Daphne Cavin’s poignant story of love, loss and sacrifice was one of the most memorable I encountered in writing The Greatest Generation. Her daughter now completes the story with this very heartfelt book. – Tom BrokawThe war claimed Daphne Kelley’s young husband’s life, but it couldn’t keep Raymond – and his abiding love – from being with her when she needed him most.First told in Tom Brokaw’s landmark bestseller, The Greatest Generation, Daphne and Raymond Kelley’s story provides what New York Times book reviewer Michael Lind called, “perhaps the most compelling” love story in Brokaw’s book. Taking its title from a poem newlywed Daphne sent her soldier-husband during World War II, When You Come Home tells of their young love in the heartland at the brink of war, and of the crushing uncertainty and fear as they find themselves a world apart. When her poem comes back to Daphne – blood-stained by Raymond’s mortal wounds – she accepts the loss. And yet, through her pain, the grieving young widow finds that her faith provides hope and healing amidst the wounds of war.
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Nancy Pitts was born in Lebanon, Indiana, and now lives in St. Louis, Missouri, where she enjoys spending time with her husband and grandchildren. Her first published piece was a booklet (for entry-level secretaries), which was promoted by McGraw-Hill in the late 1980’s. Nancy’s latest book, When You Come Home, was a culmination of ten years of interviewing, researching, writing, and more writing. Published in 2011 by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, When You Come Home is a World War II love story about Nancy’s mother, Daphne Cavin. First shared by Tom Brokaw in his book, The Greatest Generation, Daphne’s story is told in its entirety in When You Come Home.