Letters from London

In 1954, Sandra Bernice Schortmann raised her hand with other children in her fifth grade class when asked by their teacher if they would like to write to someone in another country. After she was given the name of a girl from England, Sandra began penning letters to Carol. As a friendship blossomed through one letter after the other, neither girl ever imagined that their bond would continue through fifty-six years.

In a loving reflection of true friendship, Sandra begins by detailing how the two women were finally led to meet in 1964 after ten years of written correspondence. As Carol and Sandra became treasured friends throughout the years, the two women shared life experiences that included graduations, weddings, births, and deaths in over two hundred letters and cards. Finally as Carol’s life ultimately ended too soon, Sandra shares how she wrote Queen Elizabeth a letter about Carol that she hoped would provide a wonderful tribute to her dear friend. But it is what she received in return that would touch her heart forever.

Letters from London pays tribute to a treasured friendship formed across a sea that lasted a lifetime and proved that strong bonds are unbreakable.

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