Newspaper Article  Columbia Missourian:  Friday, July 18, 2014. A feature article about Sailor’s Mail, titled  “Letters of love” made the front page of the Columbia Missourian.  Here’s the link:

Newspaper Article in Columbia Daily Tribune Newspaper:  Sunday, July 18, 2014.  Article titled “Marsha Norris Knudsen:  Weekly Peek at an Area Artist”  Click on the following link:

Newspaper Article Fulton Sun: Sunday, June 22, 2014. “Columbia woman tells real-life love story of her parents, Auxvasse couple.” “Sailor’s Mail SWAK is easy to relate to, especially for those whose loved ones have served in wars or military missions since World War II. When they’re serving in war, the emotions their family feels are the same.” CLICK on the following link to view the article in the Fulton Sun:


Newspaper Article The Mexico Ledger: Monday, June 23, 2014. “Auxvasse native, Marsha Norris Knudsen has published a book about her parents’ long-distance relationship during WWII.”
“One of the letters Homer wrote to Ruth during his boot camp training in 1943 reads, ‘The boys are telling big stories around here about Arkansas and Missouri. I’m sure proud of Missouri now. I didn’t know it was such a good state.'”
“While serving in the Pacific islands Homer wrote to his darling wife, ‘Darling, all I do is plan on our future. If I never had a wonderful wife like you to come home to and a mother and father I love very much it sure would be a lot different.'”

  •  Just finished reading this book while on vacation. I enjoyed every page! The letters and stories were priceless . Thank you for sharing your parents love affair in this book. They must have been wonderful people. I highly recommend this book to others. It is full of history and a great love story.  —–Jean Sword
  • Sailor’s Mail brought history to life and touched my heart. The lives of Homer and Ruth were profoundly changed by circumstances beyond their control; I felt their anxiety and longing for a normal life.  I waited with each of them.  Homer’s letters swept me away to a time and place that I never before imagined. Compassion welled as I read Ruth’s diary entries. I ached with her as she waited and hoped her young husband would return from war. What a journey I took with them.  If history had been presented this way in school, I would have remembered it!” —Barb Owen, author of NORMAL Doesn’t Live Here Anymore: an inspiring story of hope for caregivers  
  • “Marsha Knudsen’s story puts boots on each of us to march into the Pacific Campaign of World War II along side of Homer.  I am thankful Marsha not only keeps the memories:  the letters, scrapbooks, and photos from her parents’ past, but that she also shares them with the world.  Through the lenses of Homer and Ruth, I found myself understanding the war and my own parents’ relationship in a whole new way.” —Marsha Sisson
  • “Reading Sailor’s Mail I found myself thinking of my cousins who had been in the war.  It was like a peek into their lives as well.  The fear, hurry and boredom, made real with Homer’s letters.” —Anne Brady

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[Historical non-fiction, paperback, 326 pages, publisher: Compass Flower Press]

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