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“I’ve fallen in love with a couple of kids – so smart, so young, so serious, so fun-loving, so in love with each other. I wanted to meet them to see if they were as real as they are in the letters. Allis has done us a great favor, bringing to life these two extraordinary young people. When I saw the photo of Roy and the teen-aged author, I imagined he somehow divined that she would one day bring these letters out of the past. Read them in wonder – you’ll be glad you did.”

- Monette J., professional communicator

“Definitely a winner – wonderful – one of the best things I’ve read in a long time. So reader-friendly, and I love the way the author weaves in historical events, making the reading experience even richer. I plan to sing praises of ‘Anna’ to my book group!”

- Marijean Z., educator

“What a marvelous experience this book is! Allis tells a riveting story, but also captures the social history of everyday life in the 1890s. She has compiled these letters into a haunting and tragic love story – few readers will escape tears at the ending.”

- Jerome F., historian:



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Love letters reveal Minnesota family's old secret

Those letters surfaced in 1975. But the breakthrough that put a face with those words didn't come until 2017. 

By Curt Brown Special to the Star Tribune

January 11, 2020 — 11:46pm

Reading: Osseo Book Club (225 members)

Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020

11:45 to 2 p.m.

Registration required; luncheon fee

Edinburgh USA Golf Club

8700 Edinburgh Crossing

Brooklyn Park MN

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