Dear Mom: A Family Finds Its Past in World War II Letters Home



“In 1945 my father lost two brothers. In 2012 I found them.”–Michelle Cahill

After retiring from Disneyland Resort in 2010, Michelle Cahill looked forward to a slow-paced retirement exploring the arts. She never expected the fantasy of Disney would collide with the reality of World War II and send her down an exciting path.

In 2012, Michelle and her cousins found several hundred pages of letters flier uncles Tom and Jack, their fathers’ brothers, wrote to their mother during the war. The cousins never knew these boys—both were killed on bombing missions in Europe a few weeks apart near the end of the war. The discovery of these letters, and hundreds of old photos found with them, was a head-spinner Michelle never could have imagined, but eagerly welcomed.

She followed a fascinating journey to meet these charming new men in her life who were previously only silent portraits. Michelle’s first book, “DEAR MOM, A Family Finds Its Past in World War II Letters Home” unravels for her generation the obscurity of Tom and Jack in a time capsule of the 1940s.

Book Reviews:

“This book is an emotional, profound read for anyone looking for not just information on US Troops in WW2, but also the dynamic of the American Family in 1940s and the role that WW2 played. A must read for sure.”

“Bravo, Michelle, for your fine writing and for sharing your family’s story with us. Your book is definitely a “page turner.””

This is a beautiful paperback, so do not just read it on Kindle. It is very hard to put down because the letter writers are so likable and their letters are easy to read.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The author states that compiling it was a labor of love and it shows. This book is much more than just a group of letters put together to make a book. It is a very personal glimpse into the lives of everyday people during WWII.”

Get your copy of the touching story Dear Mom by Michelle Cahill by clicking here.


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