Non-Fiction - Historical

Elmer & Virginia: A World War II Romance in Letters

Category:Non-Fiction - Historical

Author:John Odell

  • Publisher: Quickfoot Books (Indy)
  • Publication Date: March 19, 2021
  • Number of Pages: 475
  • ISBN-10: 978-1-7365338-0-2
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-7365338-1-9
  • ASIN: none

Elmer Odell and Virginia Schill are young and in love, but their love will soon see troubling times as Elmer flies off to Europe as a fighter pilot during World War II, and Virginia focuses her energy on writing stories in the newspaper, sharing details of life back home. During their time apart, the only medium of contact for them is through letters. Between 1939 and 1944, the two shared hundreds of letters with each other, and both of them have various heartbreaking stories to tell with similar undertones. Although worlds apart, their love remains strong as they enter adulthood amidst the war.

The story of Elmer and Virginia reveals how the war affected the lives of soldiers and those they held near and dear. It’s a terrific tale of two high school students who have to face harsh realities earlier than most youngsters their age. The pictures alongside the text make it easier for readers to visualize their lives, the ordeal they had to go through, and the sacrifices they made. It’s a timeless tale of love, trauma, heartbreak, and hidden joys of life. The story will take readers to a time of innocent love, and they'll feel the impact that the events had on each character.

Elmer & Virginia: A World War II Romance in Letters by John Odell will give readers an insight into human development and growth during turbulent times. With each page, the characters become more vivid and their traits more prominent. This book is a must-read, especially for those in a long-distance relationship or history geeks looking for a top-shelf novel.

Reviewed By: Bertin Drizller

Reviewed Date: February 22, 2022

Category: Non-Fiction - Historical