Guest post from Laura Lynn Ashworth, author of Letters to Loretta from the Radio Shack

Letters to LorettaTitle: Letters to Loretta from the Radio Shack: A True WWII Teenage Love Story

Author: Laura Lynn Ashworth

Publisher: Laura Lynn Ashworth

Pages: 239

Genre: Non-fiction Romance

Format: Paperback/E-copy

Read the rare and recently discovered real time letters between Sal, age 19, and Loretta, age 15, during the final terrifying three years of World War II, 1943-1945. Both from the Douglas Park neighborhood in Chicago, the two adolescents discuss with humor and candor, the Navy, war, politics, hit music, life back home and their relationship. Sal nicknamed Slabby for his movie star good looks, deciphers code out of the Navy’s radio shack on a minesweeper in the Pacific. Loretta monikered Duchess for her aloofness, lives with aunts and her widowed father, while holding day jobs and enjoying an active social life with friends. Letters to Loretta from the Radio Shack lets you experience World War II, both in battle and on the home front, through the eyes of adolescents in a way that Hollywood has never portrayed.

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Letters to Loretta from the Radio Shack is available at Amazon.

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Hello!  I’m Laura Lynn Ashworth, author of the newly released book, “Letters to Loretta from the Radio Shack, A True WWII Teenage Love Story.”  I have been invited as a guest blogger, an opportunity, which I appreciate.

“Letters to Loretta from the Radio Shack,” is a story of two teens, one named Sal, who is on a minesweeper in the Pacific during WWII working out of the radio shack (communications office) deciphering code.  His friend, Loretta, is a 15-year girl from his neighborhood in Chicago.  They exchange approximately 170 letters over the period of 1943-1945, during the final terrifying and climatic years of WWII.  Readers get to experience, in real time, what it is like to be at sea during the D-Day and the Battle of Okinawa and what it is like being a teenage girl, juggling jobs and trying to enjoy all that Chicago had to offer back in the ‘40s.  The two talk about their budding relationship, family, friends, politics, etc., with frankness and a great deal of  humor.  Not many WWII non-fiction books will get you to laugh as much as this one, all while drawing you into romantic twists and turns.

The question I will pose to the followers of this blog, is this.  Do you think men love differently than women?  My thoughts have changed on this over time, but now I have come to the conclusion that men make up their minds very quickly about the woman that is right for them, typically based on some physical aspect of the woman…such as her hair, face or figure.  Women, I feel, love easily, but evaluate men more on their resources, whether they be internal, such as intelligence and strength, or external, such as financial resources or social status.

Let me know what you think, especially after you read, “Letters to Loretta from the Radio Shack,” in which you can see how the romantic relationship grows between Sal and Loretta and why.  You can order a signed copy of my book on my website at or go to Amazon or Barnes & Noble, or any estore for an unsigned copy.

Thank you for letting me visit with you for a while.  It was my pleasure!



Laura Lynn Ashworth is an award-winning copywriter and political cartoonist. While helping an elderly family member with veterans administration paperwork, she ran across “the letters” and instantly knew of their rarity, freshness and historical significance. Although she received three publishing contracts within two months of sending the letters to major publishers, Ashworth decided to publish them herself on the advice of best-selling authors. She currently lives and works in a northwest suburb of Chicago.,

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