Seeing You, Suzanne Hayes and Loretta Nyhan
Harlequin Mira, 313 pages
It’s 1943, and Glory Whitehall doesn’t know how much more she can stand. Robbie, her two year old son, is always into mischief, another baby is well on the way, and her husband’s best friend has become a permanent fixture in her household. It’s a comfort, but with Robert away at war, it doesn’t seem right. Rockport, Massachusetts is small and there aren’t that many people to talk to. One afternoon, Glory goes to the ladies’ 4H meeting and discovers that they are setting up pen pals with other war wives. She reluctantly picks a name out of a hat, “Garden Witch” of Iowa City, Iowa, and begins to write.
I’ll Be Seeing You is the correspondence of two women who helped each other through the hardships of the Second World War. Glory Whitehall, once a member of East Coast society, now chases chickens and toddlers outside her cottage on the beach. Rita Vincenzi, the “Garden Witch”, is the wife of a professor who now serves as a medic overseas, and the mother of a son who has recently enlisted. Glory and Rita live very different lives, and their letters are filled with the wisdom and insight that a distanced perspective can bring.
A beautiful story of resilience and friendship in wartime, I’ll Be Seeing You will hold strong appeal for readers of Margaret Leroy’s The Soldier’s Wife and Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Burrows’ The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society.