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Samantha is a little girl who, out of love and compassion for the soldiers fighting for her country, does an unselfish act. Samantha takes the time to write a letter to an unknown soldier in hopes of offering him encouragement and support. The story expresses how one genuine act of kindness can truly impact someone's life and help change his or her whole perspective on a situation that is out of his or her control. Larry is the soldier who is stationed overseas. He is feeling lonely and confused until he receives a random letter from a stranger. While reading Samantha's letter, Larry becomes inspired and filled with gratitude for a ten-year-old girl who takes the time to thank him for his service in keeping her country safe. In dedicating this story to all the armed forces fighting for our country, it is my hope that this book will do the same. Because of my appreciation and gratitude for our troops, I have been inspired to write this story of love, hope and thanks.
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Samantha and the SoldierA Letter of Love
By Darlene Amodeo
AuthorHouseCopyright © 2012 Darlene Amodeo
All right reserved.
Chapter OneSamantha sat looking at the sky, the sunshine dancing off her face. She thought of a lonely soldier fighting in a distant place. All the pain of separation, it was causing many families such grief. Sam thought to write a letter to a soldier to help offer some relief.
Samantha had no idea what to say. She only wished one thing. For the soldier who received her letter, a little comfort it would bring. "In a land where things seemed hopeless," she said, "may my letter offer hope." Samantha prayed her letter reached a lonely soldier struggling to cope.
Samantha ran over to the desk and opened the top drawer. She grabbed a pen and piece of paper from the place that they were stored. Sam went to the kitchen table and sat herself down in a chair. She wanted to put a lot of thought into the words of love she wished to share.
Samantha thought how to start her letter-with "To Whom it May Concern" just wasn't right. For that seemed too impersonal for a soldier fighting for our lives. Samantha would address her letter to a soldier who's so brave- a soldier fighting in a distant land so that our country could stay safe.
She said, "Hello my name's Samantha, and I am ten years old. I hope my letter can warm your heart in a world that seems so cold. You must be very sad to leave your family and to be sent so far away. I just wanted to say thank you for the great sacrifice you make.
We hung a flag outside our house, and it blows there in the wind. My dad said we will keep it there until our troops are home again. I love looking at the stars and stripes, the colors red, white and blue. It helps serve as a reminder of everything our soldiers do."
Samantha thought for a moment for something more to say. Then, she remembered her special box she had tucked in a secret place. Samantha ran up to her room and flung her door open wide. She was searching for the shoebox, which held her most cherished things inside.
Samantha looked in the nightstand drawer and underneath the bed. Then a smile came to her face as she remembered where the box was hid. Samantha ran over to her closet for the box tucked away on a bottom shelf. She grabbed her tiny box of treasures, and then Sam thought to herself.
"I will color him some pictures so that he can hang them on his wall. They will surely brighten up his morning, being one of the first things that he saw." Samantha grabbed her box of treasures, coloring books and crayons held in hand. She headed back to the kitchen table to move forward with her plans.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a Wonderful book! It shows love and compassion for those who give their lives for our country. No matter your age it is one you will enjoy!