Readers Respond to Letters Home

“Letters Home is a must read for the letters contained in the book reveal a decorated WW2 bomber pilot’s hopes, dreams and desires while serving in the Pacific leaving a legacy of honor and pride for his family and everyone to share for many generations to come. A real treasure!” – Jenny La Sala – author of Comes A Soldier’s Whisper

“‘Letters Home’ provides an intimate first person view into a topic that, for most of us, is relegated to high school history classes and HBO miniseries. In a world saturated with social media, it’s fascinating to look back in a way that essentially amounts to that era’s equivalent of live tweeting a defining element of the mid-20th century. Deeply personal, emotionally moving, and not without moments of humor. Equal parts historical narrative, love story, and wartime novel, it’s easy to forget you’re reading the thoughts and feelings of a man at war, as it occurs, rather than a carefully cultivated autobiography told years later.” – Joe K.

“Letters home was a beautiful love story, I found myself so wrapped up in the letters that I felt like I was a part of their story. I loved the book and will absolutely pass this book on to others.” – Christie P.

“I read Letters Home in two sittings. I loved it. Rex Jones was a remarkable person. Not only is Letters Home a great love story and full of fascinating history, but it gives such insight into what was really happening during the end of the war. Rex was so funny, caring and compassionate in addition to being brave and selfless when called for. I would have liked to know him.” – Adrienne B.

“I really enjoyed reading Letters Home. In fact, once I began, I didn’t want to put it down. Being a fan of history, it was interesting to read a first hand account of life in that time period. Attitudes and customs were certainly different. I also really appreciated the reminder that real love exists in this world or at least it did. In today’s sea of broken relationships and neglected promises reading these love letters is like seeing a real-life fairytale. What a wonderful book this is for all who are privileged to read it.” – Julie W.

“Letters Home validates the importance of the written word.” – Teresa B.

“I thought this book was a wonderful combination of history and personal relationship which made it a book for everyone. The letters spoke from the heart and gave the book an insight into a man who valiantly fought for our country and the intelligence to understand the horrors of war. I fell in love with this beautiful couple. This book is a treasure.” – Val C.

“I finished last night it was amazing!!” – Beth H.

Letters Home is available at Amazon in paperback and as an Ebook, here:

and is available at other Ebook retailers through Smashwords.

Rex and Kate, just married, part when Rex ships out as a member of the inaugural crew of the USS Shangrila, bomber pilot for the U.S. Navy, fighting in the Pacific theater against the Japanese during WWII. They make a lovers’ pact to write each other every day. This romantic gesture, these letters home, become more and more vital as the distance between them widens, as the months slowly pass.

As he waits out the big three: the war’s end, word of his wife’s delivery of their first child, and his coming home, his letters reveal a man struggling to boost his wife’s morale by assuring her of his safe return while shielding her from the bitter effects of his experience of war. And on July 23, 1945, the SBC2 dive bomber Rex pilots is hit by anti-aircraft fire during an attack at Kure, forcing him to crash land in the Pacific. He misses writing one day and then returns to telling his story in letters home.

Abridged from selections of the original letters by Greg Metcalf


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