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“Letters to Loretta from the Radio Shack” is a WWII Memorial Day Treasure Proclaims Book Critics

"Letters to Loretta from the Radio Shack" is the true WWII story of two teens, one at sea on a minesweeper and one at home in Chicago during the final climatic years of WWII. Their tale of love and terror has received rave reviews from book critics and military personnel alike.

Chicago, IL, May 22, 2015 --( “Letters to Loretta from the Radio Shack, A True WWII Teenage Love Story,” has received numerous top reviews since it was released earlier this year. Written by Crystal Lake, Ill., author, Laura Lynn Ashworth, the book is the true dramatic tale of the relationship between two teens, one on a minesweeper and the other in Chicago, during the final climatic years of WWII, 1943-1945. Ashworth has pledged to donate ten percent of her proceeds to the USO and VFW in memory of the book’s two main characters, Sal and Loretta as well as the veterans, Hollywood entertainers and WWII musicians referenced in the book.

The five-star reviews came from military and civilian book reviewers alike and is a highly recommended Memorial Day read.

R. Alan Lewis, President of Ground Zero Books, Ltd., who specializes in the procurement and sale of rare, military books, says, “We have been in the book business for nearly 40 years, and I have never experienced a book with the warmth, sensitivity, insight and humanity in a wartime setting as have been presented through these letters. There has probably not been a sense of shipboard life since Mr. Roberts. Through the letters one can also capture to a greater degree than I have seen before, a sense of the impact of the war on the nearly adult on the home front.”

Dianna Skowera, former army interrogator, author and book reviewer, said, “Letters To Loretta From the Radio Shack is a delightful time capsule of star-crossed love during the war of all wars. Laura Lynn Ashworth has arranged a superbly poignant collection of letters that give insight into a world modern film and literature have yet to capture. It speaks its own refreshingly honest language that you won’t find anywhere else – Laura Lynn Ashworth hasn’t tainted the dialogue of the letters and allows you to grow with the characters from beginning to end.”

Our Family Adventure Blog acclaims: “This book is unique that you get to experience the war through two perspectives-a normal citizen and a Navy man and the difference could not have been any greater. Ms. Ashworth did an amazing job transporting the reader back to this era with her language, scenes and interactions between the characters. I felt like I was living and breathing this story from all perspectives and it was amazing!”

Archaeolibrarian Blog adds: “Poignant, tender, funny, violent, heartbreaking - these are all words that I would use to describe this book. In the reading of these letters, you get a 'no holds barred' pass into the lives of Sal and Loretta. It gives you real insight on how their relationship changed, how being away at sea for such long periods affected the sailors, what it was like for those 'back home', and also to receive that dreaded telegram saying that a relative had died.

“My heart was pounding throughout most of this book, not knowing what Sal was about to face and whether or not he survived it, made it an enthralling read. Would Loretta and Sal ever get the chance to meet up in person? Would their love survive and flourish? Questions such as these made it a complete page turner.”

Laura Lynn Ashworth is an author of historical, romance novels that focus on teens and young adults. She consistently delivers tales of outrageous romance and redemption to passionate readers of romance and history books alike.

“Letters to Loretta from the Radio Shack,” is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and e-bookstores. Orders can also be placed at: Special discounts are offered for military, veteran, library, school, book club, and bulk orders.
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