Monday, February 22, 2021



This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I enjoyed it very much.  I thoroughly enjoyed how the author is so descriptive in her writing style. The author’s portrayal of the character’s feelings and internal struggles, is very relatable.

This story will whisk you back to Mississippi during World War I and the 1918 Influenza Pandemic.  Trudy Cameron and Jeremy Smitherlin grew up in the same neighborhood.  They had been friends their entire life. Trudy was raised in a blended family, and Jeremy was navigating life on his own after losing his entire family.  Trudy always thought they would marry each other but instead, end up going their separate ways at the start of World War I.  Trudy’s brother Will, his college roommate, Lance and Jeremy all enlist into the military and are then, called up to go to France to fight in the war.  This story of heartbreak, love, loss, hope, faith and triumph, will have your attention from the very first page.

I really liked this book.  Although it is the last book in the Covington Chronicles seven book series, it can be read as a stand alone novel.  I highly recommend this book, it is a must read. 



Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Author:  Mary Lou Cheatham

Publisher:  Southeast Media
Publication Date: November 11, 2020 
Pages: 250 
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Trudy and Jeremy grew up in the same neighborhood, and they have always loved each other. She is a part of a large blended family living near a south Mississippi village. Jeremy, having lost all his family, makes his way through the world alone. At the beginning of World War I, he becomes so enthralled with his goals to succeed that he neglects Trudy, who has reached the stage in life where she wants to be loved. Trudy and Jeremy attend separate colleges. She meets Lance, her brother Will’s handsome roommate, who gives her constant loving attention. The time comes for all three young men to go fight in France. When Trudy, who is left behind, encounters challenges, she must look within herself to solve problems. In a time when people must rely on writing letters, she receives unforeseen news.

Letter from Belleau Wood pays tribute to the brave men and women who live and die during the Great War and portrays the horror of the 1918 pandemic of influenza.


Mary Cooke, who signs her writing as Mary Lou Cheatham, grew up in Mississippi and moved to Louisiana in her twenties. Now she lives in west Texas.

As a child, Mary Lou Gregg allowed stories to roost in her head until they grew into novels, but she never completed any writing until she finished her second career. Living a busy life, she did not think she could spare minutes at the keyboard every day. Mary wrote some poems and short stories, which she always tossed into the trash can. When her life was the busiest ever, she could no longer suppress the desire to write. Experiences had shown her what she needed to say. The compulsion to tell her stories grabbed her and wouldn’t let go. Every morning beginning at four o’clock, she spent two hours writing.

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