Immerse yourself in 1940s wartime through one soldier's letters home.
From the U.S. to the UK, and from Canada to Puerto Rico, readers love An Unexpected Coddiwomple . . . you will too!
AN unexpected coddiwomple
THE STORY OF A FATHER'S SUDDEN DEATH,
A BOX OF World War II LETTERS, AND
A DAUGHTER'S LIFE TRANSFORMED
By the time Loretto discovered the cache of WWII letters, her father had been dead almost 50 years. She'd accepted she would never know him. All that changed when she decided to type his 500+ letters for her siblings. With each letter she heard her father's voice. With each place she visited and each person she met, the 50 years without him melted away and the enduring gap that had opened between them when she was 4-years-old gradually began to close.
An Unexpected Coddiwomple takes you on a journey through a captivating collection of WWII letters abundant with humor, intrigue, and romance, across the U.S., to the U.K., and back again. Learn from "Big Sundin" himself, her father's pilot, what actually happened in 1945 when he ditched Heavy Date in the North Sea, saving the lives of the entire crew. Had Big Sundin not executed a "perfect ditching," she and her 6 siblings would not have been born. Through her father's own words, Loretto uncovers truths about her parentage that were buried with him in 1965, revealing decades of mysteries that culminate with an invitation to Buckingham Palace. It's a story of family, duty, faith, and a life transformed. It's a story of love.
Coddiwomple (v.): To travel in a purposeful manner towards a vague, as-yet-unknown destination.
"Joining the ranks of Edith Velmans-Van Hessen, Livia Bitton Jackson and Anne Frank, An Unexpected Coddiwomple makes a significant historical contribution and is recommended without reservation." - BookViral Reviews, 2020.
"This is a long, beautifully written story, about a father, a daughter, across times and places, both in their early 20's. The writing is perfect the story, long, touching, loving, and moving. Highly recommend it!" - Pubby Book Reviews, 2020.
".. there's more to this book than just the letters - important though they are. What an absolute treasure of information and insight for anyone interested in the time, the place and how things really were back then." - DearAuthor | BookReviews, 2019.
"I'm hooked....what a great man...loved his family...TERRIFIC story!"
P. Maurer - PDM Marketing-Media-PR-Events
"An amazing story...how sad that your father died at such a young age after surviving against
all the odds his wartime service..." - A. Stacey - Chairman & Membership Sec., The Goldfish Club, UK