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“Captures the romance and longing of one affectionate couple separated by the war.”  – Self-Publishing Review

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Lisa Franco

Lisa Franco has been telling people’s stories for more than four decades. As a writer/producer for the ABC television affiliate WTNH 8 in New Haven, Connecticut, she earned multiple Emmy nominations and journalism awards for her documentaries. She also served as public affairs director for the station before she became the state communications director for one of the largest nonprofit organizations in the country.

 While Lisa’s background includes marketing, media relations, and public relations, these days she is a freelance writer and owner of Over the Moon Vintage, an online collectibles shop

Lisa’s parents were members of the Greatest Generation, and her father, Nino Maurizi, was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran. She attributes this to her interest in the war and the loving relationships that developed during that period in our history.

Lisa and her husband, Joe, live in Connecticut and Cape Cod and are the proud parents of their sixth rescue dog, Maggie.

First Place Winner - Nonfiction in the 2023 Speak Up Talk Radio International Firebird Book Awards, and Winner in subcategories History/World, Romance, and War Nonfiction

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Author Lisa Franco has a talent for seeing what others miss, which is why she discovers overlooked treasures in a church rummage sale or flea market. That is how she found the WWII letters that form the basis for My Dearest Darling. Franco devotes her well-honed skills as a journalist to bring this tender story of love and yearning to life. My Dearest Darling belongs on your bookshelf besides Tom Brokaw’s The Greatest  Generation.

— Diane Smith, NY Times best-selling author and journalist  
An endearing, passionate collection of real-life love letters between a WWII naval officer and his sweetheart, My Dearest Darling captures the romance and longing of one affectionate couple separated by the war. Author Franco, who discovered the writings at a Cape Cod antique shop, provides informative annotations that place the missives in a wider historical context for readers. Covering everything from mundane daily activities like watching films to world-changing events like dropping the atomic bomb, the correspondence is simultaneously sweet and sad, conveying an achingly human blend of the personal and the political that sheds new light on life during wartime.
— Self-Publishing Review
The love story we all wished we could live. Donald and Mardy’s letters, full of love, longing, and the minute details that made up their daily lives in the midst of war, not only chronicle their love story, but take us back to a time when a letter was an art form and a lifeline to those you loved.
— Eileen Broderick 

Upcoming Appearances

Monday, April 15, 2024
Author Talk and Signing
11:30 AM, The Wallace (Senior) Center, 299 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich, CT
Monday, April 15, 2024
Tuesday, May 7, 2024
Dinner with an Author
6:00 PM, The Dublin Bar and Grille, 42 E High St, East Hampton, CT. Come enjoy a great meal and drinks, hear my book talk and stay for a signing.
Tuesday, May 7, 2024
Wednesday, May 29, 2024
Book Presentation and Signing
1:00 PM, Jonathan Bourne Library, 19 Sandwich Rd, Bourne, MA. I am back on the Cape to share Donald's and Margery's love story.
Wednesday, May 29, 2024
Saturday, July 20, 2024
Author Mingle and Signing
Rose Vineyards, 2 Valley Rd, North Branford, CT. My Dearest Darling will be paired with one of the vineyard's wines. Mingle and talk about books and libations!
Saturday, July 20, 2024


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