Love and History Expressed Through Letters

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Author compiles World War II love letters of her uncle and aunt in this newly released book

World War II proved to be a harrowing experience to those who were affected by it, physically and emotionally. But it, too, became a ground for the blossoming and nurturing of the relationship between two young people who continued loving despite the distance and tragedy around them. With the release of her new book Love & Kisses, Porter: 646 Letters Home from World War II, author Martha Hughes shares the collection of more than six hundred letters exchanged by her Uncle Porter and Aunt Thelma during that devastating war.

The couple lived a good life but sadly had no children to share the wonderful life they made. He died in 1976 of heart attack and she followed him in 2003. Theirs was a love that’s pure and strong and it’s evidently conveyed in their letters. Though readers may not know them personally, they will surely get to experience the love they shared through the tender words and heartwarming greetings in their letters. Through this compilation, readers will not only witness the great couple that they were but will also learn of some things about WWII.

“She always told me that he wrote her every day, and I took that with a grain of salt. To my surprise, when I opened the case, there were 646 letters neatly packed away… I put the letters in order by postmarks and enjoyed their love story. I always knew they loved each other very much, but it was nice to read along with history from that time. As most soldiers, he didn’t talk much about that time… I did not change his grammar in the letters; I wanted them just as if he was telling you the story Himself. He was just a soldier who lived in the huts with the average soldier, my uncle Porter,” shares the author.

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About the Author
Martha Lanning Hughes is the daughter of the late Fred M. and S. Frances Lanning. She has two brothers, Tommy and Jimmy Lanning. Their father died in 1958; he was only thirty-eight at the time of his death. She grew up in South Carolina with her mother and two brothers. She married Dee H. Hughes Jr. on November 2, 1968. They will celebrate their forty-second wedding anniversary this year. They have been blessed with three daughters and six grandchildren. And they never turn down a chance to show off their grandkids’ pictures and brag on them. Their children and grandchildren all live around them so they can see them every day. They proudly live in a beautiful small town at the foot of the North Carolina Mountains in South Carolina and have a good life. The author loves the small town with a beautiful name, Travelers Rest. Although she has always lived in South Carolina with her parents, there are strong memories of the place her parents grew up in North Carolina, and family ties from that small place called Leicester, North Carolina. She spent many summers visiting with family there.

LOVE & KISSES, PORTER * by Martha Hughes
646 Letters Home from World War II
Publication Date: May 11, 2010
Trade Paperback; $23.99; 675 pages; 978-1-4500-8302-7
Trade Hardback; $34.99; 675 pages; 978-1-4500-8303-4
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4500-8304-1

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